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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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Rob Edelman: Focus on Race

Now that the awards season is history and last year’s top-ten films are yesterday’s news, we now-- cinematically-speaking-- officially are neck-deep in the dog days of late winter and early spring. And the majority of films that come to theatres this time of year are, well, not very good, and certainly not very memorable. They may feature recognizable names, which may or may not be audience draws. Primarily, however, their plotlines are fashioned to attract the maximum number of viewers in the shortest amount of time. In this regard, they are the equivalent of mass-produced sugary confections that will appeal to the most undiscriminating movie-going masses.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Environmental Group Calls NYBrownfields Program ‘Broken’

Credit EANY

Environmentalists are out with a new report critical of New York State's Brownfields Cleanup Program.

Brownfields are thousands of sites statewide - they exist in virtually every community - that range from the local dry cleaner that closed up shop years ago to shuttered gas stations to bigger, more polluted contaminated sites that contain dangerous toxins.

Many times these dangerous parcels are off the tax rolls, classified as "abandoned properties."

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 23, 2015.

New England News
12:09 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NYPD Latest To Use Gunshot Detection System That Had Springfield PD As Early Adopter

The New York City Police Department has announced it has started to use a gunshot detection system.  The rollout of the technology in the nation’s largest police department comes seven years after the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts started using the system called ShotSpotter.   

ShotSpotter uses acoustic sensors to pinpoint the location of gunfire and transmit the information within seconds to police dispatchers and to laptop computers in police cruisers. A map on the computer screen shows where the gun was fired and there is an audio recording of the shots.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Stephen Romano: Balancing Life And Diabetes

I met Laura Burby the beginning of our freshman year at Western New England University and we started dating. As our relationship grew, I learned more about her diabetes, and I learned what to do in certain scary situations. She’s independent when it comes to her diabetes, but it can be a lifesaving measure to be a caretaker when needed.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Throwing Open The Schoolhouse Doors

One day in the first century, BCE, a young Jewish man left his home in Babylonia, present day Iraq, and made the perilous five hundred mile journey to the holy city of Jerusalem in the land of Israel.  Each day, he would pay the entrance fee to the guard posted at the door of the great academy of Bible study, so he could sit at the feet of the great teachers. One time, being a poor laborer, he had no money, and when he sought entrance to the school, the guard refused to let him in because he could not pay him.   Undeterred as a devoted student of God’s word, he climbed onto the roof and lay down, pressing his ear against the skylight, in order to listen in on the spirited conversations taking place below.  He became so engrossed in the discussions about sacred matters taking place that he took no notice of the snow falling on him.  Soon, the young man fell asleep, and he began to freeze.  As morning approached down below, two of the great sages interrupted their argument when they realized that the room they were in was not becoming light enough as the sun rose.  Looking up, they caught the young man’s silhouette pressed against the skylight.  Rushing to the roof, they brushed him off, dragged him inside the school, helped him to thaw by the fire, and then listened to him tell his story.  The young man became the legendary Rabbi Hillel, one of the greatest sages of Jewish tradition, who was known for his patience, compassion, love and willingness to teach all people, rich and poor.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Study Finds More Transparency On State Spending

A report issued this week by a Massachusetts-based consumer protection organization finds state governments are making it easier for taxpayers to find out how their money is being spent. The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund looked at the content and ease-of-use of financial transparency websites – often called online checkbooks.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Activists Protest Pipeline At Public Service Board Meeting

Credit Vermont Gas

A number of protesters and activists this week were at the Vermont Public Service Board as it met with Vermont Gas for a routine meeting about its natural gas pipeline permit review.

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Listener Comment Line
12:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 16, 2015

Our listeners weigh in on what turned out to be a very eventful week in the news. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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WAMC News
12:33 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Healthcare System Failing Young African-American Men

Credit Elizabeth Anderson

A new report by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that young African-American men have better survival chances in prison than on the street because they have better access to health care. Meanwhile,  a group based in Albany is rolling out a new program to address the intersection of race, crime, criminal justice policy, and health.

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