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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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Beatrice Lillie

ON APPROVAL, a British drawing room comedy from 1944, has just been released on Blu-ray.  At a glance, this film would seem to be Clive Brook’s showpiece, since he produced, directed and co-stars.  He also adapted Frederick Lonsdale’s smash hit play from 1926.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:38 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Paul Elisha: Courageous Voices Needed To Save America!

When the conservative-driven hierarchy of the U.S. Supreme Court dared to re-design the framework of corporate essence into a temporal twin of individual human qualities and characteristics, it did so without a schematic of definitive qualifications.  As a result, the outcome was essentially left “up-for-grabs.”  In American political parlance, that translates into the singular forensic phrase:  “To the highest bidder.”

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Debate Over Higher Cigarette Tax Flares Up

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A coalition of anti-smoking groups is calling on Vermont legislators to pass a cigarette tax increase.  But businesses that operate near the state’s borders say previous tax increases have led to revenue losses and any further hikes would mean even less traffic. 

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Weather
12:27 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 23, 2013. 

New York News
5:17 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

NY Town Board Rescinds Ban on Fracking Talk

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A town in New York’s Southern Tier has rescinded a gag order on public discussion of fracking during town board meetings. Two groups had sued the town, alleging violation of First Amendment rights. The Town Board denies liability.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:37 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Rob Edelman: Boston Bombings and Manufactured Mayhem

This week, I was planning to discuss in detail THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. This was my agenda for two reasons. First, and simply put, this film is well-worth seeing and reviewing for a range of reasons. Second, it was shot on location here in upstate New York.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Plattsburgh Ranks Well in Global Cities of the Future Survey

Foreign Direct Investment magazine has issued its biennial ‘Cities of the Future’ rankings.  Montreal and New York City rank highly on the major metropolitan lists. Plattsburgh, New York also ranks in the top five micropolitan areas of economic potential.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano joins us with the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, April 22, 2013.

Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Liz Benjamin: The Future of Wilson Pakula

Liz Benjamin
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Why is Governor Andrew Cuomo trying to neuter the leaders of New York’s most prominent minor political parties?

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Politics
12:15 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Board Of Elections Reform Seen As Key In Albany

Gov. Cuomo
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Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high-profile bribery scandals.  Some of them focus on the long-neglected State Board of Elections, which hasn’t even had an investigator on staff in over a year.

The State Board of Elections is supposed to make sure that elections run smoothly and that all the rules, including the campaign financing laws, are followed by candidates and their donors.

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