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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.

Librarians want to make sure that when we pick up a book at the library we have a full range of choices. The American Library Association has declared September 27th to October 3rd “Banned Books Week." For more we spoke with Barbara Jones, the director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association.

Collar City voters will vote tomorrow on a proposed Troy Public Library budget and elect new members to the board of trustees.


After preliminary elections dwindled down the number of candidates, voters in Pittsfield and North Adams will head to the polls in five weeks to choose their respective mayors.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 28, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano


Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 28, 2015.

Jeffrey Reel: Donald Trump And The GOP

Sep 27, 2015

“There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear” – Buffalo Springfield.

Donald Trump is a bombastic, narcissistic man-child. And although I would never vote for him, I do want to thank him. He is creating a seismic shift in the Republican Party and its political platform, and, in some respects, it’s for the best.

Lucas Willard

A range of stakeholders from the private public sectors are set to gather Monday at the SAVE Lake George Partnership's  First Annual Salt Summit, an event focused on reversing the rising levels of salt in the Adirondack Lake.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Eric Siy, Executive Director of the FUND for Lake George, about the event.

Audrey Kupferberg: A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder

Sep 26, 2015

Several thousand people from across upstate New York enjoyed a special theater treat this past week.  From Saturday, September 19, to Saturday, the 26th, Proctors in Schenectady hosted the launch of a 44-week National Tour of the 2014 four-time Tony Award-winning musical, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER.


The role overprescribing of painkillers plays in the opioid crisis was the topic of a conference this week in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, the conference was attended by doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others involved in health care and law enforcement.  Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey addressed the conference and afterwards spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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.