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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North Country News
4:01 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

City Leaders Debate New Position

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh city councilors approved the 2015 budget last night. But first they debated whether a new job should be added to the recreation department.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:57 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Herb London: The Virus Of Violence

A virus of devastating proportions has been let loose on the world stage. This one is far more dangerous than Ebola and much more difficult to contain. It is the use of violence as a political tactic.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Outgoing Mass.Taxpayers Foundation President Warns Of Big Budget Deficit

Michael Widmer, a long time Beacon Hill fiscal watchdog will retire early next year. Widmer has run the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation for 23 years.  The group recently issued a controversial analysis of the state’s budget deficit and an annual report on Massachusetts municipal finances.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Widmer.

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WAMC News
12:33 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina has the midday weathe

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Hudson Valley News
2:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Beacon's Hannukah Honors Community

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Tonight is the last night of the second year of Beacon’s Hannukah celebration, honoring different sectors of the community each night. The celebration is held at the corner of a busy intersection, and this year the rabbi had an added activity – a trip to the White House.

Beacon Hebrew Alliance and BeaconArts teamed up to celebrate Illumin8tion: Lighting Up Our Community for Eight Nights of Hannukah at the Beacon bicycle menorah. The candles are bicycle wheels, strung with lights. Brent Spodek is Rabbi of Beacon Hebrew Alliance.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Polls: Voters Support NY Gov's Fracking Ban

Flashback to July 2010: At the New York State Capitol, actor Mark Ruffalo raises a jar of tainted water from a home near a Pennsylvania gas drilling well.
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When New York became the second state in the nation (after Vermont)  to ban the controversial gas drilling method hydraulic fracturing, some were surprised that Governor Andrew Cuomo finally took a stance on the issue.

The fracking announcement December 17th came after six years of a de facto moratorium with a long-awaited health impact study. New York State acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who said “I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York.”

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New England News
12:40 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Governor Stops Vermont’s Move Towards Single-Payer

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Last week Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told Vermonters he would stop his efforts to implement single-payer health care in the state.  The decision has upset supporters, but they say it won’t stop efforts at the state or national level to implement single-payer. 

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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Part Eight of Student Loan Series: New Parents And Saving For College

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Many Gen-Xers and Millennials are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the cost of higher education. How are new parents are coping with the rising cost of a college education for their children, while still saddled with their own school debts?

In the year 2030, the average sticker price for a year at a private university could be as much as $130,428. That’s according to recent projections by loan-handlers Campus Partners. Their outlook is pretty bleak for public universities too—which could cost a whopping $41,228 per year.

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WAMC News
12:28 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

New England News
12:10 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

First High-Speed Train Trip Celebrated In Western Mass

An Amtrak train waits at the station in Greenfield, MA at the end of a ceremonial inaugural trip Monday. Public service on the Amtrak Vermonter begins Dec. 29,2014
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A new era of train travel has arrived in western Massachusetts. High-speed passenger service has come to the region because of new tracks, crossing signals and other upgrades paid for by the multi-billion dollar economic recovery bill passed by the Congress in 2009.

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