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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New England News
12:38 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Study Finds More Transparency On State Spending

A report issued this week by a Massachusetts-based consumer protection organization finds state governments are making it easier for taxpayers to find out how their money is being spent. The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund looked at the content and ease-of-use of financial transparency websites – often called online checkbooks.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Activists Protest Pipeline At Public Service Board Meeting

Credit Vermont Gas

A number of protesters and activists this week were at the Vermont Public Service Board as it met with Vermont Gas for a routine meeting about its natural gas pipeline permit review.

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Listener Comment Line
12:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 16, 2015

Our listeners weigh in on what turned out to be a very eventful week in the news. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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WAMC News
12:33 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Healthcare System Failing Young African-American Men

Credit Elizabeth Anderson

A new report by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that young African-American men have better survival chances in prison than on the street because they have better access to health care. Meanwhile,  a group based in Albany is rolling out a new program to address the intersection of race, crime, criminal justice policy, and health.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 20, 2015.

New England News
12:16 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Governor's Task Force Hears Pleas For Help To Combat Opioid Crisis

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's Opioid Crisis Working Group held a public listening session at Greenfield Community College
Credit WAMC

More than 200 people came to Greenfield Community College last night to address the opioid crisis  task force appointed by the governor of Massachusetts.  The panel was told heroin use and pain pill abuse is rampant in the state’s rural towns.  

The panel heard emotional pleas for help and thoughtful suggestions on actions the state should take to combat drug addiction and curb overdose deaths, which state officials said jumped 46 percent last year.

Tracy Lord of Turners Falls said drugs have devastated her family.

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Hudson Valley News
11:22 am
Fri March 20, 2015

NRC Rules On Contentions Raised For Indian Point Relicensing

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the relicensing process for New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant crawls forward, federal regulators have issued decisions on contentions raised by the state and an environmental group.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week ruled on appeals involving two contentions in the Indian Point 2 and 3 relicensing process. One appeal was from New York State regarding transformers. NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan explains.

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New York News
2:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Challengers Take Mayoral Seats In Cambridge, Stillwater

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Village elections were held across New York Wednesday. Two challengers in some of the only contested mayoral races in the region claimed victory over their incumbent opponents.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Paid Family Leave Moves Forward

Family leave for New Yorkers, and possibly all American workers, is getting closer to becoming a reality. The idea is being embraced by state legislators and by one of New York's representatives in Congress.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 19, 2015. 

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