Midday Magazine

Weekdays, Noon - 1pm; Weekends, Noon- 1pm

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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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
12:23 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


Commentary & Opinion
12:42 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Paul Elisha: Teach Your Children Well

There’s been much angst expressed by parents of America’s children and youth, of late, about the rapid erosion of funds and services, to provide education needed to prepare them for appropriate and gainfully competitive adulthood.  There’s also been a mounting volume of critical carping and castigation by those in government, responsible for providing the funds necessary to achieve adequate levels of education and warnings of dire consequence, from those invested with the onus to plan and produce educational services at superior levels of educational accomplishment, from the President and throughout his executive departments.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Town Meeting Day Brings Vermonters Out To Discuss School Budgets And Local Issues

Huntington VT Town Meeting 2006
Credit Redjar/Flickr

It is Town Meeting day in Vermont and voters are choosing local officials, deciding school budgets and considering a number of ballot questions.

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12:25 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, March 4, 2014. 

New England News
12:22 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Hearing Explores Regional Impact Of MGM Springfield Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a hearing at West Springfield Middle School on the impact a resort casino in downtown Springfield might have on surrounding communities
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts gambling industry regulators held a public hearing Monday to focus on the impacts a planned resort casino in downtown Springfield will have on surrounding communities.  The hearing is part of an exhaustive evaluation process that is expected to culminate with MGM Resorts being awarded a casino license later this year.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Rob Edelman: Jean-Marc Vallée

Occasionally, a film that earns across-the-board acclaim is the handiwork of a filmmaker who is not really a known commodity within the mainstream.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

More Questions About Oil Trains After Derailments

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walks Route 5 along the CSX tracks in Montgomery County following a major freight train derailment. [June 27, 2013]
Credit (Flickr) Governor Andrew Cuomo

Citizens living along the Hudson River in downtown Albany are in a heightened state of awareness and worry over those so-called "oil trains" that routinely roll through their backyards.

On Friday, federal and state authorities participated in a series of inspections at the Port of Albany and its adjacent rail yard, as well as inspections in Albany and Buffalo along rail tracks and in rail cars. Inspectors found oil tank cars with wheel defects and brake shoe defects.

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12:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Most of the WAMC listening area avoided the latest winter storm to hit the east coast.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 3, 2014.

New York News
12:29 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Community Corner: Bob Cohen, Citizen Action Of New York And Public Policy And Education Fund

Consumers and small businesses have until March 31st to enroll in New York’s state health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, New York State of Health.

Bob Cohen is Policy Director of Citizen Action of New York and Public Policy and Education Fund, one of the organizations that serves as a “healthcare navigator” to assist individuals in enrolling.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with Cohen about New York’s approach to the Affordable Care Act, and what he’d like to see changed.

For more visit: http://citizenactionny.org/

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Hudson Valley News
2:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Congressman Maloney Holds Telephone Town Hall On Heroin Addiction

Credit Matthew Kang, flickr

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held an emergency telephone town hall Thursday night to discuss the heroin epidemic and prescription drug problem in the Hudson Valley. He was joined by four speakers who offered insight into how they are addressing both the heroin and prescription drug overdose surge in the region.

“I am the heartbroken mother of a beautiful 23-year-old daughter who is a heroin addict. She started with heroin about three years ago. She never took prescription pills. She started straight with heroin.”

She wants to get her daughter some help.

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Capital Region News
12:59 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Should Police Respond To Non-Injury Fender Benders?

Albany Police Chief Steve Krokoff
Credit City of Albany

Some U.S. cities have stopped sending police officers to investigate fender-bender car accidents. The novel approach to dealing with crashes may crash and burn before it sees the light of day in New York.

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