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 England News
12:53 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Hope Seen For Closing Guantanamo Bay Prison

Credit The National Guard

Civil liberties activists this week marked the 13th anniversary of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The group Pioneer Valley No More Guantanamos  hosted British investigative journalist Andy Worthington at  programs in Springfield and Northampton.  Worthington has researched and written about the prison since 2006.   He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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New York News
12:43 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Empire State Pride Agenda's Schaefer Optimistic About Supreme Court Ruling

Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.
Credit Empire State Pride Agenda

Some 36 states have legalized same-sex marriage, including all of the Northeast. News late Friday that the Supreme Court will rule this term on gay marriage means it could soon be legal in all 50. Nathan Schaefer is executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. He tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus that he expects the court to follow in New York’s footsteps — little more than a decade after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

WAMC News
11:03 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Hudson Valley News
1:14 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Omega CEO Talks Economic Impact, Area Projects

Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus
Credit Courtesy of Omega Institute of Holistic Studies

A study finds that Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Dutchess County has a large economic impact on the Mid-Hudson region. Omega, based in Rhinebeck, retained an outside firm to provide an economic and fiscal impact assessment of the nonprofit organization’s operations on the Mid-Hudson Valley.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Omega CEO Robert “Skip” Backus about the study as well as a proposed water bottling project in the area.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Jersey Boys" At Proctors Theatre

 SCHENECTADY – For those of you who are like me and tend to dismiss musicals in favor of dramas, the musical “Jersey Boys” playing at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday is for you.

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New York News
12:34 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Utica Assemblyman Brindisi Intrigued By Upstate Economic Development Competition

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.
Credit Anthony Brindisi

The Capital Region has remade itself as an important a high-tech hub, and much has been made of Buffalo’s revitalization. But what about the Mohawk Valley? News this week of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Plan — a competition among seven upstate regions for $1.5 billion in economic development, with three ultimate $500 million winners — has Utica-area Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi cautiously optimistic. The 119th District Democrat spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Listener Comment Line
12:53 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week Of January 12, 2015

It's our listeners' turn to weigh in on events of the day and programming aired on WAMC. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Rogovoy Report for January 16, 2015

Readings, lectures, film screenings, chamber concerts, art openings, and hippie-soul dance music – we’ve got it all for you this weekend in our region.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, January 16, 2015.

New England News
12:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Forest Conservation And Energy Project Announced

A dozen federal, state, and local agencies and organizations are undertaking a conservation and economic development project in the most densely forested area of Massachusetts. It is also an area of above average poverty and unemployment rates.

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