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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October 19, 2012

12:10 PM
Artist : John Whelan
Album : Celtic Reflections
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Narada
12:40 PM
Artist : Incubus
Album : Morning View
Composer : Incubus
ReleaseYear : 2001
Label : Immortal


Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Rob Edelman: History Come To Life

One of the highlights of the just-concluded Toronto Film Festival is a film with an upstate New York connection. And you can be sure that, come the end of the year, it deservedly will be atop a host of critics’ ten-best-films lists and deservedly will garner a host of Academy Award nominations.

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12:25 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 16, 2013. 

New England News
12:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Attorney General Martha Coakley Announces Run For Governor

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced a run for governor.  She joins an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 election.

Stressing  job creation, economic development, and education the state’s  top prosecutor, Martha Coakley entered the 2014 fray for governor Monday morning.  She greeted people at a diner in her home town of Medford, the first stop in what her campaign said will be a three-day barnstorming swing that will take her to 18 cities across the state.  Her campaign tour was scheduled to hit western Massachusetts Tuesday.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:54 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Moonlight and Magnolias"

Lake George Dinner Theatre’s name is a little backward.   The normal impression of dinner theater is that they are places that offer mindless theater productions (usually comedies) that are presented after being served an average meal.

You should think of Lake George Dinner Theatre as a place that offers excellent theater and also serves a good dinner.   

For instance, through October 12, Lake George Dinner Theatre is offering a really good production of “Moonlight and Magnolias,” a play about the rewriting of the screenplay for the legendary film “Gone With the Wind.”   

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Michael Meeropol: An Economic Model That “Predicts” Events Like The Financial Crisis of 2008

Have you ever heard of Wynne Godley?  Those who read the front page of the Business section of the NY Times on Wednesday, September 11, might have seen the picture and noted the name.  For others, he will be an unknown. 

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

NEA President Discusses Challenges Facing Schools

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
Credit NEA

National Education  Association President Dennis Van Roekel was on a back-to-school tour last week.  The head of the 3 million member teachers union visited schools in several cities across the country.  During a swing through Massachusetts that included a visit to a school in the Boston area, Van Roekel spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New York News
12:17 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

GOP Leader Says There's Interest In Challenging Cuomo in '14

The primaries are over and the general election in November is still weeks away, but already many in the political world are thinking about the next significant contest on the horizon- the 2014 statewide elections.  State GOP Chairman Ed Cox, in an interview with public radio and television, says he’s working on finding a Republican candidate to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo, and he says several are interested.

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Hudson Valley News
3:38 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

NY Congressman Answers Questions About Syria During Phone Town Hall

Credit Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

A New York congressman held a telephone town hall Thursday evening to hear from area residents about potential U.S. involvement in Syria. He also addressed other topics. 

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Capital Region News
1:03 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A Tale of Two Time Travelers

People who grew up in New York State's Capital City know them very well — the two mummies on display at the Albany Institute of History and Art on Washington Avenue. Now, modern science is unraveling many of the mysteries that surround the pair.
Credit Albany institute of History & Art

In 1909,  Albany Institute board member Samuel Brown purchased two mummies from the Cairo Museum. One was partially unwrapped at Brown's request so he could be sure he was getting the Real McCoy. The ancient duo traveled to upstate New York by steamship.

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Listener Comment Line
12:50 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of September 9, 2013

Our listeners weighed in with their thoughts on cats, the middle class and other topics,   as we hear in highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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