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 19, 2012

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Louise
Artist : John Whelan
Album : Celtic Reflections
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Narada
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Echo
Artist : Incubus
Album : Morning View
Composer : Incubus
ReleaseYear : 2001
Label : Immortal

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North Country News
1:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Vermont Representatives Get Training on Legislative Etiquette

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont House members took a pause from usual deliberations on Tuesday for a session on proper decorum in the chamber.

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

"Quickie Whiskeys" hope to challenge market

A Cleveland entrepreneur has uncorked a new contender for the thriving whiskey market. Aptly named “Cleveland Whiskey,” it’s being touted as a 60-day bourbon that rivals brands aged 10 years or longer. Idea-stream’s Brian Bull looks at the trend of “quickie whiskeys” and their potential as game-changers in the multi-billion dollar whiskey industry.

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New England News
12:19 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Cleanup of Sheffield Train Crash Underway

Construction debris was dumped out of train cars after an accident in Sheffield early Tuesday morning.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A train carrying construction debris derailed Tuesday morning in the Berkshire County town of Sheffield.

Train cars that derailed on tracks owned by the Housatonic Railroad toppled over around 1:15 am on Tuesday and are now being cleared by the railroad company, according to Sheffield police chief Eric Munson.

“They were pretty much in assessment phase yesterday,” said Munson. “They started bringing in their heavy equipment early this morning and their estimate is two to three days before all the debris is removed and the trains are uprighted and the tracks are repaired.”

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New England News
12:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Transportation Bill Closes Budget Gaps For Regional Transit Authorities

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield MA
Credit WAMC

The  $500 million tax bill approved this week by the Massachusetts House to fund transportation should address the immediate financial needs of the state’s 14 regional transit authorities.  But advocates for public transportation say it is a regressive approach that does not meet the demand for more bus and train service. 

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Weather
12:14 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the WAMC Midday Magazine forecast for Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  

Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Herbert London: Basic Competencies and The MOOC Surge

It is difficult to know if MOOC’s (Massive Open On-line Courses) are a conspiracy to undermine the Academy or mankind’s final redemption, a way to open the avenues of higher education. However one sees it, millions of people are already taking on-line courses. There is a revolution taking place driven by technology and cost controls. Where it will end up is anyone’s guess, but ultimately the success of this innovation will depend on measured competencies.

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North Country News
12:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Chained CPI Proposal Under Fire

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Advocates across the nation and in Vermont are raising red flags over President Obama’s inclusion of a Chained CPI in the proposed budget proposal.  The system would use the Chained Consumer Price Index as the cost-of–living adjustment for Social Security, Medicare, veterans and other programs.  Opponents say it will in essence cut benefits to those programs.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Paul Elisha: And now a word from our sponsor...

When Marshall McLuhan penned his now immortal phrase:  “The medium is the message,” he could have added the ultimate truism of a then little-known Ellery Sedgwick:  “In America, getting on in the world means getting out of the world we’ve known before.”  Apparently, the world we’ve known, the American-bred world of ‘bigger means better,’ is now in full flight toward the target of Teensy-Weensy land, where everything of value will now be able to fit on the postage-stamp screen of a gadget grasped between thumb and forefinger and able to store or send the sum of any known or conceptualized quantity to an automated receptor of as yet undetermined size and shape.

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Weather
12:23 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13's Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the WAMC Midday Magazine forecast for Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  

Central New York News
12:06 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Utica Immigration Reform Rally Set For April 10

An immigration reform rally is set to go on Wednesday in Utica ... With the call for comprehensive immigration reform taking center stage on Capitol Hill, a group of Central New Yorkers is meeting in Utica Wednesday in a show of support. Utica Organizer and political activist Diane Berry says the local rally is timed to coincide with a larger one in Washington D.C.

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