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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October 15, 2012

12:06 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:23 PM
2 Wicky
Artist : Hooverphonic
Album : A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Composer : Callier, Geerts, B. Bacharach, H. David, P. Henry
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Columbia
12:45 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire

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New England News
12:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Federal Court Vacancy In Western Mass.

Credit WAMC

A vacancy on the federal court in western Massachusetts is a step closer to being filled. The nominee, Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington.

Mastroianni told the committee that the experiences in his legal career, first as a prosecutor, and then building a successful private practice as a criminal defense attorney before being elected Hampden D.A. four years ago, had prepared him to become a federal judge.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Paul Elisha: Observations From "The Greatest Generation"

For those of us with multi-generational and still functioning memories, except for techno-centric system difficulties, there’s little to be optimistic about with respect to the present state of governance at just about every level, in these apparently ‘disunited states of America’.  For this archaic member of the so-called “Greatest Generation,” time seems to have U-turned into reverse mode, by more than ninety years.  Although it had backed away from the League of Nations and World Court, The U.S. in 1921 (the year before this commentator was born) convened separate conferences on limiting naval tonnage and non-use of asphyxiating gasses; to which most nations agreed.  The U.S. avoided signing a commitment against the use of armed force, without congressional approval, which somehow seems not to have been given.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Public Hearing On Shumlin Budget Lightly Attended

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

A statewide public hearing last night on Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposed 2015 budget drew few people, but those who testified made it clear that social services must be protected.

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Weather
12:19 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano checks in with the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 

Capital Region News
1:25 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

A Community Divided

Troy NY Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Pastor Willie Bacote
Credit WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.

Security and mobile phone videos of a late-January nightclub brawl seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,  including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Rob Edelman: Two Documentaries

These days, when it comes to the Academy Awards, documentaries too often are shoved aside. The media spotlight is on the celebrities, the high-profile feature films, which films or actors were nominated and which were overlooked, and who likely will walk off with Oscar.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano gives us the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, February 10, 2014. 

New England News
12:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Exhibit On Art Deception Debuts In Springfield

Elmyr de Hory's forged Matisse, " Odalisque" is one of the paintings on display in the exhibit on deception in the art world.
Credit Springfield Museums

There are forgeries hanging in an art museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. But before anyone calls the cops, you should know the paintings are part of an unusual exhibit highlighting the multimillion dollar industry of fake art.

As long as art has existed there has been art forgery.  As long as there is a big money art market there will be attempts to fool dealers and collectors.  Modern science is making it harder to pull the wool over the eyes of museum directors and art historians.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

TV Producer David Miner Reflects On His Role In Creation Of "ComFest" At Skidmore College

This weekend, Skidmore College is hosting the 25th National College Comedy Festival. The annual event was first organized in 1990 by Skidmore alum David Miner. Miner, now a television producer with credits for shows including "30 Rock", "Parks and Recreation", and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", also formed the College’s first comedy group, the Ad-Liberal Artists.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Winter Carnival Brings A Surge Of Tourists To Adirondack Village

Credit Mark Kurtz / Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival concludes this weekend with a parade through the village and fireworks above an ice palace. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of annual event to the village and surrounding Adirondack communities.

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