Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the latest. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 23, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

JD Allen / WAMC

Thousands of people attended solar eclipse viewing parties around the Northeast Monday. WAMC joined students at Berkshire Art and Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Massachusetts who took in the sight on the first day of the school year.  

Bicknell's Thrush incubating a nest on Stratton Mountain,Vermont
K.P. McFarland / Vermont Center for Ecostudies

The Bicknell’s Thrush summers on the highest peaks of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.  A new study released by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies has found their population is one of the smallest of any migratory songbird in the U.S. and Canada.

Confederate memorial tombstone at Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Mississippi
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Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 22, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Rob Edelman: Journalism 101

Aug 21, 2017

Recently, a pair of comments made by Paul LePage, the governor of Maine, was much-quoted in the media. They spotlighted his disdain for journalism and journalists. LePage’s opening salvo was: “I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid...” In a follow-up comment, LePage noted: “The sooner the print press goes away, the better society will be.”

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Aug 21, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 21, 2017.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Heat or cool your home, or cut back on food and medicine? Area residents may be faced with that decision next spring.

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Crime is down in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. That’s according to a city analysis released this month. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down today with Mayor Linda Tyer, who says the report is encouraging, especially considering the opioid crisis.

Sam Bowser
photo provided

The 2007 Werner Herzog Oscar-nominated documentary Encounters at the End of the World  looks at life at McMurdo and then ventures to outlying research stations in the Antarctic. The film will be screened at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, New York on Sunday.  One of the scientists featured in the film is Schroon Lake resident and polar biologist Sam Bowser.  He says he went through a standard course of training to be able to work on the southern continent.

Rogovoy Report 8/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include monsters of postmodern dance; an art-funk legend; a cello-piano duo; a festival of Chopin; and a whole lot more.

#AlbanyDebate at The Linda, August 2017
Photos by Patrick Garrett

The Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany debated for the first time last night ahead of September’s pivotal primary.

1896 Telephone from Sweden.
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Let's find out what was on our listeners' minds this week. Here are highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 18, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 18, 2017.

Dave Lucas / WAMC

Services will begin this afternoon to honor former Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett, who died earlier this week at age 71 after a battle with cancer. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Bennett, who also served as a State Police Superintendent, is being remembered as a man who fought to restore the integrity of Schenectady’s police force.

John Linney (left) speaks to Plattsburgh mayor and city councilors
Pat Bradley/WAMC

It’s a time of change in Plattsburgh city government. Thursday evening, officials held four back-to-back public hearings on charter change proposals to eliminate several city departments.  Councilors heard a mix of harsh criticism and strong support as they considered the procedural move.

A legendary coach for the Adirondack Red Wings who led the former Glens Falls hockey team to two Calder Cup championships was celebrated today. Bill Dineen, who died at 84 last December, is now immortalized on the avenue in front of the city’s arena.

Dr. Dave Barrington
University of Vermont

More than 300,000 historic and rare plant specimens dating back to the mid-19th century were housed on the top floor of Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus.  The building was gutted by fire on August 3rd, and researchers initially worried heat and water would destroy the Pringle Herbarium.  Most of the collection was protected by specially designed cabinets obtained in 2014 from the National Science Foundation. Firefighters also covered the cabinets to further protect the Pringle Herbarium.  There was some damage to material outside the cabinets. Herbarium curator and chair of UVM Plant Biology Department Dr. Dave Barrington says the recovery of the specimens is going well.

BSO's Mark Volpe Discusses Upcoming Week At Tanglewood

Aug 17, 2017
Mark Volpe
BSO

Just a few weeks of summer, and the Tanglewood season, remain. For an update on what’s on the schedule at the Berkshires summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke with BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe.

Paul Caiano
WNYT

News Channel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Richard Stanley

The 7th annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly fair kicks off Saturday in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

The 2018 New York state budget created a shared services initiative requiring county officials to craft local plans to eliminate or coordinate duplicate services in order to reduce property taxes.  Essex County officials will delay their shared services report in order to focus on the county’s EMS shortage.

The attorney for the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts — who was convicted of extortion in May 2016 — says he will file an appeal to the Supreme Court. 

Police in Troy, New York are investigating an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night that injured a 22-year-old man. 

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House
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When the New Year begins, Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York will have a new executive director. Tambra Dillon, currently the co-director at the cultural and arts venue on Warren Street in Hudson, will succeed Gary Schiro who has announced his resignation after more than 19 years on the job, transforming the abandoned municipal building into a thriving performance space and culture center.

  

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts says it has begun repairs on over 200 gas leaks throughout its service area in western Massachusetts.  The utility is fixing leaks that can harm the atmosphere.

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House
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After more than 19 years leading the transformation on an abandoned municipal center into a thriving cultural and arts center, Gary Schiro will step down at the end of the year as the executive director of Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. 

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 1967's Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie and Clyde

It has been 50 years since Bonnie and Clyde arrived like a shot in movie theaters. If the last time you thought about Berkshires resident Arthur Penn’s 1967 classic was when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty fumbled the Moonlight Best Picture Oscar announcement, it’s time to give it another look.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Franklin County Senior Center
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Franklin County Monday.  His stops included the Franklin County Senior Center, where health care and Social Security dominated the discussion.

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