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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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rogovoy Report for December 12, 2014

Stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu brings his incisive, sociopolitical commentary to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday at 8pm. The son of Indian immigrants, Kondabolu grew up in Queens, N.Y., with a first-hand look at what it means to feel like an outsider in contemporary America, an experience that fuels his work and has made him a regular on late-night TV shows including Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, and Comedy Central, and at festivals from South by Southwest to Bumbershoot to Sasquatch.

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Listener Comment Line
12:44 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 8, 2014

The Senate report on CIA interrogation methods was a focal point of listeners on the WAMC Listener Comment Line this week. Here are highlights. 

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New York News
12:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

NY State School Boards Association's Kremer Reacts To King's Departure

School aid and education funding are often among the more closely watched issues every state budget season in Albany, and next year likely will be no exception. What are education groups hoping for in the executive budget, which is about one month away from its official release? WAMC spoke with Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, who began with his thoughts on this week's announcement by state education commissioner Dr. John King he is leaving New York for the U.S. Department of Education.

Weather
12:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 12, 2014. 

New York News
3:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Former Officials Take Issue With Lawsuit Against Saratoga Springs City Council

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

  Note: This posted has been updated.

A group of former city officials in Saratoga Springs last week filed a lawsuit accusing the current city council of illegally approving a land exchange. Now other former officials are speaking out against the charges. It’s the latest flare-up between city incumbents and past leaders.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Vermont GMO Supporters Decry Federal Bill Targeting State Level Legislation

Credit Vermont Right to Know Coalition

A hearing of the subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce was held in Washington Wednesday regarding a federal bill that, if passed, would pre-empt Vermont’s new GMO food labeling law. Supporters of Vermont’s law are protesting what they say is an effort to deny citizens access to information.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 11, 2014.

New York News
5:37 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kesselring Site Gets Support In Federal Spending Plan

Passage of a federal spending bill that would fund the government for the next fiscal year would also fund a military site in Saratoga County that is central to the region’s economy.  New York congressional leaders are urging the bill’s passage.

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New York News
1:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Company Warns Of Cuts As Saratoga County Nursing Home Shifts To Private Hands

Credit Saratoga County

The potential new owner of Saratoga County’s Maplewood Manor nursing home says it’s working to reduce the impact on current staffing levels as the home approaches privatization, but some cuts may be unavoidable.

The Saratogian newspaper reported earlier this month that employees at Maplewood Manor were handed a notice that up to 97 full- and part-time positions could be cut as the county-owned nursing home changes to private hands.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Herbert London: The Stark Choice With Iran

It is high time to face reality. The extension of talks in Vienna suggest that despite flexibility in negotiations on the part of P5+1, Iran believes it can get a more conciliatory deal by holding out another seven months.

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