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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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September 25, 2012

12:24 PM
Who’s Got the Bacon?
Artist : Howie B
Album : Turn the Dark Off
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Island/ Polygram Records
12:06 PM
Switch
Artist : Howie B
Album : Turn the Dark Off
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Island/ Polygram Records
12:39 PM
Novio
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra/Wea

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Commentary & Opinion
12:32 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Herbert London: Obama's Ship of State Without a Helmsman

This presidential campaign season is a time for clarification. If campaigns have any value over and above the megaphone effect of why one candidate is more desirable than the other, it is the chance to use a campaign as an educational forum. From my perspective, even silence or ambiguity can be revealing. In this season, President Obama has indicated the threat and direction of American foreign policy through ellipses.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Paul Elisha: On paper in the digital age

The poet Frank Bidart’s “Inauguration Day,” composed for President Barak Obama’s first Inaugural, began with these lines: “Staring out across America I see, since Lincoln, gunmen nursing fantasies of purity betrayed, dreaming to restore the glories of their blood and state.”  These words projected a hope of return to earlier times of repression and the glory of purity restored.  It’s a hope that obviously lingers for some.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Hospitals Form High-Speed Telemedicine Network

CVPH Medical Center
WAMC

A collaboration of hospitals and health care systems is implementing a state-of-the-art, high-speed telemedicine network across New York State’s northern tier.

The Adirondack Champlain Telemedicine Information Network, known as ACTION, has been in the works for several years. It will link hospitals and health centers in New York and Vermont.  Plattsburgh’s CVPH Medical Center is the lead health care provider for the system, which President Stephens Mundy explained includes 8 hospitals and 40 primary care facilities across 8 counties.

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Elections
12:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Senator Saland grateful for Cuomo's endorsement

Senator Stephen Saland

New York state Senator Stephen Saland, a Republican running for reelection to the Poughkeepsie-area seat he has held since 1990, received a cross-party endorsement from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo last week. One of four Republicans who broke ranks to vote for same-sex marriage last year, Saland faces Democrat Terry Gipson and conservative Neil Di Carlo – his primary opponent – in the general election. Saland spoke today with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC News
9:48 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Foreigners in Detroit

The Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in Detroit in 1831 to the quote: “utmost limits of European civilization” and wrote ‘Democracy in America’ which helped Americans for the first time to see America from an outsider’s view. Foreigners are still attracted to Detroit, Jake Warga visited recently to see who’s coming from over-seas.

New England News
5:24 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Company Offers Technology to Aid in Housatonic PCB Cleanup

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

As state and federal officials are still working with GE on a plan to clean PCBs from the Housatonic River in the Berkshires, local activists are searching for new technologies to lessen the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In an event yesterday evening sponsored by local environmental groups and hosted by the Housatonic River Initiative, company BioTech Restorations presented new technologies they’ve been developing to remove harmful chemicals from contaminated soil.

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Politics
1:46 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Meet the candidates in the new 46th NYS Senate District

One of the most-watched regional political contests this year is the race for the newly-created 46th state Senate District. Vying for the seat: Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore  - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas recently sat down with each of the candidates.

New York News
12:25 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Key Lincoln Document Displayed in Plattsburgh

Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation displayed at Plattsburgh State
WAMC

The only surviving draft of President Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is being exhibited at museums across New York State.   North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum this morning, where the historic document will be shown for one day.

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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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