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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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


Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Paul Elisha: Respect And Consideration

No matter on what thoroughfare we Americans may reside, there is only one truly two-way street in this country and sadly, too many of us have forgotten its significance and lost sight of where it leads.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Saratoga Residents Question Casino Siting At Community Forum

The community forum hosted by Saratoga Wire was held at the Saratoga Arts Center.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Members of the public met with elected officials and people on both sides of New York’s casino gambling amendment at a community forum Monday night in Saratoga Springs. 

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

With Liability Insurance Procured, F-35 Debate Returns to City Agenda

Burlington City Hall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Burlington has purchased an insurance policy for protection against potential lawsuits in connection with its airport. Now that the policy has been obtained, a delayed plan by the City Council to debate and vote on two resolutions related to basing F-35 fighter jets at the airport can be re-scheduled.

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12:25 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, October 15, 2013. 

New York News
12:12 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Cuomo Setting The Stage For Tax Cuts

Credit Pat Arnow

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be setting the stage for a tax cut next year.  Recently, he’s appointed a new commission to look at cutting property and other taxes, and has said the state may have a budget surplus to pay for them.
The governor announced a new tax policy commission headed by former New York State Governor George Pataki, a Republican, and former state Comptroller Carl McCall, a Democrat. Both are former political rivals of Cuomo.

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New York News
10:50 am
Tue October 15, 2013

NY Program On Flood & Climate Change Preparedness A Success

Credit Young's General Store, Prattsville

The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Rob Edelman: Sustaining Yourself

 How do young actors who are fortunate enough to win fame by starring in booming movie franchises maintain their careers once those franchises fade into history?

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12:15 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Wisdom From The Oval Office

Credit History Publishing Co.

“Ask not what your country can do for you,” ”Walk softly and carry a big stick” and “The buck stops here,” all well-known and often quoted sayings from Presidents John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, respectively, but all of the presidents have said many things over the years, much of which has never been heard, or has been forgotten, until now. Pierce Word, a writer and historian based in Chicago, has collected all of those presidential quotes in the book Wisdom from the Oval Office-Words from George Washington to the Present, published by history publishing company.  The author broke down the quotes into 40 chapters, all with different themes Including democracy, god, liberty, life, trust and war, and each chapter begins with the early presidents and continues in order to Barack Obama.

New England News
12:54 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Massachusetts Panel Reviews Health Care Cost Control Efforts

A hospital room at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

While Obamacare is being rolled out across the country Massachusetts, which pioneered the health care reform, is moving to the next step—cost containment.  A watchdog agency charged with monitoring health care delivery and payment reforms recently held two days of hearings to examine health care cost trends.  The state has set a cost growth benchmark at 3.6 percent for this year and next. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the chairman of the Health Policy Commission, Dr. Stuart Altman.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

David Nightingale: On Casinos

An essay aired in 2005, concerning casinos in the Catskills, mentioned some of the pros and cons of gambling; now, in 2013, here we go again. It appears that, increasingly, the governments of many states are believing in gambling as a quick fix to shortage of funds.

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