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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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October 15, 2012

12:06 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:23 PM
2 Wicky
Artist : Hooverphonic
Album : A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Composer : Callier, Geerts, B. Bacharach, H. David, P. Henry
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Columbia
12:45 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire


New York News
12:16 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Bikers Hope Amtrak Will Expand Rack Access Soon

A biker loads his bicycle onto an Amtrak train in Hudson, NY.
Credit Callie Winkeller

Several New York bicyclists recently participated in demonstration rides hosted by Amtrak in a step toward one day allowing bikes on passenger trains. 

Late last month, Amtrak invited 36 New York bicyclists to bring their wheels on a northbound train as part of an ongoing effort to accommodate bikes on trains traveling around the state.  This particular train had a special demonstration cafe car equipped with rack space for four bicycles.  Bicyclists signed up to board at a particular stop on the Ethan Allen line and then disembarked at the next stop. 

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New England News
12:36 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Opposition Organizes For West Springfield Casino Referendum

Nathan Bech is leading an effort to urge voters in West Springfield to reject Hard Rock International's casino project. The referendum is on September 10th
Credit WAMC

A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts.    The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10th.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews: Southern Comfort

“Southern Comfort,” the musical being given its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., is a tender, story about love, courage and most of all family.  It’s a lovely show with excellent music and a story that will make you feel good as it breaks your heart.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Andrew Coates: Medicine As A Beleaguered Profession

A young friend and keen analyst of social change made the observation that it seems that physicians, when it comes to the contemporary state of our profession, seem a bit in shock, as if suffering a grief reaction. She referenced the stages of grief elucidated by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.*

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Economist Explains Genuine Progress Indicator

Credit Steve Johnson/Flickr

The Vermont Legislature’s Government Accountability Committee recently heard a report on the state’s economic status based on its Genuine Progress Indicator. The G-P-I is an emerging measure of economic activity that some economists  say more accurately reflects economic activity than the Gross State or Gross Domestic Product. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Jon Erickson, Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont Gund Institute, a leading expert on the Genuine Progress Indicator.

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New York News
10:45 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Study Group Issues Report on Flood Mitigation

Lake Champlain Flooding May 5, 2011
Credit Vermont Governor's Office

A U.S.-Canadian study group has delivered its flood mitigation recommendations for the Lake Champlain and Richelieu River basin following record flooding in 2011.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Entergy to Cut Jobs at Vermont Yankee

Vermont Yankee
Credit NRC/Entergy Nuclear

Entergy Corporation plans to cut about 30 jobs at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant by the end of the year. While it’s not good news for the plant nor surrounding community, Vermont Yankee supporters say the real concern is the state’s continuing effort to shutter the plant.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Rogovoy Report for August 2, 2013

Seth Rogovoy, the great sage of Berkshires arts and culture, is back to deliver a preview of what is happening this weekend in and around the Berkshires. 

New York News
12:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Owens Answers Constituent Questions During Telephone Town Hall

Congressman Bill Owens

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens held a telephone town hall with constituents across his sprawling northern New York district Thursday evening.

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Listener Comment Line
12:20 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of July 29, 2013

  Fracking, national security and other issues are discussed in highlights from this week's Listener Comment Line.  The comment line is a toll free call, 24 hours a day.  1-800-695-9170.