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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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


12:01 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Paul Agris, SUNY Albany RNA Institute - Unlocking Medical Secrets With RNA

Dr. Paul Agris
Credit SUNY Albany

A cure for cancer - it could well be the most invigorating , but frustrating goal for medical research, but the work at a lab in Albany may help to end the scourge of cancer one day.

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New England News
3:04 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Mass. Interim DTA Commissioner Provides Update On Programs To Stop Welfare Fraud

Interim DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan visited Pittsfield in March to hold a listening session to hear suggestions from the public on ways to improve the department. File Photo.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A recently released audit reports that welfare benefits were paid out to more than 1,000 people who were deceased in Massachusetts. The report comes at a time when the state Department of Transitional Assistance is conducting a top to bottom review of its practices in light of a report showing the potential for fraud released by the state Inspector General earlier this year.

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Hudson Valley News
2:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hudson Valley County Exec Hits The Road For Local Government Reform

The Ulster County executive is behind a statewide tour to learn how municipalities in New York are best coping with fiscal challenges. This comes during an era of unfunded mandates and a two-percent property tax cap. He says the idea is to prevent communities from becoming distressed or on the brink of bankruptcy.

The initiative is called PAYGo NY. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein says it harkens back to a philosophy of pay as you go. Hein is also president of the New York State County Executives Association.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Herbert London: The University Resistance Movement

It was bound to happen. The professoriate has risen in opposition to on-line education. Philosophy professors at San Jose State University said they refuse to use material from an on-line course taught by Harvard professor, Michael Sandel, for fear administrators were angling to cut departmental expenses.

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12:16 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Meteorologist Tim Drawbridge's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Tim Drawbridge fills in for Paul Caiano and delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 29, 2013. 

12:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

James Brooke, Voice of America - Russians On The Boston Marathon Bombings

James Brooke
Credit Courtesy Voice of America

James Brooke will come home to the Berkshires this week. A native of Lenox, who attended Berkshire Country Day School and Yale University, has been a lifelong foreign correspondent, most recently covering Russia and the former Soviet Union for the Voice of America. 

James Brooke will be at the Lenox Library tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. for a free lecture on how Russia views the Boston Marathon, now that one Tsarnaev brother is dead, and another is in custody. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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Hudson Valley News
1:43 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Bannerman Castle Trust Opens Tour Season, Plans Restorations

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Bannerman Island in the Hudson Highlands region of New York is open for tours for the season, and many plans are afoot. The island that sits in the Hudson River south of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is known for its castle that was once the warehouse for Frank Bannerman’s military surplus business.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Paul Elisha: Memorial Day

Paul Elisha checks in with his Tuesday commentary.  Today, Paul look at Memorial Day. 

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Republicans Choose Candidates for Plattsburgh City Seats

Plattsburgh City Hall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Plattsburgh city Republicans caucused late last week and chose their slate of candidates to challenge the Democrats vying for all City Hall seats in the November election.

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12:25 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

After several cool days, warmer weather is on the way.  We get the details in Paul Caiano's Midday Weather summary for Tuesday, May 28, 2013.