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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 the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association recently backed Governor Charlie Baker’s proposed legislation aimed at curbing opioid abuse. The measures would restrict patients to a three-day supply of painkillers the first time they are prescribed an opioid drug, or when they receive a prescription from a new doctor.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

At a crowded meeting last night in Saratoga Springs, local residents and members of the city council heard presentations on two competing designs for a downtown parking garage.


A Beacon Hill watchdog group is sounding an alarm about Massachusetts’ so-called “rainy day fund.”   A new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation warns the stabilization fund has been spent down considerably over the last three fiscal years to pay for ordinary expenses in the state budget.

Foundation President Eileen McAnneny talked about the report with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

A spokesman for Governor Charlie Baker and a spokesman for Senate President Stan Rosenberg said they would review the taxpayer foundation’s report.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

A diversity march was held Monday on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in the wake of a racially sensitive cartoon published two weeks ago in the student newspaper.


Microbeads – the tiny, abrasive plastic pellets that come by the tens of thousands in bottles of face wash, toothpaste, and more – have been banned in Albany County.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 10, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Rob Edelman: Trumbo

Nov 9, 2015

A film can be mediocre at best and, cinematically-speaking, it can be instantly forgettable. But given its subject and its take on history, this same film can be well worth seeing and contemplating. In other words, the film in question just may be a valuable learning tool.


With a little more than a year left in President Obama’s second term, a panel at Williams College tonight will discuss how his presidency should be viewed. New York magazine contributing editor Annie Lowrey, Bowdoin College’s Andrew Rudalevige and Alvin Tillery Jr. of Northwestern University make up the panel. Williams College political science professor Justin Crowe will moderate the talk. Crowe spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about President Obama’s time in office.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 9, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 9, 2015.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh State faculty and students gathered Friday afternoon to discuss what actions faculty can take to help students and the campus community have a “meaningful conversation about issues of race.”  The gathering was called by the head of the faculty senate in the wake of the student newspaper’s publication of a racially insensitive cartoon.