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

Sanders Holds Town Hall On NSA Surveillance And Implications On Individual Privacy

Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders held a town hall meeting in Montpelier over the weekend to discuss the National Security Agency's surveillance of telephone and email records and the implications on constitutional rights and privacy.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Winter storm warnings are up for much of the region tonight through tomorrow. Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the details in the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 4, 2014. 

New York News
12:06 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Few Details Forthcoming On Fracking Health Review

Dr. Nirav Shah, the New York State Health Commissioner

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner was questioned by lawmakers at a budget hearing about his ongoing review of the health effects of hydrofracking.  But Dr. Nirav Shah provided few details on Monday.

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Commentary & Opinion
2:32 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Rob Edelman: Bruce Dern

Sometimes, an actor who once upon a time earned a certain celebrity but has long since disappeared from the limelight makes a triumphant return to center stage.  Such is the case right now with Bruce Dern. These days, Dern is back in full force playing a grizzled, alcoholic senior citizen in Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA. Dern's letter-perfect performance earned him a top acting prize at last spring's Cannes Film Festival. He now is winning best actor awards from film critics' groups, and the question of the moment is: Will he walk off with the Best Actor Academy Award?

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New England News
12:29 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Howard Dean Endorses Steve Grossman For Massachusetts Governor

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman is racking up endorsements in his bid for governor as the contest for the Democratic Party nomination enters an important phase. 

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Capital Region News
11:31 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Black History Month Begins

At the Martin Luther King Memorial in Albany: Congressman Paul Tonko, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and County Executive Dan McCoy. (January 2014)
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Black History Month is here, with a full calendar of events throughout February. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas  previews some of the first in the region.

At this hour in Albany at the County Office Building, the start of African American History Month is being promoted as "an important time to look back and reflect on the advancements made in equality here in Albany County as well as the nation as a whole."

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New York News
12:45 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Regional Newspaper Sends Reporters To Sochi

Chris Knight
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The newspaper in the center of the Adirondacks covering Saranac Lake and Lake Placid is sending two of its reporters to the Sochi Olympics.  Chris Knight talks about his trip to Russia to cover the local athletes competing in the winter games.

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New York News
1:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

School Districts Move On After Failed Mergers

A proposal to merge two Southern Adirondack school districts recently was defeated. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, schools often have to find new ways to move forward in challenging economic times.

In early January, community votes in the school districts of Northville and Mayfield were held to determine if the two would merge. While the school boards of each district initially approved the merger, voters in Northville voted against the proposal, while those in Mayfield supported it. Without the support of voters in both districts, the merger could not go through.

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New York News
12:59 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

NY Teaching Policies Graded "B-" In National Report

Credit National Council on Teacher Equality

A new report from a national advocacy group gives New York improved grades for policies that support effective teaching.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality has released its seventh annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook, which includes a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the effectiveness of the teaching profession in New York.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Lake Placid Looks At Changes In The Olympic Games

Thirty-four years ago, the Winter Olympics were held in our region in a small village, with much less spectacle than the modern games. As the Sochi games approach, some of the people involved with the Lake Placid Olympics are looking back at the 1980 Games — and noticing just how much the Games have changed.

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