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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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Playlist

September 27, 2012

12:06 PM
Bleed to Love Her
Artist : Fleetwood Mac
Album : The Dance
Composer : Buckingham
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Reprise
12:40 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:41 PM
No Regrets
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : The Very Best of Tom Rush 1962 - 1999
Composer : Rush
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Sbme Special Mkts.
12:42 PM
The Circle Game
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : Circle Game
Composer : Joni Mitchell
ReleaseYear : 2008
Label : Zoom
12:43 PM
Urge for Going
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : Circle Game
Composer : Joni Mitchell
ReleaseYear : 2008
Label : Zoom
12:45 PM
Drift Away
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : What I Know
Composer : Mentor Williams
ReleaseYear : 2011
Label : Appleseed Records
12:46 PM
Jazzman
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : Wrong End of the Rainbow
Composer : Eddie Holstein
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Bgo - Beat Goes on
12:48 PM
Fall Into the Night
Artist : Tom Rush
Album : What I Know
Composer : Rush
ReleaseYear : 2011
Label : Appleseed Records

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Community Corner: Wild Food Expert Russ Cohen

Berkshire Farm and Table is hosting its ongoing “Where the Wild Things Are” series of foraging programs throughout Berkshire County. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief spoke with Russ Cohen, a wild foods expert and educator…

Russ Cohen is a wild foods expert and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…And Eaten. More information on the “Where the Wild Things Are” hikes can be found at BerkshireFarmandtable.com

WAMC News
12:00 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Steve Cowan & Ivette Alfonso - 'PRICELE$$'

This year’s U.S. presidential and congressional contests are expected to be the most expensive elections in the nation’s history. Despite the still struggling economy, millions of dollars are being poured into campaign war-chests and the accounts of political action committees, leaving many wondering, “Where does the money come from?”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:47 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Herbert London: The World Trade Center Site Fiasco

 

For as long as I can recall the Port Authority has been a mystical institution with enormous responsibility and with an overhang of patronage and soft money allegations. In a recent audit the Port Authority was described as dysfunctional and running up billons in cost overruns. Most significantly, the audit spoke to “insufficient cost controls” and “a lack of transparent and effective oversight.”

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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Alternative Uses For Coal Plant To Be Studied

The future is in doubt for one of just two remaining coal powered electricity generating plants in Massachusetts.  Municipal officials and environmentalists believe age and the current economics of burning coal will bring an end to the Mount Tom Power Plant in Holyoke.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

      An advisory committee made up of Holyoke residents and appointed officials including  members of the Conservation Commission and Redevelopment Authority will explore alternative uses for the Mount Tom Power Plant.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Physicians Group Issues New Warning On Nuclear War

IPPNW

At a recent gathering of Nobel Laureates in Chicago, a report was released detailing the danger facing the world from a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan.  The author of the report is a western Massachusetts physician. Dr. Ira Helfand,  vice president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

WAMC News
12:11 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Daniel Vice, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The number of weapons background checks carried out by the F.B.I. has been on the increase in recent months. That’s according to a new report compiled by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington D.C.  

Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Paul Elisha: Only If You Will It

For those public broadcasters who always ask the question: “Is classical music dead or doomed?” in interviews before every concert they air, this commentator has a simple coherent answer: “Only if you will it!”  Most Public Broadcasting execs seem privately convinced but too chicken to say, what they already believe.  So they ask the question, praying someone else will intone the answer they seek.  Theirs’ is a suspicion fallaciously raised, ever since ‘Classical Music’ was born.  In truth, as the inimitable ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong used to put it:  “There’s only two kinds of music… Good and Bad

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Commentary & Opinion
11:56 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Franz Litz: On Energy Policy, It’s Us versus Us

 

We love to complain about the lack of a coherent national energy policy. It’s a perennial complaint no matter who is in the White House or which party controls Congress. We blame the oil and gas companies and their hold on our politicians. If Congress had the people’s interests at heart, the story goes, we’d have a rational energy policy in this country that would emphasize efficiency, wean us off the dirty stuff and shift us to clean renewable energy.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

New Hampshire and Massachusetts At Odds Over 1953 Contract

The Merrimack River Valley Flood Control Compact is at the center of an argument between the two New England states.  The 1953 agreement was approved by Congress after Massachusetts requested help from New Hampshire in managing the Merrimack River flood plain.

18 New Hampshire Towns gave up a portion of their communities to build a flood control system, and in exchange, the State of New Hampshire agreed to reimburse the towns for the lost property tax values. According to the agreement, 70 percent of that funding going to the towns would come from payments made by Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:51 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Al Gore Refutes Critics Of Global Warming Urgency

Former VP Al Gore as seen on a video screen at Hampshire College
WAMC

Several  events  were held in Amherst Massachusetts over the weekend to mark the inauguration of Jonathan Lash as the sixth president of Hampshire College.  The highlight was a formal inauguration ceremony  featuring a keynote address by former Vice President Al Gore.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

      Gore spoke forcefully on his signature issue, global warming, saying policies and practices must change and critics who deny the scientific evidence must be refuted.

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