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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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Rogovoy Report for January 23, 2015

Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with four shows: its adult-oriented cabaret on the fourth Saturday of each month, kicking off at 9pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015; continuing on Saturday, February 28; and again on Saturday, March 28; plus a Sunday matinee show on March 29 geared to the entire family.

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Hudson Valley News
12:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

DEC Public Hearing On AIM Project Draws Both Sides

Credit Spectra Energy

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Thursday in Rockland County’s Stony Point concerning a proposed pipeline expansion project. More than 40 speakers offered comments in front of a full audience.

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Listener Comment Line
12:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week of January 19, 2015

It was a busy news week and now it's time to hear from you.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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12:27 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, January 23, 2015.

New York News
12:18 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

At State Of State, Gratitude Over Fracking Ban

Fracking protesters have given up their anger for gratitude after Gov. Cuomo's decision to ban fracking in December.
Credit David Chanatry

 For the past few years, the State of the State address has given anti-fracking activists a high-profile platform to get their message out in Albany. This week,  the message was different.

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Capital Region News
11:41 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Wrinkles In Schenectady Casino Planning

Mohawk Harbor Brownfield sign at the site of the planned Rivers Casino in Schenectady.
Credit stoptheschenectadycasino.com

As the Rivers Casino project in Schenectady moves forward,  there are some bumps in the road.

A little more than a month ago, public officials and businesspeople were celebrating Schenectady’s casino win. But now, David Giacalone of anti-gaming group Stop the Schenectady Casino is raising concerns over proposed C-3 Waterfront-Casino zoning amendments.

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New York News
2:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Montgomery County Executive Looks Back On First Year

Credit Matt Ossenfort

Montgomery County, New York is celebrating its first year under a new system of government — and doing so under new leadership. County Executive Matt Ossenfort spoke to WAMC’s Lucas Willard about his first year in office and what’s ahead for the largely rural county.

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Hudson Valley News
1:22 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

HV Lawmakers Discuss Using Settlement Funds For New TZB

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday delivered his State of the State address and budget plan. Included were proposals for using some of bank settlement money for construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Governor Cuomo unveiled how he would like to spend a one-time windfall of more than $5 billion in bank settlement funds. Here’s where he thinks some of it should go.

“We also propose using $1.2 billion of the settlement funds to protect Thruway toll payers for a year for the next year and to help finance the Tappan Zee Bridge.”

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New York News
12:33 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Math For America President On NY's Master Teacher Program

John Ewing
Credit Math for America

Attracting and keeping math teachers is the goal of the group Math for America. The organization says it was the model for New York's Master Teacher Program, celebrated at Thursday's State of the State by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Math for America President John Ewing says there are a number of ways to get math teachers into schools, and there are ways not to.

New England News
12:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Sanders Introduces Amendment To Strike Down Citizens United

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Supports and opponents agree: it was a decision that changed American politics. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United — which led to the rise of super PACs and millions in spending in election campaigns — Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the ruling.

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