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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Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Anything Goes” at Proctors Theatre

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It is hard to think of any musical with a better score than “Anything Goes.” It’s just as difficult to think of a cast who might perform those numbers better than those in the national tour playing at Proctors through Sunday.

This revival, which originated at Roundabout Theatre in New York City, is a happy musical that entertains and delights with great Cole Porter masterpieces. It opens with “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and follows with classics like “Easy to Love,” “Friendship,” “It’s De-Lovely” and “All Through the Night.”

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New England News
7:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Layoffs Hit Western Massachusetts Hospital

A hospital in Western Massachusetts is making employee layoffs as other health care providers in the region are trying to find solutions to challenges in recruiting and retaining physicians.

The Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield this week informed the Massachusetts Nurses Association union that the hospital will cut up to 9 positions among its medical-surgical nursing staff. It will also redesign up to 4 other various positions to accommodate the changes in personnel.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Rogovoy Report for July 12, 2013

Seth Rogovoy previews big and wonderful cultural events in the Berkshires and beyond. 

Listener Comment Line
12:45 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of July 8, 2013

We listen to what our listeners had to say this week, in highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Commentary & Opinion
12:32 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Andrew Coates: How Human Resilience Reveals An Unnecessarily Cruel System

Recently one of my patients, someone in a very frail state, insisted upon discharge the next day, over my objections. The patient's spouse was facing cancer and now was the time to be at home, not in the hospital.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Hard Rock Reaches Casino Deal With West Springfield

West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger ( on right) and Tim Maland, President Hard Rock New England announce the signing of a casino host community agreement
Credit WAMC

Hard Rock International has struck a rich casino development deal with West Springfield. The agreement, announced last night by West Springfield’s mayor and  Hard Rock officials, ups the ante in the fierce casino competition in western Massachusetts.

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12:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina has the weekend weather outlook in the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, July 12, 2013. 

New England News
7:44 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Voters In Berkshire Town Defeat Amendments To Wind Turbine Bylaw

Voters in a small Berkshire County community earlier this week voted against a proposal that many some are arguing would open the town up for more wind energy development. The move comes at a time when more small Western Massachusetts towns are planning for their futures with wind energy in mind.

At a special town meeting Monday evening in the small Berkshire County town of Peru, voters rejected a proposed bylaw amendment that would have raised the noise threshold for wind turbines operating in the town.

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Hudson Valley News
1:49 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Friends Remember Toshi Seeger

Toshi Seeger
Credit Econosmith.com courtesy of Clearwater

Toshi Seeger died Tuesday at the age of 91. The wife of folk music legend Peter Seeger is being remembered as an activist, filmmaker, and a woman with a profound influence on her husband.

Hal Cohen is a founding member of Beacon-based Clearwater, an environmental organization of which Pete Seeger is also a founding member.

Cohen says she was a role model for him, and helped with such challenges like founding Clearwater.

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New York News
1:43 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

NY Citizen Justice Advocates On The Move This Weekend

Credit Project SALAM

Citizen justice advocates have events planned heading into the weekend in a show of solidarity with those they believe are unjustly imprisoned...

Yassin Aref, the Albany imam convicted of material support for terrorism along with pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossain after a 2006 FBI sting, is preparing to file a new appeal asking for a new trial. This after Aref discovered significant new evidence about his case.

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