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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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
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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

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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

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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. 

Hudson Valley News
2:30 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Bestselling Author Talks About Foster Care in NYS

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Regina Calcaterra is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island. Calcaterra, a public and private sector attorney who has held high-ranking appointed positions in New York State government, recently served as executive director of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption and was executive director of the Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response post Hurricane Sandy.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Herbert London: The State Department’s Support Of Anti-Israel Activity

Although it has received little public attention, recently the U.S. State Department granted the New Israel Fund and its social change and political lobbying organization – known as SHATIL – one million dollars under a program designed to promote political change and reform in the Middle East. This government program, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), gives $600 million in grants to “social activists and reformers” in 18 Middle East nations. The list of nations includes Algeria, Libya, Lebanon and Yemen among others. MEPI’s sphere of engagement curiously includes Israel, the only stable democracy in the region.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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

Washington County
1:04 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Race For Cambridge Mayor In Eleventh Hour

This mahogany ballot box held the certificates for the official tally on January 6, 1969, that confirmed the election of Richard Nixon as president.
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Village elections are set for tomorrow in New York. WAMC takes a look at the mayoral race in the Washington County village of Cambridge, one of few competitive races in our region.

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