Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the latest. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Herbert London: Revanchism And Crisis Management

2 hours ago

Revanchism, from the French revanche or “revenge”, is the will to reverse territorial losses following war or social movement. The dismantling of the Soviet Union, to cite one example, has led to a Putinesque policy of irredentism, the reclamation of territory once within the Soviet orbit. In a strange way revanchism has become the twenty- first contrary foreign policy perspective.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

2 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Rensselaer County town of Petersburgh has been struggling with PFOA, the same carcinogenic pollutant that has been found in nearby Hoosick Falls and Bennington, Vermont. The town approved a settlement agreement with the polluter Tuesday night.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Mayor Richard Alcombright delivered his State of the City address last night during a meeting of the North Adams City Council. The Democrat has held the corner office in the western Massachusetts city since 2010.

"States of Incarceration" will be displayed at the Wauregan in Holyoke March 1-12 and at Forbes Library in Northampton from March 13-30.
Chris Choi

The first national traveling exhibition on the history of mass incarceration in the United States will have its Massachusetts premiere tonight in Holyoke.

NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
NY GOP

President Trump is scheduled to deliver his first speech to a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. today. New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox tells WAMC he expects Trump to speak directly to working men and women. 

Hilary Dunne Ferrone: Finding The Silver Lining

Feb 28, 2017

I consider this my “silver lining” segment. You’ll likely understand why in a moment.

Elm tree at Route 73 and 9N
Pat Bradley/WAMC

At the corner of Route 73 and 9N, overlooking a snowcapped ridge of Adirondack peaks, a 60-foot tall elm tree stands sentinel at the edge of a wetland valley.  A popular stop for photographers and tourists, its sweeping branches provide a foreground to the mountains.  This elm tree has also captured the attention of scientists.  Only a few yards away, a grove of elms has fallen victim to Dutch Elm Disease.  On Monday scientists from the Nature Conservancy took samples of the healthy tree.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Feb 28, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

When a water main breaks it can poke a hole in a municipal budget. Some local leaders are renewing their call for establishment of an emergency water infrastructure fund for New York.

WAMC

   State officials led by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the town of Conway Monday to see firsthand the damage caused by Saturday’s freak February tornado, and to assure residents the state will help the small town rebuild.

Facebook: U.S. National Weather Service

At a time of the year when snowstorms, freezing rain and sleet are the main concerns for weather forecasters, a tornado touched down Saturday evening in western Massachusetts as a potent squall line moved through the region, pushing out un-usually warm conditions in favor of winter cold. 

Rob Edelman: Robert De Niro, Comedian

Feb 27, 2017

I was initially intrigued by the idea of seeing and hopefully enjoying THE COMEDIAN, the latest Robert De Niro film, in which he plays an aging, foul-mouthed insult comic. Other bonuses surely would be its attractive supporting cast, from Danny De Vito to Cloris Leachman, Charles Grodin to Edie Falco to Patti LuPone. Not to mention Harvey Keitel, who appeared with De Niro an eternity ago in MEAN STREETS and TAXI DRIVER. And then there are the famous faces and names-- the most prominent is Billy Crystal-- who show up as themselves.

Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Summary

Feb 27, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 27, 2017.

Eversource

        The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in western Massachusetts over the weekend. 

         It is the first recorded February tornado in Massachusetts since official record keeping started in 1950.  

          WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Christopher Besse, the spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Ben Downing: Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities

Feb 26, 2017

In the early stages of 2017, there is seemingly much to be happy about in Massachusetts. The state’s unemployment rate is at a very low 2.8% and a record numbers of Massachusetts residents have found work. More than many other states, our combination of higher education, healthcare and high tech institutions and companies has positioned Mass to thrive in the 21st century economy.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Summary

Feb 26, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for February 26, 2017.

Ralph Gardner JR: Soul Of The Cat

Feb 25, 2017

Only once did a walk in the woods upstate disappoint me. It happened in the spring of 2015 shortly after my family and I returned from a safari in Botswana.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Summary

Feb 25, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for February 25, 2017.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other officials are calling on the Air Force to expand its PFOS cleanup plan for Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. They want contaminated waterways outside the base to be included.

Rogovoy Report 2/24/17

Feb 24, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic pop, Electric Latin soul; jazz; dance for social justice; Americana; and a whole lot more.

You have the floor. We're all ears.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

With the city’s budget’s in limbo, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has launched a social media campaign to shore up a $12.5 million dollar deficit and find a permanent solution to end the annual funding crisis.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Feb 24, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 24, 2017.

Break-in cards
Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police have implemented a project to raise awareness about car break-ins at state parks and other outdoor recreation areas.  Troopers at the Williston barracks will check vehicles and place a card on the driver’s side window if there are valuables in plain sight.  Corporal Andrew Leise, who is leading the Williston barracks on the project, says it’s an effort to raise awareness amid an increase in break-ins.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs residents will vote on a new city charter at a special election set for May. But a vote by the city council Tuesday night denies funding that would support the election.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Health officials were on hand in Newburgh Wednesday night to discuss the first set of PFOS blood testing results. The blood testing program began in November following news last May of the city’s PFOS drinking water contamination.

Judith Enck: Assault On Our Environment

Feb 23, 2017

It is hard to overstate the seriousness of the Trump Administration’s assault on environmental protection. 

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse recently gave his annual "State of the City Address." The first-term Spindle City Democrat  tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas he intends to make Cohoes an "All-American City" again...

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Feb 23, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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