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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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
1:58 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Environmental Groups Sue NYS DEC Over Dairy Farm Rule

Credit WAMC

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over dairy farm regulations intended to boost milk production. The New York Farm Bureau says the groups are going too far.

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New York News
12:36 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker On Albany Visit

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is on a national listening tour that brought her to SEMATECH at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering this morning. This afternoon, the Secretary will be in Wallingford, Ct.

The listening tour aimed at hearing the opinions of the public and private sectors and higher education on how to create jobs and boost the economy.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Paul Elisha: Back To Poetic Sanity

What does the phrase:”National Destiny,” truly mean?  Too often, the impassioned palaver of politicians simply get it wrong.  Here, where the spirit of the self-proclaimed destiny of unified accomplishment became the gargantuan model of every free individual’s dream, we have created ‘Nervana-Run-Amock.’  The result has been the ‘Malling’ of America, with ‘Big-Box’ outlets and Strip-Malls covering every vestige  of green that Nature has grown.  This evolution has been accompanied by the corrosion of a nationwide network of infrastructure, unmatched in any other populous expanse.  This is the burden with which our ‘National Destiny’ of material acquisition has endowed us.  Now our problem is: What to do about it?

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Congressman Tours Industrial Facility in Plattsburgh

Imperial Industrial Park Property Manager David Bray (left) with Congressman Bill Owens
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Upstate New York Congressman Bill Owens toured Imperial Industrial Park in Plattsburgh this morning. The half-million square foot facility, one of the largest buildings in the North Country, hosts a number of tenants, including contractors for Nova Bus and Bombardier.

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12:24 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newchannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano shares the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 30, 2013. 

New England News
12:20 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Springfield Mayor Seeks State Police Help As Gun Violence Flares

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
Credit City of Springfield

More Massachusetts state troopers will be deployed to Springfield in response to an uptick in gun violence this summer. Funding was previously approved by the Massachusetts legislature

Members of the Massachusetts State Police Community Action Team will be assigned to Springfield following a personal appeal Monday, in writing and on the telephone, to the head of the state police from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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Hudson Valley News
1:20 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Utility Merger Opponents Ask The PSC For A Rehearing

Credit Christopher Sessums, flickr

Opponents of an approved utility merger in the Hudson Valley are asking the state Public Service Commission to reconsider its decision.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Herbert Wolff Reviews "The Chosen"

Theater reviewer Herbert Wolff looks at Barrington Stage Company's production of "The Chosen," playing August 3rd in Pittsfield, MA. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Rob Edelman: Family History

A couple months ago, while still playing the film festival circuit, an extraordinary documentary-- one of the very best films of the year-- opened theatrically in the U.S. It now slowly is making its way into theaters. I saw it this past fall at the Toronto Film Festival and discussed it in detail. I want to cite it again because it is well-worth spotlighting as it becomes increasingly available to audiences.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

HUD Foreclosure Decision Expected In September For Tornado Damaged Homes

More than two years after a tornado tore through a low-income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts, the residents of the damaged complex face an uncertain future.  More than two dozen homes remain vacant and condemned and there is the threat of foreclosure by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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