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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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Rutland Gift-Of-Life-Marathon Seeks to Break National Blood Drive Record

Gift-of-Life Marathon at Rutland's Paramount Theatre
Credit Gift-of-Life Marathon/Facebook

A Vermont community of 16,000 is trying to break the national single day blood donation record today.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Palmer Casino Supporters Urge Mohegan Sun To Pledge New Development

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere, MA

Mohegan Sun, which worked for five years on a casino project in rural Palmer, Massachusetts only to see it come up 94 votes short on Election Day, has now shifted its focus to greater Boston.  The move leaves Palmer casino supporters concerned about the future.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 17, 2013. 

Transportation
1:41 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Bicycles: Viable Automobile Alternatives

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

An analysis of the 100 largest urban areas in the country found that since 2000, fewer commuters are using cars to get to work. In fact, in most cities, the use of public transportation has been rising since 2005, and more people are biking to work — even in winter.

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Rob Edelman: Foreign Titles in 2013

These days, we are long-past the time in which cineastes would excitedly queue up to check out the latest work of art from a filmmaker who is not American: an Ingmar Bergman, say, or a Federico Fellini, an Akira Kurosawa, a Francois Truffaut. Today, with pitifully few exceptions, films with subtitles simply are not widely seen in the U.S. And with few exceptions-- two that come to mind are Michael Haneke and Pedro Almodovar-- there are no foreign filmmakers whose careers match the length and depth of Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Truffaut, and so many others.

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New England News
12:47 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Rising Tax Collections Forecast For Massachusetts

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Experts have told Massachusetts state budget writers to expect modest growth in tax collections next year as the state’s economy and employment continue to grow.  If the forecasts are correct it should mean enough funding for legislative priorities such as local aid and education without  need for tax increases.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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A sizable portion of the WAMC listening area received significant snowfall over the weekend. Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano recaps the weekend storm and looks ahead to the early portion of this week. 

New England News
12:54 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Vigilance,Common Sense Needed To Avoid Being A Crime Victim During The Holidays

Law enforcement authorities urge people to be vigilant during the holidays.  Crowded shopping malls, wrapped presents, and people in a generous spirit are attractive targets for criminals.  Police in Springfield, Massachusetts put out a public warning after someone posing as a package delivery driver stole money from a homeowner.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney

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New York News
4:13 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Schools Taking Steps To Enhance Security One Year After Sandy Hook

Credit Stephen Craven

One year after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many school districts claim they are safer than they were last December.

School districts across the country have bolstered school security in the year following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook that killed 20 children and six educators.

In a recent survey conducted by the New York State School Boards Association on superintendents’ assessment of their schools’ safety, most believed they are more safe than they were at this time last year.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Rogovoy Report for December 13, 2013

First, a quick look back at one of the highlights of the past week before looking ahead to the coming weekend: In my time, I’ve seen literally hundreds if not thousands – probably thousands – of concerts. And the truth is, beginning about 15 years ago, and especially in the past decade, the times are few and far between that I am really blown away by anything I see. You can chalk that up to my having seen so many of the all-time greats, or maybe just because I’m almost all concert-ed out.

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