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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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Hudson Valley News
2:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Conservation Group Praises USCG, EPA Oil-Spill Response Plan Effort

Two agencies are now involved in updating oil-spill response plans for the Hudson River — and examining potential effects on endangered species. One conservation group is taking credit for the action after threatening a lawsuit if such plans were not put in place. One of the agencies says possible litigation had nothing to do with it.

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Arts & Culture
12:47 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Rob Edelman: Wide-Screen Wonders, Part II

Exactly one year ago, Flicker Alley released to DVD and Blu-Ray CINERAMA HOLIDAY, which came to theaters in 1955, and SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, which dates from 1958. These titles were filmed in a three-panel widescreen process known as Cinerama. At the time, movie attendance was in sharp decline and this and other widescreen processes were employed to lure audiences away from their TV sets and back into theaters.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Preserving The Story Of The American Jukebox

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At his home in Somers in northern Westchester County, Ed Liss has one of the largest collections of a uniquely American invention. Nineteen jukeboxes —  all completely restored and plugged in — line the walls of Ed’s rumpus room.

Ed’s home is filled with machines dating from the 1930s up through the decades. While some appear more modest, others have swirling colored lights and molded cabinets to look like an automobile or a locomotive, and Ed says they all capture the aesthetics of the era in which they were built.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 8, 2014. 

Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

David Nightingale: Medical Measurements

I was surprised at my recent physical, to find that height and weight were to be measured with or without clothing.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Fred Kowal: On The Release Of Teacher Certification Data

The New York state Education Department acted irresponsibly last month when it took the unlikely step of publicly releasing college-specific data on the state’s new teacher certification exams.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Assembly Hearing To Feature A Push For More Aid For Part Time Students

Next week, an Assembly Committee will hold a hearing on improving access to financial aid for college students.  One of the issues will be better access for part time community college students, who are the fastest growing group of students.

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New York News
4:44 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Should Body Cameras Be Required For Police Officers?

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President Obama’s call to equip police officers across the country with body cameras could change the way police interact with civilians, including those accused of breaking the law. Some experts say more study is needed before police agencies will know how beneficial body cameras can be and what the impacts really are.

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New England News
1:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Vermont Governor Appoints New Cabinet Secretaries

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced new administration appointments Thursday, filling two key cabinet positions.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Rogovoy Report for December 5, 2014

This weekend’s cultural highlights include the opening of an exhibition by one of the region’s top outsider artists, a chamber music concert featuring Baroque holiday music; and a concert by the Diana Ross of the Hudson Valley.

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