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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Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Environmental Action Agenda

A few months ago, both Steve Leibo and I brought attention to an MIT study that suggested that a carbon tax could be a win-win-win solution. It would meet some Republican and some Democratic objectives, by allowing Congress to keep income taxes low, allow the Bush tax cuts to remain, yet fund Democratic social policies, all the while reducing our use and dependence on carbon based energy, which is destroying the environment, and is likely to leave an uninhabitable earth for our grandchildren.

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New England News
4:45 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Community Corner: David Hastings, Next Superintendent of Southern Berkshire Regional School District

The Southern Berkshire Regional School District, which operates in the Berkshire County towns of Sheffield, Alford, Egremont, Monterey, and New Marlborough, recently chose its next superintendent. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with David Hastings, who is currently employed as the district’s Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, about his transition into his new role as superintendent that will happen this summer.

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12:43 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

New York State Senator Hoylman Concerned About LGBT Violence In District, JCOPE

Sen. Hoylman
Credit Sen. Hoylman

This weekend, an openly gay man was shot to death after a confrontation in Greenwich Village Friday in what police commissioner Ray Kelly is calling a hate crime. According to New York state Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan, whose district includes Greenwich Village, the incident was at least the fifth instance of anti-gay violence in Manhattan this month.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:27 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Rob Edelman: Great Novels, Not-So-Great Movies

Sometimes, novels that are American classics have been transformed into motion pictures that are American classics. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, and FIELD OF DREAMS (based on Ray Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe) are a few that come to mind. Some-- ALL THE KING’S MEN, for example-- have been the source for films that deserve all the acclaim they earn and remakes that are, in a word, execrable.

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12:18 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 20, 2013.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Siena Poll: Half of Voters Agree with Gov: ‘NYS Govt. is Working Again’

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Weeks of negative headlines involving state legislators are having sway with public opinion. A new Siena College Research Institute poll measures New York voter attitude on political corruption, the state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

There's good news and bad news about how New Yorkers feel about state government and the governor's refrain that it is "working again."

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12:50 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

David Brooks: Times Columnist, NPR Pundit, Skidmore College Honoree

David Brooks
Credit Josh Haner/The New York Times

New York Times columnist David Brooks visited our region this weekend to receive an honorary degree at Skidmore College’s commencement ceremony in Saratoga Springs.  Brooks is familiar to WAMC listeners as a political analyst for National Public Radio whose Friday segments with E.J. Dionne are required week-in-review listening.  He spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus about his advice to young people and the political week that was.

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1:03 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

The Hall Of Fame Classic

Jeff Idelson - President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

The baseball season has been under way for about 6 weeks now, but one of the most popular games in the country is on tap for next weekend in Cooperstown. New York.  The annual hall of fame classic attracts a large number of fans and former players alike. Here to talk about that game and a whole lot of other activities is Jeff Idelson, president of the national baseball hall of fame and museum.

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Hudson Valley News
12:55 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Part Two With CH Energy, Fortis Executives On Proposed Merger

Barry Perry, Fortis (left) and Steven Lant, CH Energy Group (right)

There has been a brighter public spotlight lately on the proposed merger between Canadian energy company Fortis and Poughkeepsie-based CH Energy Group, parent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation. In response, top executives from both companies have been making the rounds, trying to allay concerns and separate fiction from fact. Here is part two of their interview with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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New England News
4:43 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

International Visitors Study Volunteer Efforts In Berkshires To Protect Wildlife

A culvert prevents migration of certain fish species and other wildlife.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A group of visitors from Sweden, students from Maine, and state workers from Massachusetts traveled to the Berkshires to get a first-hand look at some of the cooperative efforts underway to study and restore stream crossings in Western Massachusetts.

At a stream crossing in a wooded area on the outskirts of Pittsfield, Jane Winn, of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team shows a small crowd of students from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and a group of Swedish visitors, a culvert running underneath a rural road…

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