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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.

A local brewery is making another push on social media to "free the moose" as it fights a legal battle brought on by a different brewery in Canada.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Linda Tyer is scheduled to be sworn in as mayor of Pittsfield in January after defeating two-term incumbent Dan Bianchi by nearly 20 points last week. The current City Clerk will step into the first four-year mayoral term in the city due to a charter change. Tyer sat down with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis to talk about her top initiatives as she takes over the corner office.

In part two of the interview, the Tyer explains how she wants to restructure city government and shares her views on some topics that have local and regional implications.

Lukas Nelson Brings Promise Of The Real To Region

Nov 12, 2015
Lukas Nelson

Musician Lukas Nelson, who has spent much of the past year performing and recording with Neil Young, is coming through the WAMC listening area this weekend with the band Promise of the Real. The group's new record Something Real comes out in February, and as Lukas Nelson (who is the son of Willie Nelson) tells Brian Shields, the band will be playing new music tonight at The Capitol in Port Chester and Saturday at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 12, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Frank Siteman Photography/courtesy Adirondack Film Society / copyright © Frank Siteman Photography

Three decades after his death, Orson Welles remains one of the world’s best known filmmakers.  An actor, writer, director, and producer he is perhaps most remembered for Citizen Kane and his notorious radio play War of the Worlds.
A number of film retrospectives are occurring this year, the 100th anniversary of Welles’ birth. This weekend the Adirondack Film Society Screening Series is holding its “Celebration of Orson Welles” in Lake Placid.  The program will be introduced by Welles colleague and film producer Larry Jackson.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley what it was like to work with the legendary filmmaker.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

In the wake of fierce debate over the implementation of the Common Core education standards in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a task force to undertake a comprehensive review and present recommendations. WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Lake Placid last night for one of three simultaneous public listening sessions.

Herbert London: The U.N. At Work

Nov 11, 2015

The General Assembly at the United Nations met today. What emerged from the meeting is thunderous silence, a silence that echoes through the conscience of sensible people.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 11, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

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.