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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 the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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.

Rob Edelman: Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

Oct 6, 2015

Certain filmmakers have long-appealed to me for their sensitivity, their sustained brilliance, and the subjects they choose to tackle-- often daringly. One of them is Jafar Panahi. I admire this Iranian filmmaker not only because he is a courageous artist who offers insightful portrayals of the world in which he lives and the people in it. What makes him special is that he has managed to keep making films even though, five years ago, he was arrested and jailed temporarily for “colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.” Panahi was banned from making films for two decades, but he still has managed to do so-- and he has been working on projects that explore the political repression that exists in his homeland.


General Electric says it has completed its sixth and final year of dredging sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls from the upper Hudson River.


A top official with MGM Resorts International Monday pledged the company’s strong commitment to building a casino in Springfield. MGM upped the ante by announcing plans to take a former school department building off the city’s hands and redevelop it.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo


Governor Cuomo, who has been somewhat reticent about speaking out on the national stage, has lately been talking about the issue of gun violence, saying it should be a key topic in Congress and in the 2016 campaigns.


Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal on Monday unveiled steps he says will expedite and strengthen how the United States accepts refugees of the Syrian Civil War. The White House has said it will accept 10,000 refugees during the next fiscal year. The Democrat talked with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about his plan.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 5, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 5, 2015.

Rob Edelman: Mel Brooks, An Appreciation

Oct 5, 2015

Mel Brooks is a funny man. And he also is a renaissance man. In a career that has lasted longer than a lifetime, he has penned film scripts and written for the stage and television. He has produced films and directed films, and he has acted on both the big and small screens. Happily, Brooks will be appearing in person and in conversation at Proctors in Schenectady on Friday evening, October 16. Also screening at Proctors will be BLAZING SADDLES, one of Brooks’ all-time-favorite films.


When John King, New York's top-ranking education official, left his post for a federal position, many New Yorkers breathed a sigh of a relief. That relief is short-lived, now that King is succeeding U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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The latest renovation of the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is underway and as the finished product will bring new features to the monument.

David Nightingale: Pickpockets 2015

Oct 4, 2015

In the last few weeks I have been issued a new credit card, because someone else has begun to use the old number -- apparently to order pizzas from Dominos and to buy a $750 item from a company I've never heard of.