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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.

It's time for our listeners to take center stage. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Rogovoy Report For 6/24/16

Jun 24, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include the kickoff to the season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; the return of a living legend of modern jazz; Baroque music; a Tennessee Williams revival; a one-man band, and a whole lot more.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 24, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 24, 2016.

The Ludlow Mills Clock Tower from high above
WestMass Area Development Corp

A major project has been announced in Ludlow, Massachusetts as part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment effort in New England.

Carolyn Kennedy
Texas A&M University

Lake Champlain has a long nautical history.  Early Native Americans used birch bark canoes on the lake.  Then warships plied the waters during the Revolutionary War. Later, the age of commerce brought ferries and steamboats, and now recreational sailing is popular. But over the centuries, many ships have sunk in the lake’s deep waters. Carolyn Kennedy, a PhD student at Texas A&M University, has been researching steamboat wrecks for the past three years.

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To the disappointment of thoroughbred racing advocates in Saratoga Springs, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers could not reach an agreement at the close of the legislative session to return the New York Racing Association to a private organization.The state will control the organization for another year.

John Faso
John Faso

Voters in New York will head to the polls on Tuesday for Congressional primaries. One of the closely-watched races is in our region, in the 19th district, which includes 11 counties. Today, we bring you the first of four interviews with candidates for the seat. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. Gibson’s Kinderhook, Columbia County, neighbor John Faso faces Andrew Heaney in the Republican primary, and it has been a bitter race. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Faso, a former state Assemblyman, about a number of issues.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 23, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Senator Betty Little
NYS Senate

In January, New York state Senator Betty Little outlined her agenda and goals for the legislative session.  Now that the session has adjourned, the Republican from the 45th district tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she was successful at passing a number of bills, but frustrated with the lack of substantive movement on issues such as ethics reform. She believes one of the session’s successes was finally ending the education funding Gap Elimination Adjustment.

Troy launches SafeCam initiative; allows private security cameras to be registered with police.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

If you’re in public, you’re probably on camera. The city of Troy is embarking on a new initiative called "SafeCam," geared to take advantage of private camera systems by incorporating them into the city's plan to solve crimes and other urban mysteries.

Herbert London: The Rise of Utopians Amid Miserabilism

Jun 22, 2016

Based on events in Orlando the words of French writer Andre Breton have a certain strange poignancy. Andre Breton, anarchist and the founder of surrealism, which he defined as “pure psychic automatism.” Breton was fixated on a “new reality,” one that considers the destructive, undermining effects on the individual. He called it “Miserabilism” – “the depreciation of reality in place of its exaltation.” Here in capsule form is the plight of the West. Maxim Gorky noted, “A miserable being must find a more miserable being. Then he is happy.” Schadenfreude afflicts us.

Northern Berkshire emergency agencies practice their mass casualty response.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

As we’ve seen in recent days, accidents or violence involving a number of people require multiple emergency responders from various agencies to work together. With the growth of social media, news of a potential tragedy travels fast — and with it concern and a demand for answers from loved ones and others. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis was in the midst of a training exercise to prepare responders for a mass casualty and sent this report from North Adams.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 22, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Joe Vitollo / Twitter

Republican Joe Vitollo says he is running for Congress for his family’s sake.

British voters go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to remain in the European Union.

In May, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit against New York state, seeking to allow farmworkers collective bargaining rights. Now, the New York Farm Bureau has filed for intervenor status in order to challenge the lawsuit.

Bill Owens: Moving To Canada, Eh?

Jun 21, 2016


Let me start by saying to those of you who have dual citizenship, please take note!  We are jealous.

Newburgh PFOS Forum Draws Calls For Blood Testing

Jun 21, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Federal, state and local officials briefed dozens of area residents on developments concerning PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply. The update came at a forum at Mount Saint Mary College Monday evening during which several residents called for blood testing. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 21, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Picture of solar panels
wikipedia commons

Environmental activists are planning a door-to-door canvass in Massachusetts this summer to promote adopting a 100 percent renewable energy policy. 

This effort comes as several energy-related bills are pending in the final weeks of the Massachusetts legislature’s two-year session. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts.

Skateboard pro Kanten Russell and local skaters brainstorm on proposed layouts for Albany's new skate park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is home to a vigorous skateboard culture. The Washington Park tennis courts along Madison Avenue have long been the center of the local skating community, even though the pasttime was technically illegal for some 30 years.  Now, the city is going forward with an ambitious plan to build a skate park.

For centuries men have returned from war with battle scars and medals, but also with emotional scars that are not always evident. This has been called battle fatigue, shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder and for those back from the civil war it was known as soldier's heart. Soldier's Heart is also the name of an organization founded 10 years ago by psycho-therapist Dr. Edward Tick and his wife Kate Dahlstedt to help military veterans with P-T-S-D and the emotional scars of war. Harry Scott is a vet who came to Soldier's Heart for help and now works for the organization in Business Development and Fundraising. 

Rob Edelman: Finding Controversy

Jun 20, 2016

FINDING DORY, the latest Disney-Pixar animated feature to come to movie theaters, has been causing quite a bit of pre-release controversy. In the film’s trailer, there is an ever-so-brief shot of a little girl, a baby carriage, and two women who apparently are her lesbian parents.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Richard Alcombright is roughly six months into his fourth term as North Adams mayor. The Democrat recently sat down with WAMC to talk about what’s happening in Massachusetts’ smallest city, including the summer tourist season.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 20, 2016.

Two of the three University at Albany students charged with falsely reporting a racially-motivated attack on a CDTA bus in January were back in court Friday morning.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Public Service Commission held its final public hearing last night on a proposed rate hike from a water company that serves customers in Orange and Rockland Counties. Speakers condemned the company’s request to recover millions of dollars from a scuttled desalination plant as part of the proposed increase.

Rogovoy Report For 6/17/16

Jun 17, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region in coming days include pop legends at Tanglewood; abstract expressionism at the Rockwell Museum; new plays; old musicals, and a whole lot more.

Audrey Kupferberg: Love And Friendship

Jun 17, 2016

Whit Stillman has made a jewel of a film called LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.  Stillman, who was raised in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, doesn’t have a very prolific career as a film writer/director, but his films, which include METROPOLITAN, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, and DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, are artful and clearly are his unique conceptions.  

We turn the spotlight on our listeners every Friday. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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