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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WAMC News
12:29 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

A Comics Crusader For The Digital Age

While he is still writing mainstream comics like Marvel's Daredevil, Mark Waid and a group of collaborators are attmepting to redefine the comic book format for the age of tablets. Between his own work at Thrillbent.com and the Marvel published, Comixology distributed "Infinite Comics", Waid is pioneering the first mainstream comic book stories that are "native" to the emerging publishing platform.

New England News
3:36 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

MA Insurance Regulators Deny Request for Increase in Workers' Comp. Rates

Massachusetts Insurance Regulators have denied a proposal that would have raised state workers’ compensation rates nearly 19%. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Workers’ compensation insurance is paid out by employers to employees in case of job related accidents. The money covers services including medical care and rehabilitation.

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Elections
12:40 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

First-time candidate seeks new New York Senate seat

Monica Arias Miranda
  • An interview with a first-time Senate candidate

One result of this year’s redistricting process in New York is a new Senate district comprised of parts of the Capital Region and Hudson Valley. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Monica Arias Miranda, who is running in this month’s Democratic primary.

Miranda is running for the Democratic nomination for the new 46th Senate seat. There are three Democrats in the race vying for the right to face Republican Assemblyman George Amedore. A Costa Rican immigrant, Miranda is the founder of The Hispanic Coalition of New York.

Listener Comment Line
12:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Listener Comment Line - Week of August 27, 2012

We take a listen to what you had to say this week on the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

New York News
12:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Doug O’Brien

When some students go to college this fall, they will do so at a campus surrounded by farms and fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with colleges in rural areas, providing funding to keep them up to date and competitive with larger, urban-based institutions. U.S.D.A. Deputy Undersecretary Doug O’Brien was at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the town of Johnstown yesterday to dedicate a new residence hall at the school, Raiders Hall. It was built with the help of 11-point three million dollars from the U.S.D.A.

Commentary & Opinion
12:28 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

David Nightingale - Lucretius (~99 - ~55 BCE)

Lucretius, Roman poet, was born around  99 BCE.

 Sometimes people are remembered for one thing – and with Lucretius it was his  long poem “De Rerum Natura” -- “on natural things”.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Springfield Casino Selection Process Questioned

  The city of Springfield finds itself the center  of intense competition for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.  Questions are being raised about the  casino selection process city officials are about to undertake.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:48 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MassDOT Secretary Dismisses Controversy Surrounding Board Restructuring

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has released all five members of the state transportation board. The board will be restructured in September, but the move is sparking some controversy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard filed a report…

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New York News
12:35 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Gary Harvey - Superintendant, Greene County Highway Department

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks
Courtesy NOAA

One year after Tropical Storm Irene, repair crews remain busy in Greene County New York, where the reconstruction is expected to cost as much as $15 million on roads, bridges and culverts. For an update, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Gary Harvey, the superintendent of the Greene County Highway Department.

New York News
12:27 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association

With the school year starting for students across New York State in the coming weeks, there are several new programs being implemented. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association about the new policies, including teacher evaluations and anti-bullying programs.

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