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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Commentary & Opinion
12:26 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Herbert London: What We Can Learn From The Turkish Economy

The confluence of bad news items has thrown the Turkish economy into a tailspin. Once the darling of Wall Street and a model for emerging markets, Turkey is now in the economic doldrums. Since the world downturn in 2008 Turkey has been faltering. The miracle of economic prosperity from 2002 to 2003 attributed to Premier Erdogan, now seems like a chimera.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, February 5, 2014. 

WAMC News
12:18 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New York State Leaders Urge Delay Of Common Core

The leaders of the New York State legislature are urging the State Board of Regents to delay the effects of the new federal Common Core standards for at least another two years.

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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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