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 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.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

While many agree that downtown Saratoga needs more parking, there has been an intense debate as to how to go about it in a city that is quickly filling up with new development.

It's our listeners' turn in the spotlight. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Rogovoy Report For September 25, 2015

Sep 25, 2015

This weekend our region boasts comedy, a new orchestra, exhibits of local and national photography, readings of new works of fiction and poetry, and an all-star selection of Woodstock-based rock talent re-creating the music of one of the Hudson Valley’s greatest bands ever, Steely Dan.

Plattsburgh Press Republican

Twenty years ago, an event that many believed signaled the death knell for the Plattsburgh region occurred.  The Plattsburgh Air Force Base was officially closed and decommissioned at the end of September 1995. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks back.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 25, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 25, 2015.

The Troy mayoral race has taken a turn: Ernest Everett, who finished third in the Democratic primary, is facing felony forgery counts.

Friday's stunning news that House Speaker John Boehner would resign from Congress in October, leaving his Ohio seat and his leadership position, could be bad for the Republican Party. That's according to WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock.

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The owner of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has withdrawn its request to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license amendment that would have allowed the company to stop notifying officials of withdrawals from the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Orphan Drug Economics 101

Sep 24, 2015

Last month, the cost of a drug called Daraprim, used to treat a potentially life-threatening infection in cancer and AIDS patients, increased 5500% overnight.

Astorino Talks Pope, Politics

Sep 24, 2015

Before he became Westchester County Executive and the Republican candidate for governor of New York last year, Rob Astorino was director of the Sirius-XM satellite radio Catholic Channel. We spoke with Astorino about Pope Francis and his visit to America, and why the pope is attracting so much attention from the media, the faithful, and non-Catholics as well.