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
3:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Russian Emigres In Paris and Wagner & Me

Two new DVD releases make for worthwhile viewing. The first is a packaged set of five incredible silent films from Flicker Alley.  It’s called FRENCH MASTERWORKS:  RUSSIAN EMIGRES IN PARIS 1923-1929, and features 5 films on 5 discs. THE BURNING CRUCIBLE and THE LATE MATHIAS PASCAL are genuine masterpieces featuring one of the cinema’s most talented but forgotten stars, Ivan Mosjoukine.

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Hudson Valley News
1:03 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

CH Energy CEO and Fortis CFO Discuss Proposed Merger

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

The proposed merger between Canadian energy company Fortis and Poughkeepsie-based CH Energy Group, parent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation has sparked a lot of concern and opposition in the past few months. And now the top executives of each company have embarked on a public relations campaign to try and quell concerns.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Pope’s Comment’s on World Economy Praised by Regional Low Income Advocates

Pope Francis
Credit The Vatican

In a 10-minute speech to four new ambassadors to the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis made scathing comments on the state of the world economy, calling for global reform that focuses on human dignity.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:19 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of May 13, 2013

WAMC's Listener Comment Line for the week of May 13-17, 2013.

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Capital Region News
11:49 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Green Your Commute

Tricyclist Fran Sheehan and NYS DEC Commissioner Joe Martens on "Green Commute Day" (Albany, NY May 17, 2013)
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Today is the day to embrace "People Power" across the land.

That "People Power" is being expressed as "pedal power" - it is "National Bike To Work Day," celebrated annually coast-to-coast on the third Friday in May, which happens to be National Bike Month. The New York adaptation is "Green Your Commute Day" - it is being championed by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens.

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New England News
3:13 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Stakeholders Raise Concerns Over PCB Cleanup In Berkshires

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Electric, and the state governments of Connecticut and Massachusetts, recently met with stakeholders to provide updates on the cleanup plan for removing PCB’s from the Housatonic River and Silver Lake in Pittsfield.

At an EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council meeting at the Lenox Library Wednesday evening, community stakeholders raised concerns over information presented on a status update of the cleanup project at Silver Lake in Pittsfield.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Sean Philpott: Lara Croft, Cancer Activist

In an Op-Ed piece published in Tuesday's New York Times, actress Angela Jolie revealed publicly that she had undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy -- removal of both breasts -- in order to reduce her risk of developing cancer.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: One Voice, United, For Justice

In the 1960s, Bob Dylan, one of our lifetime’s great poets and American song writers, wrote the following lines in reference to the Civil Rights struggles:

If all of us folks that thinks alike/If we gave all we could give/We could make this great land of ours/         a greater place to live.”

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Farm Bill Moves Out of Committee, Regional Interests Want Floor Vote

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee late Wednesday night approved the Farm Bill, moving it to the full House for consideration.

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Capital Region News
12:18 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

With Jennings Out, Corey Ellis Takes Another Run At Albany Mayor

Corey Ellis
Credit (WAMC photo by Dave Lucas)

Twenty-four hours after Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings made public his letter stating that he will not run for another term after 20 years in office, the Albany County Democratic Committee gave its nomination to City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan in the race for mayor. The committee passed over former City Council member Corey Ellis, who ran against Mayor Jennings four years ago fir the Democratic nomination.

Wednesday on Midday Magazine, we heard from Sheehan. Today, we speak with Corey Ellis, who says the lack of the party's nomination will not affect his campaign.

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