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.

New Oil Train Rules Elicit Different Concerns

3 hours ago

The U.S. Department of Transportation Friday issued regulations aimed at improving safety for trains carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials.  The rules come following a number of oil train derailments in the U.S. and the deadly 2013 tragedy in Quebec.

Rob Edelman: A Sinner Treks To Mecca

5 hours ago

Here in the United States, individuals from all backgrounds support gay rights and, most recently, gay marriage, which these days is in the news literally every day. With this in mind, an eye-opening, deeply personal new documentary, titled A SINNER IN MECCA, takes on extra-special meaning. Its director is Parvez Sharma, an Indian-born Muslim who is openly gay: a fact of life that puts his very life at risk.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

5 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast.

A comprehensive regional economic development strategy, “The Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress” was released this morning.   It is a ten-year update on a document the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission first produced in 1995. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the planning commission’s executive director Tim Brennan.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued long-awaited rules on oil train cars, which critics say are dangerous — prone to accidents and explosions near population centers. But New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the new regulations don’t go far enough. The Democrat was in Menands this morning to unveil legislation that would tighten aspects of the DOT’s rules. Before the press conference, he stopped at WAMC’s studios to speak with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

David Nightingale: On Energy Independence

May 3, 2015

Let's look at the idea of Energy Independence, and the possibility of no further need for filling the coffers of sometimes unstable fuel-producing nations.

Polls have found that more than 3 American men in 10 would rape or coerce a woman into sexual intercourse if they could get away with it.[1] Those findings have mostly been discussed only in conjunction with the issue of rape. But I think it has a broader meaning. I think it means that there is a proportion of people who will take advantage of defenseless others for their own benefit when they think that they can.

Comedian and writer Alison Larkin will be performing at a benefit tonight at the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington.

Larkin, the best-selling author of The English American, spoke to with WAMC's Lucas Willard about her new one-woman show, and her life and work in the Berkshires.

The show starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit: http://www.mahaiwe.org/

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The conflict over a proposed parking structure for the Saratoga Springs City Center continues. The owners of a neighboring restaurant are speaking out against a proposed zoning amendment that they feel would allow the project to block their existing solar panels.

Rogovoy Report for May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

The cultural highlights this weekend in the greater region include a string quartet, an English comedienne, an unprecedented art exhibition, and a concert by a hometown hero.