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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.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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October 16, 2012

12:44 PM
Boys Don’t Cry
Artist : The Cure
Album : Boys Don't Cry
ReleaseYear : 1979
Label : Fiction Records
12:23 PM
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra/Wea


Hurricane Sandy
12:08 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Hudson Valley

Credit Metropolitan Transportation Authority

New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy are trying to resume normal lives despite grim projections of power and mass transit outages lasting several more days. Subway tracks and commuter tunnels beneath New York City sustained heavy damage and Metro-North Railroad service remains suspended today. Utilities have crews out repairing damaged and downed transmission lines. Hudson Valley Bureau chief Dave Lucas has an update:

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Lower Hudson Valley
1:28 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Effort Underway

Credit @NYGovCuomo / twitter

Hurricane Sandy's greatest impact in the Empire State affected New York City and much of the watershed area including Westchester, Ulster and Dutchess counties - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update...

Major flooding along the Hudson River, some areas now receding... New York City the heaviest hit... with severe power and property losses extending up through Westchester and beyond...   

Crystal Payton with FEMA says the agency is in "triage" mode.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:27 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Paul Elisha: Reluctant Warriors

As the shadow of a doomsday triad looms over the coming first week in November, this WW-II combat-veteran-turned-commentator is compelled to dwell on an over-riding truth, that any military commanders who have seen war’s effects on the bodies, minds and spirits of combatants must – ever after – become reluctant warriors.  This does not make them more timorous or less diligent in carrying out the savage and frightful actions that combat leadership compels; it does, though, constrain them from committing those they command to needless or foolhardy slaughter.

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New York News
1:07 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Cuomo Briefs NYers on Storm Prep

Governor Cuomo says pre- storm preparations are finished, and he and state officials are now actively monitoring the situation as Hurricane Sandy approaches.  

The governor , speaking at a briefing in New York City,  says he spent the day Sunday touring the state, and he says he and his aides have done all they can at this point to prepare for the storm.

“We are very comfortable with the preparation that has been done all across the state,” said Cuomo, who said his office is coordinating with federal and local officials.

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10:04 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Kingston City Clerk Carly Williams

Credit NOAA

WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Kingston City Clerk Carly Williams about storm preparation and services available for residents.  

3:25 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Katie Yezzi - Practice Perfect

It’s been said that practice makes perfect, but only if you make the most of that practice. That’s the theme of the new book Practice Perfect. For many people, practice means hours at the piano when we were kids, or long and boring sessions that we would rather avoid.

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New York News
12:27 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

NYS Utilities Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Utility companies, emergency responders and support personnel across New York and New England are on heightened alert: their customer relations centers and websites are prepared, and materials are on hand or on the way to repair any damage that may be caused by Hurricane Sandy. In a series of three reports, you’ll hear how your area is preparing. We begin with Hudson Valley bureau chief Dave Lucas…

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Capital District News
12:40 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Experts gather in Albany for global data conference

Today is the final day of the University at Albany-hosted International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, which has brought experts and academics from around the world together. WAMC’s Alan Chartock recently spoke with several conference presenters, including Theresa Pardo, Director of the University at Albany Center for Technology in Government, and Dr. Nigel Shadbolt, professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton. Pardo began by describing the aims of the conference.

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12:23 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Could San Francisco become the next Manhattan?

    Photographer Richard Morgenstein has lived in Pacific Heights since the late 1990s. Before that, he lived in Manhattan and enjoyed it. In many ways, Morgenstein is still very New York. He doesn’t have a car. He relies on public transportation to tote his camera bags around. But the new construction soaring above a growing San Francisco doesn’t really make him nostalgic for his former hometown. Rather, he’s inclined to give a Bronx cheer.

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Hudson Valley News
12:04 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

NY's 102nd Assembly District: Candidates Discuss Issues

102nd candidates Jimmy Miller and Pete Lopez at the Rensselaerville Candidates Forum, October 20th.
Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

The race for New York's newly drawn 102nd Assembly district seat pits Republican Pete Lopez, seeking his fourth two-year term against Democratic challenger Jimmy Miller, who served for two decades as official spokesman for the Albany police department: Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a closer look at the race.

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