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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October 19, 2012

12:10 PM
Artist : John Whelan
Album : Celtic Reflections
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Narada
12:40 PM
Artist : Incubus
Album : Morning View
Composer : Incubus
ReleaseYear : 2001
Label : Immortal


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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12:25 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

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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Listener Comment Line
12:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 9, 2013

We listen to your thoughts, as we roll back this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

New England News
12:36 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Harvard Study Points Way To Conserve Massachusetts Forests

A newly released Harvard University study details the consequences of land-use decisions in Massachusetts.  It warns that current development patterns, if left unchanged, will have consequences for water quality and climate change.

If recent development trends continue Massachusetts would lose 13 percent of its forest land over the next 50 years which would undermine recent land conservation gains, threaten wildlife habitats, put drinking water supplies at risk and result in harsher consequences of climate change.

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Central New York News
12:32 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Peace Activists Issue "Order of Protection" Against Drone Attacks on Civilians

Protestors assembled Monday at Hancock AFB, Syracuse NY
Credit The Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars

Two Yale students and a long-time peace activist from New England were arrested Monday in a unusual protest at a Central New York air base.  The trio are bent on stopping drone strikes on civilians in distant lands.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Owens Town Hall Focuses On New York State Health Exchange

Congressman Bill Owens
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New York Congressman Bill Owens of the 21st District held a telephone town hall Thursday evening focused on one issue: the Affordable Care Act. 

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