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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Hudson Valley News
4:22 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

HV Lawmaker Drafts Bill To Require Online Posting Of State Contracts

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A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is putting together legislation to require New York State to publish state contracts online. The soon-to-be introduced legislation is in response to state deals with IBM.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Rob Edelman: Endless Love?

Countless films have featured couples who, upon first meeting, are like water and oil. In other words, for one reason or another, they simply do not like each other. But as the story develops, they bond and, at the finale, wedding bells are ringing. This is the storyline found in celluloid romances from decades ago, and this remains the formula today.

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Politics
12:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Massachusetts Republicans Back Baker For Governor

Charlie Baker addresses the Massachusetts Republican Convention after delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse him for governor.

Charlie Baker, making his second run for governor in Massachusetts, got the Republican nomination at the state party convention over the weekend.  Baker narrowly avoided a primary fight – at least for now.

Republican activists at the state convention in Boston strongly backed Baker for their party’s gubernatorial nomination with 82 percent of the 2,500 delegates voting for him.

" Thank you for believing in me," Baker said to the cheering delegates.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 24, 2014. 

New York News
12:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Governor's Ratings Slip In Siena Poll

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo towers over Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino in the latest Siena Poll.

His popularity is slipping, ever so slightly: Siena pollster Steve Greenberg says eight months away from election day is still too early to gauge how Governor Andrew Cuomo will fare come November.  A plurality of voters, 47-43 percent, say a Republican can beat Cuomo in this election.   "A poll is a snapshot in time. At this point in time, Andrew Cuomo remains popular with voters and has a huge lead over Rob Astorino."

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New York News
5:40 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

NYS Education Commissioner Discusses Common Core In Troy

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NYS Commissioner of Education Dr. John King delivered his state of education address Thursday night in Troy, answering some questions about the controversial implementation of the Common Core. 

As part of the 4th Annual Esteves School Education Speaker Series at the Sage College, New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King spoke before a crowd of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

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Listener Comment Line
12:45 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of March 17, 2014

We listen to what you had to say this week - in these highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Albany Diocese Raises $310,000 For Typhoon Relief In Philippines

Bishop Howard Hubbard (L) presented Dr. Carolyn Woo (Center) with a $310,000 check for typhoon relief. (Officials and students also appear in the photo).
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On Thursday, St. Pius School in Loudonville was the backdrop for a thank-you ceremony at a student assembly for all the work and support that came from the Capital Region for recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan. 

The deadly November 2013 storm, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, devastated some coastal areas of the Philippines.  Catholic Relief Services CEO Dr. Carolyn Woo discussed her recent trip to the Island Nation where she surveyed the damage and where Catholic Relief Services has been helping typhoon victims for over a year.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Weather Service Predicts Flood Risk For Vermont And Northern New York

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued its 2014 national spring flood risk report.  The weather service is predicting an increased threat of spring flooding in Vermont and northern New York due to continued cold temperatures that have kept the deep snow from melting.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Fri March 21, 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 21, 2014.

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