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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.

Facebook: Solid Sound Festival

The first full weekend of summer brings the return of Solid Sound Festival to MASS MoCA. Some 7,000 people from near and far are expected to take part in the three-day event in North Adams.

The Vatican Thursday published Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical on the environment.  The Pope warns of serious consequences if the world does not act on climate change.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with a renowned climate researcher, Raymond Bradley, director  of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Six Albany-area communities along the Hudson River are collaborating to improve water quality. The partnership is resulting in the development of a regional solution to a series of local problems.

  Story updated 6/24/2015

Hundreds of registered nurses at two Capital Region hospitals have voted to authorize a strike.

It is time to open the airwaves to you. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Herbert Wolff Reviews "Man of La Mancha"

Jun 19, 2015
Barrington Stage

Many of us who attend and are earnest about summer theater productions in the Berkshire – for this reviewer it’s been almost 40 years – we often wonder to what extent an Artistic Director must consider the limitations of time, budget and availability of performers. And, in order to attract the necessary audience, does he/she try to schedule a season of well-known and popular stage works that nicely fit those limitations? Or, does an Artistic Director look for theatre pieces that challenge both the audience and the performers, and raise their expectations for success.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 19, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 19, 2015.


On Wednesday night, nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina were shot to death during a bible study. The shooting once again brings the conversation around gun control reform to the forefront.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

It has been nearly two weeks since convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of maximum security Clinton Correctional facility in Dannamora, New York. In the time since, hundreds of law enforcement officers have been searching the region and chasing down leads — but they admit they don’t know where the two are yet. The only person arrested so far is prison employee Joyce Mitchell, who authorities say supplied the pair contraband and originally plotted to serve as their getaway driver. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie this week also confirmed the plan had included the possible murder of Mitchell’s husband, also a prison employee. Wylie sat down with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The tax rate is staying flat and the city’s financial picture is good. That’s the upshot of the $185 million budget approved by the Burlington City Council this week.