Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

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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September 28, 2012

12:24 PM
Interstate Love Song
Artist : Stone Temple Pilots
Album : Purple
Composer : Weiland/DeLeo
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Atlantic
12:46 PM
Emma Blowgun’s Last Stand
Artist : Beulah
Album : When Your Heartstrings Break
Composer : Kurosky
Label : Sugar Free Records
12:06 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire


New England News
12:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats Hold All-Night Session On Climate Change

Credit Phil Roeder/Flickr

Members of the U.S. Senate stayed up all last night to talk about climate change and the need for action.

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New York News
6:45 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Governor Promotes Winter Tourism With Adirondack Challenge

Adirondack Winter Challenge
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Lake Placid was filled with state legislators, regional and local officials and their families Sunday. They had accepted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's challenge to try winter sports activities available in the North Country in order to showcase upstate recreational tourism opportunities.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Rob Edelman: Money Talks

A constant refrain that I’ve been hearing from movie lovers for years is: How come Hollywood does not produce more high-quality films-- films that are script and character-driven, and that are not overloaded with generally mindless content? This is a fair question. And it is one with a simple answer. That answer is a one-word answer. That one word is: money.

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12:26 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Credit WNYT

Winter storm watches and winter weather advisories are posted for a large portion of the WAMC listening area for Wednesday and Thursday.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano takes a look at the still uncertain track of this developing late winter storm.

North Country News
12:55 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Vermont Ponders Sanders Possible Presidential Run

Senator Bernie Sanders

In an article March 6th in the left-leaning magazine The Nation, Vermont Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders told interviewer John Nichols that he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.” What does his home state think about that? 

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New England News
12:47 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Massachusetts Urged To Crackdown On Illegal Tobacco

Credit npr.org

Black market tobacco is big business in Massachusetts. Stricter enforcement and tougher penalties are needed to discourage illegal cigarette smuggling.  Those are the key findings of the nine-member Illegal Tobacco Commission, which was created last year by the state Legislature to look at the problem and recently issued a final report.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts revenue commissioner Amy Pitter, who chaired the Illegal Tobacco Commission.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Canadian Pipeline Ruling Worries New Englanders

Portland Montreal Pipeline
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A ruling by the National Energy Board of Canada that will allow a pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Ontario to Montreal is raising concerns from New England environmental groups.

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Hudson Valley News
1:45 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Conservation Group Intends To Sue Over Oil Spill Response Plans

Credit Allison Dunne

A national conservation organization has put the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it will follow through with a lawsuit if oil spill response plans along the Hudson River are not updated.

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12:56 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Survey Says Small Businesses Want A $10.10 US Minimum Wage

Credit Small Business Majority

A new survey of small business owners finds the majority favor an increase of the federal minimum wage.

It has been widely reported that Republicans contend President Obama's proposed hike to the federal minimum wage would be a job-killer. But that's not how Republican small business owners feel, if a new poll released by the Small Business Majority is any indication. 

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Listener Comment Line
12:55 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 3, 2014

Our listeners opined on a variety of topics this week, as we hear in these highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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