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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Weather
12:25 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 24, 2013. 

New York News
5:45 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Report Cites Twelve Top Solar States

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A new report released this morning ranks the top 12 solar producing states.  Vermont and Massachusetts are among the leaders and New York is swiftly climbing the ranks.

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New England News
5:09 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Grants Will Support Energy Efficiency Upgrades To Affordable Housing In Mass. Gateway Cities

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This week, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency that promotes the advancement of renewable energy in the commonwealth, announced that it will contribute $1 million to help affordable housing developments save energy costs by becoming more efficient.

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Capital Region News
3:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

UAlbany - CNSE Split: A Closer Look

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The SUNY Board of Trustees has given the green light to separate the University at Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering. While there are some concerns, officials seem to agree they are taking steps in the right direction.

Last week, the trustees voted 13 to 3 in favor of splitting the colleges into two separate entities.

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Hudson Valley News
1:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

United Water To Respond To PSC Order About Need

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A number of legislators along with citizens’ and environmental groups are questioning the need for a proposed water supply project in Rockland County. The company behind the proposed project affirms the need is still there, and growing. The state Public Service Commission will decide.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:48 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Paul Elisha: Remembrance: The Past As Prologue

The year was 1936 and this now grizzled and sometimes forgetful WWII Veteran sat in the front seat of the family Chevrolet with his father;  a good spot from which a fourteen-year-old could observe and prep for that future day, when he might become a responsible driver.  We had just pulled up to the tanks, in front of the local gas station and the proprietor came out to greet us, the ever-present chamois in hand.  “What’ll it be, Al,” he asked, to which my Dad replied: “The usual; fill’er up, John.”  To which John responded, as follows:  wiped both the rear window and windshield; checked the tires, then opened the hood to check both water and oil.  When all of these were done, he filled the gas tank.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 23, 2013. 

Hudson Valley News
2:52 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Researchers Find Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In The Hudson River

Collecting samples from the lower Hudson River.
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A new study finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria in certain spots of the Hudson River, and researchers say the disease-causing strains are part of the ongoing risk from sewage contamination in the water.

The microbes identified are resistant to those types of antibiotics commonly used to treat ear infections, pneumonia, and other ailments. Suzanne Young is the study’s lead author. She says the study focused on 10 sites, in areas from the Tappan Zee Bridge to Manhattan and Queens.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Rob Edelman: More Apocalypse

These days, there seems to be an endless flow of contemporary action/sci-fi adventures featuring evil forces that are determined to destroy humankind. The latest of the lot is PACIFIC RIM, and it involves what happens when the world-- the entire world-- must unite to thwart some colossal, murderous monsters of the Godzilla variety.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

New York State Marks 10th Anniversary of Anti-Smoking Law

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This week marks the 10th anniversary of New York State’s Clean Indoor Air Act, which prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars. While smoking cessation advocates are celebrating the anniversary, they also say there is more to be done to protect public health.

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