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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New England News
12:10 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe - Voter Apathy And The U.S. Senate Speical Election Primary

Scot Lehigh

Voters in Massachusetts are going to the polls on Tuesday for a primary to select candidates for the upcoming special election to replace Senator John Kerry.  Kerry, of course went on the replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State earlier this year. For a preview on what to expect on primary day WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with Scot Lehigh, a columnist for the Boston Globe.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

"The Eraser" Battles Graffiti In Springfield

The Great American Clean Up, the nation’s largest community improvement project, is taking place today  in several places, including Springfield Massachusetts. Hundreds of volunteers will pick up trash and small debris in parks, school yards and other public ways.  One of the organizers is Mike Cass, an employee in the city’s Office of Housing. His specialty is graffiti removal. Cass is so good at it that his official business card identifies him as “The Eraser.”   Cass spoke with WAMC’s Paul Tuthill.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Nathan Hurst, CQ Roll Call - The FAA "Band-Aid" Bill And The Sequester Debate

Nathan Hurst

One of the most glaring effects of the sequester budget cuts was the furloughs of air traffic controllers, which led to delays for many travelers.  After two days of heated debate, a bill to end those furloughs overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress on Friday.

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Arts & Culture
12:55 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Rogovoy Report for APR 26, 2013

Futurity, an indie-rock song cycle about the Civil War, written and performed by the Brooklyn-based ensemble the Lisps, will be staged at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday night at 8pm. A theatrically staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and the group’s own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of young Julian Munro, who spends his days breaking up Confederate railroad tracks as a soldier in the Union army. Julian copes with the destruction around him by imagining a far-fetched science fiction future. Guided by his brilliant mentor, the famous metaphysicist Ada Lovelace, Julian weaves an epic fantasy that folds a utopian, high-tech future into the dark reality of war. Together, Julian and Ada attempt to devise an all-powerful steam-powered machine destined to end war and all of humanity's miseries.
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Listener Comment Line
12:48 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of April 22, 2013

Many WAMC listeners checked in with their thoughts on our programming for this week, as we hear in these highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Andrew Coates: A Near Miss

Many years back during my residency training, on my first overnight as the senior admitting resident, I got a call from an emergency physician at a tiny rural hospital. Her patient had pulmonary emboli -- blood clots to arteries of the lungs. She proposed to transfer the patient to our hospital, where closer monitoring would be available.

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New York News
12:36 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

At New Healthy Living Market, Worldview, Food Intersect

This noteworthy pots-and-pans installation greets you in the expansive entranceway to the market. The size of the store rivals many Price Chopper and Hannaford locations.
Credit Hannah Rank

Hannah Rank explores a new food option in Saratoga Springs

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will announce new legislation to expand markets for farmers and increase the availability of locally-grown food at an event scheduled for this afternoon. The venue for her announcement is the latest addition to the ever-expanding landscape of grocery retailers in New York’s Capital Region. The store is adding a new dimension to the competition for customers by focusing on local and all-natural foods, as WAMC’s Hannah Rank reports.

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Weather
12:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano details the weekend outlook in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 26, 2013.

New York News
12:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Draft Invasive Control Plan for Lake George Basin Released

Lake George panorama from Prospect Mountain
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Lake George Park Commission has issued a draft plan for lake-wide invasive species control and prevention.

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New York News
12:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Report: Upstate NY Air Quality Improving

The American Lung Association released its State of the Air 2013 report on Wednesday. Compiled with 2011 data, the report finds more than 131.8 million people in the U.S. live in counties with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.

Ozone and particle pollution grades have improved in upstate counties monitored. Seiler says that although the grades given are better than in previous years, they are not grades that any student would want to brag about, with a few exceptions.

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