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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Capital District News
12:45 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin

Republican New York State Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin claimed victory on election night, but his opponent, Democratic challenger Cheryl Roberts did not concede right away,  waiting for absentee ballots to be counted. Roberts has now admitted defeat, and McLaughlin says he is ready for a new two year term representing New York’s 107th Assembly District which includes Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties. Speaking with WAMC’s Brian Shields, he says recent events have changed the agenda for January.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Sean Philpott: Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss ... Or is He?

Most pundits have been describing last week's elections as a victory for the status quo, with President Obama being reelected and Democrats retaining control of the Senate despite the timid economic recovery and despite SuperPACs spending nearly a billion dollars on largely negative campaign ads. From a health and science policy perspective, however, nothing could be further from the truth.

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New England News
5:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Groups Speculate How Fiscal Cliff Will Impact Mass. Economy

As the federal government scrambles for a way to avoid going off the so-called fiscal cliff, a series of automatic cuts in discretionary spending, employers and industry leaders are warning that the cuts could have a significant impact on the economy of Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

If Congress and the president cannot reach a deal to prevent it, at the beginning of January, $110 billion will be cut from discretionary spending in FY 2013. Those include cuts to both defense and non-defense spending.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:37 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Herbert London: Politics As Culture

In Jacques Barzun’s masterwork on cultural history he describes modernity as decadent.  Pitirim Sorokin’s narrative of contemporary society includes sensate culture, a belief that the senses are superordinated over ideas and beliefs.

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New England News
5:05 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Report: Smoking Still Leading Cause of Preventable Death and Disease in Mass.

According to a recently released report, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts, while the state also continues its struggle with illegal drugs. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In a report by the Massachusetts Health Council, a statewide non-profit agency that includes over 150 health oriented organizations, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable illness and death among Massachusetts residents – with 9,000 deaths attributed annually to tobacco use.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:54 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Paul Elisha: Playing God

If they haven’t discerned it before this, Americans must by now have realized, that the first freedom guaranteed by our Constitution is our most onerous and burdensome one: Religious freedom.  By now, Americans should have ascertained that every right is counter-balanced by a responsibility.  In this case, the right to religious belief and worship literally requires respect for others to enjoy a similar right, and if different, to refrain from any dissent, contrary persuasion or resistance.

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Capital District News
12:25 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Scott Waldman - Albany Times Union

The University At Albany is again facing questions about the extracurricular activities of some it its students after several were arrested last week in an alleged hazing incident resembling the torture technique known as 'waterboarding'.

For more on the incident, WAMC's Patrick Donges spoke with Albany Times Union education reporter Scott Waldman, who has been following the story.

WAMC's Patrick Donges speaking with Albany Times Union education reporter Scott Waldman.

Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Rob Edelman: Heroes

Decades ago, you could watch any number of films-- dramas, action-adventures, Westerns, swashbucklers-- in which good was pitted against evil. There would be villains: men who were power-mad or consumed by greed, or who would readily commit violent acts. Ultimately, they would be quashed by heroes: men who were honest, stalwart, moral.

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WAMC News
12:40 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Karen O'Keefe - The Marijuana Policy Project

Last week, the states of Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for recreational use.

In our region, Massachusetts voters widely supported a referendum legalizing the prescription of marijuana for medicinal use.

For more on what these developments mean for the future of marijuana policy in New York State and across the country, WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Jon Campbell - Gannett News

The future of the New York State Senate is in flux after last week’s elections. Between the yet to be decided race in the 46th State Senate District and the importance of the chamber’s so-called Independent Democratic Conference, the question of which party will control the Senate will could remain unanswered as the calendar turns to 2013.

For more on how the New York State Senate could shake-out WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with Gannett state government reporter Jon Campbell.

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