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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New York News
12:39 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Fast Food Wage Strikes Planned For This Week

Credit fastfoodforward.org

Fast-food workers are planning to stage one-day strikes and protest activities in 200 American cities Thursday in hopes of building support for increasing their wages to $15 an hour.

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Central New York News
12:35 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

140-Year-Old Church Auctioned In Syracuse

Credit David Chanatry

As ringing bells herald this Christmas season, another city church has gone silent. The West Side United Methodist Church in Syracuse has closed its doors, and last week it auctioned off its contents.

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Weather
12:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 2, 2013. 

Capital Region News
12:59 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Cider : The NY Drink of 2014

American hard cider is making a comeback. There are many high hopes for the industry, which has gotten the welcome mat from New York's chief executive.

A new law that will take effect early next year creates a new type of license for farm cider-making operations. Sonya del Peral    is manager of Albany's Nine Pin Cider Works Company.

She agrees with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who believes that the farm cider operations, which can sell other products such as jams and souvenirs, will promote tourism and help New York agriculture.

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New York News
2:40 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

In New York, More Local Ingredients Make More Local Beer

Picking hops on the Garrison farm.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

On a September evening, Greg Garrison and his family are preparing to pick the last of their first harvest of hops at their farm in Ballston, New York. After pulling the load of bines off the back of a truck, the hops are loaded onto an angled table.

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Hudson Valley News
1:51 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

NYS Assembly Minority Leader Opposes Proposed NYC Food Container Ban

Credit playerx, flickr

The New York State Assembly minority leader appeared in front of a New York City council committee this week, urging officials to halt a proposal that would ban plastic foam containers in the city. He says such a ban would cost his district jobs. Environmentalists say turning away from such a ban would cost the land and sea.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Herbert London: Paranoid Style Revisited

Alan Wolfe, the professor of political science at Boston College, has written a reprise of Richard Hofstadter’s 1965 book Paranoid Style In American Politics for the October 25th edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Hofstadter in the 1950’s attempted to explain the inner workings of the political mind, i.e., the conservative mind. For Hofstadter, conservative positions that are based on repealing laws instead of passing them are signs of paranoia.

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New England News
12:34 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Holiday Lights Shine In City Park

Credit Spirit of Springfield

A switch will be thrown at 5 this evening to illuminate the largest holiday light display in the Northeast.  Bright Nights in Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts is beginning its 19th year.  It is just one of several events and activities that will be produced during the next month by Spirit of Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the non-profit organization’s president Judy Matt

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

College and Utility Sign Initiative to Develop Renewable Technology

Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell (left) and University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan sign memorandum of understanding
Credit Alison Redlich/UVM

The University of Vermont and Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s largest power company, signed an agreement Tuesday to jointly develop renewable and energy efficiency programs and business.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for  Wednesday, November 27, 2013. 

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