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 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 York News
12:15 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Saratoga Springs Proposal Would Require Street Performers To Obtain Licenses

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At a busy public hearing this week, Saratoga Springs residents packed city hall to weigh in on a proposal that would require downtown’s popular street performers to obtain licenses. 

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North Country News
7:05 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

County Officials Approve Encryption Contract

Credit Don Hankins/Flickr

The Tewksbury, Massachusetts Police Department got national headlines this week after it was forced to pay a $500 ransom to hackers who held the department’s data hostage. Lawmakers in Essex County are taking steps to make sure that — or worse — doesn’t happen to them.

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WAMC News
12:52 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

WAMC Spring Series: A Taste Of Spring

Ross's Ice Cream, Slingerlands
Ross's Ice Cream

Springtime brings to mind several familiar scents, from fresh rainfall to budding flowers. But its arrival also means the return of beloved foods. In part three of WAMC’s spring series, Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes us to two of the most popular seasonal destinations in the area for warm-weather food and fun.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:47 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Herbert London: The Framework For A Nuclear Deal And Fantasy Land

After weeks of wrangling, a framework for a nuclear agreement with Iran was reached, albeit the details still must be worked on.  As expected, President Obama ‘guaranteed” this “historic” deal – please don’t call it a treaty – “would cut off every path to Iran developing the bomb.”  While one could surely appreciate the president’s enthusiasm since this is regarded as his legacy, it would seem that the president did not read the fine print.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Paul Elisha: Of States' Rights And Scoundrels

Since this commentary was aired, nearly a year ago, last June, the hoodlums in ‘The People: Yes’ poems of Carl Sandburg, have become emboldened.  The House-Divided, that Lincoln warned against, has become an American sanctuary…, a refuge for rowdies.  A hooligan hierarchy has infested it, while hard-pressed defenders of freedom waffle over how and when to do what they know they must.  This pundit’s re-edited update is offered, now, in the ardent hope that it might help.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Conversation With Vermont’s New And First Solicitor General

Bridget Asay
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Joining 35 other states, last week Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell appointed Bridget Asay the state’s first Solicitor General. She explained to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley what a solicitor general does.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Spring Series
1:45 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

WAMC Spring Series: A Look At Maple Season

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Warm days and cold nights are supposed to ease us into spring: slowly melt the snow and ice and let the crocuses burst into bloom.  The warm and cold cycle also triggers the sap run in maple trees and the start of sugaring season in the Northeast.  

It’s a sure sign of spring when the trees are tapped.  “There’s a little sap so we’ve got to get the spout in.”

And the sap flows into sugarhouses where evaporators get fired up to boil a sweet spring treat.
It’s maple season in the North Country.

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Hudson Valley News
1:17 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

NY Elected Officials Ask FERC For AIM Project Rehearing

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (center); Buchanan Mayor Theresa Knickerbocker (right) and Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina (left)
Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York’s two U.S. senators and a Hudson Valley congresswoman have penned a letter to a federal agency, asking for a rehearing concerning a pipeline expansion project. Local elected officials have been filing similar letters.

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