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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September 26, 2012

12:06 PM
Another Country
Artist : Shadowfax
Album : The Dreams of Children
Composer : Greenberg
ReleaseYear : 1985
Label : Windham Hill
12:24 PM
Artist : Howie B
Album : Turn the Dark Off
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Island/ Polygram Records
12:39 PM
Love Theme
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
Composer : Moby
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra


Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Rob Edelman: Bad Guys and Good Guys

Once upon a time, back in the 1950s, there was a TV series titled I Led Three Lives. The “I” of the title was Herbert Philbrick, a Boston advertising executive who also worked undercover for the FBI and infiltrated the American Communist Party. This show came to mind while watching THE ICEMAN, a tough, fact-based new film that works both as a character study and a crime drama.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Danish Ambassador Set For Vermont Visit

Danish Ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen
Credit Peter Taksøe-Jensen

The term "welfare state" is a pejorative for many in the U.S., a system that many elected officials would distance themselves from, but the term is used with pride by Peter Taksøe-Jensen, the Danish Ambassador to the U.S., who will be visiting Vermont next weekend, at the invitation of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The ambassador, who spoke to WAMC today, will meet with the public in Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier to discuss the Danish form of government.

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Hudson Valley News
12:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Report Shows Declining School Enrollment in the Hudson Valley

Credit Pattern for Progress

School enrollment is declining in New York’s Hudson Valley. A new report shows projections through 2020, and already has three years of numbers demonstrating the downward trend.

The report, entitled “The Empty Classroom Syndrome,” looks at enrollment projections for 114 public school districts across nine Hudson Valley counties – Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. Newburgh-based non-profit planning and policy organization Pattern for Progress released the report. Here’s Pattern’s President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin.

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New England News
12:24 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Social Media Campaign Promotes Prom Season Safety in Berkshires

Credit Pittsfield Prevention Partnership and Students Against Destructive Decisions

A campaign aimed at parents and teenagers to encourage a safe prom season kicks off today in the Berkshires and online.

The three-week Safe Prom Berkshire County campaign is a project of the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership and the Berkshire Family Focus. With information passed on to teens and parents through community businesses and partners, and an online social media strategy, the campaign hopes to encourage safe behavior and prevent automobile accidents.

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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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