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 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


Hudson Valley News
1:04 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

There Will Be a Recommended Decision In A Proposed Utility Merger

Credit Christopher Sessums, flickr

An extended public comment period closes this week for a proposed utility merger. This comes as administrative law judges say they will issue a recommended decision to the Public Service Commission concerning the proposed merger.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:36 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Rob Edelman: Seniors On Screen

Films like AMOUR, QUARTET, and THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, all released last year, examine the lives and dilemmas of senior citizens. All were high-profile, but they are not the only current films whose characters are coping with old age.

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12:25 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano checks in with the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 29, 2013

Capital Region News
12:07 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

UAlbany Cheating Scandal

Credit wikipedia commons

A cheating scandal at the University at Albany is raising eyebrows, and neighboring schools are taking note...

The story broke Wednesday in the college newspaper. The Albany Student Press carried the headline "Cashing in on cheating: Student-run operation charges money for completion of online assignments."

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12:45 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Frankie Bailey, University at Albany - Justice and Multiculturalism In The 21st Century

Frankie Bailey

Last week the State University of New York at Albany School of Criminal Justice held their spring symposium.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe - Voter Apathy And The U.S. Senate Speical Election Primary

Scot Lehigh

Voters in Massachusetts are going to the polls on Tuesday for a primary to select candidates for the upcoming special election to replace Senator John Kerry.  Kerry, of course went on the replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State earlier this year. For a preview on what to expect on primary day WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with Scot Lehigh, a columnist for the Boston Globe.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

"The Eraser" Battles Graffiti In Springfield

The Great American Clean Up, the nation’s largest community improvement project, is taking place today  in several places, including Springfield Massachusetts. Hundreds of volunteers will pick up trash and small debris in parks, school yards and other public ways.  One of the organizers is Mike Cass, an employee in the city’s Office of Housing. His specialty is graffiti removal. Cass is so good at it that his official business card identifies him as “The Eraser.”   Cass spoke with WAMC’s Paul Tuthill.

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12:15 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Nathan Hurst, CQ Roll Call - The FAA "Band-Aid" Bill And The Sequester Debate

Nathan Hurst

One of the most glaring effects of the sequester budget cuts was the furloughs of air traffic controllers, which led to delays for many travelers.  After two days of heated debate, a bill to end those furloughs overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress on Friday.

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Arts & Culture
12:55 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Rogovoy Report for APR 26, 2013

Futurity, an indie-rock song cycle about the Civil War, written and performed by the Brooklyn-based ensemble the Lisps, will be staged at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday night at 8pm. A theatrically staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and the group’s own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of young Julian Munro, who spends his days breaking up Confederate railroad tracks as a soldier in the Union army. Julian copes with the destruction around him by imagining a far-fetched science fiction future. Guided by his brilliant mentor, the famous metaphysicist Ada Lovelace, Julian weaves an epic fantasy that folds a utopian, high-tech future into the dark reality of war. Together, Julian and Ada attempt to devise an all-powerful steam-powered machine destined to end war and all of humanity's miseries.
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Listener Comment Line
12:48 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of April 22, 2013

Many WAMC listeners checked in with their thoughts on our programming for this week, as we hear in these highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.