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 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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New England News
12:47 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Social Networks Are A Growing Resource For Health Questions

        People with chronic health conditions often turn to others with the same diagnosis for insights and support. Thousands of people are now using social health networks to find answers about their medical conditions. More than 3,000 people in Massachusetts currently subscribe to a specific network set up by MyHealthTeams.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Eric Peacock, the CEO and co-founder of the San Francisco-based company.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Herbert London: Recapturing Virtue - A Strategy For Opposing Radical Islam

The contest on the world stage is not merely between Islam and the Judeo-Christian world, but between modernity and tradition.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Bob Goepfert Reviews "How Water Behaves"

“How Water Behaves,” a world-premiere comedy-drama that’s  playing at Capital Repertory Theatre through February 8, is an easy play to like – or at least, want to like. 

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Capital Region News
12:51 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Capital Region Dodges Brunt Of Winter Storm Juno

(L) Some noonhour snow outside WAMC studios; (R) Meteorologist Paul Caiano above an entry on Hudson Valley Weather's Facebook page.
Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

In many parts of the listening area, the storm of the century turned out to be a dud.  Now, people are wondering why weather forecasts were so off the mark across the Capital Region and down parts of the Hudson Valley.  

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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

State Officials Outline Enhanced Water Quality Initiatives

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell (left), Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross (center) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears (right) at St. Albans meeting
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont officials have outlined new steps to address agricultural pollution in Lake Champlain that emphasize stewardship and enhanced accountability.

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Hudson Valley News
12:43 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

START-UP At Stewart Is Met With Different Views

Credit The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

A proposal to make Stewart International Airport in Orange County a tax-free zone, included in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address earlier this month, is drawing mixed reviews. 

When speaking about infrastructure during his January 21 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed plans for two regional airports.

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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

Credit WAMC

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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