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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Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
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Label : Donmino
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North Country News
12:55 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Representative Bill Owens Discusses Congressional Session

Congressman Bill Owens
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Congressman Bill Owens Part 1

Congressman Bill Owens Part 2

The 113th Congress has returned to work following a holiday recess and several issues are expected to dominate the agenda. Before he left for Washington, New York’s 21st District Representative Democrat Bill Owens discussed some of the key issues representatives must address. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Herbert London: The Nelson Mandela Legacy

In life, Nelson Mandela was admired; in death, he is venerated. As time passes, his life story is evolving from hagiography to beatification. There is something to admire in a man who stood by his convictions and altered the course of history by destroying the hateful apartheid institution. But the Mandela story has been so sanitized, it has lost any relationship to the truth.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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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.”

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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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

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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

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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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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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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. 

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