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
12:23 PM
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra/Wea


12:23 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has a comprehensive weather picture in his Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 13, 2013.

Commentary & Opinion
12:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Crying Wolf?

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

The following is a direct quote from Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

"New Yorkers deserve a clean and transparent government comprised of officials who work for the people, not for the special interests and certainly not for their own corrupt self-interests."

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Listener Comment Line
11:33 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of May 6, 2013

WAMC listeners share thoughts on what they heard this week over the WAMC airwaves,  as we hear in these highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

New York News
12:28 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Assemblyman Kavanaugh Calls For Election Reform In New York

Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh represents the 74th Assembly District on Manhattan's East Side in New York City.

Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh represents the 74th Assembly District on Manhattan's East Side in New York City.  He spoke with WAMC's Bob Barrett about the need for Fair Elections in New York...and also about New York State's recent gun control legislation. 

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New York News
1:00 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Conversation with New Adirondack Council Leader

William (Willie) C. Janeway
Credit Adirondack Council

A new leader is at the helm of the Adirondack Council.  William “Willie” C. Janeway talks about his return to the Adirondack Park as he marshals the organization’s conservation efforts.

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New England News
9:44 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Springfield City Council Approves MGM Casino Deal

Springfield City Councilor Kenneth Shea speaks during debate on a host community agreement with casino developer MGM Resorts International.
Credit WAMC

The casino project proposed in downtown Springfield Massachusetts by MGM Resorts International has cleared another hurdle. The city council unanimously endorsed the project Friday night and authorized a city wide voter referendum.

   The vote by the Springfield City Council came after about 90 minutes of debate during a special meeting Friday night and was greeted by cheers in the packed council chambers.

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New England News
5:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report Adds More Information to Williamstown's Housing Dilemma

The entrance to the Spruces in Williamstown. Much of the mobile home park was destroyed by flooding associated with Tropical Storm Irene.
Credit Wikimedia User Beyond My Ken

A recently released report provides a deeper look into the housing needs of one small Berkshire County community.

Williamstown’s Affordable Housing Committee recently commissioned a study on the housing needs of the community by housing and development consultant, John Ryan. 

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Commentary & Opinion
11:28 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Andrew Coates: Caregiving As Humankind's Shared Project

In two recent essays Dr. Arthur Kleinman, the eminent Harvard anthropologist and psychiatrist, writes in the world's leading medical journals about caregiving as a moral experience.

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Hudson Valley News
11:27 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dust, Rust And Chrome At Rhinebeck Car Show

Swap vendors at the Rhinebeck Car Show display their wares on any available surface.
Credit Meg Heckman

Last weekend, enthusiasts from across the Northeast gathered to trade parts and stories at the Rhinebeck Car Show. Reporter Meg Heckman sent this audio postcard.

Hot rods, muscle cars and automotive echoes of the gilded age are the public face of the Rhinebeck Car Show, but look past the tidy rows of glittering bumpers and you’ll see something else: acres and acres of dust, rust and chrome. It’s the annual swap, where buyers and sellers come from across the East Coast to haggle over the stuff that old cars are made of.

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New York News
11:25 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Counties Consider Curtailing Last Call

Credit Edwin Land/Flickr

The Essex County New York Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution asking the state Liquor Authority to roll back bar closing hours in that county from 4 to 3 am. 

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