Midday Magazine

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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.

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
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

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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.

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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.

For centuries men have returned from war with battle scars and medals, but also with emotional scars that are not always evident. This has been called battle fatigue, shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder and for those back from the civil war it was known as soldier's heart. Soldier's Heart is also the name of an organization founded 10 years ago by psycho-therapist Dr. Edward Tick and his wife Kate Dahlstedt to help military veterans with P-T-S-D and the emotional scars of war. Harry Scott is a vet who came to Soldier's Heart for help and now works for the organization in Business Development and Fundraising. 

Rob Edelman: Finding Controversy

Jun 20, 2016

FINDING DORY, the latest Disney-Pixar animated feature to come to movie theaters, has been causing quite a bit of pre-release controversy. In the film’s trailer, there is an ever-so-brief shot of a little girl, a baby carriage, and two women who apparently are her lesbian parents.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Richard Alcombright is roughly six months into his fourth term as North Adams mayor. The Democrat recently sat down with WAMC to talk about what’s happening in Massachusetts’ smallest city, including the summer tourist season.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 20, 2016.

Two of the three University at Albany students charged with falsely reporting a racially-motivated attack on a CDTA bus in January were back in court Friday morning.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Public Service Commission held its final public hearing last night on a proposed rate hike from a water company that serves customers in Orange and Rockland Counties. Speakers condemned the company’s request to recover millions of dollars from a scuttled desalination plant as part of the proposed increase.

Rogovoy Report For 6/17/16

Jun 17, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region in coming days include pop legends at Tanglewood; abstract expressionism at the Rockwell Museum; new plays; old musicals, and a whole lot more.

Audrey Kupferberg: Love And Friendship

Jun 17, 2016

Whit Stillman has made a jewel of a film called LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.  Stillman, who was raised in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, doesn’t have a very prolific career as a film writer/director, but his films, which include METROPOLITAN, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, and DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, are artful and clearly are his unique conceptions.  

We turn the spotlight on our listeners every Friday. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is performing in Berkshire County today — kicking off the Tanglewood summer season. The area is known for its rural landscape and feel, typically a hotbed for country music. But, the region’s country scene is a mixed bag.

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The public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts are about to finish the first academic year under state control. 

More than a decade of abysmal test scores and low graduation rates led to the entire school system being put into state receivership. 

Stephen Zrike is the state-appointed receiver who has been running the Holyoke schools since last July.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen says from an outside perspective, the city is doing great.

“We have all these wonderful venues, our economic vitality is strong, our summer looks promising, and new businesses are opening all the time and people are investing in Saratoga Springs, and it’s on the right track for so many reasons. But there are improvements that we can make within City Hall, and how the city functions and does business,” said Yepsen.

Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the selection of a final design for a bicycle and pedestrian path for the New NY Bridge, which is replacing the Tappan Zee. After a strong push by elected officials and residents on the Rockland County side, the alternative with the least impact was chosen.

Sean Philpott-Jones: No Forgiveness In Florida

Jun 16, 2016

Like so many others around the world, this past weekend my husband and I watched in disbelief as the deadliest mass shooting in American history unfolded in Orlando. What started out for many as a joyous evening of drinking and dancing turned into a horrifying morning of chaos and mayhem after a deranged gunman used a legally obtained semiautomatic rifle to kill 49 people and wound 53 others at a popular gay nightclub called Pulse.

Honest Weight Marks 40th Anniversary

Jun 16, 2016
Honest Weight
Honest Weight

What began in 1976 among a small group of friends in Albany has grown over the years, and Saturday the Honest Weight Food Co-op will mark its 40th anniversary with a celebration. For more, WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Janet Topal, who handles promotions and marketing for Honest Weight, and Rebekah Rice, secretary of the board of directors, who took us back to the beginnings of Honest Weight 40 years ago.

Linda Ziolo questions representatives about Vermont Green Line installation plans
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Green Line is a proposed project that supporters say will bring 400 megawatts of renewable energy from northern New York to the southern New England utility market.  Developers held an informational meeting with the public in Beekmantown last night.

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A nationwide initiative is taking place this month to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.  As part of Immigrant Heritage Month, the stories of two immigrants in Holyoke, Massachusetts were recently recognized.

Paul Caiano's MIdday Forecast

Jun 16, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Legoland Proposal For Goshen Is Unveiled Publicly

Jun 15, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The public has gotten its first taste of what a planned Legoland New York would look like. The English company behind the proposed theme park for Orange County delivered a presentation Tuesday night to the Goshen Town Board and an overflow audience.

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