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.

Report Shows Working Poor Labor Force Is Growing In NY

14 hours ago
Courtesy of United Way

A new report shows New York’s working poor labor force is growing. Throughout the state, the population is nearing 50 percent and struggling to make ends meet and afford basic necessities. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a closer look at the report, meant to be a call to action.

Rogovoy Report 12/2/16

18 hours ago

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include a chamber concert featuring works about unrequited love; a documentary performance artwork about life in a Mexican border town; a concert of seasonal music by an all-star ensemble of acoustic roots musicians; a communal, interactive new-music holiday parade; and a whole lot more.

We turn the microphone over to our listeners.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

18 hours ago
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 2, 2016.

Plattsburgh mayor-elect Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

In November, incumbent Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon was defeated in his re-election bid by Democrat Colin Read.  Calnon did not formally concede until absentee ballots were counted on November 21st.  The final result determined that Read had actually increased his lead by 84 votes, solidifying his win.  Mayor-elect Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that was a surprise, and he’s now deeply involved in transitioning the administration.

Hampshire College

The American flag was raised at Hampshire College this morning, two weeks after the removal of the Stars and Stripes drew national attention, sharp criticism and protests outside the campus of the small liberal arts school in Amherst. 

A civil rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit against Ulster Savings Bank, alleging discriminatory mortgage lending practices.

Yankee Stadium in 2014.
Ian Pickus

There's news today of labor peace in major league baseball. The owners and players have reportedly reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement that will keep the players on the field for another five years. The news is being hailed by baseball fans who still remember the 1994 strike that wiped out the World Series for only the second time. Joining us to discuss the deal is Rick Burton, the David B. Falk endowed professor of sport management at Syracuse University.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Leadership. Commitment. Hype.

Dec 1, 2016

Today is World AIDS Day. It is, in fact, the 29th annual World AIDS Day, which is held every year on December 1st to honor the 35 million people who have died from the disease and to support the 40 million who currently live with HIV/AIDS. The theme for this year’s event, at least according to the US federal government? “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.” You’ll have to excuse me if I scoff openly at the audacity of that motto.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 1, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 1, 2016.

SBHC exam room
Rueckert Advertising & Public Relations

Hometown Health Centers has partnered with the Schenectady City School District to open the county’s first school-based health centers.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In November voters elected Democrat D. Billy Jones to replace retiring New York state Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey to represent the 115th district.  Jones, the current chair of the Franklin County Legislature, tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that the transition is going well and he’s looking forward to tackling challenges in Albany that concern the North Country.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas

On this last day of November, the Siena Research Institute has released its annual poll of New Yorkers’ holiday spending plans and attitudes about the holiday season, volunteering and charitable donations. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with pollster Don Levy.

Herbert London: Leadership And National Unity

Nov 30, 2016

The recent American election raised a host of hypotheses about how to make America great again, to quote Mr. Trump. What it suggests is what made America great in the first place. Clearly America is based on a Constitution and Bill of Rights that give and constrain simultaneously in a symphony of Judeo Christian beliefs. The free market opened avenues of wealth and opportunity. Most significantly, the nation was blessed with great leaders from Washington to Reagan.

Essex County NY government center
WAMC/Pat Bradley

With only five weeks left in the legislative year, the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week swore-in a new chair and vice chair to the panel.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 30, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

The Troy City Council
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Inside a tense City Council chambers Tuesday night, after weeks of often pointed public debate, Republican City Council President Carmella Mantello said communication between the Majority Steering Committee and Mayor Patrick Madden had broken down.

The first alleged violator has been caught under a camera littering law in northern Westchester County. The supervisor of Yorktown says the law is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will go a long way in helping the town’s “Do Not Litter” campaign. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the HUD secretary spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.

Mayor Mark Boughton
By Tayobrien - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48874659

The mayor of Danbury, Connecticut may try once again to become governor of Connecticut. Republican Mark Boughton ran for governor two years ago, but suspended his campaign amid fundraising problems before supporting GOP candidate Tom Foley, who lost to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy. Boughton says he has filed the papers to set up an exploratory committee for the 2018 election.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 29, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Infrastructure upgrades at one of the area’s largest school districts will be decided on when citizens vote Tuesday on a $32 million facilities improvement capital project.

Rob Edelman: Different Films

Nov 28, 2016

Right now, the heavy hitters-- translation: the high-profile Academy Award hopefuls-- are debuting in theaters. Two of the very best are as different as old-fashioned Hollywood fantasy-gloss and slap-in-your-face reality.

Dr. Elise Andaya
Dr. Elise Andaya

What's next for Cuba and its people after the death of Fidel Castro? It's a question that's being considered in world capitals to the cafes of Havana and Miami. For more, we spoke with Dr. Elise Andaya in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany. Andaya has spent a good deal of time doing research in Cuba. She says the Castro era actually ended a decade ago, when Fidel handed power off to his brother.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 28, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 28, 2016.

Ilene Cutler/SUNY Ulster

Best-selling author Sapphire recently appeared at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge as part of a writers series. Sapphire’s first novel “Push” was made into the 2009 Academy Award-winning film “Precious.” Her second novel, a 2011 follow-up to “Push,” is “The Kid.” WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne had a chance to sit down with Sapphire.

The biggest college basketball game of the year in the Capital Region has a new home this year. For the first time in 40 years, the University at Albany-Siena College rivalry game is heading uptown to the UAlbany campus. The women’s teams play at 3 p.m. while the men tipoff at 7. On the men’s side, the site of the game has been a subject of fierce debate between the two programs in recent years — and the debate flared up again this week. Joining us to preview the matchup is Pete Iorizzo, sports editor of the Albany Times Union.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Nov 25, 2016

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 25, 2016.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Rockland County executive alleges that the county legislature scuttled his choice for human rights commissioner and director of the Office of Community Development for political reasons. And he is firing back with a plan that includes keeping the appointee on the county staff.

Herbert London: Israel And UNESCO

Nov 23, 2016

In 1945 UNESCO was organized to respond to the belief political and economic agreements are not sufficient in themselves to create a lasting peace. Peace, it was argued, must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. And so UNESCO exists to build understanding and respect for cultural diversity.

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