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 16, 2012

12:44 PM
Boys Don’t Cry
Artist : The Cure
Album : Boys Don't Cry
ReleaseYear : 1979
Label : Fiction Records
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Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra/Wea


New York News
12:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Two Congressmen from Region Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Syrian Intervention

Republican Chris Gibson (left) and Democrat Peter Welch

Vermont’s Democratic congressman and a Republican representative from New York have submitted legislation that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria. The two were on C-SPAN Wednesday morning to discuss their bill.

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12:25 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 10, 2013. 

New York News
12:13 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Past Moreland Act Comission Fell Short

Barbara Bartoletti

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a governor created a panel to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.

When Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo was governor back in the 1980’s, he also called on the powers in the now 100-year-old Moreland Act to appoint a commission to look into government corruption.

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North Country News
5:45 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

City Councils Take Comments on Fighter Jet, South Burlington Reverses Position on F-35

Credit USAF

The U.S. Air Force is expected to decide where it will base the new F-35 fighter jets by the end of the year. The Burlington International Airport, which houses the Vermont National Guard, is one of the preferred sites.  Two cities near the flight path for the proposed F-35 fighter jet held hearings last night regarding the Air Force plan to house the plane in Vermont. One of the city councils reversed a previous vote and will now support the new jet.

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Hudson Valley News
2:19 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Water Company Proposes Two Increases; NYS Senator Opposes Both

Credit William Warby, flickr

A Rockland County-based water company wants to raise its rates and impose a surcharge on customer water bills.  A New York state senator opposes both, while water company officials say the increases are needed to cover money already spent.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Paul Elisha: The American Dream

In his “History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire,” Edward Gibbon wrote: “All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.”  More to the point of American history, the Irish philosopher, George Berkley (in 1752) paraphrased John Quincy Adams’ note: “Westward the course of empire takes its way,” thus: “The first four acts already past, a fifth shall close the drama with the day:  time’s noblest offspring is the last.”

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Capital Region News
12:28 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

County Nursing Home Impasse Continues

Daniel P. McCoy is Albany County's fourth County Executive.
Credit albanycounty.com

The Albany County Executive has been on a mission to privatize the 250-bed Albany County Nursing Home, while county legislators have been heading in the opposite direction, trying to keep the facility not-for-profit and under county control.  

On Monday, the Albany County Legislature voted to authorize McCoy to retain a law firm to assist in formation of a local development corporation to manage the facility. McCoy says he cannot legally do that.

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12:07 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Meteorologist Tim Drawbridge's Midday Forecast

Tim Drawbridge
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Tim Drawbridge checks in with the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Hudson Valley News
3:10 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Bard College And A University In China Create A Joint Music Program

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Credit Courtesy of Bard College

A college in New York with a well-known conservatory is teaming up with a new school of music in China to offer a joint music program. The dean of the music school in China says the approach is entirely different for his country, and the partnership is all the first of its kind for the conservatory.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Defense Furloughs Start Today

A C-5 cargo jet on the flight line at Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts
Credit US Air Force

Furloughs of civilian workers for the U.S. Department of Defense begin today.  The mandatory days off without pay were ordered by the Secretary of Defense as a result of the across the board federal budget cuts known as sequestration.  About 700 employees at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts are affected.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the public affairs officer for the 439th  Airlift Wing  Air Force Master Sergeant Andrew Biscoe.

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