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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.

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WAMC News
12:25 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

New England News
12:13 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Patrick Delivers Final State Of The Commonwealth Address

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered his final State of The Commonwealth address Tuesday night.  He looked back on his seven years in office and laid out a modest agenda for his last year in office.

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WAMC News
12:53 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger & His Music

Pete Seeger in a 1956 television performance.
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His music catalog and social activism spanned six decades, but now a major folk voice has been silenced. Beacon resident Pete Seeger died Monday night in  New York City  after being hospitalized for six days.
 

As a teenager in 1936, Seeger joined the Young Communist League. An early recording features Seeger on "c" for Conscription, a track that appeared on Songs for John Doe, the 1941 debut album of the Almanac Singers, an influential early folk music group.

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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Region's Musicians Saddened By Seeger's Death

Pete Seeger’s musical legacy touched many lives, including those of many folk singers across the region. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with a few this morning about his influence on their music.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, January 28, 2014. 

New York News
7:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Maple Expert Discusses New Book

The Sugarmaker's Companion: Michael Farrell Part One

The Sugarmaker's Companion: Michael Farrell Part Two

Cornell University operates a maple research forest in Lake Placid. The manager of that sugarbush, Michael Farrell, has written a new book: The Sugarmaker’s Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch and Walnut Trees looking at the management and economics of sugaring.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Rob Edelman: Survivor Films; Power Corrupts

What do films like ALL IS LOST, GRAVITY, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, and WORLD WAR Z, among so many others, have in common? Sure, all were released theatrically in 2013; however, even though their characters and the specifics of their storylines differ, all are linked in one major way.

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New York News
12:47 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Albany Institute Partners With Google

Google's William Floyd with the Google Street Trolley
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Institute of History & Art has teamed up with Google, announcing this morning a move that will make its collection instantly available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Is a January thaw in the works?  Not so fast.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers a very cold Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 27, 2014.

New England News
12:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Massachusetts Cultural District Launched

Students from the Community Music School in Springfield,MA perform at the official launch of the new cultural district
Credit WAMC

A new Massachusetts cultural district has been launched in Springfield.  Advocates for the district believe it will help boost tourism, promote more art and music programs, and preserve historic buildings.

The “Springfield Central Cultural District” is an area of the city’s downtown that is home to museums, live performance venues, art galleries and historic buildings.  It is the 19th cultural district recognized by the state – a designation not easy to come by, according to Anita Walker, executive director of the state cultural council.

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