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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.

City and state officials cut the ribbon on Pittsfield's Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Monday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

State and city officials celebrated the opening of a bridge connecting major routes into Pittsfield on Monday. The new Woodlawn Avenue Bridge cuts across the city’s former General Electric site, connecting East Street and Tyler Street.

Dave Lucas

Former Assemblyman John Faso and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout hold commanding leads in a new Time Warner-Siena College poll released on the eve of New York's 19th district Congressional primary.

Rob Edelman: Germans...And Jews...And Brigitte Helm

Jun 27, 2016

Given the reality of the Holocaust-- and this truth is forcefully examined in SON OF SAUL, the 2015 Best Foreign Film Academy Award winner-- one might wonder why there presently is a rapidly-growing Jewish population in Berlin. Granted, over seven decades have passed since the end of World War II but, still, by settling in Berlin, are Jews somehow ignoring that country’s less than stellar history?

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 27, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 27, 2016.

WAMC

The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off.  A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.

The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes.  Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.

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. Now, we bring you the final interview in our four-part series on the candidates. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. In the Democratic primary, it’s Will Yandik versus Zephyr Teachout. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Yandik, a fourth-generation farmer from Columbia County, about what he brings to the table in terms of experience and policy approach.

Andrew Heaney
Andrew Heaney

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. Now, we bring you the third of four interviews with candidates for the seat. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. Andrew Heaney faces John Faso in the Republican primary, and it has been a bitter race. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Heaney, a small business owner from the Town of Washington in Dutchess County.

Rep. Neal
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Global reaction to the results of the Brexit vote has been mixed, with some supporters cheering Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Others who wanted England to remain — including President Obama — are warning of financial turmoil in the wake of the 52-48 vote Thursday. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from the 1st district, has long worked on foreign relations in the U.K. Congressman Neal discussed the Brexit vote with WAMC’s Ian Pickus on Friday.

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 second interview in our four-part series on the candidates. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election. In the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout faces Will Yandik. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief spoke with Teachout, a Fordham law professor who now lives in Dover Plains, in Dutchess County.

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.

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