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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.

Rob Edelman: Listen To Me Marlon

Jul 20, 2015

In our culture, many of us who are living otherwise ordinary lives seek vicarious thrills via the adoration of celebrities. Those who embrace this kind of fandom devour the tabloid newspapers and magazines that “report” on celebrity scandals, real or imagined. I must add here that, on one-too-many occasions, people who should know better have name-dropped celebs they might have met at a party or a premiere, as if this sort of thing would impress me. But the bottom line is that it is easy to fantasize about celebrities, and to assume that they all covet their fame and all the perks that come with it.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 20, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 20, 2015.

Authorities in Massachusetts’ third largest city are using innovation, technology, and more police on patrol to combat violent crime.

Total crime is down about 8 percent in Springfield so far this year, according to the Springfield Police Department.  It is in keeping with a national trend of steadily declining crime rates. But, the crime that makes the headlines – homicides – stands at 13, just one shy of the total number of murders Springfield recorded for all of last year.

The deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear program reached last week has been both hailed as an historic agreement and decried as a disaster for U.S. foreign policy. With Secretary of State John Kerry due to travel to the Middle East early next month, the U.S. is working hard to convince allies in the region that the accord is the right move. But there’s also a domestic debate, with many members of Congress promising to pore over the deal before rendering judgment. Already busy trying to shape that debate is the liberal advocacy group J-Street, which supports a two-state solution in Israel as a road to peace. Dylan Williams is Vice President of Government Affairs for J-Street and is a former U.S. Senate staffer.

EPA

A vast majority of New York State Assemblymembers this week sent letters to General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo asking for more PCB removal along the Hudson River.

Rogovoy Report For 7/17/15

Jul 17, 2015

I have to confess that I am of course partial to this weekend’s YIDSTOCK Festival of New Yiddish music, an international four-day event featuring klezmer concerts, dance and instrumental workshops, lectures, film programs and all kinds of fun stuff, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, as I helped put it together. So let me just say that up front, but also to let you know that there are still tickets available to tonight’s concert by the Yiddish Art Trio at 5pm; Saturday night’s show by hip-hop Yiddish-fusion artist Socalled, with special guests, at 8pm; and Sunday afternoon’s unique show at 3pm by Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics and two of Europe’s greatest Yiddish musicians – clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, from Wales by way of Brighton; and vocalist Polina Shepherd, from Tatarstan by way of Brighton. There’s nothing else like Yidstock outside of major cities like Toronto, Krakow, or New York City, and the festival has events all day today through Sunday night.

It's time for WAMC listeners to take center stage. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

District Attorneys across New York are bristling at state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's new authority to investigate police killings of civilians.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 17, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, July 17, 2015.

Matt Dunne for Vermont/Facebook

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday at Vermont’s Secretary of State’s office show two candidates aggressively fundraising in advance of the 2016 statewide elections — a campaign cycle that has started early with Governor Peter Shumlin declining to seek a fourth term.  One is Democrat Matt Dunne.  A former member of the Vermont House and Senate and a 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, he has raised more than $100,000.  While Dunne has yet to formally announce,  he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is gauging public support for a gubernatorial campaign.

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