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 the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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.

Herbert London: Money & Iran

Aug 26, 2015

Lead performers in “Cabaret” sing “Money makes the world go round.” Little did these performers know about the Middle East where money not only makes the world go round but props up dictators like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Iran is presently spending billions to keep him in power and prosecute a war in which more than 230,000 people have been killed and poison gas has been employed.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 26, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

WILPF

A human rights and peace activist from Northampton, Massachusetts has just returned from El Salvador. Paki Wieland traveled there with a group of other activists to bring attention to the plight of women imprisoned for violating the country’s strict anti-abortion laws. The women insist they suffered miscarriages or stillbirths.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Wieland.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Jacob’s Pillow is putting the wraps on its summer dance festival this weekend, and this finale is bittersweet.

University of Texas Press

The impact of major disasters on children and youth has not been widely studied.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit 10 years ago this week,  University of Vermont and  Colorado State University researchers conducted a multi-year study into how the hurricane impacted the lives of  the hundreds of thousands of children displaced by the storm.  UVM Associate Professor of Sociology Alice Fothergill, co-author of the book Children of Katrina,  tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it is the first significant  study focused on children following a major disaster.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Triple Crown winner is heading east, and now we know what awaits him on Saturday. A crowd gathered in downtown Saratoga Springs Tuesday night for the draw for the 146th Travers Stakes. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief was there along with hundreds of fired up racing fans to see where their favorites will start in the summer's biggest race.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Saratoga North Creek Railway is raising the ire of environmental and conservationists over a plan to store empty railcars on its central Adirondack tracks.

American Pharoah To Face "Graveyard Of Favorites"

Aug 25, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 50,000 will be there in person and millions will watch on television this Saturday as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races in the Travers at Saratoga Race Course. It is one of the most anticipated races in years at the track  as American Pharoah tries to avoid the stunning losses by other horses that has led Saratoga to become known as the "Graveyard of Favorites." Secretariat, Man O'War and Affirmed are just a few of the seemingly invincible horses that lost at the track. Allan Carter, the historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, says the graveyard reputation at the race course is no myth.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 25, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some of the Troy mayoral candidates are weighing in on law and order after two police officers were wounded in a fatal shootout with a carjacking suspect over the weekend in Lansingburgh.

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