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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New York News
12:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

NY Gov: Don't Text While Driving

Don't Text and Drive - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was underlining that mandate in an appearance this morning at a Thruway rest area, as Thruway authorities plan to ramp up penalties for distracted driving.

Despite a beefed-up public awareness campaign and new laws combating distracted driving, New York State Troopers issued 21,500 tickets issued over the summer, compared to 5,000 last year.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "One Slight Hitch"

Today, our theater reviewer, Bob Goepfert, discusses Curtain Call Theatre’s production of One Slight Hitch, open now through October 5th.

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Hudson Valley News
1:55 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Lorre Wyatt Talks About Benefit Concert, Working With Pete Seeger

Lorre Wyatt and Pete Seeger rehearsing before the 9/1/2013 benefit concert for WAMC.
Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Pete Seeger, Lorre Wyatt, Guy Davis, and friends performed a benefit concert for WAMC earlier this month at the Paramount Theatre in Peekskill. After the September 8 show, singer and songwriter Lorre Wyatt spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

UMass On Track To Establish Satellite Campus In Springfield

University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Thomas
Credit UMass

The University of Massachusetts is poised to establish a first-ever satellite campus. It would be located in downtown Springfield.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has lobbied for several years to get a UMass campus in the city.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke earlier this week with the Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, Henry Thomas, who is Springfield resident.

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New York News
2:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Vendors Prepare For Farm Aid 2013

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Farm Aid has had a longstanding mission: keep family farms in operation. The mega concert event is being set up today at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and organizers are working to connect local vendors with local farms to feed the thousands who will attend this weekend’s festival.

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Listener Comment Line
12:55 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of September 16, 2013

Feral cats, Linda Ronstadt and the stigmatization of the mentally ill are some of the topics covered in highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.  

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North Country News
12:40 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Asian Clams Spread to New Sites in Lake George

Credit Lake George Association

During a two-week survey of the lake, volunteers and staff from the Lake George Asian Clam Task Force discovered new infestations, bringing to 13 the number of confirmed sites in Lake George.

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Capital Region News
12:27 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

UAlbany To Bring Scholar Daughters Of Desmond Tutu To Campus

Credit UAlbany

The daughters of renowned South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu will make an appearance at the University at Albany as part of a weeklong celebration at the college.

CLICK HERE to view the full schedule of Celebrate and Advance events at UAlbany.

The coming week will highlight UAlbany's strengths in research, scholarships, campus life, diversity and community engagement, as well as celebrating the formal inauguration of Robert Jones as the college’s 19th president.

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12:19 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano tells us how the weekend weather is likely to shape up. 

Hudson Valley News
4:57 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

NY Congressman Comments On Draft Revisions To NYC Water Waiver

Credit Patrick Stahl, flickr

A New York Congressman whose district includes the West-of-the-Hudson New York City watershed is weighing in on draft revisions to the city’s waiver from filtering drinking water. 

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