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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.

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

19 hours ago

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

19 hours ago

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.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 23, 2015

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 23, 2015.

This is a picture of North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis / WAMC

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright will enter his fourth term in January after beating former Mayor John Barrett earlier this month. It was a contentious election that reignited the divide between the contenders and their supporters. In part one of a two-part interview, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Alcombright about his top priorities for the next two years.

In the second part of the interview airing, Alcombright talks about how he sees North Adams becoming a destination city.

a poster announces a tribute to Marine Gunnery Srgt Thomas Sullivan

     The Massachusetts Marine killed when a gunman attacked a military site in Tennessee earlier this year will be honored at a holiday tradition in his home town.

      The family of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan will be grand marshals for this year’s “Parade of the Big Balloons” in Springfield.  Joseph Sullivan said the family, which has guarded its privacy, accepted the invitation of the parade organizers to show their gratitude for the outpouring of support from city officials and residents after his brother was killed last July.

U.S. Mint

Last week officials from the U.S. Mint and National Park Service met at Schuylerville Junior-Senior High School to unveil the new Saratoga National Historical Quarter. The coin, depicting the moment British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga in 1777, considered the turning point in the Revolution, is the last of the five new American The Beautiful Quarters put into circulation this year.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Eric Schnitzer,  a park ranger at Saratoga National Historical Park, about the coin and the image chosen for it.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Motown The Musical"

Nov 21, 2015

SCHENECTADY - “Motown the Musical,” which is at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday, lists almost 60 songs in the program. Each of them should be familiar to everyone in the audience because they were the heartbeat of the country during 1960s, 70s and 80s.