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 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: The U.S. In The U.N.

Jul 22, 2015

In 1922 Antonio Gramsci, one of the founders of the Italian Communist party, argued that the major impediment standing in the way of a Marxist revolution in Italy was nationalism. So he attempted to insert Italy in the firmament of the Communist International. Since that time there have been many activists who have campaigned for a One World government contending that nationalism is the catalyst for war. Foremost among those “strategists” was Saul Alinsky who maintained the belief that a pathway to socialism is only possible through deracinating national fervor.

NYS Invasive Species Advisory Council

New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week.  The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive species is patterned on an effort that began in the Adirondacks.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 22, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pat Bradley/WAMC

Standing near the shore of Lake Champlain, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday discussed legislation she has drafted to keep microbeads out of the nation’s waterways.

Schenectady Mayor Gives Casino Project Update

Jul 21, 2015
Gary McCarthy for Mayor

WAMC's Ray Graf speaks with Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy for a progress report on the Mohawk Harbor casino project. McCarthy, Galesi Group COO David Buicko and former city mayor Brian Stratton, now head of the state Canal Corp., toured the construction site Tuesday morning.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Our weeklong series on violence in the region continues now. In part two of Crime in our Communities, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis reports on Pittsfield, where a few incidents in recent years have raised the awareness of violence in Berkshire County’s largest city.

Rob Edelman: Listen To Me Marlon

Jul 20, 2015

In our culture, many of us who are living otherwise ordinary lives seek vicarious thrills via the adoration of celebrities. Those who embrace this kind of fandom devour the tabloid newspapers and magazines that “report” on celebrity scandals, real or imagined. I must add here that, on one-too-many occasions, people who should know better have name-dropped celebs they might have met at a party or a premiere, as if this sort of thing would impress me. But the bottom line is that it is easy to fantasize about celebrities, and to assume that they all covet their fame and all the perks that come with it.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 20, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 20, 2015.

Authorities in Massachusetts’ third largest city are using innovation, technology, and more police on patrol to combat violent crime.

Total crime is down about 8 percent in Springfield so far this year, according to the Springfield Police Department.  It is in keeping with a national trend of steadily declining crime rates. But, the crime that makes the headlines – homicides – stands at 13, just one shy of the total number of murders Springfield recorded for all of last year.

The deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear program reached last week has been both hailed as an historic agreement and decried as a disaster for U.S. foreign policy. With Secretary of State John Kerry due to travel to the Middle East early next month, the U.S. is working hard to convince allies in the region that the accord is the right move. But there’s also a domestic debate, with many members of Congress promising to pore over the deal before rendering judgment. Already busy trying to shape that debate is the liberal advocacy group J-Street, which supports a two-state solution in Israel as a road to peace. Dylan Williams is Vice President of Government Affairs for J-Street and is a former U.S. Senate staffer.

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