News & Politics

Chronogram publishes sections covering local, national, and environmental news, including columns from Larry Beinhart, Brian Mahoney, and Jason Stern. From the Hudson Valley and beyond, check out our take on news and politics.

General News & Politics

While You Were Sleeping for July 2016

The gist of what you may have missed.
The first penis transplant in the US, people who are taking antidepressants aren't depressed, homicide rates in 20 major US cities jump and more news.

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Larry Beinhart's Body Politic

Justice: It's a System, It's a Show
Larry Beinhart explains how the rich and privileged use the courts to pursue private grudges.

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Larry Beinhart's Body Politic: Coulrophobia: Fear of Clowns

Reams have been written and towers of babble are being devoted to deconstructing the rise of Trump.

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Editor's Note

Editor's Note: Disassemblage

Editor Brian Mahoney reflects on how easy it is to deconstruct.

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Editor's Note: Blurred Lines

When my parents left me in the custodianship of some hapless neighborhood teenagers to go out to dinner—in effect to get away from me, their first-born and at that point only child—I would eat a Swanson frozen meal for dinner (and imagine what might be in the doggie bag they'd bring home).

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Editor's Note: The Past Is Back

A note from Chronogram editor Brian K. Mahoney.

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Way Down in the Hole

A few yellow hardhats bob amid the gray sheen of the shale that has yet to be coated in concrete. It took two years of methodical blasting to delve this far. The big, gaping hole in the ground, some 34 feet in diameter, is called Shaft 6.

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A History of New York City's Water System

New York City's water has come a long way.

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While You Were Sleeping for June 2016

The Mister Softee jingle inventor Lee Waas died on April 19 at age 94.

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While You Were Sleeping for April 2016

A brief overview of a few selected current events.

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While You Were Sleeping for March 2016

A study published in January revealed the truth about bugs in our homes.

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Book Group: "Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems" by Joy Harjo

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National News & Politics

Despite being a local publication, Chronogram has four features addressing issues of national importance. In Chronogram’s While You Were Sleeping section, we recap national and international news stories that may have passed you by, focusing on the weird and wacky. Every month we also feature columns from Chronogram publisher Jason Stern, editor Brian Mahoney, and Body Politic columnist Larry Beinhart. Beinhart focuses on hard news, routinely writing left-leaning opinion pieces on the top stories of the month. Mahoney touches on similar issues in his Editor’s Note columns, frequently tying current events to literature and the arts. Stern’s column addresses more philosophical issues, asking questions like, “Does power corrupt?” and “What does it mean to lead a successful life?”

Local News & Politics

Chronogram features extensive coverage of the Hudson Valley’s local news, focusing on the people, stories, and events shaping politics in our area. The Community Notebook section includes event descriptions, investigative pieces, and Local Luminary features. Local Luminary stories contain interviews with major figures in our community, including educators, politicians, and those in the arts.

Environmental Issues

Chronogram has several sections detailing issues involving the Hudson Valley’s ecology. Being at the very center of our valley, the Hudson River has naturally also been the center of our area’s environmental movement. Led by Pete Seeger and the Clearwater organization, there has been great progress in cleaning the river once, and too often still, considered a garbage dump. The debate over whether New York should practice hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has also been a top environmental concern over recent year. As governor Cuomo continues to decide on whether to allow the practice, a recurring segment, Frack Watch, monitors the debate.