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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New England News
11:46 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Vigil Held On Eve Of Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases

People rally outside the Federal Court House in Springfield MA on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments in cases dealing with same-sex marriage laws
Credit WAMC

Supporters of gay rights participated in vigils and rallies held in cities across the country on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing arguments in two same-sex marriage cases.

   While about 50 people gathered around the front steps of the Federal Court House in Springfield to cheer and applaud speakers, Charlie Rogers stood like a sentinel on the curb facing oncoming traffic on State Street. He held a hand-painted sign reading “Overturn DOMA”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Rob Edelman: Panahi

A SEPARATION was one of the top films of 2011. In fact, it deservedly earned the Best Foreign Film Academy Award. I mention it now because its country of origin is Iran and, over a year ago, prior to the Oscar ceremony, I put forth a question: Should the current, seemingly endless hullaballoo surrounding Iran in any way impact on one’s view of this film-- or, if you are an Oscar voter, impact on your decision to vote or not vote for A SEPARATION?

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12:34 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13's Meteorologist Paul Caiano gives the WAMC Midday Magazine forecast.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Liz Benjamin: The Big Ugly

Governor Cuomo's supposedly no drama budget is coming to a rather dramatic end.

The Senate held a rare weekend session – on Palm Sunday, no less – to pass a limited number of budget bills, while the Assembly, citing the Passover holiday that starts at sundown tonight, refused to return to Albany until Thursday.

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Capital Region News
12:05 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Albany Mayoral Race Heats Up

Credit Sheehan For Mayor

This November, residents of the City of Albany will go the polls to elect a new mayor. The Democratic Party has dominated the Albany political scene for decades. There is one hat "officially" in the ring as a few potential candidates calculate their chances of making a run for office.

The future of New York's capital city has, for decades, been entrusted to the mayor - and for the most part, those who served were long-tenured: Erastus Corning 42 years, Tom Whalen for 10, and incumbent Jerry Jennings, who has been in office since 1994.

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New England News
12:04 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Springfield's Sarno won't comment on Republican story linking City Hall to FBI probe

Mayor Sarno

Earlier today, WAMC's Paul Tuthill asked Springfield Domenic Sarno about a published report that the FBI is investigating a political consultant's ties to the mayor's office. Tuthill asked if he was aware of an FBI investigation.

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New York News
5:31 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Karen DeWitt - After weeks of negotiation, New York State inching closer to a budget

Credit Courtesy WXXI

After weeks of closed-door negotiations, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced late this past Wednesday night that they had reached an agreement on the 2013-2014 state budget.

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12:00 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Kate Hoit - My year as a soldier/reporter in Iraq and coming home to Albany

Kate Hoit
Credit Courtesy the Pat Tillman Foundation

This past week marked the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by U.S. led coalition forces, the beginning of a war that, to date, has cost the lives of over 4,400 U.S. men and women in uniform, and, by some estimates, over 130,000 Iraqi civilians.

The war wasn’t only a turning point for U.S. foreign policy and international relations with the Middle East. For many, it was also personal turning point, including Bethlehem, New York native Kate Hoit.

I met Kate as a student at the State University of New York at Albany, where we were both studying journalism.

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12:22 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Boston Globe's Matt Viser on possible RNC push to end Iowa caucus

Matt Viser

Could the 2016 primary calendar finally put an end to the often laborious Iowa Caucus process? WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Boston Globe reporter Matt Viser to try to find out.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Three Ag Bills Re-Introduced

Congressman Bill Owens

A northern New York Congressman is re-introducing three farming related bills that had been proposed in the previous session of Congress. The bills were part of the 2012 Farm Bill, which has yet to be passed by the U.S. House.

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