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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.

The historian Arnold Toynbee once wrote – in what has become a cliché – that “Civilizations die as a result of suicide, rather than murder.” Toynbee was obviously referring to self-inflicted wounds – moral breakdown, loss of confidence. Alas, that can now be observed across the western civilization landscape. The irrational attacks on the First Amendment by students at Yale and University of Missouri and the metastasizing spread of hateful and divisive diatribes in institutions of so-called higher learning point to a desire to destroy western civilization.

Photo of Shap Smith at August gubernatorial campaign announcement
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Speaker of the Vermont House Shap Smith announced in August that he would run for governor.  Three months later, the seven-term state representative stood on the steps of the Statehouse yesterday to tell Vermonters he was withdrawing from the race. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the high-profile Democrat’s exit has shaken up the race for the open seat.

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State Treasurer and Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority Deborah Goldberg recently released the results of a workforce needs study in the Bay State. The report, conducted in partnership with Northeastern University’s Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban Regional Policy, finds that there will be roughly 1 million job openings in Massachusetts over the next seven years. More than 60 percent of those jobs will require less than a bachelor’s degree and one-third can be filled by those with a high school diploma.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 18, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 18, 2015.


Early voting is coming to Massachusetts beginning with the 2016 general election.  A coalition of election activists has released a series of recommendations for implementing the state’s new early voting law.

The Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition includes MassPIRG, Common Cause Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. 

             WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Janet Domenitz, executive director of MassPIRG about the coalition’s recommendations.

A new online tool will allow victims of crime in upstate New York to more easily find the legal help and services they need.

Photo of Syrian refugees at a Budapest railway station with police officer in foreground from September 2015.
Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons

As the investigation into the Paris attacks continues, the politics are heating up stateside. Now, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is criticizing several other governors — mostly Republican —  who are calling for a temporary halt to acceptance of Syrian refugees. 

Working Families Party
Working Families Party

Like the Republicans and the Democrats, the Working Families Party continues to look back at the results from election day two weeks ago with an eye on 2016, which will be a busy year with Congress, the state legislature and the White House all on the ballot. The New York State Director of the Working Families Party, Bill Lipton, says the party ran nearly 1,000 candidates in New York and did well, while many of the candidates who were backed by the party line also ran as Democrats and Republicans.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 17, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners approved a Unit Management Plan for the Essex Chain Lakes during their monthly meeting last week.  But some conservation groups say the plan violates state laws and regulations.