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 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.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Two Troy police officers are on the mend at Albany Medical Center following a shootout late Saturday night, the first time officers in the city have been shot in the line of duty in 40 years.

Charlie Deitz / WAMC

The former mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts is seeking to regain the seat after a 26-year run and six years out of office. John Barrett served from 1984 until 2009 when he was defeated by current Mayor Richard Alcombright. Barrett has been largely silent about his campaign since taking out nominating papers earlier this month.

David Nightingale: Bikinis And Bombs

Aug 23, 2015
nuclear test at the Bikini atoll
Wikimedia Commons

 In 1946 a Parisian engineer, whose mother owned a lingerie business, designed a women's swim suit consisting of 3 -- or at most 4 -- tiny triangles. A little earlier in 1946 explosive testing of nuclear bombs had been resumed after the horrific damages in Japan of 1945. These nuclear tests were on the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The engineer knew his swimsuit design would also be explosive, and he named it the "bikini".

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration is one of the signature events in northern New York’s largest city. Organizers have introduced the schedule for next month’s event and are increasing efforts to engage and excite young people about the historical event.

Carter "At Peace," But What Lies Ahead In Treatment?

Aug 21, 2015

Former President Jimmy Carter is undergoing treatment for cancer. Carter, who will be 91 Oct. 1, said doctors found four melanoma spots on his brain after removing the cancer from his liver. The former president said is he "perfectly at ease with whatever comes." For more on President Carter's diagnosis, we spoke to Dr. Todd Doyle, a radiation oncologist with New York Oncology-Hematology, who says melanoma is not limited to the skin, as many people may believe.

Here's a sampling of what WAMC listeners had to say this week. 

Rogovoy Report For August 21, 2015

Aug 21, 2015

This week’s cultural highlights in our region include experimental theater, indie-punk, modern dance, bossa nova, and more.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 21, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 21, 2015.


It’s not yet Halloween, but the scary movies and ghostly decorations are creeping closer and closer. And for those drawn to the paranormal, the unexplainable isn’t restricted to October 31st. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis went along on a nighttime tour of Pittsfield to brush up on the ghosts and legends of the western Massachusetts city.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 20, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, August 20, 2015.