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
2:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Public Hearing On Belleayre Projects Draws Hundreds

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Wednesday at the Belleayre Ski Center in the Catskills. The hearing, which attracted a few hundred people, focused on two proposals and their cumulative impacts.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Sean Philpott: Sweeping Sand Under The Rug

This past weekend was the Memorial Day holiday, traditionally marking the official start of the summer season. But Memorial Day is more than just barbeques with friends and three-day sales at local department stores. Memorial Day is also the day when we honor the more than one million men and women who have died in combat or from injuries received while serving in the US armed forces. Among those we honor are the nearly 75,000 who have died since serving in the 1991 Persian Gulf War (also known as Operation Desert Storm).

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New York News
12:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Aftermath: Climate Change?

Credit WAMC photocomposite by Dave Lucas

Powerful storms rolled through upstate New York Wednesday night, flooding streets, downing trees and closing roads.  

Wednesday evening saw mobilephones abuzz with storm alerts, watches and warnings as Albany-area TV meteorologists hunkered down to anchor extended coverage of dangerous inclement weather that ran up close to 9 p.m. The storms originated in Central New York and wreaked havoc as they traveled eastward.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina fills in for Paul Caiano today and delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 30, 2013. 

WAMC News
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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Weather
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. 

WAMC News
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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