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
12:52 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Residents Form Soup Line At Congressman's Office, Protest A Vote

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Some two dozen low-income Hudson Valley residents showed up outside the office of their Congressman Thursday to express disappointment and anger over his recent vote concerning a national food stamp program.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Andrew Coates: Celebrating Our Nurse Colleagues

I practice hospital medicine.

Recently the nurses at our hospital voted to give me an award. They told me about it, discreetly, one by one, ahead of the official notice from the administration. These caregiving colleagues, upon whom our patients in the hospital depend every day, took the time to let me know that they also depend upon me. Wow. A true honor.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

North Adams Community Conversation Will Address Aging Flood Chutes

Credit Hoosic River Revival

The cement-walled flood chutes that travel through North Adams are now over 60-years old, and concerns over the safety and integrity of the structures have been on the minds of many city residents for years.

Judy Grinnell, President of Hoosic River Revival, said the conversation about how to address the flood chutes and improve the quality of life in North Adams first began in 2008.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Debate Over Farm Bill Dairy Provisions Continues

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

As Congress reviews the Farm Bill, there remains debate outside the Beltway over some of the dairy provisions.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Top Welfare Official To Live On Food Stamp Budget

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and his wife Kathleen take the challenge of buying a week's groceries on a food stamp budget
Credit WAMC

The man in charge of administering much of the social services system in Massachusetts is trying to live for a week on a food budget equal to what is provided by a federal assistance program.  It is part of a national campaign by anti-hunger groups to highlight the importance of the program at a time when it is threatened with deep cuts.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy - Opting Out Of The Electoral College

Patricia Fahy

After the 2000 presidential election which saw Al Gore win the popular vote, but George Bush win the White House, there was an outcry by some to get rid of the Electoral College.  A bill to change that system has just cleared the New York State Assembly.  

The measure is being supported by Albany area Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat, who says the bill would have New York join an interstate compact in which states would give all of their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationwide. Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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Weather
12:10 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the weekend weather outlook in the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 14, 2013. 

New England News
5:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mass. Advocates Seek More Funding For Youth Violence Reduction Program

A state-funded program to boost youth violence prevention efforts in Massachusetts is at risk of losing all funding after only a handful of years after its initial creation.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Keith Strudler: Lebron Vs. History

In the period of the next several days, the history of basketball may or may not be rewritten. At stake is far more than the next NBA Title, which will go to either the San Antonio Spurs or the Miami Heat. The Spurs hold a 2-1 game lead in the best of seven series and could potentially defeat the favored Heat team before ever having to return to Miami for Games 6 and 7. Or, Miami could rebound and overwhelm the Spurs with superior talent and up-tempo play, taking their second consecutive title and laying the groundwork as the league’s most current dynasty. With that comes the historical directive of one superstar LeBron James, the most dominant player in the league.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Error in F-35 Report Inflames Basing Debate

F-35
Credit USAF

The U.S. Air Force says information regarding support for basing the new F-35 fighter jet at the Burlington International Airport was overstated in the just released revised Environmental Impact Statement.  But supporters say the corrected numbers are still skewed because officials are counting a petition with more than 10,000 signatures as only one comment.

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