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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.

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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


New York News
12:13 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Cuomo Looks To Former Rivals To Head Tax Cutting Commission

Credit Courtesy of the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is appointing a new tax cutting commission that he’s charged with finding ways of slicing state revenues by two to three billion dollars next year.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Democratic Congressman Discusses Government Shutdown

Credit KAZVorpal/Flickr

The government shutdown is garnering fierce criticism from Democrats, including Congressman Bill Owens. The Democrat from New York’s 21st district held a conference call with reporters from the region Tuesday afternoon to talk about the potential repercussions.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Farm Bill Extension Expires

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

It’s not just the government that shut down today.  Congress has failed to act on the Farm Bill extension, which expired at midnight, and some are concerned that will add to economic uncertainty, especially in the dairy sector.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:24 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Paul Elisha: Wreckless Youth Makes Rueful Age

In one of his most compelling utterances, Oscar Wilde quipped: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their youthful Mistakes.”  If ever this nation was in need of helpful advice from practiced elderly statespersons, now is that time.  Trouble is, most of those available to give it have morphed into politically posthumous prime and are only allowed into the limelight to add cache` at ceremonial events or – as younger miscreants, who committed irreparable political havoc, are now frenziedly refurbishing history, to justify their prior misconduct as ‘necessary evil.’  For such unseemly projects, they form tandem arrangements with ghost-writers, eager to glean money and merit from the commercial media, which has scant scruple about manipulating inexpert voter opinion.  The endgame effect of such shenanigans is a travesty in trust for those who need it most--- the voters whose voices are the most persuasive vehicles for change, when public policy hunts vital options between peace and war; economic vigor and regressive recession.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Impact Of Government Shutdown On Economy Seen As Minor,Reversable

The Massachusetts economy is already feeling the impact of  federal budget cuts.  Leading regional economists warn the federal government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis could compound the problems.

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Hudson Valley News
1:21 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Officials In Ulster County Await Finalized Consent Order

Credit Doug Kerr, flickr

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced an agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to reduce the impact of discharges into an Ulster County water body. The consent order awaits the signature of a New York City official before going into effect.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Rob Edelman: More Noir

I am a pushover for a solidly told 1940s-early 1950s crime drama shot in the film noir style. And by film noir, I am referring to those gritty, atmospheric, mostly post-World War II Hollywood films that depict the dark and woeful underbelly of crime and corruption.

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Hudson Valley News
4:20 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

NYS Senate Committee To Hear About Contingency Plans For Indian Point

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

A New York state senate committee next week will hold a hearing about a contingency plan if the Indian Point nuclear power plant were to be shut down. The committee’s chairman has concerns about the proposed plan, but does not want to see the plant closed. An environmental group does.

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12:30 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Welch Leads Call For Clean Debt Ceiling

Congressman Peter Welch

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined with 186 of his Democratic colleagues in the House this week to send a letter he authored to the president urging support for passage of a clean debt limit. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Democrat about his efforts to keep the country from defaulting.

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New York News
1:47 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Lawmakers, Union Hope to Prevent Closure Of Saratoga County Prison

Members of NYSCOPBA gather to protest the closure of the Mt. McGregor facility.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

NOTE: This article has been updated to include a statement from the New York State Department of Correction and Community Services. The original audio has been removed.

Republican New York state lawmakers gathered with union members outside the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County Wednesday to announce legislation to halt the closure of prisons throughout the state.

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