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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October 16, 2012

12:44 PM
Boys Don’t Cry
Artist : The Cure
Album : Boys Don't Cry
ReleaseYear : 1979
Label : Fiction Records
12:23 PM
Novio
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra/Wea

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North Country News
12:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Critics of Single Payer Claim Vermont Officials Hiding Cost Information from Public

Credit 401(K) 2013/Creative Commons

A group opposed to Vermont’s transition to a single payer health care system released an analysis of documents that they claim prove the Shumlin administration is hiding information from the public about the cost of the plan.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Mass. DCR Announces Quarantine to Halt Spread of Invasive Insect

Credit courtesy NYS DEC

The Masscahusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced today a bold step in preventing the spread of an invasive insect.  Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

At the DCR’s headquarters in Pittsfield Thursday morning, Commissioner Ed Lambert made an announcement on action that will be taken to control the serious threat of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer….

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Hudson Valley News
1:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Elected Officials Hear Concerns from Low-Income Residents

Credit Courtesy of Terry Gipson

A grassroots group in the Hudson Valley organized a Town Hall Meeting in Poughkeepsie Tuesday evening, to give low-income residents the chance to hear from three elected officials who represent them. The elected officials vowed a lot of support and help, and many in attendance say they are hopeful.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi - Taking New York's Tax Cap to Court

Credit Middletown NY City School District

The New York State United Teachers Union today filed suit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to challenge the state's the 2% property tax cap enacted in June 2011.

WAMC's Brian Shields was joined by NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi to talk about the lawsuit.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:14 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Herbert London: The President’s Hard Authoritarianism

Herbert London - The President’s Hard Authoritarianism

For most of Barack Obama’s first term as president he talked passionately, if not persuasively, about the need for national unity. Even the Stimulus Bill – largely a laundry list of pent up Congressional desires – was described as a national effort to get the economy moving. His prime legislative initiative, Obamacare, was advertised as a way to extend medical coverage for those without insurance. Of course, it nationalized one-seventh of the American economy and set the stage for unprecedented government expansion. Although it may be premature to attach historical labels to the president’s first term, I think his record displays what might be called “soft authoritarianism.”

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Hudson Valley News
1:10 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

They Rallied Against the Compressor Station Days Before a Court Decision

Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

Some residents in a western Orange County town gathered over the weekend for a rally, in protest of the ongoing construction of a natural-gas compressor station. The station is being built to increase the capacity of a natural gas pipeline heading towards New York City.

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Capital Region News
12:48 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Law Would Help Police Track Parolees

Police in the city of Troy may soon get a bit of "enforcement assistance" with a new local law that supporters say would help control crime.  

Troy's City Council has been discussing creating a registration program for parolees that would require individuals fresh out of prison who take up residence in town to register with the Chief of Police.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Report Shows Importance of Outdoor Recreation Revenues

Dutton Brook on Ampersand Mountain in the Adirondacks
Credit Jarek Tuszynski via Wikipedia Commons

A national association has released a report assessing the economic importance of outdoor recreation to each state.  In New York and Vermont that sector of the economy translates to thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenues.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Massachusetts Community Colleges To Train Casino Workers

Credit Triin Q/Flickr

While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission does not expect to award the first casino license in  the state until a year from now, plans are underway to start training people to fill the thousands of jobs the new gaming industry promises.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:41 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Paul Elisha: Carve to all...

With the dawn of this storm swept year of Two Thousand and Thirteen, there’s much more than coastline geography, that appears to have been swept away.  Most of those watching The TV Weather Channel or scanning their I-Pads won’t be aware of it but the Art of Conversation has also been swept away.  Not much of a loss, to those hip-deep in complaints to local officials or state and federal politicos but a guy, named Jonathan Swift, who wrote about this subject more than three-hundred years ago, would counsel that the speediest way to action on any subject is via the path of free and forthrig

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