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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New York News
12:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Report: NY Schools Most Racially Segregated In Nation

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A new report reveals New York State's public schools are the most segregated in the nation.

The report released Wednesday by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles used U.S. Department of Education statistics: it noted increasing segregation in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and New York City metro areas.   It found many black and Latino students attend schools with virtually no white classmates throughout New York.

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Weather
12:20 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 28, 2014.

New York News
6:45 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Senate Committee Hears Regional Transportation Priorities

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The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is hearing testimony today on transportation priorities and funding from state and local officials.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Sean Philpott: Grieving for Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps, one of the most reviled men in the United States, died last week. Mr. Phelps was the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, a virulently homophobic organization known for its 'God Hates Fags' slogan.

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New York News
12:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

NY Legislature Approves "National Popular Vote" Bill

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New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

Proponents of the National Popular Vote initiative believe that the Electoral College, in place since the first days of  the nation, is not the best way to elect a president.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 27, 2014. 

New York News
12:21 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Speed Limit Bill Seen As Mandate Relief

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A bill passed by the New York State Senate would allow towns more freedom in controlling the speed limit on roadways. 

The legislation passed by the state Senate Tuesday would allow towns in New York with populations of 50,000 or less to set the speed limit within their jurisdictions. Under current law, towns are required to petition the New York State Department of Transportation in order to change a speed limit – a process that can take a considerable amount of time.

However, villages, cities, and several larger communities are exempt from having to petition.

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New York News
12:14 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Budget Talks Take Place Behind Closed Doors, As Usual

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When the budget deal is finally reached in Albany, average New Yorkers will have had little access to the details of the important items that Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are discussing. That’s because the long Albany tradition known as three men in a room continues.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Herbert London: The Pathway To The Future

Several decades ago the distinguished sociologist Daniel Bell wrote: “The real problem of [American] modernity is the problem of belief. To use an unfashionable term, it is a spiritual crisis, since the anchorages have proven illusory and old ones have become submerged. It is a situation which brings us back to nihilism, lacking a past or a future, there is only the void.”

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New York News
12:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Group Encouraging Parents To Refuse Common Core Testing

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Members of the North Country Alliance for Public Education want parents to refuse to allow their children to take the upcoming Common Core tests in New York State.

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