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 22, 2012

12:46 PM
Artist : John Whelan
Album : Celtic Reflections
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Narada
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Hyperballad (Brodsky Quartet version)
Artist : Bjork
Album : Telegram
Composer : Björk, Nellee Hooper, Marius De Vries
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : One Little Indian


Listener Comment Line
12:22 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of April 8, 2013

Our listeners weighed in on quite a lot this week - from our coverage of the NRA to traffic reports - as we hear in highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

New England News
5:22 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mass. Arts and Culture Advocates Unhappy with Budget Recommendation

Out of the cuts included in the House Ways and Means proposal, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a public agency that promotes investment in the arts and sciences, is facing a 15 percent reduction in state funding. And arts advocates are moving quickly.

Matt Wilson is head of MASSCreative, an organization that lobbies in support of cultural organizations and arts and sciences education.

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Hudson Valley News
2:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

NYS Senator Introduces Economic Development Package

Credit Cecilia Tkaczyk

A freshman New York State senator has introduced a number of bills aimed at growing local economies and creating jobs. The legislation package especially targets New York’s upstate region.

Democratic State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk of the 46th District rolled out a package of economic development bills she says would help small businesses and farms. She announced the bills in Greene County Wednesday, on Main Street in Catskill.

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New York News
2:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Lake Champlain Flood Resilience Report Issued

Lake Champlain flooding 2011
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Lake Champlain Basin Program has released a new report assessing flood resilience and offering recommendations and management strategies that could prevent major flooding of the kind that occurred in 2011.

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12:37 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 11, 2013.

New York News
12:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

NYSUT 2013 Policymaking Convention in DC

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The New York State United Teachers Union is taking aim at what leaders call "New York's testing obsession" - they're in Washington for a three-day policymaking conference.  

At NYSUT’s annual representative assembly, delegates will debate and act on 65 resolutions, including one that addresses New York's rollout of the new Common Core curriculum.

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Hudson Valley News
2:05 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Legislators Comment on NY Governor's Effort To Crack Down on Public Corruption

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday proposed legislation that establishes a new class of public corruption crimes and enables prosecutors to better crack down on public corruption. The proposal comes on the heels of two federal political corruption cases last week involving elected officials in New York.

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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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