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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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Sean Philpott-Jones: When Doctors Discriminate

Most of you have probably never heard of Jami and Krista Contreras, a Michigan couple and the proud parents of six-month-old girl named Bay. Shortly after Bay was born, the Contrerases began interviewing pediatricians, looking for one who practiced holistic medicine.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Burlington Mayoral Candidate Greg Guma Discusses Election Campaign

Independent Greg Guma
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On Town Meeting Day Tuesday, Burlington voters will choose a new council and mayor in a newly redistricted city. Four candidates are running to lead Vermont’s Queen City. In the next segment in our series with the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with Independent candidate Greg Guma.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Siena Poll: New Yorkers Trust Local Government More Than State Or Federal

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

New Yorkers are embracing their local governments like never before. A special local government Siena Research Institute poll finds a majority of voters say local governments beat the state on everything from understanding citizens’ needs to "getting things done."

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New England News
12:31 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Westfield State Recruits Home-Grown Teachers For Springfield Schools

Westfield State University President Elizabeth Preston announces a partnership with the Springfield Public Schools to create more minority teachers. Preston is joined by Westfield State Dean of Education Cheryl Stanley
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A state university in western Massachusetts and an urban public school system have announced a partnership to train more minority teachers in high- demand fields.

Westfield State University and the Springfield Public Schools have embarked on a “grow your own” initiative to recruit Springfield high school students of color to become teachers, provide a four-year university education, followed by a guaranteed job in the city’s public school system.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Forecast for Thursday, February 26, 2015.

New York News
12:16 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Group Hopes To Find New Location For Addiction Recovery Center

A group in Warren and Washington Counties is still trying to establish a center for recovering addicts after negative reaction from neighbors ruled out one prospective location.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Herbert London: Rewriting The National Prayer Breakfast Speech

Anyone who has seen the shocking video of a Jordanian pilot being immolated, understands the savagery in the Islamic State (IS). President Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech on February 5 responded with nonjudgmental relativism to this act and other recent horrific events, “remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” It doesn’t seem as if he does understand.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Burlington Mayoral Candidate Steve Goodkind Discusses Election Campaign

Steve Goodkind
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On Town Meeting Day Tuesday, Burlington voters will choose a new council and mayor in a redistricted city. There are four candidates running for mayor in Vermont’s Queen City. In the next segment in our series with the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with the Progressive-endorsed hopeful Steve Goodkind.

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Capital Region News
12:42 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Close Up: Albany's Deputy Police Chief

For the first time in five years, Albany is getting a new police chief. Deputy Chief Brendan Cox will become Albany's acting chief when Steven Krokoff retires on April  1.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan called on Deputy Chief Brendan Cox to serve as acting chief while a search for a new head is conducted. Krokoff is leaving the force after five years as chief for a job in the Atlanta suburbs. 

Cox hits the ground running: his position gave him a front-row seat for city-police issues.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 25, 2015. 

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