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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 the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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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New research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst asserts that wage theft is rampant in the residential construction industry in Massachusetts.  A series of case studies found workers – mostly immigrants -- who went unpaid for weeks, were denied pay for overtime, or paid less than they were promised.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the lead author of the paper, Tom Juravich, a UMass Amherst labor professor.

Herbert London: National Will And Foreign Policy

May 13, 2015

Despite the Marxist assertion that economic factors drive the forces of history, modernity offers a different response. Jacobins during the French Revolution argued that politics – understood as the quest for power – drives history. Here, too, history provides an equivocal response. It is in the warehouse of liberal dogma that if you have a democracy and a free market, the quest for historical justification is in the offing. Presumably these are the characteristics of a smooth running machine of state.

Talk On Illnesses And History Set For New Lebanon

May 13, 2015

Few things were as terrifying to a young America in the early 19th Century than an epidemic, but these illnesses that spread and killed rapidly gave rise to the growth of Shaker herbs, the Tilden Pharmaceutical Company and the Spa at Lebanon Springs in Columbia County, New York. On Sunday afternoon, this tale of disease and the early response to it will be told at the New Lebanon Town Hall by Dr. Elisabeth Gitter, board president of the New Lebanon Library and professor emeritus at John Jay College.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 13, 2015
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released an audit critical of the millions spent to promote Governor Andrew Cuomo's Start-Up NY and other programs.

Max Moore Memorial Treehouse Committee

A groundbreaking was held over the weekend for a project in Plattsburgh inspired by an 8-year-old boy.  Community members gathered on the banks of the Saranac River to celebrate the start of construction of the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 12, 2015
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

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A transformer fire Saturday at the Indian Point nuclear power plant resulted in an oil spill into the Hudson River. There is differing information at this early stage about just how much material -- and what type -- seeped into the river. Meanwhile, investigations into both the fire and spill continue.

Rob Edelman: An Iranian Vampire Movie

May 11, 2015

 Usually, vampire films-- good ones, bad ones, or indifferent ones-- are not my kind of entertainment. That’s just a matter of taste. But when I noticed that A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, a provocatively-titled new film that has just come out on DVD, is being sold as “the first Iranian vampire film” as well as an “Iranian vampire spaghetti Western,” well, that was an attention-grabber.

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This is Bay State Bike Week.  It is an annual collaborative effort involving bicycling enthusiasts, transportation officials, civic organizations, and businesses to encourage people to commute by bike or take short trips in their communities.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Lauren LeClaire, communications director for the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, or MassBike, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling.

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