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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Commentary & Opinion
12:05 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Rob Edelman: Hot Docs and More

A good documentary, like good fiction, can entertain and even enthrall viewers. A good documentary also can spotlight an issue and offer truths and insights regarding that issue. However, unless that documentary deals with a hot-button topic-- such is the case with BULLY, which deservedly has received reams of publicity and a high-profile theatrical release-- most documentaries earn limited theatrical play, if they even make it into movie houses. But thanks to DVD and other non-theatrical venues, documentaries do become available to one-and-all.

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New England News
4:20 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray Stops in Pittsfield on Tour of "Creative Economy"

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray toured Western Massachusetts yesterday, stopping in Springfield and Pittsfield to highlight the creative economy. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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Listener Comment Line
12:28 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Listener Comment Line - Week of June 25, 2012

Comments on the tragic movie theater shooting in Colorado dominate this week's listener comment line. 

New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Activists Campaign For Bottle Bill Update In Massachusetts

      Environmental and consumer rights activists are hopeful of  getting a  bill that would update the Massachusetts bottle deposit law through the legislature after 14 years of frustration.  Opponents are pushing a  new  argument, claiming an expanded bottle deposit is a tax.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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Hudson Valley News
3:13 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Poughkeepsie Community Walk

With the world economy in flux and gun violence dominating the headlines, some find it hard to extend compassion to those around them, while others are moved in these turbulent times to "give all" and more...

In Poughkeepsie, a positive mindset prevails when it comes to extending a helping hand to families and individuals in need. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas joined a “Community Walk” held this week in the city…

Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Sean Philpott - Shining a Light on Aurora

Most of us were shocked and deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred last Friday at the movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people lost their lives and another 58 were wounded – 11 critically – during one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

Coming just two days before the anniversary of the massacre in Norway, and close on the heels of such US-based tragedies as the shootings at Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson and Columbine High School, what happened in Aurora has sparked considerable debate and controversy.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Nikki Jones - The Alliance for Quality Education

It is called ‘bullet aid,’ but others have called it ‘school district pork.’ Extra state aid to school districts and libraries doled out by the majority parties that control the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly. The latest bullet aid from State Senate Republicans is going, by and large, to schools and libraries in the districts now held by Republican senators. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke about bullet aid today with Nikki Jones of the Alliance for Quality Education, a school and education advocacy group in New York.

Science & Technology
12:20 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Researchers Say Daydreaming Aids High Function Brain Activity

A recently released study says that daydreaming may actually be beneficial to high-level brain activity. WAMC’s Melissa Bunning reports.…

Contrary to popular belief, our brains are functioning at higher levels when our minds wander.  Dr. Jonathan Schooler of the University of California, Santa Barbara, explains……

Schooler, and Kalina Christoff of the University of British Columbia, took functional magnetic resonance images, or fMRI scans, of subjects as they were instructed to press a button when numbers appeared on a screen.

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New York News
2:12 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Cuomo Administration "editing" Archives?

What should have been a routine process to review papers in the New York State Archives relating to Andrew Cuomo's term as Attorney General, took an unexpected path for two newspaper reporters researching a story... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports...

Jimmy Vielkind says he and colleague Jim Odato set out to simply review whatever records existed that were created by Andrew Cuomo when he was the State Attorney General, which by law go to the state archives.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Dr. Thomas Clark - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that this could become the worst year in half a century for whooping cough, or Pertussis. So far in New York State this year, there have been 1,288 cases, that’s three times the number for all of last year. For more on whooping cough, what it is and what can be done about it, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Dr. Thomas Clark, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC, who gave insight into why Pertussis has become such a problem this year.

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