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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.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

On Friday, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is hosting a talk with journalist and author Joseph Berger about the experiences of Holocaust survivors who came to America.

Sean Philpott-Jones: Blame It On Russia...And Rio

Aug 11, 2016

Tomorrow marks the mid-point of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Despite my concerns about the threat posed by the Zika virus – shared by a significant majority of scientists, infectious disease physicians and public health experts but largely ignored by the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – the Games have gone on as scheduled. Whether or not that is a blunder of epidemic proportions remains to be seen, but in the meantime I’ve been enjoying the international spectacle that is the Olympics.

Schumer Visits PFOS-Contaminated Lake In Newburgh

Aug 10, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he will introduce legislation that would require the Air Force to identify the source of water contamination in Newburgh and pay to clean it up if a base nearby is responsible.

Herbert London: Obama’s Grand Illusion

Aug 10, 2016

President Obama emerged from his White House Utopia to tell Americans his $400 million cash payment to Iran was not a ransom payment for the return of five Americans held hostage. Even if true – a highly dubious truth – there are questions that emerge from the incident that the president has not and will not address.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 10, 2016

  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

Sue Minter greets supporters
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The results are in and November’s race for Vermont’s open governor’s seat is set. Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott will face off in the general election after winning primaries that ended up not being as close as some had anticipated.

Lauren Stevens holding his book "50 Hikes in the Berkshire Hills"
Jim Levulis / WAMC

For some people, hiking is all about discovering new places, but you need know where you’re going. Step-by-step, one hiker-turned-author has taken it upon himself to make sure those looking to escape in the Berkshires know where to go. And I went with him.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The backyard of the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on Tuesday evening was jammed with racing fans. On a dark-day at Saratoga Race Course across the street, the show of opulence was here, with expensive cars being valet parked and a well-dressed crowd out back sipping drinks.

U.S. Dept of Agriculture

A helicopter will take to the air over farm fields in Massachusetts during the next few weeks as part of a government soil conservation program.

If you are fortunate enough to find yourself at the Glimmerglass Festival this summer, you will not soon forget the onstage character of a “thieving magpie.”  She makes certain of that from the start – during the best known piece of music in Rossini’s opera of the same name.  This is a stirring, march-like overture, an excellent match for pecking bird.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 9, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Troy's Central Fire Station on Monday to promote legislation that would create the first ever national firefighter cancer registry, along with three major grants for the Collar City's fire crews. 

A bicycle sharing station

  Federal funding has been approved for a bike sharing service in western Massachusetts.

   The Metropolitan Planning Organization, which controls federally funded transportation projects in Hampden and Hampshire counties, has approved nearly $1.2 million for ValleyBike, a regional bike share program that is tentatively scheduled to launch in summer 2017.

Election 2016 graphic

Vermont’s earliest primary ever is today and low turnout is expected despite numerous campaigns that will be sorted by voters at the ballot box.

In THE THIN BLUE LINE, a landmark documentary from 1988, filmmaker Errol Morris conclusively proves that a man named Randall Adams was wrongly convicted of murder and dispatched to prison. Adams is victimized by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas, and, as a direct result of Morris’s investigative skills, he wins his freedom. Such is the power of filmmaking at its very best.

The Albany Sinkhole, August 8, 2016
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Infrastructure issues continue to dog two area cities. Here's the latest on the Albany sinkhole and the Troy water main break.

Today is the first day on the job for the new president and CEO of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. John Eberle comes to the area from a similar position in central New York. Eberle says The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is a philanthropic organization, founded in 1968, that targets the region's most pressing problems with financial donations.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 8, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 8, 2016.

State Representative Smitty Pignatelli moderated Sunday's forum between (from left to right) Rinaldo Del Gallo, Andrea Harrington and Adam Hinds.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Democratic candidates running for an open western Massachusetts state senate seat met for a forum Sunday in Lenox.


     An effort is under way in one western Massachusetts city to get young children to pick up a book, or two, before they head back to school in a few weeks. 

Herbert Wolff Reviews "The Crucible" At Glimmerglass

Aug 7, 2016

I have to apologize for this review of the opera The Crucible…now having an outstanding presentation at Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

Herbert Wolff Reviews "Sweeney Todd" At Glimmerglass

Aug 6, 2016

There are various ways to differentiate musical theater from opera.  But when one encounters Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, simplistic labeling doesn’t apply.  Sweeney Todd is a crossover of both genres.  There are songs, arias, duets that segue into quartets and quintets…full chorus numbers that move the story along.  This is a total work of musical art that engages the eye, the ear and the mind.  The result is an intriguing theater experience, now being presented at Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York. 

On Tuesday, Vermont will hold its earliest ever state primary.  It’s an unusual year in that all seats in the House and Senate are up for election, although not all face primaries.  The top five elected offices in the state will also be chosen in the general election in November. In the race to replace retiring Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, five candidates have lined up in the Democratic primary. 

Rogovoy Report For 8/5/16

Aug 5, 2016

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the region include an all-female mariachi band; a French ensemble performing Algerian street dance; a sympathetic Shylock; Puccini; sacred steel, and a whole lot more.

WAMC listeners take center stage in this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Dr. Marcia Sutherland

The Capital District Of New York Caribbean American Cultural Association was formed last year to bring together people in the area who came from the islands and to promote Caribbean culture and history. Dr. Marcia Sutherland is associate professor of Africana studies at the University at Albany and the founding president of the organization, which will have a booth at Saturday's Black Arts and Cultural Festival in Albany.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 5, 2016

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 5, 2016. 

The Louison House in Adams, Massachusetts
Facebook: Family Life Support Center, Inc. Louison House

A housing shelter in Adams is working to reprogram itself after a June fire displaced residents and uprooted its staff.


  Hampshire College has begun constructing the largest campus solar power array in New England. It is an ambitious project that is part of the small liberal arts college’s plan to someday have a carbon-neutral campus.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Controversial plans for a senior center in Cold Spring in Putnam County have been quashed after former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes withdrew his half-a-million dollar-donation. Ailes’ announcement came after public outcry from area residents. Meanwhile, the county executive says she is moving forward to provide a senior center in the western part of the county.