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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September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire


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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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Funding Restored for Some Stream Gauges

Streamgauge maintenance
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

New York’s senior Senator has obtained funding to continue the operation of some gauges that are used to monitor water levels and predict stream and lake flooding.

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12:25 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

The weekend is upon us.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano predicts the upcoming weather conditions in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 13, 2013. 

Commentary & Opinion
12:51 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Do Androids Smoke Electronic Cigarettes?

Many of my friends, family and co-workers smoke cigarettes. They, like the other 20% of Americans who smoke, do so despite the known health risks and the fact that a pack of cigarettes now runs over $12 in New York. That they continue to smoke given the physical and financial cost demonstrates just how powerful nicotine addiction can be. In fact, some studies suggest that nicotine is more addictive than alcohol, cocaine or heroin. So it's really no surprise that nicotine addiction is the most common form of chemical dependence globally.

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