Midday Magazine

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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 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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New York News
5:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Slapping Incident Raises Questions About Recording Police

An image from the video of Sgt. Shawn Glans
Credit youtube

A Saratoga County law enforcement officer caught on video in a confrontation with two local men is now facing criminal charges and has resigned. But what if no one had been filming? The viral video has raised questions about the need to document police.

The case of former Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Shawn Glans, who resigned after a video of a confrontation with two civilians drew national attention, has sparked conversation about how police are held accountable.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

With Casinos Coming To Massachusetts Efforts Expand To Treat Gambling Addiction

Last week’s resounding defeat of Question 3 means Las Vegas-style gambling is definitely coming to Massachusetts.  A slots parlor is expected to open next summer in southeastern Massachusetts, with full-blown casinos in Springfield and greater Boston in 2017.  In response to the state’s casino law being upheld, the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling announced it will increase services available to Massachusetts residents.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s CEO Marlene Warner.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Herbert London: Academic Fraud And Big Time College Sports

If you follow big time college sports as I do, it has been apparent that the student-athlete in Division I schools is an oxymoron. There are occasional stories of the college graduate who reads at the third grade level or the football star who couldn’t find a classroom on campus. Now, however, a scandal has been reported bigger than any previously mentioned. It involves bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina encompassing more than 3000 students over two decades.

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Weather
12:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Burlington And Plattsburgh Officials Jump In Cold Lake Champlain Waters To Help Special Olympics

Plattsburgh Polar Plunge
Credit Special Olympics NY

During this past summer’s Mayor’s Cup sailboat race in Plattsburgh, Burlington’s mayor lost a friendly bet against mayor of Plattsburgh. He settled it by jumping into the cold waters of Lake Champlain this past weekend.

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Hudson Valley News
1:05 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Port Jervis Community Stands Together After A Shop Owner Is Murdered

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

A wake is being held today for the elderly Port Jervis cobbler who was fatally beaten in his shop last week. The community is grateful for a quick arrest, though deeply saddened by the tragedy.

Don Fisher returned Monday to Kucher’s Shoe Repair on Front Street in Port Jervis, in Orange County, near the Pennsylvania border. 77-year-old Joseph Kucher, an Austrian immigrant and veteran, had owned the store for 40 years. Police say Kucher was severely beaten at the store last week. Fisher signed a card in the window and recalled a pair of shoes.

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Capital Region News
12:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Albany Observes Veterans Day 2014

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy waves to the crowd.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As they did in many cities across the region, people lined the streets of New York's capital today for the 59th annual Veterans Day Parade.  Albany's parade stepped off at the corner of Central Avenue and Partridge Street at 11 a.m. Marchers proceeded down Central Avenue past a reviewing stand on the steps of the old NYS Education Building.    

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Commentary & Opinion
12:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Paul Elisha: A Debt That Must Be Paid

Of all our country’s national observances, Veterans’ Day has always had a special importance, because wars have touched so many American lives, since the first Revolution, that changed our colonial-vassal status to an independent federated democratic republic, the continuity of which depends on all of its citizens.  That continuity has been tested too often, at increasing costs in money, materials, and precious human resources, with depressing signs of higher costs to come.  Sadly, the partisan pride at having survived the horror that claimed and maimed so many of their comrades has also compelled many combat veterans to be silent about the terrible dangers they escaped.  Prodded by the prospect of greater, more painful sacrifice, combat veterans who’ve served in our armed forces should raise their voices against war, as a sequential ‘next-step,’ in any negotiated effort to solve a difficulty or a perceived threat by anyone.  In our past service, what we WWII veterans saw of combat turned many of us into ‘soldiers against war!’

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WAMC News
12:40 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Former Gov. Mario Cuomo Recites "In Flanders Fields"

Credit By David Berkowitz, via Wikimedia Commons

On this Veterans’ Day, we reached into the vault here at WAMC to bring a highlight from former New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s long tenure on the station. Here is Governor Cuomo’s recitation of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields.”

WAMC News
12:33 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Maud Dahme Takes Part In Kristallnacht Event

Maud Dahme had a childhood that no young person should ever experience. At the age of six, two years after the Nazis invaded Holland, Dahme and her 4-year-old sister Rita, were taken in by two Christian families to survive . They lived with new identities for three years, until 1945 when the war ended and they were reunited with their parents. Maud Dahme’s story is told in the film The Hidden Child, which will be shown this Thursday night at 7 at Page Hall at the University at Albany.  Maud Dahme will be there. She now lives in New Jersey and spends her days as a Holocaust educator.

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