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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.

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WAMC News
12:50 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Humor in the media; hurftul or helpful?

A reveler laughs at the annual Gay Pride Parade in 2011 on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, Canada.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Zakir Suleman

Studies have shown that laughter is good for your health, but what about when it comes at the expense of others.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Five Guys Named Moe” at Cohoes Music Hall

“Five Guys Named Moe” is a trifle but what a delicious trifle.  The musical playing at Cohoes Music Hall through March 17 is a delicious piece of entertainment.

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New England News
12:00 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Pittsfield Welcomes Irish Visitors

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Members of Pittsfield’s Irish sister city committee welcomed guests from Ballina, Ireland on Friday afternoon at Pittsfield City Hall.

Rob Dwyer, president of the Irish Sister City Committee said that since Pittsfield chose Ballina as its sister city in 1998, due to similarities in its “small-town” feel and economy, the two communities have grown close.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Springsteen Raised a Cain

Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bruce Springsteen stands out almost without equals among the musicians who touch my soul. I rarely regret his outsized melodies, gritty voice, and emotionally explosive poetry that explore working class struggles and the general human condition with such passion and compassion.  I am especially drawn to Springsteen's use of biblical and religious imagery in songs such as Adam Raised A Cain, from his album Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Sanders to Host Climate Change Conference

Credit Office of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will hold a conference this weekend in Montpelier focused on the regional impacts of climate change.

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New York News
2:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

NYS Catholic Conference Reacts to Newly-Elected Pope

Credit Zennie Abraham, flickr

The new pope elected Wednesday is the first pontiff from the Americas - Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, whose papal name will be Pope Francis. Here is reaction from the New York State Catholic Conference.

The Catholic Conference is the official voice of the Catholic Church in the state, representing New York’s bishops in matters of public policy. Dennis Poust is its spokesman.

Poust highlights what he thinks the 76-year-old South American’s papacy will mean for New York’s Catholic Community.

Plus, says Poust:

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Vermont Committee Approves Higher Gas Tax

Credit Upupa4me/Flickr

The Vermont House Transportation Committee has approved a gasoline tax increase to be phased in over two years.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

NY Gun Debate Gains Intensity

Credit M. Glasgow / Flickr

The legal debate over guns and the safety of New York's citizens continues at a fever pitch in the wake of the Herkimer horror, where four people were shot yesterday.

The Central New York tragedy and Wednesday’s refusal by a state judge to block New York's tough new gun law, have kicked the gun control issue into overdrive.

A Siena College poll recently found New York voters, by a 2-to-1 margin, support the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which included a broader ban on assault weapons and lower limits on the capacity of magazines.

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New England News
5:57 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Pres. Obama's Pick for EPA Admin. Gets Praise in New England

President Obama’s pick for EPA Administrator is receiving praise from a range of groups including state governments, environmentalists, and industry representatives.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Herbert London: Civilizational Discontents

The barrier between barbarism and civilization is gossamer-thin, a layer of taboos that separates mankind from its base nature. An impulse to ascend is most often pushed into the armory of descent.

Nowhere was this more apparent than the recent Grammy Awards for musical “excellence.” Here were the half literate providing referential status to the half talented. Most of what I heard is dissonance. It was as if music is faintly related to the sounds emerging from electrified instruments.

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