Midday Magazine

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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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The Saratoga North Creek Railway is raising the ire of environmental and conservationists over a plan to store empty railcars on its central Adirondack tracks.

American Pharoah To Face "Graveyard Of Favorites"

Aug 25, 2015

A sold-out crowd of 50,000 will be there in person and millions will watch on television this Saturday as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races in the Travers at Saratoga Race Course. It is one of the most anticipated races in years at the track  as American Pharoah tries to avoid the stunning losses by other horses that has led Saratoga to become known as the "Graveyard of Favorites." Secretariat, Man O'War and Affirmed are just a few of the seemingly invincible horses that lost at the track. Allan Carter, the historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, says the graveyard reputation at the race course is no myth.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 25, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some of the Troy mayoral candidates are weighing in on law and order after two police officers were wounded in a fatal shootout with a carjacking suspect over the weekend in Lansingburgh.

Rob Edelman: Best Of The Summer

Aug 24, 2015

It’s been my experience this summer that genuinely challenging or just-plain enjoyable newly-released films have been pretty scarce. There are exceptions here. Among them are LOVE & MERCY, MISTRESS AMERICA, and THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. Still, as the season nears its end, one must wait in anticipation for the fall releases that either premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this spring or momentarily will be debuting at the Toronto, Venice, and Telluride festivals.

New York State Fair Returns This Week

Aug 24, 2015

The end of summer tradition, the New York State Fair, will open this Thursday in Syracuse and will run through Labor Day. For more on what to expect at this year's edition of the state fair, WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Dave Bullard, the spokesman for the fair, who says fair-goers can take the train once again this year. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 24, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 24, 2015.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Two Troy police officers are on the mend at Albany Medical Center following a shootout late Saturday night, the first time officers in the city have been shot in the line of duty in 40 years.

Charlie Deitz / WAMC

The former mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts is seeking to regain the seat after a 26-year run and six years out of office. John Barrett served from 1984 until 2009 when he was defeated by current Mayor Richard Alcombright. Barrett has been largely silent about his campaign since taking out nominating papers earlier this month.

David Nightingale: Bikinis And Bombs

Aug 23, 2015
nuclear test at the Bikini atoll
Wikimedia Commons

 In 1946 a Parisian engineer, whose mother owned a lingerie business, designed a women's swim suit consisting of 3 -- or at most 4 -- tiny triangles. A little earlier in 1946 explosive testing of nuclear bombs had been resumed after the horrific damages in Japan of 1945. These nuclear tests were on the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The engineer knew his swimsuit design would also be explosive, and he named it the "bikini".