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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Hudson Valley News
5:45 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Hudson Valley Investor Helps Local Restaurateur

Credit Courtesy of Laura Pensiero

New funding will allow a restaurant group in New York to expand its healthy, locally sourced foods to a wider audience. A local investment fund based in Ulster County is issuing a loan to the local group in Dutchess County to make it possible.

Laura Pensiero owns Gigi Hudson Valley, a farm-to-table restaurant group which consists of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, Gigi Market & Café in Red Hook, and a catering business.

She says the market exists to expand the catering aspect of her business, but, until now, the capital did not.

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New England News
5:43 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Berkshire Residents Discuss Race Issues In Wake Of Zimmerman Verdict

The event was held as part of the Lift Ev'ry Voice 2013 festival.

An event in Pittsfield Monday night served as a reflection and call to action and service in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. But during a discussion forum, community members were very much focused on current events.

The program titled “From Emancipation to Equality: The Unfinished Business of the Civil War and Civil Rights” was held as part of the countywide Lift Ev’ry Voice Biennial Celebration, and brought together members of the Berkshire County community with experts on race relations.

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WAMC News
12:45 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

It's A Cruel Summer...

Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian says, as expected, electric usage is up across the utility's service area. Health risks include nausea or sickness due to poor air quality and possibility of heat stroke, which could lead to death. The experts advise drinking plenty of fluids and wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing.
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Forecasters say the Northeast is in for one of the hottest weeks on the books, and people are being urged to take precautions. High temperatures in many Northeastern cities through Friday will be in the 90s; 96 for Hartford, 95 in New York City and 92 in Albany.  Anthony Loconto is a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed in Burlington, Vermont. Loconto says oppressive weather is here to stay for a few more days.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Paul Elisha: Shame!

Watching the manically depressed oscillation of an appreciable segment of this nation’s political leadership, during the past several days, hyper-ventilating between vociferous variables over implausible positions, on whether or not to consign poverty-plagued children to starvation-edged cutoffs in their already meager Food-Stamp allotments; and/or exposing their inherently stunted gender incongruity in a malicious maneuver against mysterious female body-parts, for which they secretly hunger, one explication came to mind: an aversion expressed by philosopher Blaise Pascal, nearly four-hundred years earlier, at the irritating repudiation exhibited by the male of the species:  “…….what a contradiction, what a prodigy!  Judge of all things, feeble sink of uncertainty and error, both the glory and the shame of the universe,” he wrote.

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WAMC News
12:31 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Medea Benjamin, Code Pink - Closing Guantanamo Bay

Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin

She interrupted the president during a foreign policy speech in may to demand the U.S. close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and President Obama responded by saying she is worth paying attention to. Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of Code Pink, will be at the Troy Public Library at 100 second street this Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. to talk about drones, Yemen and Guantanamo. Media Benjamin stopped in to WAMC this morning for an interview with Brian Shields.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Groups Seeking Common Ground on Adirondack Issues to Meet

The seventh annual meeting of the Common Ground Alliance of the Adirondacks will be held on Thursday.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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The hot weather continues in the northeastern portion of the U.S.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 16, 2013. 

New England News
12:09 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Springfield Votes On MGM's Casino Project

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Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts go to the polls today for a referendum on MGM Resorts’ proposal to build an $800 million resort casino in the city’s downtown.  State law gives local voters the right to weigh in before a developer can even apply for a casino license. 

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New England News
4:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Berkshire Lawmakers Reflect On SNAP Challenge

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Today in Pittsfield, members of the Berkshire state delegation reflected on their participation in a national campaign to raise awareness for hunger.

All of the lawmakers in the all-Democrat Berkshire delegation, including Representatives Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams, Paul Mark of Peru, Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, William “Smitty” Pignatelli of Lenox, and State Senator Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield, ended their seven-day SNAP challenge Monday.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Rob Edelman: Apocalypse Then and Now

The apocalypse is upon us. And no, cinematically-speaking, I am not referring to a remake or re-release of Francis Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW.

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