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 26, 2012

12:06 PM
Another Country
Artist : Shadowfax
Album : The Dreams of Children
Composer : Greenberg
ReleaseYear : 1985
Label : Windham Hill
12:24 PM
Artist : Howie B
Album : Turn the Dark Off
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Island/ Polygram Records
12:39 PM
Love Theme
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
Composer : Moby
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra


New England News
12:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report Blames Pensions,Debts For Squeezing Municipal Budgets

Credit Tax Credits, flickr

15,000 municipal jobs have been eliminated in Massachusetts since 2007. The state’s cities and towns have cut the total workforce by 6 percent. In a new report released this morning, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says municipalities are in a financial squeeze because of rising pension costs and increased debt.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with taxpayer’s foundation president Michael Widmer.

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New York News
11:36 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Reactions: Cuomo Plans Simplifying NY Tax Code

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to simplify New York's tax code by striking provisions he calls a nuisance, such as the boxing and wrestling exhibitions tax, a tax on agricultural cooperatives and the stock transfer tax.

Cuomo's proposals are part of a larger tax effort unveiled Monday that includes corporate income tax cuts and property tax freezes. Senate and Assembly leaders are all-for tax relief. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dubbed Cuomo's initiative a "bold vision" while Senate co-leader Dean Skelos says he is encouraged by the Governor's remarks.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Rob Edelman: A “Labor” Of A Film

Usually, at the end of each year, a handful of high-quality Oscar-caliber films arrive in movie theaters. But this was not the case in 2013. Rather, a wealth of films that for one reason or another have been deserved acclaimed have opened theatrically. PHILOMENA, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, NEBRASKA, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, AMERICAN HUSTLE, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, HER, and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY have followed PRISONERS, GRAVITY, ALL IS LOST, and 12 YEARS A SLAVE into movie houses. 

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New York News
12:31 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

NY Gov. Cuomo And Medical Marijuana

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

New York is in line to become the next state to legalize medical marijuana.   Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to use the occasion of his 4th "State of the State" address to announce his intentions to add New York to the list of states currently allowing medical marijuana.

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12:25 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

A brief respite from frigid weather is about to come to an abrupt end.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 6, 2013. 

New York News
9:01 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Journalist Ray Suarez Talks About Career And New Job at Al Jazeera America

Ray Suarez
Credit Al Jazeera America

Ray Suarez Part 1

Ray Suarez Part 2

Journalist Ray Suarez left PBS’s Newshour in October after 14 years.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with Suarez about his departure from public broadcasting and his new position at Al Jazeera America.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Inauguration Of Chicopee Mayor Is Monday

Richard J. Kos

The city of Chicopee, Massachusetts will get a new, yet familiar, mayor on Monday when an inauguration ceremony is held for Richard Kos.  Kos, who served as mayor of Chicopee a decade ago, will be sworn in to a two-year term. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kos about his priorities.

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Listener Comment Line
12:55 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 30, 2013

Legalized marijuana, Edward Snowden and the salary scale for journalists were all on your mind this week, as we hear in highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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12:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Keith Strudler: Terror And The Olympics

In a New Year’s announcement, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach declared that “terrorism must never triumph” and that Russia would host a “safe and secure” Winter Olympic Games next month. Like most New Year’s resolutions, we can only hope this rings true. For the current time, it seems a lofty goal. Just Monday, the Russian city of Volgograd suffered its second suicide bombing in 24 hours, this one on a passenger bus killing at least 16 people. The previous day’s attack killed at least 18 at a rail station. Both appear linked to Chechen rebels and a movement to attack civilians in route to disrupting next month’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. While these attacks happened hundreds of miles away from the Olympic site, if the radical rhetoric is to be believed, these are just part of a larger process of eventually infiltrating the Olympic sites and venues themselves, something that hasn’t happened in any wide scale in the history of the Modern Olympic Games.

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Capital Region News
12:29 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Albany Budget Blues

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Credit City of Albany

As citizens of Albany celebrate their new female mayor, the business of running the city could escalate into crisis mode.

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