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 York News
6:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Syracuse Airport Home For Remote Drone Pilots

Credit wikipedia

Military drones piloted from Syracuse attack targets in Afghanistan. Griffiss airport in Rome tapped to test the safety of commercial drones.  With little fanfare upstate New York has become central to adaptation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Last night, the controversy over drones came to Utica.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Sean Philpott: New Tools For HIV Prevention: Why I Am A Truvada Whore

Although the epidemic likely started a decade or two earlier, AIDS wasn't identified as a new disease until 1981. It took a few more years to isolate HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and to develop reliable tests for diagnosing infection.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

UMass Basketball Player Joins Growing List Of Openly Gay Athletes

A recent trend of athletes making news with public disclosures of their sexuality continued on the UMass Amherst campus, where basketball player Derrick Gordon announced he is gay.   Gordon is the first openly gay NCAA Division I men’s basketball player.

      During a round of interviews with dozens of reporters on Wednesday, Gordon, a sophomore from New Jersey, said he just wanted to be himself, live a happy life, and not hide the truth any longer. He was not necessarily looking to become a trailblazer.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase Moves To Vermont Senate

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House on Wednesday gave final approval to an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from the current $8.73, to take effect in January. But Governor Peter Shumlin prefers moving to $10.10 in stages by 2017.

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Capital Region News
12:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

New Bishop Of Albany Installation/Ordination Today

Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas / Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Today marks the official change of leadership for the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.

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12:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 10, 2014. 

New York News
12:09 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Hyde Collection Receives Major Photography Donation

The Hyde Collection
Credit Danski 14 / Wikimedia Commons

The Hyde Collection, an internationally known art museum in Glens Falls, New York, has received a major donation from a leading national news anchor. 

The Hyde Collection announced it has been gifted a large collection of photographs from ABC news anchor and political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, who also worked in the Clinton White House. Hyde director Charles Guerin said the donation comes from a man whose collection is well known in the photography world.

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New York News
4:54 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Grants Assist High School Clean Tech Workforce Training Programs

A Saratoga County school district has received a grant to enhance a program that connects students with the clean tech industry.

The Cuomo administration this week announced more than $1 million grants to support high school clean-energy training programs. The grants, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA, focus on preparing students for careers in clean energy through supporting STEM programs.

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Central New York News
12:40 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Heroin Opioids The Latest Challenge Upstate

Credit Matthew Kang, flickr

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It’s the latest response to a surge in opioid abuse. Heroin use has doubled between 2007 and 2012. It’s no longer just an urban street drug—it’s now common in small town America.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Herbert London: Why Is Israel Losing The PR Battle At American Campuses?

From the birth of the state of Israel in 1948 to the 1980’s, comments about this Jewish nation were uniformly and reflexively positive. Jews and non-Jews alike took pride in the resourcefulness of a people who could make the desert bloom and who had the backbone and will to defend themselves against Arab invaders.

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