Midday Magazine

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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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September 26, 2012

12:06 PM
Another Country
Artist : Shadowfax
Album : The Dreams of Children
Composer : Greenberg
ReleaseYear : 1985
Label : Windham Hill
12:24 PM
Switch
Artist : Howie B
Album : Turn the Dark Off
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Island/ Polygram Records
12:39 PM
Love Theme
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
Composer : Moby
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Herbert London: Obama Rope-a-Dope for A Jewish Audience

The Jewish community of Boynton Beach Florida has sponsored an event on who the Jews might support in the upcoming presidential election. Boynton Beach is not alone. Jewish communities all over Florida are in the process of deciding how to cast their vote. Although I am not a Florida resident, let me explain the conditions an American Jew should consider in entering that November election booth.

Although President Obama has indicated he is a staunch ally of Israel and speaks passionately of the bonds that cannot be severed, his actions reveal a different sentiment.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Healthier Choices Sought For Neighborhood Corner Stores

Fruits and Vegetables at a Pride Market in Springfield MA
WAMC

    As  part of a statewide effort to combat obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, one western Massachusetts city has launched a pilot program targeting the corner store. Its an effort to get healthier foods on the shelves of convenience stores and then change the impulse habits of shoppers.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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Capital District News
12:20 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Andrew Beam - The Troy Record

The candidates in an often contentious campaign for the Democratic primary in New York’s 44th State Senate District met in a debate last evening at Russell Sage College in Troy. The campaign between incumbent Neil Breslin and challenger Shawn Morse has been marked with accusations of private investigators and arrest records with character an issue. Andrew Beam, who covered the debate for the Troy Record says while issues were discussed so was the character of the candidates. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

WAMC News
12:20 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Causes One Death in Vermont

One of two people in Vermont infected with the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis has died.
The Vermont Health Department says 87-year-old Richard H. Breen of Brandon, who once served as head of the Vermont Principals' Association, is the state's first victim of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

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New York News
1:23 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Gas pipeline operators set sights on NY


As New York State moves ever closer to allowing some form of hydraulic fracturing - natural gas pipeline operators are said to be already looking at setting up shop - while those who oppose the controversial method of natural gas extraction are predicting environmental damage, safety problems and land seizures through eminent domain. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports


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New York News
12:40 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Dr. David Just - Cornell University

The lunch line offerings at schools across the region could look a little different to students returning to class this week. Under new U.S.D.A. guidelines effective this school year, schools must offer students fruit and vegetable options with every breakfast and lunch served.

Of course, simply offering healthier options doesn’t mean kids will necessarily choose an apple over cookies or other sweets, especially when you consider the millions of dollars spent marketing sugar and calorie laden snacks to children.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Liz Benjamin - Gropegate Follows Assembly Speaker Silver to DNC

They say that wherever you go, you take your problems with you.



That's certainly true for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was unable to escape the clutches of the so-called Gropegate scandal when he arrived here in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday to assume his role as head of the New York delegation at the Democratic National Convention. 



Within hours of touching down in the Queen City, Silver sat down for several extended interviews to discuss the mess.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:19 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Paul Elisha - Can We?

Democracy is never in greater danger, than when self-appointed spokespersons for a deity decide to re-regulate religious dogma, to suit their own selfish designs and turn religious freedom into religious tyranny.  This is the imminent danger with which deceitful minions of religious despotism now threaten the United States, under the guise of securing religious freedom via an entrenched uniformity.

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WAMC News
12:55 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Sacred Harp: the punk rock of choral music

Sacred harp singing is considered to be one of the oldest forms of American folk music.  It dates back to the 1700s, to a choral style that developed in the churches of colonial New England, but eventually took root in the rural south. It’s a participatory tradition, which means that singers perform for themselves, not for an audience. Today, Sacred harp is experiencing something of a renaissance, some even characterize it as the punk rock of choral music.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Laura Dudek - Everyday Toxins

In 2006, thirteen men and women from Maine participated in study titled “Body of Evidence: A study of Pollution in Main People” sponsored by the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, which sought to draw attention to the growing presence of toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. The study looked for a handful of known toxins and heavy metals, some which have been around forever, such as lead and arsenic and some, which are relatively new, such as phthalates, flame retardants, and perfluorinated chemicals.

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