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.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Poor Test Scores Loom Over New School Year

Tim Kremer

Students in New York will return to class with some rather gloomy test results hanging over the new school year. This summer, state education officials released statewide test results that showed a drop in the math and English scores for third through eighth graders as the new Common Core standards take hold. What does it mean for the schools? We spoke today to the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer.

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Hudson Valley News
7:25 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EPA Regional Administrator Talks Climate Change In The Hudson Valley

An Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator was in the Hudson Valley recently to talk about climate change. Judith Enck spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and what it means for the region.

President Obama released his Climate Action Plan in June, and EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck spoke about the plan with community and nonprofit leaders as well as local government officials during a roundtable at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Rob Edelman: Toronto 2013

The Toronto Film Festival, which runs ten days each September, has become the unofficial starting point of the Academy Awards season. If you wish a first look at some of the films that will be Oscar contenders early next year, Toronto will be your destination-- not to mention the festivals that run almost concurrently in Venice and Telluride.

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12:19 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano lays out the forecast for the next few days, in the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 26, 2013. 

New England News
12:48 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

New School Year Begins With Plenty Of Challenges

Daniel Warwick, Superintendent of Schools in Springfield, Massachusetts
Credit SPS

20,000 students head back to class Monday in Springfield Massachusetts. The state’s second largest public school system has received almost $14 million in federal funds to put programs in place to close academic achievement gaps.   Daniel Warwick is beginning his second year as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with him about his plans to address the system’s chronic problems.

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New England News
12:43 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Grossman Calls For Ban On Outside Spending In Race For Governor

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman, who is one of five Democrats currently running for Governor, issued a challenge to his rivals this week.  He called on them to sign the so-called “People’s Pledge.”  This ban on third-party campaign advertising was popularized in the 2012 race for U.S. Senate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Grossman about this and other issues.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Rogovoy Report for August 23, 2013

The summer cultural season is indeed slowly creeping to an end. Williamstown Theatre Festival has closed up shop; this is the last weekend of activity at Jacob’s Pillow, and several of the other major venues are wrapping up their summer programs before launching their fall seasons. That being said, there still is a wealth of cultural activity taking place this weekend, as there always is in and around the Berkshires. This weekend’s highlights include two programs featuring dance companies that blend classical dance and hip-hop; newly adapted stage versions of Edith Wharton stories; a new play about Hemingway and Fitzgerald; a handful of chamber music concerts, and a whole lot more.

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Listener Comment Line
12:42 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of August 19, 2013

We listen to what you had to say this week, as we roll back highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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12:32 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Yale's Benhabib On Middle East Crises - Part Two

The Middle East today consists of a series of distinct crises. In part two of their conversation, Yale University’s Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Saudis have an important role to play.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Subpoena for Planned Parenthood Information Filed in Health Center Buffer Lawsuit

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In July 2012, the city of Burlington, Vermont passed an ordinance creating a 35-foot buffer zone around reproductive health facilities in the city. Six women who regularly gather to pray and protest at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England sued the city, and their lawyer is seeking records from Planned
Parenthood. But the organization says the request is intrusive and irrelevant to the court case.

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