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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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Sean Philpott-Jones: (Golden) Global Change And LGBT Rights

I make it a tradition to watch televised awards shows like the Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys. This is not because I particularly care about the entertainment industry, but primarily because I enjoy providing a running commentary of snarky comments about the various nominee's clothes, styling and speeches on Facebook and other social media outlets.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Scenic Hudson: Use Surplus On Environment

Ned Sullivan
Credit Scenic Hudson

There have been many suggestions recently about how New York should spend the $5 billion windfall it gained from legal settlements from banks and other financial institutions stemming from the financial meltdown of 2009. The majority seem to favor using the money the money to build and repair the infrastructure, New York's roads and bridges. But Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, says at least half of the windfall should go to the state's environmental infrastructure.

New England News
12:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Author Salman Rushdie Speaks in Burlington

Salman Rushdie
Credit Syrie Moskowitz / UVM

Author Salman Rushdie is perhaps best known for 1988’s The Satanic Verses, which led to death threats and forced him into hiding for many years. The incident a sparked a debate over free speech and religion that the world is having again this week. Rushdie was at the University of Vermont last night to talk about one of his children’s books, but the recent terrorist attacks in Paris also came up.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Herbert London: Self Censorship And The First Amendment

  Rising from the ugly portals of dictatorship and control, is the irrevocable value of open expression. Free speech, indeed the ability to make decisions for yourself, is a gift bequeathed to citizens residing with Western traditions. At times speech is hateful and tasteless – an unappetizing features of freedom. But this is a price willingly paid to assure free exchange.

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New England News
12:43 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Baker's Pick For Transportation Chief Draws Praise

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has filled one of the key remaining positions in his cabinet with the appointment of Stephanie Pollack as Secretary of Transportation.  Pollack spent the last nine years as associate director of research at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Kristina Egan, director of the advocacy group Transportation for Massachusetts about the Pollack appointment and her organization’s new report on the state’s transportation priorities.

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Capital Region News
12:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Schenectady Mayor McCarthy Reflects On State Of City Address

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Schenectady, like many other Northeastern cities that once hosted a major manufacturer, faced hard times as the payrolls at GE were cut and the downtown stores and the shoppers headed to the suburban malls. But with word that a major riverside casino and development are coming, there is renewed optimism in the Electric City. Mayor Gary McCarthy, who gave his state of the city address this week, says the casino is just one reason why Schenectady is looking forward.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Vermont Mayors Outline Legislative Priorities

The Vermont Mayors Coalition was formed in 2013 by the eight mayors in the state to advocate in the legislature on issues of common interest. They were in Montpelier Tuesday to announce their priorities for this session.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

New England News
6:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Review Vermont Campaign Finance Challenge

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The U.S. Supreme Court has turned aside a challenge to Vermont's campaign finance law, ending a five-year legal battle.

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