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.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5187ee3ce1c8156e5bf76f40|5187edcfe1c8156e5bf76f38

Pages

Weather
12:25 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Robots Are Coming!

After viewing an especially well crafted Public TV video-history on the Scottish/American naturalist, John Muir’s role in the preservation of America’s National Parks and the founding of The Sierra Club, this commentator was moved to dig deeper and came across an observation, by biographer Donald Worster, who noted Muir’s belief that his mission was  “…..Saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism.”

Read more
Weather
12:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

The polar vortex is upon us! How long will it be here? How low will the mercury go?  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano has the answers.

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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. 

Read more
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.

Read more
Weather
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.

Read more
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.

Read more

Pages