Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine show brings the listener the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the very latest.

The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Herbert London: Why The Iran Deal?

3 hours ago

With even Obama supporters now questioning the deal with Iran, with the revelation Iranian leaders made a side deal with the IAEA, with recognition that al Qaeda has a sanctuary in Iran, with the U.S. excluded from the inspection team, with leaders in Iran shouting “death to America” and with the Supreme Leader indicating that Israel must be “annihilated,” why does President Obama insist on this arrangement?

A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

The largest holiday-themed light show in the Northeast opens to the public for a 21st season tonight in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bright Nights at Forest Park has more than 650,000 lights along a three-mile drive through the city’s largest park.  It draws tens of thousands of visitors, including many tour groups. 

Bright Nights is a collaboration of Spirit of Springfield, a private non-profit organization, and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. 

WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

3 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Albany has been the subject of many headlines in recent weeks, with its past leaders in the midst of high-profile corruption trials. But the New York state Legislature is on recess until January, so members are working in their districts.  115th  Assembly district Republican Janet Duprey attended a recent forum on the heroin and drug addiction crisis in the North Country.  A member of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Heroin Addiction & Community Response, she told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that some progress is being made drafting legislation to deal with the statewide addiction crisis.

This is a picture of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaking.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is taking action against student debt relief companies that she says are preying on vulnerable people.

Vermont officials at podium
Pat Bradley/WAMC

For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Burlington, Vermont waterfront was an industrial hub.  Since the 1990’s,  officials have been converting the lakeshore for public and recreational use. On Monday, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the ribbon cutting of a new state-of-the-art skateboard park signifying the completion of Waterfront Access North.

Bill Owens: The Democratic Business Coalition

Nov 24, 2015

The recent passage of the Export-Import Bank reauthorization, and the budget deal which solved government funding and debt ceiling issues, appear to be movement towards bipartisan action. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals all of this legislation needed significant Democratic votes—without which, these important legislative actions would have failed. Paul Ryan, the new Speaker of the House, appeared on the Sunday talk shows on November 1st, stating that there will be no immigration reform under President Obama, and he also vowed to reach consensus with House Republicans on all future legislation, the so-called Hastert rule.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 24, 2015

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Rob Edelman: Frame By Frame

Nov 23, 2015

Here in the United States, a free press is an accepted fact of life. A reporter can research a story and an editor can print that story, however controversial, while a writer can offer an opinion in a column on an editorial page-- and this can be done without fear that those they are accusing or exposing will use their power to permanently silence them. Of course, however, such is not the case in other parts of the world: a sorry reality that is emphasized in FRAME BY FRAME, a sobering, illuminating documentary that has just been released theatrically.

Photo by Jean-Gabriel Neukomm
National Endowment For The Humanities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing The Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, which will implement events and programs marking the role New York played in the suffrage movement nationwide, and the right for women to vote. Sara Ogger is the Executive Director of the New York Council For The Humanities, which will be organizing and providing funding for events across the state marking the celebration of the Suffrage Movement 100 years ago.