Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the latest. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Artwork from a radio-related World War II propaganda poster for the United States
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Let's lend an ear to what our listeners have to say. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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  North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced Thursday he is not seeking re-election. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Alcombright to see what’s next for the four-term mayor.

With the New York State Legislative session scheduled to wrap up at the end of this month, a familiar face — and voice — will bid farewell to Albany.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Barbara Bartoletti, a longtime advocate for reform at the capitol, who will be retiring from her job as the League of Women Voters' legislative director. 

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     The first museum dedicated to the life and work of revered children’s book author and illustrator Theodore Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss -- opens to the public Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dance Program Includes A Focus On Girl Empowerment

Jun 1, 2017
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A dance performance scheduled for Saturday at SUNY New Paltz showcases the work of young students from a private dance center in Ulster County. This year’s performance includes a focus on empowering girls, a theme that grew out of, in part, the presidential election. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Founder and Director of Barefoot Dance Center Jessie Levey about the annual performance.


Most New Yorkers just aren’t that familiar with charter schools.

Facebook: Shakespeare & Company

It’s Shakespeare & Company’s 40th season, and the Lenox, Massachusetts theatre troupe has already hit the stage. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Artistic Director Allyn Burrows about the summer lineup.  

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 1, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Bald Eagles Face Danger From Lead Poisoning

Jun 1, 2017
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The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals.

The New York Public Interest Research Group has opened an online database giving residents a shortcut to accessing federal and state test results for contaminants in drinking water.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this summer is expanding its stewardship partnership aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks.

Herbert London: American Revolution II

May 31, 2017

American Revolution I was fought to secure independence from British colonialists. American Revolution II is being fought to undermine the presidency of Donald Trump and return to a corporate structure the Left finds desirable. So profound is the difference between the Left and the rest that there isn’t any issue that bleaches separation.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 31, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

     Firefighters in the second-largest fire department in Massachusetts will be subject to the strictest residency requirement in the state under the terms of a new contract proposal.

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New York state and local officials have called repeatedly on the U.S. Department of Defense to take responsibility for cleaning up PFOS contamination at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. Just Friday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer did so in front of a temporary filtration system. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino, who stood alongside Schumer Friday, about his concerns.

Justice Scales
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Legislation that would allow a physician to assist a terminally ill patient to die has been stalled in the New York state legislature but the state’s highest court will hear arguments in the debate Tuesday. The Court of Appeals will hear Myers v. Schneiderman, a legal argument that supporters say is needed to bring clarity to the issue, but opponents say such a law could open the door to a dangerous and inherently discriminatory practice.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

May 30, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a series of public meetings on the budget proposed to operate the city in the next fiscal year.  The first of the four scheduled budget review sessions is later today, with a final vote by the council tentatively set for mid-June. 

It is now clear: The policy of the President and the House leadership is to take away healthcare insurance coverage for tens of millions of Americans.  Despite all the hype and tactics of political misdirection, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the health care plan advanced by the President and the House leadership will result in the loss of insurance coverage for over 20 million Americans.

Rob Edelman: The Misuse Of Power

May 29, 2017

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL is yet one more telling documentary that reflects on the misuse of power in contemporary America, and who specifically gets singled out for the alleged misuse of power. It has just been released theatrically, and it is well-worth seeing and contemplating.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Summary

May 29, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for Memorial Day: May 29, 2017.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for May 28, 2017.

Trip Gabriel of the New York Times
Trip Gabriel

Longtime New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel covered the presidential election last year. In recent months, he’s been heading to red states to report on the people there and how they feel. The paper recently ran an eye-opening series on long-haul truck drivers. Young and old alike expressed ambivalence about a career that keeps them away from home for long stretches — with a close eye on the clock. Gabriel spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

I filled a rather significant hole in my Hudson Valley education last weekend. I finally spent a couple of nights at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for May 27, 2017.

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Two Congressman representing two centers of horse racing, upstate New York and Kentucky, have re-introduced a bill intended to improve the sport of kings with new anti-doping requirements.

Rogovoy Report 5/26/17

May 26, 2017

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include an all-day museum celebration, a folk-rock jam band; a quirky alternative rock band; a vintage rockabilly band; and a whole lot more.

Ear trumpet from 18th century
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And now a word from our listeners! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 26, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 26, 2017.

Five Star Urgent Care ribbon cutting
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Five Star Urgent Care expanded to its tenth location in New York state this week, opening a facility in Plattsburgh.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley toured the new facility as officials cut the ribbon to begin operations.

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