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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September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire


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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Hudson Valley News
12:57 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

IDC Takes Proposed Campaign Finance Bill On The Road

Senators David Carlucci (left) and Jeff Klein (right)
Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

A group of New York state Senators held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed campaign finance reform bill. They say with the most recent lawmaker names that have emerged in connection with a federal corruption investigation, the need for such reform is all the more urgent.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Dick Gregory Talks About Abolitionist John Brown

Dick Gregory
Credit dickgregory.com

Abolitionist John Brown, remembered for his 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry, a preview of the bruising Civil War to come, is buried just outside Lake Placid on the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Each year the group “John Brown Lives!” holds an annual commemoration of Brown’s life and anti-slavery efforts at the farm. This year’s keynote speaker is  comedian, social and civil rights activist, author and former presidential candidate Dick Gregory.

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12:26 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, May 9, 2013.

12:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

City Electricity Goes "Green" In June

A Columbia County city plans to become the first community in New York state to purchase its electricity as locally-produced wind power.

Researchers say that with a little effort, New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030. The city of Hudson is leading the pack for now with the announcement it will purchase electricity through retailer Viridian Energy. Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck hails the move as a "win-win for the environment and for taxpayers."

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New York News
2:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

NY Film Tax Credits Pro And Con

The Tonight Show is coming home to New York - the late night program left for California in 1972, but the lure of state tax credits has proven irresistible to the NBC television network. The show is expected to generate more than 100 million dollars in economic benefits for the Empire State. But not everyone supports the film tax credit.

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