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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:34 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Paul Elisha: No Race Prejudice in America? Take Another Look

With the sum of today’s techno-centric capability at unbelievable levels of accomplishment, in this nation, it’s hard to believe that America’s biggest problem is still race prejudice – specifically and sadly, prejudice of Whites against Blacks.  As the Nobel Prize recipient for literature, in 1992, Derek Walcott put it:  “There are no large issues in America, outside of race.”

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New England News
6:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

$1.9 Million Awarded to Protect Land from Development in Western Mass.

Farmland in the Berkshire town of Egremont preserved under Massachusetts' Agricultural Preservation Restriction program.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration recently awarded nearly $2 million in grants to preserve large tracts of undeveloped land in Western Massachusetts.

Last week Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the Landscape Partnership Program is supporting two projects to protect thousands of acres of agricultural and wooded land from development in Franklin and Berkshire Counties.

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Hudson Valley News
12:47 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Newspaper Union Members Approve Contract with New Owner

Credit Jon S., flickr

Newspaper Guild union members at the Ulster County, New York-based newspaper “The Daily Freeman” have agreed to a contract with the newspaper’s future owner. “The Freeman” and other Journal Register Company papers are slated to be under the new ownership next month.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Rob Edelman: The Not-So-Wonderful Oz

Why does Hollywood remake or rework classic movies? Why would moviemakers want to improve on what is universally acknowledged as perfection, or at least near-perfection?

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New England News
12:40 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Western New England athletes inspired by former competitors

Coach Kolins
Credit WNEU

National Girls and Women in Sport Day began in 1987 to honor the life of Olympic Volleyball Player Flo Hyman, who dedicated her life to sexual equality in sports.  Twenty-six years later, the day is celebrated in all 50 states, promoting and honoring female participation in athletics.  Reporter Pat O’Rourke has more.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Changes Called For In Housing Policies

Credit WAMC

Community activists in several US cities are calling for changes in housing policies. They point to a shortage of affordable housing in the midst of a surplus of vacant, bank-foreclosed properties. One of  the cities where anti-poverty activists point to what they see as a housing crisis is Springfield Massachusetts. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Light and Shade

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

Governor Cuomo made a big show last week of marking Sunshine Week - a national initiative launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors to highlight the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.

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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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