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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September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire


New York News
12:30 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

NYSUT Not Ready To Reverse No Confidence Vote

NYSUT President Karen Magee says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King.
Credit nysut.org

The president of the New York State Teachers Union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Resolution To Create Oil Train Task Force Tabled

Plattsburgh City Hall
Credit WAMC Photo

City councillors in Plattsburgh have tabled a resolution to create an oil train task force.
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Listener Comment Line
12:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of July 14, 2014

Illegal immigration proved to be the generator of much discussion among our listeners.  Here are highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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US News
12:32 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Pew: Statehouse Reporting Down Across The U.S.

Amy Mitchell is PEW's Director of Journalism Research
Credit www.pewresearch.org

The national media spend a lot of time at the White House and Capitol Hill, while local reporters keep track of the events at the city halls and town and village government buildings. But what about the 50 state capitals?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Rogovoy Report For July 18, 2014

There’s so much going on in mid-July in the greater Berkshire region in theater, music, performance and art, we can only touch briefly upon a few highlights. Here they are:

World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming stars in the world premiere of Joe DiPietro’s “Living on Love,” based on the play “Peccadillo” by Garson Kanin, at Williamstown Theatre Festival, running on the Main Stage now through Saturday, July 26.

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12:26 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, July 18, 2014. 

Capital Region News
12:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Capital City Battles Blight, Aging Infrastructure

Like so many other cities across the nation, Albany has had to deal with urban blight and aging infrastructure. When an old house along the city's storied Clinton Avenue crumbled, the mayor took immediate action.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Casino Revenue In State Budget Questioned

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders are betting voters don’t repeal the state’s casino law.   Casino revenue was included in the 2015 state budget, but the impact of the decision appears to be more political than financial.

Gov. Patrick does not see it as much of a gamble to speculate on $73 million in projected casino revenue in a budget that totals $ 36.5 billion. The casino cash may never come if voters repeal the state’s casino law in November.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Sean Philpott: She Ain't Heavy, She's My Brother

Actress Laverne Cox made history last week when she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress for her role on the hit show "Orange is the New Black." Ms. Cox is the first openly transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. While Hollywood has been increasingly open to portraying transgendered individuals in a positive light -- such as Jarod Leto's Oscar-winning turn last year a transgendered woman in Dallas Buyers Club -- even the progressive entertainment industry falls prey to the stereotype that transgendered people are just men or women in drag. That the Emmy's nominating committee made a point to nominate Laverne Cox as an actress is a welcome change.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Temporary Restraining Order Halts Adirondack Land Swap Mining Tests

NYCO Lewis mine
Credit Protect the Adirondacks

A New York state judge has issued a temporary restraining order forcing NYCO Mineral Company to delay test drilling on Adirondack Forest Preserve land. 
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