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
12:52 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Paul Elisha: The 2nd Amendment And Reality

 In frequent past circumstances, this currently dispirited paladin was moved to remind certain ‘Second Amendment’ advocates (who’ve had what more of us should believe are misdirected objectives), about its starkly restrictive preamble.  Few of them seem, either to have read and /or correctly interpreted it.  In his first inaugural address, after being elected the third American President, in 1801, Thomas Jefferson said that the sum of a good government is to restrain its citizens….”from injuring one another.” He said this was necessary, “…..to close the circle of our felicities.”

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Reform Group Says Newspaper Report Is More Evidence Anti-Corruption Laws Needed In Albany

The New York Times reports that federal investigators are probing outside income paid to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, among other lawmakers. A reform group says the article is one more reason that Governor Cuomo and the legislature should adopt long overdue ethical changes.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Republican Challenger Will Ask Vermont Legislature To Elect Him Governor

Republican Scott Milne (left) and Democrat Peter Shumlin (right)
Credit milneforvermont.org/Shumlin for Governor

The second-place finisher in Vermont’s gubernatorial race says he will ask the legislature to elect him governor instead of the incumbent who received more votes.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 9, 2014. 

New England News
12:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Faster Amtrak Service Follows Federally Funded Rail Upgrades In Mass.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford, Ct.
Credit WAMC

Work is nearly finished on a federally-funded upgrade to the rail line that parallels I-91 between New Haven, Connecticut and the Massachusetts border with Vermont.  The line, dubbed the “Knowledge Corridor,” will soon see faster, but still limited, Amtrak service.  But transportation officials and politicians see great potential for expanded commuter rail.  

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Hudson Valley News
2:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Conservation Group Praises USCG, EPA Oil-Spill Response Plan Effort

Two agencies are now involved in updating oil-spill response plans for the Hudson River — and examining potential effects on endangered species. One conservation group is taking credit for the action after threatening a lawsuit if such plans were not put in place. One of the agencies says possible litigation had nothing to do with it.

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Arts & Culture
12:47 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Rob Edelman: Wide-Screen Wonders, Part II

Exactly one year ago, Flicker Alley released to DVD and Blu-Ray CINERAMA HOLIDAY, which came to theaters in 1955, and SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, which dates from 1958. These titles were filmed in a three-panel widescreen process known as Cinerama. At the time, movie attendance was in sharp decline and this and other widescreen processes were employed to lure audiences away from their TV sets and back into theaters.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Preserving The Story Of The American Jukebox

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At his home in Somers in northern Westchester County, Ed Liss has one of the largest collections of a uniquely American invention. Nineteen jukeboxes —  all completely restored and plugged in — line the walls of Ed’s rumpus room.

Ed’s home is filled with machines dating from the 1930s up through the decades. While some appear more modest, others have swirling colored lights and molded cabinets to look like an automobile or a locomotive, and Ed says they all capture the aesthetics of the era in which they were built.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 8, 2014. 

Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

David Nightingale: Medical Measurements

I was surprised at my recent physical, to find that height and weight were to be measured with or without clothing.

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