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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 WAMC's National Productions, the BBC, Great Lakes Radio, 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.

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Hudson Valley News
1:00 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Gibson, Eldridge Will Talk About The Environment At NYLCVEF Forum

Two candidates in New York’s 19th Congressional District will participate in a forum tonight at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democrat Sean Eldridge will field questions on a range of environmental topics. The forum is hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with New York League of Conservation Voters President Marcia Bystryn about what to expect.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Herbert London: Iran - An Ally, An Enemy, A Surrogate?

The Obama Middle East foreign policy lens is focused on one issue at the moment: the defeat of ISIS. In pursuing this goal, the Obama team is seeking allies including former enemies such as Iran, notwithstanding claims to the contrary. While the U.S. now sees Iran as a potential stabilizing force in Iraq and Syria, Tehran is chafing at what it considers the tough negotiating stance of the U.S. on its nuclear program.

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Politics
12:29 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Race For Governor In Massachusetts Enters Final Month As Dead Heat

Republican businessman Charlie Baker and Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley are locked in a tight race for governor as the campaign enters the weeks.

Republican Charlie Baker has momentum as the race for governor in Massachusetts enters the final month.  It raises the question: Could Martha Coakley lose another big election?  

       Several recent polls have found the race for governor in Massachusetts is a dead heat between the major party candidates with three independents registering in the low single digits.  A double-digit lead Coakley once  had over Baker has now evaporated.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 

New York News
12:59 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

New York Groups Commemorate Anniversary Of Wilderness Act

President Johnson signs the Wilderness Act
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The National Wilderness Preservation System Act was signed in 1964. The groundbreaking law to preserve lands across the country is based on New York State’s constitutional “Forever Wild” clause. Members of the NYS Wilderness 50th Steering Committee were in Plattsburgh recently for workshops with students on the Wilderness Act.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews "A Couple of Blaguards" At Proctors

“A Couple of Blaguards” can be termed an Irish reminiscence.   The work that continues at the small G.E. Theatre at Proctors through Sunday concerns two brothers who tell about their upbringing during the 1930s in Limerick, Ireland and their eventual assimilation into American culture as émigrés in the 1950s.

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Weather
12:30 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 30, 2014. 

Politics
12:16 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Candidates For Governor Focus On Western Mass. In Debate

The five candidates for governor in Massachusetts participated in a debate Monday at City Stage in Springfield.
Credit Dave Roback, Springfield Republican

The five candidates hoping to become the next governor of Massachusetts met in western Massachusetts last night for their first broadcast debate.  With five weeks to Election Day, and polls indicating a close race, the frontrunners played it safe and avoided gaffes.

Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley differed on the need for universal preschool and indexing the gasoline tax to inflation during a mostly cordial hour-long debate in Springfield Monday night that also included the three independent candidates for governor.

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North Country News
12:59 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Local Campaign Ad Raising Ire Of National Group

Credit GOP-Democratic logos: DonkeyHotey/Flickr, 21st District Map: U.S. House

An ad running in the northern New York Congressional race has caught the attention of a national advocacy group. And they’re not happy with what it says about Social Security.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Rob Edelman: Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, Children

Does Jason Reitman have another JUNO in him? Or will his present and future films mostly be instantly forgettable, despite the A-list casts he attracts? A case in point is LABOR DAY, which was screened a year ago at the Toronto Film Festival. Despite the presence of a top-billed Kate Winslet, LABOR DAY was a lackluster effort: a tale with a highly questionable scenario that not surprisingly was a box office dud.

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