Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

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
Mon December 15, 2014

Rob Edelman: Mentors

WHIPLASH is one of the season’s justifiably lauded new films. It is the story of a young music prodigy, played by Miles Teller, who is studying at a first-class conservatory. Here, he is intimidated-- and that is no over-exaggeration-- by a brutal, bullying, sociopathic instructor, who is played by character actor J.K. Simmons in what just may be this year’s runaway Best Supporting Actor Oscar winning performance.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 15, 2014. 

WAMC News
1:09 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Vermont Artist Reflects On Wordless Billboard Project

Credit Rob Hitzig

In November, Rob Hitzig, an artist based in Montpelier, Vermont, had a wordless billboard installed beside Route 9 in Queensbury, New York. The space typically reserved for advertising featured a colorful, abstract image that Hitzig has described as an “antidote” to constant, demanding messages. 

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Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' December Musical Selections

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Nippertown's Greg Haymes is here with his December musical selections.

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New York News
12:54 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Area Representatives Discuss Federal Budget Vote

Credit James DeMers

In a 219 to 206 vote, Congress approved the FY 2015 omnibus spending plan that continues to fund the government. President Obama had urged lawmakers to pass the $1.1 trillion package, despite the White House’s disagreement with two particular inclusions; a provision that would repeal a portion of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms and a measure to increase the limit on campaign contributions by single donors.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rogovoy Report for December 12, 2014

Stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu brings his incisive, sociopolitical commentary to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday at 8pm. The son of Indian immigrants, Kondabolu grew up in Queens, N.Y., with a first-hand look at what it means to feel like an outsider in contemporary America, an experience that fuels his work and has made him a regular on late-night TV shows including Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, and Comedy Central, and at festivals from South by Southwest to Bumbershoot to Sasquatch.

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Listener Comment Line
12:44 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 8, 2014

The Senate report on CIA interrogation methods was a focal point of listeners on the WAMC Listener Comment Line this week. Here are highlights. 

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New York News
12:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

NY State School Boards Association's Kremer Reacts To King's Departure

School aid and education funding are often among the more closely watched issues every state budget season in Albany, and next year likely will be no exception. What are education groups hoping for in the executive budget, which is about one month away from its official release? WAMC spoke with Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, who began with his thoughts on this week's announcement by state education commissioner Dr. John King he is leaving New York for the U.S. Department of Education.

Weather
12:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 12, 2014. 

New York News
3:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Former Officials Take Issue With Lawsuit Against Saratoga Springs City Council

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  Note: This posted has been updated.

A group of former city officials in Saratoga Springs last week filed a lawsuit accusing the current city council of illegally approving a land exchange. Now other former officials are speaking out against the charges. It’s the latest flare-up between city incumbents and past leaders.

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