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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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Playlist

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

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New England News
5:43 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

State Auditor Finds Shortcomings in Commonwealth's MassHealth System

A recent audit of the MassHealth system has found the system open to fraud with thousands ineligible individuals receiving healthcare benefits from Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released a report yesterday that pointed out shortcomings in the MassHealth system, which included failures of the state office of Medicaid to verify the incomes and residency of individuals who received tax-payer funded health care benefits.

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Commentary & Opinion
5:01 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Eliot Spitzer - 2nd Presidential Debate

Photo: Andre Pilarczyk

Toe to toe, interruption to interruption, like two gladiators they squared off in the arena. Candy Crowley's best efforts to maintain order couldn't survive the testosterone battle that played out before us. It was not only great TV, but a superb debate. The key takeaway: Barack is back and moderate Mitt can't survive careful scrutiny. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Sean Philpott: Now Entering the Health Care Spin Zone

Last Tuesday night was the second of three scheduled presidential debates, with President Obama and Governor Romney going toe-to-toe before a public audience at Hofstra University.

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North Country News
12:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Contentious Congressional Debate in New York’s North Country

The Republican and Democrat running in New York’s new 21st Congressional District race met in a contentious televised debate this week.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Stakeholders Concerned About Invasive Pest, Quarantine

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

At a public meeting in Pittsfield, a panel of state and federal officials heard comments from landowners and stakeholders in the forest products industry about how Massachusetts should protect itself from further infestation of an invasive forest pest. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In the basement auditorium of Pittsfield’s public library, state and federal officials discussed the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer in the Berkshire town of Dalton, ways to prevent the spread of the insect, and answered questions from a packed house of attendees.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Herbert London: Mismatch: A Book With Sensible Proposals on Affirmative Action

In a recent book entitled Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students Its Intended To Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It by Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, the authors identify reforms that could make a difference in dealing with this ticklish racial issue, reforms, as I see it, that are eminently sensible.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Clinton County Formulates a Cradle to Career Plan for Education’s Interaction with Economic Growth

Clinton County’s Partnership for Community Development is looking forward to the year 2040 to create a competitive economic future. The group has been holding a series of forums on how to foster such growth. The latest, to be held this week, assesses how education and the business community must work together to foster economic development in the region.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

A Conversation With the Trudeau Institute’s New Leader

Dr. Ronald H. Goldfarb, PhD.
The Trudeau Institute

The Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake recently named a new leader for the scientific research facility.  

The board of trustees of the biomedical research institute  in the Adirondacks named Dr. Ronald H. Goldfarb to lead the Trudeau Institute beginning on October first.  Goldfarb has more than 30 years academic and industrial experience in cancer research, and co-founded a biopharmaceutical company.  He has been on numerous peer-review panels and scientific advisory boards, and edited cancer journals.  He is the Trudeau Institute’s sixth President, Director and CEO.

WAMC News
12:40 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Dr. Michael Goldstein - New England Eye Center

Here is some health advice you probably already know; don’t buy contact lenses at a gas station. But the fact is some people do indeed purchase temporary, decorative contact lenses in gas stations, or costume stores, that can in some cases lead to eye damage and a loss of vision. Dr. Michael Goldstein, the co-director of the cornea and external disease service at the New England Eye Center at Tufts University of Medicine, and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Tufts, says these decorative contacts, often popular at Halloween can cause serious problems.

Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Liz Benjamin - The Strange Bedfellows of Campaign Season

Two endorsements made yesterday in state Senate races proved - yet again - that old adage about the game of politics and the strange bedfellows its players choose as they seek to achieve, maintain or consolidate power.

The first came from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is now two for two, technically speaking, in bestowing his general election support on fellow Democrats.

Cuomo's first nod went to Sen. Joe Addabbo, one of the Senate Republicans' top targets this fall who is facing a spirited challenge from a GOP rising star, New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

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