Midday Magazine

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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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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Unyielding Position Urged On Rebuilding Cathedral High School

Congressman Richard Neal addresses a rally at Springfield City Hall urging the Springfield diocese to rebuild Cathedral High School.
Credit WAMC

A decision on the fate of the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts won’t be announced until after the first of the year.  Advocates for rebuilding the historic Cathedral High School, destroyed by a tornado more than three years ago, continue a public campaign.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Paul Elisha: Restoring Honor

This aged iconoclast has found a hauntingly apt adage, that appears in scriptures of all the world’s major beliefs, to flat-out decry the disgraceful sham by which the Cheney/Bush duet conspired to deliver the safety and security of this nation and its citizens, into the grip of corporate contractors, without a shred of conscience for consequence.  They did this, not only to beat the rap for the bucks ultimately banked by them all but also for the venal viggerish, now available in lavish amounts shoveled into the coffers of shifty politicians, who lack the self-respect to refuse such shoddy blood-soaked sugar.

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New York News
12:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public Hearing Scheduled For Toxic Toy Bill

Researchers found a dozen toys on store shelves containing lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and more – toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancers, cognitive impairments and hyperactivity.
Credit cleanhealthyny.org

A growing national awareness of dangerous, or so-called "toxic," toys on store shelves has sparked debate over how to protect children from products containing harmful substances.  The spotlight is shining on New York State, as local governments try to deal with the issue.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 16, 2014. 

New England News
12:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Springfield City Council Sets New Property Tax Rates

New property tax rates have been set in Springfield, Massachusetts.  For the first time in many years, the rates for both homeowners and business property owners have been reduced, as property values continue to recover from the Great Recession

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Student Loan Series
1:05 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Part One Of Student Loan Series Assesses Legislative Efforts To Control Costs

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Student loan debt now outstrips credit card debt in the United States and some are concerned that if college costs cannot be contained, the nation’s future economic growth could be compromised.  In today’s installment of our special series on student loans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at how legislative efforts might impact the cost of college.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Rob Edelman: Mentors

WHIPLASH is one of the season’s justifiably lauded new films. It is the story of a young music prodigy, played by Miles Teller, who is studying at a first-class conservatory. Here, he is intimidated-- and that is no over-exaggeration-- by a brutal, bullying, sociopathic instructor, who is played by character actor J.K. Simmons in what just may be this year’s runaway Best Supporting Actor Oscar winning performance.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 15, 2014. 

WAMC News
1:09 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Vermont Artist Reflects On Wordless Billboard Project

Credit Rob Hitzig

In November, Rob Hitzig, an artist based in Montpelier, Vermont, had a wordless billboard installed beside Route 9 in Queensbury, New York. The space typically reserved for advertising featured a colorful, abstract image that Hitzig has described as an “antidote” to constant, demanding messages. 

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Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' December Musical Selections

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Nippertown's Greg Haymes is here with his December musical selections.

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