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
12:45 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Third Republican Announces Run For 21st Congressional Seat

Matt Doheny

The race for New York’s 21st Congressional district is far from settled, despite the fact that both parties have already endorsed candidates. Former two-time candidate Matt Doheny announced his bid this morning, the third Republican in the primary.

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Weather
12:28 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers his Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

New York News
12:07 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

NY Gov's "Free College For Convicts" Plan Takes Heat

111th District Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D)
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"It's absurd to me that you can refinance a mortgage or a business loan, but you can't re-finance a college loan? I don't think the government should be making money off the backs of students." ~ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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New York News
3:23 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Hayworth: Time To End Hydrofracking Ban

Former New York Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, a Republican who represented the Hudson Valley last term, is running to take back the 18th district seat from Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney. Speaking on WAMC’s Congressional Corner, Hayworth says she believes it is time for New York to end its de facto moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Paul Elisha: Modern Day Materialism

Ever attentive to America’s inescapable political history, this archaic commentator still responds to twinges that have shaped what we’ve become in spite of reality… the tawdry yet timid duality that has fused our presidential pride with the instinctive itch of make-a-buck ambition and still spells, sells, yet never seems to quell our energetic nationhood.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Richard Iannuzzi: When Will They Ever Learn?

As I reflect on and celebrate Pete Seeger’s life, I’m reminded that in the great tradition of American folk music, the lyrics, for the most part, remain constant while their applicability often evolves with the changing times.  The revising and honing of folk songs keep them relevant, and serve as catalysts for social change from one generation to the next.

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Weather
12:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers his Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

New York News
12:08 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

More Fracking Pro And Con - The Battle Rages On

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The future of hydraulic fracturing has been in limbo since the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation began a review of the practice in 2008. Now, six public hearings are being held across New York to receive public comment on the draft State Energy Plan... one of them in Albany today.  Environmental groups are also at the Capitol today calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to put renewable energy ahead of fossil fuels in his effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Rob Edelman: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Like so many of us, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. To be felled by a drug overdose and to pass away at such a young age certainly is tragic. Granted, we frequently are hit with headlines regarding the demises of famous and often beloved movie folk. But this one somehow seemed different.

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New York News
5:20 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

North Country Digs Out Of Winter Storm

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Schools are closed and state offices in Vermont delayed the start of the work day today. But the snowstorm that rampaged up the Atlantic coast is being met with typical New England pragmatism in Vermont and New York.

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