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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 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.

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Commentary & Opinion
10:35 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Liz Benjamin - NY's LGBT Community

The ongoing struggle for control of the state Senate has put some traditional Democratic allies in a tough spot. That is particularly true when it comes to New York’s LGBT community.

The Democrats are trying to convince New Yorkers that putting the majority in their hands will result in passage of many long stalled so-called progressive bills. That includes a transgender rights measure, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, better known as GENDA.

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Commentary & Opinion
9:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Eliot Spitzer - Looking at the Data

If last week was all about politics - and thankfully things turned out pretty well - maybe thisweek we can put ideology and partisanship aside for a moment and apply a more objective,scientific approach to some of the tough issues we face. What do historical records and datasuggest might be the better course for our nation to follow?

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New York News
12:35 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Related: Climate Change, Political Climate, NY Economy

Mid-morning Gannett's Albany News Bureau reported that Republican George Amedore had taken a 54-vote lead in the newly carved 46th district, that runs from the Albany area into Ulster County.

Political and business leaders are concerned that Hurricane Sandy and an uncertain political climate will further de-stabilize New York State’s economy – Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mass In Motion Kicks Off in Northern Berkshires

Mark Fenton talks to the crowd at the Mass In Motion kick off event on the campus of MCLA in North Adams
Credit WAMC

Today in North Adams, members of the community and local governments came together to kick-off a state-funded wellness program that focuses on community health and planning. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the event and filed a report.

Today, members of the North Berkshire Community celebrated the kick-off of Mass in Motion,  a statewide effort with a goal to promote fitness to battle obesity, chronic disease, and to encourage healthy, active living.

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New England News
5:41 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Industry Forecasters Predict Stronger Holiday Shopping Season in Mass.

Despite worry and economic uncertainty, industry forecasters are predicting stronger retail sales this holiday season. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief took a look what small businesses in Western Massachusetts are predicting in the coming weeks.

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Next weekend is the busiest shopping day of the year. But also, economic uncertainty and the looming fiscal cliff are on the minds of many. However, retail industry forecasters are still predicting a stronger holidays sales season this November and December.

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New York News
1:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

PACs and SuperPACs

During the campaign season leading up to Election Day we heard a lot about PACS and SuperPacs - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports these entities have established themselves on the political landscape.



A PAC - "Political Action Committee" - is considered to be any political committee that supports candidates or other political committees by making contributions only (PACs do not make direct expenditures on behalf of candidates).

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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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