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.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 20, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

  By the end of the year, a new newspaper will be in the Capital District, both in print and on-line. The Daily Gazette, Proctors Theater in Schenectady and Overit Media of Albany are part of the new venture called The Alt. The president and publisher of the Daily Gazette, John DeAugustine, spoke with WAMC.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.

After 17 seasons, the final credits are rolling for the Williamstown Film Festival. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

Stop Legoland Group Holds Forum In Goshen

Jul 19, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A group that opposes a Legoland theme park proposed for Orange County held a forum Monday night. Roughly 100 residents attended to either lend their support in opposition or learn more.

Bill Owens: Brexit: A View From Ireland

Jul 19, 2016

I had the good fortune to be in the Republic of Ireland in the days leading up to the Brexit vote and a few days thereinafter.  European news reports, conversations with people I spoke with while traveling around Ireland gave me a pro-EU perspective on Brexit.

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   Early voting is coming to Massachusetts for the first time, despite Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of $1.2 million to pay for the new program. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 19, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

DeWitt: Day Two Of RNC Under Way

Jul 19, 2016
Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Day two of the Republican National Convention is under way is Cleveland, and tonight a rising star in New York Republican circles, who is from the Capital Region, will deliver a nominating speech. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt says the New York delegation has been front and center so far in Ohio.

Courtesy of The Nature Place Day Camp

After a major hull restoration, Clearwater is back on the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne embarked on the sloop for Clearwater’s first education sail of the season.

Rob Edelman: Todd Solondz, Wiener-Dog, And More

Jul 18, 2016

Upon first hearing the title WIENER-DOG, written and directed by Todd Solondz, one of the most idiosyncratic and fiercely independent American filmmakers of the past two decades, I was immediately reminded of WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, his breakthrough feature, which dates from 1995. WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE remains a brilliant film, not just one of the best of its year but a top film of its decade.

Courtesy Photo/ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College is presenting a talk on the Federal Reserve’s response to the 2008 recession. Sandy Krieger spent more than 30 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Between 2008 and 2015 she was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and member of the Management Committee of the Bank. She retired in 2015 and does not speak on behalf of the Federal Reserve system. Krieger spoke with WAMC about what it was like inside the Federal Reserve during the recession.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 18, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteor0logist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 18, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The next two weeks are all about politics, but with a laundry list of unaddressed issues, Capital Region Democrat Paul Tonko says Congress shouldn't be taking a vacation.

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   A new initiative called Futurecity Massachusetts looks to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development and revitalization projects.  The state’s three largest cities are the initial participants in the venture. 

   The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation have hired consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity to come up with unique strategies for Boston, Worcester, and Springfield to use cultural assets, not just as passive attractions, but to drive job growth.

David Nightingale: Goldilocks Zones

Jul 16, 2016

Someone said to me a while ago 'all your essays are about science', and I read between the lines that they were consequently of little interest. But what about Borodin, Queen Zenobia, Dorothy Parker, Pickpockets, Granny D, Robin Williams, Selfridge, Adirondack murders, Robert Frost, Julius Caesar, Emperor Aurelius....? ... and it brings to mind the irate Archbishop who once accused the author of Principia Mathematica of only ever writing about sex.

Jeffrey Reel: Life Imitates Art

Jul 15, 2016

As Americans, we crossed a threshold and entered a very dark place in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. Twenty innocent children slaughtered, babies really (and not slaughtered by a Muslim). That was our moment to shine, and to institute common sense gun laws.  We paused, and then chose to do nothing. We buried our collective soul along with those children.

The WAMC Listener Comment Line was jammed this week. Here are some of the many highlights. 

Dr. Eric Howe
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission/Lake Champlain Basin Program

In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.

On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland.  Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 15, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, July 15, 2016.

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some big names in New York law enforcement have announced the takedown of multi-state drug pipelines.

A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project
http://www.kindermorgan.com/content/docs/Connprojectmap.pdf

Pipeline opponents are holding rallies Saturday in southern Berkshire County against the proposed Connecticut Expansion Project. Susan Triolo is with the Sugar Shack Alliance, one of the lead organizers of Saturday’s rallies. She spoke with WAMC about the effort.

The gap between the number of people working in the Hudson Valley and the number of jobs in the region continues to grow. That’s according to the latest research from Marist College. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief has more.

Marist College Bureau of Economic Research Director Dr. Christy Huebner Caridi authored the report “Commutation Trends in the Hudson Valley 2010-2014.”

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County is taking a step to address sexual assault on college campuses with funding under New York’s “Enough is Enough” policy. The funding is being used for a crisis counselor who will work on two campuses.

As anyone who listens to my commentaries or reads some of my opinion pieces likely suspects, I tend to fall on the liberal side of the political spectrum. That said, next week I will definitely be watching the political three-ring circus that is the Republican National Convention.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 14, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Egremont Police Chief Tyler Race
Courtesy Photo

This week, the town of Egremont, Massachusetts appointed 27-year-old Tyler Race police chief. The six-year veteran takes over a department of about 10 full and part-time officers from retiring Chief Brian Shaw.

Nabil Oudeh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Many cities and towns have a Rotary chapter, a service organization that supports local communities.  During the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraising event of the year this past weekend, District Governor Nabil Oudeh traveled from Ottawa, Canada to attend the festival.  Oudeh says he oversees a region that includes Northern New York, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut.

Palace theatre executive director Holly Brown says project timetables are being worked out.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The not-for-profit corporation that operates the historic Palace Theatre in Albany today presented its vision for a $65 million renovation and expansion project.

Herbert London: The New America

Jul 13, 2016

On July 4th I, like millions of Americas, celebrated the 240th year of our national independence. I celebrated, as well, the unique character of a nation based on the rule of law, a state where every person is to be treated equally under the laws of the land.

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