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 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.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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Capital Region News
1:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

GE's Battery Blues

A few years ago, when gasoline prices were in the stratosphere, when the oil and gas hydraulic drilling technique known as "fracking" was still getting a foothold prior to establishing itself as a key component of America's economic engine, the spotlight was on electric power and boosting the technology toward independence from fossil fuels.  Batteries that delivered the electricity were high on innovator's radar screens. The renewable energy market was blossoming. Deep pockets rushed to invest.

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Hudson Valley News
1:03 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Hudson Valley Preps For Winter Storm Juno

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With up to two feet of snow predicted for the Hudson Valley, county and state personnel are on high alert and readying their forces.

On-and-off flurries began in portions of the Hudson Valley before 9 this morning while light snow came into view about an hour later. The message from local officials is the same. Get home before dark and get off the roads ahead of the evening commute. Vasil Koleci with the National Weather Service says to expect light snow today.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Rob Edelman: Bad Publicity Versus No Publicity

UNBROKEN, a high-profile biopic directed by Angelina Jolie which came to movie theaters at the tail end of last year, is the saga of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who became a B-52 bombardier during World War II. After his plane crash-landed in the Pacific and he survived for 47 days in a raft, Zamperini, who is played by Jack O’Connell-- one of the emerging film stars of 2014-- spent more than two years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, where he was mercilessly tortured.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 26, 2015.

New England News
1:15 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Activist Dr. Vandana Shiva Discusses Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

Dr. Vandana Shiva
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Vermont has passed the only law mandating the labeling of genetically modified — or GMO — foods. This week the state attorney general held a public hearing at the Statehouse on his proposed rule that would lead to the regulations to implement the law. It’s a law that is being challenged by some major food processing companies and supported by right-to-know advocates.
Dr. Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned environmental activist, scientist and the author of more than a dozen books. During a visit to Vermont, she talked with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about her support for the state’s GMO labeling law.

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New England News
1:15 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Conversation With Social Security Advocate About New House Rule

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In one of its first actions the new House of Representatives voted to approve a rule that blocks the transfer of funds from the Social Security’s larger retirement and survivors’ trust fund to the disability trust fund. Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders, a critic of the action, notes that such transfers have been done routinely in the past under both Republican and Democratic presidents.  Vermont’s junior Senator is working with The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare to assure the reallocation occurs.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the National Committee, about its concerns over the House rule.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Rogovoy Report for January 23, 2015

Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with four shows: its adult-oriented cabaret on the fourth Saturday of each month, kicking off at 9pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015; continuing on Saturday, February 28; and again on Saturday, March 28; plus a Sunday matinee show on March 29 geared to the entire family.

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Hudson Valley News
12:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

DEC Public Hearing On AIM Project Draws Both Sides

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Thursday in Rockland County’s Stony Point concerning a proposed pipeline expansion project. More than 40 speakers offered comments in front of a full audience.

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Listener Comment Line
12:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week of January 19, 2015

It was a busy news week and now it's time to hear from you.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Weather
12:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, January 23, 2015.

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