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 28, 2012

12:24 PM
Interstate Love Song
Artist : Stone Temple Pilots
Album : Purple
Composer : Weiland/DeLeo
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Atlantic
12:46 PM
Emma Blowgun’s Last Stand
Artist : Beulah
Album : When Your Heartstrings Break
Composer : Kurosky
Label : Sugar Free Records
12:06 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire


Arts & Culture
12:30 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

"The 80s: The Decade That Made Us" on the National Geographic Channel

    Tonight the National Geographic Channel will premiere their 6-part miniseries The 80s: The Decade that Made Us.

The series is based, in part, on the book Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything by David Sirota.

WAMC's Sarah LaDuke spoke with Sirota in advance of tonight's premiere.

New England News
12:18 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

MGM Campaigns For Casino Project In Springfield

Of the four companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts, one has stood out when it comes to marketing.  MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a casino in downtown Springfield, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising.

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12:00 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Hooman Majd - The paradoxes and conflicts of modern Iran

Credit Courtesy the Lavin Agency

In 2002, President George W. Bush coined the phrase ‘Axis of Evil’ in reference to nations he believed were actively building nuclear weapons for use against the United States and its allies.

More than 10 years later, the nuclear capabilities of one of those countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran, remains a top issue in the U.S. and beyond.

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New England News
12:00 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

MassDOT Highway Admin. Talks National Work Zone Safety Week

Credit MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

Sunday, April 14 marks the beginning of National Work Zone Safety week. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Frank DePaola, Highway Administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, who shared information about a public awareness campaign in the commonwealth, and how drivers can protect themselves and others.

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New England News
1:15 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

The Story of Guns and Western Massachusetts

Boston Globe Magazine reporter Neil Swidey

There's an industry in western Massachusetts that provides well paying manufacturing jobs...a LOT of well paying manufacturing jobs...that pretty much flies under the radar.  It's guns.  In the Sunday, April 14 issue of the Boston Globe Magazine, staff reporter Neil Swidey goes inside this booming industry to learn about the mostly positive effects it has has on an area where the middle class has otherwise recently struggled. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Peter Pan” at Proctors Theatre

The only thing more critic-proof than the musical “Peter Pan” is a production of “Peter Pan” starring Cathy Rigby. And you have them both at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday.

This production is great for kids. It’s eye-appealing, the flying is exciting and the story about the virtues of never growing up is a message everyone wants to hear. Two, the youngsters will not notice the production looks tired with several mechanical portrays that are just good enough.

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Hudson Valley News
2:08 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

District Attorneys Welcome Empowerment Under Proposed NY Laws

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe
Credit Rockland County District Attorney's Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced legislation that would better enable prosecutors crack down on public corruption. The proposal comes following two federal political corruption cases last week involving elected officials in New York.

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New York News
12:59 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Biologists Study White Nose Infected Bats in Artificial Cave

Abandoned bunkers such as this may provide optimal conditions for bats to escape white-nose syndrome
Credit Scott Darling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

With nearly 90 percent declines in some species of bats due to White Nose Syndrome, scientists in the Northeast conducted an experiment this winter aimed at finding alternative strategies to save infected bats.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:55 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Andrew Coates: Medicare And Medicine As A Profession

Medicare is the publicly funded health benefit package that covers most necessary care for older Americans and people with disabilities.

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12:25 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13's Paul Caiano gives us the weekend weather outlook in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 12, 2013.