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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.

Carl Heilman II

The annual local government day conference between the Adirondack Park Agency and diverse interests within the park began this afternoon.

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Millions of Americans will file their 2014 federal income tax returns today, April 15th, but most have no idea how the government spends all the money.  The National Priorities Project, a Northampton-based research center tracks federal spending.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s research director Lindsay Koshgarian.

Herbert London: Is War The Real Alternative?

Apr 15, 2015

Coruscating through the bloodstream of American history are wars that devastated the young and plunged the nation into despair. In World War II millions lost their lives across the globe. Recently thousands were casualties of the attenuated war in Afghanistan and the conflict in Iraq. Bodies were broken, minds impaired, suggesting yet again that war is hell.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 15, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Jay Peak Resort/Ski Vermont

It’s been a banner year for Vermont’s ski areas and — and it hasn’t ended for some of the biggest resorts. Ski Vermont reports that with seven- and-a-half feet of snow remaining on the state’s highest peak, the largest resorts are staying open.

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Convoys

Apr 14, 2015

Every year prior to Holocaust Memorial Week, my synagogue conducts a vigil in which we read the names of Jewish children from France whom the Nazis deported in cattle car convoys to Auschwitz and other death camps.  Their identities are known to us almost exclusively from lists the Nazis meticulously compiled, which were later confiscated by Allied forces.  The lists were documented by Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, renowned Nazi hunters and Holocaust historians who published them, first in French, then in an English language volume by New York University Press, entitled French Children Of The Holocaust. The book, nearly nineteen hundred pages long, lists the names, ages, addresses, and deportation locations of more than eleven thousand French Jewish children, some of them as young as two and a half.  It also contains a large collection of pre-war photos of them, preserving the last images of their individuality as young people who were once alive and free. Serge Klarsfeld once remarked that to preserve their memories most appropriately, he would have produced a book eleven thousand pages long, if he could have. 

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 14, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Tapping Into Spring With Maple Sugar Farmers

Apr 14, 2015

As soon as the winter season comes to a close, maple sugar farmers are out the door with buckets and tubing equipment harvesting sap from their local area.

Rob Edelman: Manhattan Provincialism

Apr 13, 2015

LOVE IS STRANGE is a film worth pondering, not for its performances or direction or overall quality. This drama offers a message that is skewed, and that message directly relates to what one might call the provincialism of those who reside in New York City, and the borough of Manhattan in particular.

Sari Feldman

There was a time when the public library was the place to take out books, do some studying, or research through spools of microfilm. You can still take out a book, but libraries have changed with the times. This is National Library Week, a time to speak with the president-elect of the American Library Association, Sari Feldman.