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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Playlist

October 22, 2012

12:46 PM
Louise
Artist : John Whelan
Album : Celtic Reflections
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Narada
12:23 PM
Hyperballad (Brodsky Quartet version)
Artist : Bjork
Album : Telegram
Composer : Björk, Nellee Hooper, Marius De Vries
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : One Little Indian

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Listener Comment Line
12:51 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Listener Comment Line - Week of April 30, 2012

We play back selections  from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Hudson Valley News
2:39 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Authorities Investigate Carmel House Fire

A fatal fire in Putnam County is under investigation - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the blaze has some officials ready to call for a deeper look at state and local building codes.

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New England News
12:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Massachusetts Legislators Seek Legalization of Marijuana

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As a pending ballot initiative for November aims to legalize the sale medical marijuana in the state, a bill filed by State Representative Ellen Story seeks to allow Massachusetts residents over 21 to legally purchase or grow marijuana for personal use. Representative Story says the bill represents the opinion of her district…

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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

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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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