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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Playlist

September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Figaro"

When you see a play titled Figaro, the mind leaps to the opera The Marriage of Figaro.  Which leads to the logical question “Why would I want to see the story about the comic rogue Figaro without Mozart’s music?”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Importance Of Teaching History

Recent announcements by regional theaters and theatrical companies, in New York’s Capital District and in nearby New England, reveal a spate of performances by Broadway road-shows and locally arranged productions of renowned theatrical works of the past.  Their goals, to make today’s younger audiences familiar with them, thus keep them historically alive.  The idea, although rooted in increased audiences and revenues, is an entirely worthy one.  So much so, it put this elderly commentator on the scent of an appropriate vehicle to familiarize young people with historic political events, worthy of remembrance, through retelling by ethical narrators.  Thus providing better informed citizens, should the same situations occur again, in the future.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Winter storm warnings, watches and weather advisories are posted for Wednesday and early Thursday. Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the latest track predictions for this potentially large winter storm. 

New York News
9:38 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Cloudy Future For Regents

New York State Senate Republicans say they will break a longstanding tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote no over dissatisfaction with the Common Core.  It’s uncertain whether all four of the incumbent Regents members will be reelected. 

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New England News
12:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

U.S. Senate Democrats Hold All-Night Session On Climate Change

Credit Phil Roeder/Flickr

Members of the U.S. Senate stayed up all last night to talk about climate change and the need for action.

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New York News
6:45 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Governor Promotes Winter Tourism With Adirondack Challenge

Adirondack Winter Challenge
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Lake Placid was filled with state legislators, regional and local officials and their families Sunday. They had accepted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's challenge to try winter sports activities available in the North Country in order to showcase upstate recreational tourism opportunities.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Rob Edelman: Money Talks

A constant refrain that I’ve been hearing from movie lovers for years is: How come Hollywood does not produce more high-quality films-- films that are script and character-driven, and that are not overloaded with generally mindless content? This is a fair question. And it is one with a simple answer. That answer is a one-word answer. That one word is: money.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Credit WNYT

Winter storm watches and winter weather advisories are posted for a large portion of the WAMC listening area for Wednesday and Thursday.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano takes a look at the still uncertain track of this developing late winter storm.

North Country News
12:55 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Vermont Ponders Sanders Possible Presidential Run

Senator Bernie Sanders

In an article March 6th in the left-leaning magazine The Nation, Vermont Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders told interviewer John Nichols that he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.” What does his home state think about that? 

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New England News
12:47 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Massachusetts Urged To Crackdown On Illegal Tobacco

Credit npr.org

Black market tobacco is big business in Massachusetts. Stricter enforcement and tougher penalties are needed to discourage illegal cigarette smuggling.  Those are the key findings of the nine-member Illegal Tobacco Commission, which was created last year by the state Legislature to look at the problem and recently issued a final report.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts revenue commissioner Amy Pitter, who chaired the Illegal Tobacco Commission.

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