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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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Rogovoy Report for August 30, 2013

Berkshire cultural guru Seth Rogovoy joins us for his weekly preview of weekend artistic, musical and cultural events in and around the region. 

Weather
12:25 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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We get a detailed prognostication of likely weekend weather patterns in Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 30, 2013. 

Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Andrew Coates: On Democracy

My mother and my public school teachers taught me that the foundations of democracy were based upon centuries of struggle to protect personal dignity from the abuses of the state. 

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New York News
12:18 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Long, Winding Road To NY Flood Recovery

Nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy devastated wide areas of New York, very little of the Congressionally-approved $60 billion in rebuilding funds has been allocated.
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Two years after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and almost one year after Superstorm Sandy altered New York’s land and seascapes, relief aid --- from both private donors and government agencies --- has been painfully slow in coming, as communities struggle to return to normal.

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New York News
2:46 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Owners Of Local Food Truck File Lawsuit Against NYRA, New York State Officials

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The owners of a Capital Region food truck are suing New York state officials after they were prevented from vending at the Empire State Plaza and Saratoga Race Course. The spat has set off a First Amendment debate. 

The owners of the Schenectady-based “Wandering Dago” food truck, which sells Italian foods, have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Racing Association, the state Office of General Services, and other state officials after they were prevented from operating at Saratoga Race Course earlier this summer, kicked out after opening day.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Sean Philpott: Much Ado About UNOS

Next weekend my husband and I plan to attend a fundraiser to raise money to cover some medical expenses for the friend of a friend. The person in question, a middle-aged woman not much older than myself, suffers from severe cardiomyopathy. Her heart is literally falling apart and she needs a transplant.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano serves up the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, August 29, 2013. 

Hudson Valley News
1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Entergy Officials Say Indian Point Is Unaffected By Vermont Yankee Closure

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Following word that Entergy will shut down its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Entergy officials say the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York is unaffected by the closure. Indian Point opponents disagree.

Entergy announced Tuesday that it will shut down Vermont Yankee, taking it offline by the end of next year. Entergy Wholesale Commodities President Bill Mohl said the plant could neither compete against natural gas prices nor continue to bear the impacts of regulations and costs. Mohl says the decision to close Vermont Yankee, or VY, is an individual one.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Herbert London: A Global Survey And U.S. Decline

The road to the future has been set by the Obama administration. According to a recent global survey of more than 38,000 people in 39 countries, more people see China as eventually surpassing or already having surpassed the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower, notwithstanding the fact that many more people hold a favorable view of the U.S. While it is difficult to assess why people embrace a point of view, the declinist psychology during the Obama years has clearly been a factor in shaping global opinion.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Vermont Governor Talks About Historic Storm

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
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Two years ago, Tropical Storm Irene moved up the Atlantic coast, barging through Vermont on August 28th. Some areas of the state saw 11 inches of rain, and 500 miles of roads and 200 bridges were damaged or destroyed. Six people in the state died. Today, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin about the historic storm and the status of the recovery.

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