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.

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North Country News
12:20 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Dean Presidential Campaign Remembered

Howard Dean
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

An unusual anniversary was celebrated Sunday in Burlington. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and former campaign workers gathered to talk about his run for the presidency a decade ago.

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WAMC News
12:32 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Forecast

Jason Caterina
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Jason Caterina has the WAMC regional weather forecast for this Sunday.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Casino Opponents To Speak In Springfield

A group working to defeat next month’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts is holding a campaign kickoff event this Wednesday.  One of the scheduled speakers is Robert Steele. He is a former Congressman from Connecticut who witnessed the growth of casino gambling in Connecticut in the 1990s. He is the author of the novel, The Curse: Big-time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town.

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Hudson Valley News
12:50 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Viral Star Of "Prancercise" Video Has Hudson Valley Ties

One of the internet’s latest viral stars has ties to our region.

Like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and countless “Harlem Shake” takeoffs before it, Joanna Rohrback’s “Prancercise: A Fitness Workout” caught fire in a hurry last month, leading its Florida-based proprietor from virtual anonymity to millions of views and even the Today Show.

"The hits on my video were going up without any apparent reason," she says. "I wasn't sure if it was a computer error or what."

But what is prancercise? What isn’t it?

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Arts & Culture
12:23 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Folk Legend Joan Baez Back At Tanglewood

Joan Baez
Credit Joan Baez

Folk music legend Joan Baez, along with the Indigo Girls, will take to the stage Sunday at 2:30 at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, Mass.

Baez has spent more than 50 years as a singer, songwriter, musician and activist, and has played for millions of fans around the world.  

Baez, who grew up singing with her sisters and was an early standout in the Boston folk scene, is touring with the Indigo Girls, the latest tour in a musical partnership that dates back two decades.

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Capital Region News
12:00 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Rick Mathews, National Center for Security and Preparedness - "Death Rays" And Homegrown Terror

Rick Mathews

"Death ray" - it’s a phrase you would most likely expect to see across the top of a pulp sci-fi comic book from the 1950s – but this week it graced the front pages of some newspapers in their coverage of a case of domestic terrorism home-grown in New York’s Capital District.

On Thursday a federal magistrate in Albany ruled that 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford and 54-year-old Eric J. Feight are a threat and should remain jailed. 

The men are accused of trying to build a portable x-ray weapon to sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel.

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New York News
5:45 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Congressional Colleagues Split Votes on Farm Bill

Vermont Democrat Peter Welch/New York Democrat Bill Owens

The U.S. House defeated the Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon. In our region, two Congressmen who had worked for years to obtain passage of the bill voted on opposite sides.

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New England News
2:47 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Pittsfield Complying With EPA Mandate To Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Pittsfield has been mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, a project that is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.

Upon a revision of Pittsfield’s wastewater discharge permit for a plant located on Holmes Road, an EPA mandate from 2008 would require the city to restrict the amount of aluminum and phosphorus released in its treated discharge into the Housatonic River.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Rogovoy Report for June 21, 2013

Cultural guru Seth Rogovoy delivers a preview of this weekend's events in the Berkshires and beyond. 

Listener Comment Line
12:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of June 17, 2013

Praise for The Moth and fond farewells to Bob Barrett are to be found in highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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