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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1:07 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Farm Aid Distributes More Than $570,000 In Grants To Help Family Farms

Farm Aid recent announced that it has distributed more than $570,000 in grants to family farm and rural service organizations across 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard recently spoke with Farm Aid’s Jennifer Fahy about the money raised for family farmers in a year that included the annual concert hosted at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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Capital Region News
2:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Funeral Services For Fallen Trooper

A final tribute to a fallen comrade: Nearly 1500 law enforcement officers from as far away as California gathered at the Grace Fellowship Church in Latham friday morning.

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Listener Comment Line
12:52 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 16, 2013

We lend an ear to what you had to say this week, in these highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Rogovoy Report for December 20, 2013

Berkshires cultural maven Seth Rogovoy takes a look at the coming weekend, with an eye on arts and music. 

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12:25 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 20, 2013. 

New England News
12:22 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Study Calculates Impact Of Sequestration In Massachusetts

The Massachusetts economy took a significant hit because of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.  A study released this week estimated the impact the $1 trillion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts had in the Bay State.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs

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Community leaders in Saratoga Springs are seeking to establish a Code Blue program, just days after a woman succumbed to the elements outside the Saratoga Senior Center on a freezing night.

During the recent cold snap, 54-year-old Nancy Pitts died outside the Saratoga Senior Center. Now officials are working to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen is leading the charge to establish a Code Blue program in Saratoga Springs. During a Code Blue alert, emergency shelters open their doors to anyone when the temperature dips below 10 degrees.

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Central New York News
12:11 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Utica On Cusp Of Nano Boom

The Quad C construction site on the SUNY IT campus in November.
Credit Dave Chanatry

In the Utica area, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about nanotechnology, and the possibility that a major nanotech manufacturing facility will soon locate  there. But what exactly is “Nano-Utica,” as it’s being called?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Sean Philpott: Manufacturing Controversy About Vaccines

Last week, I got into an argument with a friend of mine about the flu vaccine. He felt that the vaccine was unnecessary and unsafe. In fact, he claimed, every time he'd been vaccinated, he came down with the flu.

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Capital Region News
12:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Downtown Albany Convention Center A "Go!"

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The Albany Convention Center Authority was created in 2004. Now,  a decade later, the Albany Convention Center plan is headed toward fruition. The idea for building an Albany Convention Center has been floating around for more than a decade, seeded in outgoing Mayor Jerry Jenning's "Capitalize Albany" plan.

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