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 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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As in many other states, craft beer is on the rise in New York. But new snags have accompanied the brewing boom. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by a brewery in Dutchess County to push for malt barley crop insurance. Farmers and brewers alike say it would help craft brewers increase their locally-sourced ingredients.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Spring Awakening"

Apr 23, 2015

During the pre-show curtain speech on opening night at the Theatre Institute at Sage production of “Spring Awakening,”  the director, Leigh Strimbeck, told the audience, “Sometimes the right cast comes together for the right musical at the right time and the right place.   This is one of those times.”

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Educators, philanthropists and corporate interests from across the globe were in the Adirondacks this week to seek solutions to a global skills gap.

Howe Caverns

Howe Caverns in New York’s Schoharie Valley has been a tourist destination since it first opened to the public in 1843, but for more than a century tourists have been unable to access a significant portion of the original discovery. A new tour opening in May will allow guests to see another side. WAMC’s Lucas Willard got a sneak peak…

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new fund to support arts, education, and cultural programs in the City of Albany was announced today.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Apr 23, 2015
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Herbert London: Perception Is Strong, Sight Is Weak

Apr 22, 2015

For the cognoscenti, seeing is believing; what eyes see must be true. But recent events suggest vision is often flawed. In many cases believing is seeing; the mind casts a vision of what it wants to see. Reality becomes what one’s ideology shapes. Clearly events in Ferguson and the University of Virginia reinforce this assessment.

45 Years Of Earth Day, With EPA's Judith Enck

Apr 22, 2015
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45 years ago, in April 1970, the newspapers carried stories of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops moving into Cambodia, the ill-fated flight of Apollo 13, and the introduction of a new car, the AMC Gremlin. The first Earth Day also made the papers that month, and 45 years later it is still in the news. In 1970, the focus was on air and water pollution and litter. But Judith Enck, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator for Region 2, which includes New York and New Jersey, says Earth Day has evolved over the years. 

Veterans, peace activists, and an historian will be observing the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War at a “teach-in.”  The program, which is free and open to the public, is a collaboration of the UMass Amherst History Department and the Veterans Education Project.

The event- “The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter”  is at 7 PM  Thursday April 23 at Goodell Hall  at UMass Amherst.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the director of the Amherst-based nonprofit Susan Leary.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh Charter Commission held a public meeting Monday evening to present draft reports on potential changes to the document that guides city government.

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