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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.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 20, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

It may be hard to believe now, but 51 years ago, a presidential candidate's chances were severely damaged by divorce. In 1963, Nelson Rockefeller, then-governor of New York, married Margaretta Fitler Murphy, a socialite 18 years years his junior, who became known as Happy Rockefeller. Both the governor and his new wife were divorced, and there were tabloid accounts of an extramarital affair. Those reports all but ended Gov. Rockefeller's chances for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964. On WAMC's Capitol Connection this week, Alan Chartock spoke with New York State GOP chairman Ed Cox about Happy Rockefeller, who died yesterday at her home in Tarrytown at at the age of 88.

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Kayaking

May 19, 2015

As the summer approaches, I am beginning to think about one of my favorite activities:  kayaking.  I love kayaking so much, I would kayak every day, if not for one small impediment:  I am a lousy kayaker.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 19, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday,  May 19, 2015.

The Bearsville Theater has teamed up with New York City-based concert promoter The Bowery Presents to bring an eclectic mix of music to the Hudson Valley year-round. This exclusive collaboration aims to shine a brighter spotlight on the Bearsville Theater, which is part of the Woodstock Commune, a reboot of the Bearsville complex that includes the theater, Bear Café, and Commune Saloon. WAMC's Allison Dunne spoke with the Woodstock Commune's partner/operator Nicolas Geeraerts and The Bowery Presents' talent buyer Sebastian Freed about the new venture.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont lawmakers passed a $5.5 billion budget with $30 million dollars in tax increases before ending their 2015 session Saturday night. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a wrap-up.

Rob Edelman: Hot Docs

May 18, 2015

These days, I scan the titles and subjects of newly-released films and either shrug my shoulders out of disinterest or shake my head in frustration. Too many of the films I’ve been seeing are, well, disappointing-- and these are the better ones. Way too often, they are mind-numbingly awful. In some cases, they are intellectually vapid. More often than not, however, they simply are not at all entertaining.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners is running for a sixth term. This time around he he's on a mission: to challenge the high costs of poverty he says are the county's biggest financial peril. Conners spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 18, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 18, 2015.

The obituaries are out for former New York Lieutenant Governor and Westchester County Executive Al DelBello. The Democrat died Friday at age 80.

In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said “This state is in a better place today because of his service.” Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino ordered flags to half-staff yesterday in observance of DelBello’s death.   

WAMC’s political observer Dr. Alan Chartock remembers DelBello and the sometimes tough times the man faced in Albany.

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