Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

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.

Rob Edelman: Jackie Robinson, 1947 & 2015

3 hours ago

Given the recent, sad, disturbing events in Baltimore, Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere across the country, the impact of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black man to play major league baseball in the 20th-century is well-worth recalling-- and discussing. This is a milestone that transcends sports. It is one of the bellwether occurrences of what at mid-century was the soon-to-burgeon civil rights movement. Cinematically-speaking, the travails of Jackie Robinson have been detailed in two films. One of them, titled 42, came to theaters in 2013. The other, titled THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY, was released way back in 1950.

The Audi A7 parked by the side of the road on the test track in East Greenbush, NY.
Jessica Bloustein Marshall

The rate of traffic crashes in the United States is about three times higher at night than in the daytime. Visibility is a large contributing factor to that statistic. But a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor is leading a study in the Capital Region that may revolutionize the way we drive at night. 

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

3 hours ago
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 6, 2015.

WAMC

An innovative health sciences charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts will welcome its first high school freshman class at the end of August.   The school uses the resources of the region’s largest hospital to put young people on a path to careers as health professionals.

  Dozens of children and their parents were excited to see the building where classes will start in August.  A former envelope company headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield is undergoing a $3 million renovation to become the new home of the Baystate Academy Charter School.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting in Pittsfield on July 4th. Meanwhile, police were investigating another shooting scene about a block away Sunday afternoon.

Rogovoy Report for July 3, 2015

Jul 3, 2015

This weekend is yet another unofficial start to the summer cultural season in our region. All the theaters are open, dance companies are visiting from out of town, musicals and live radio plays are being staged, and the BSO finally arrives in Lenox for the official opening of the Tanglewood season.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 

Sean Philpott-Jones: A Glossip v Gross Injustice

Jul 2, 2015

After years of disappointment, political progressives like myself had a lot to cheer about this past week. The US Supreme Court, which in recent rulings has struck blows against organized labor and exempted some for-profit businesses from the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act, handed the left wing a number of stunning victories.

It's time to lend an ear to what you have to say.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 2, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 2, 2015.

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