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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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September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire


New York News
5:32 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Casino Opponents Organize In Saratoga Springs

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Hundreds of individuals from Saratoga Springs and the surrounding communities packed city hall at the first meeting of SAVE Saratoga – a group formed to oppose bringing a full-size resort casino to the Spa City. 

What initially started as a Facebook group created over the summer in opposition to the New York ballot question that allows up to seven Las Vegas-style gambling casinos in the state has morphed into an organized group with a petition against casino expansion, various committees, and a mission to reach out into the community.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Paul Elisha: A Thumb In The Eye

Scientists tell us that the thumb is the most significant anatomical item in the history of human development… but this commentator takes issue.  Lacking the capacity for analysis and interpretation, humans would have inherited a useless anatomical advantage.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Report: NY Gets Good Grades For Student Data Tracking

The Data Quality Campaign, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that advocates for high-quality data, has released a paper showing how far states have come in developing and using the data.

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12:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

The warm spell has given way to much colder weather.  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 19, 2013. 

New York News
12:10 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Cuomo's Job Performance Hits All-Time Low In Poll

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating is the lowest it’s been since he’s been governor, according to a new poll. The Siena College survey also finds many New Yorkers are satisfied with the implementation of the new Common Core standards in schools. 


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Hudson Valley News
4:22 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

NRC Says Indian Point Relicensing Review Will Take Longer

Credit Tony Fischer, flickr

The license renewal process for New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant is growing longer. A request from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for more information from Entergy is adding at least a few months.

There are several pieces of the license renewal procedure for Westchester-based Indian Point. One of those pieces has been delayed, pushing back a final decision.

That’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission Spokesman Neil Sheehan.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rob Edelman: Bullying In All Its Forms

Until recently, to my way of thinking, the term “bullying” referred to groups of grade school, high school, or college-age kids who singled out and picked on a solitary young person who was viewed as being weak and vulnerable. But one current media item has been much on my mind. This is coverage of the alleged harassment of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin by one or more of his teammates. So the questions here become: Are insecure children the only victims of bullying? In fact, can a 300-pound professional football player also be bullied? Is there a difference between good-natured locker room ribbing and the kind of provocation that apparently was experienced by Jonathan Martin?

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Capital Region News
12:46 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Albany Activist Calls For Civil Service Commission Accountability

Credit wikimedia

For years, the city of Albany has promised to increase the number of minorities in the fire department. But many, including one local activist, say little progress has been made.

Outgoing Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings made headlines after he intervened in a case involving an African-American man who was disqualified from a firefighting job on what some call "ridiculously trivial grounds."

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New England News
12:40 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development

A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino is proposed.  But housing developers say high costs and available financing are challenges.

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12:38 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Alzheimer's Foundation Of America President Urges Early Detection

Credit Alzheimer's Foundation of America

When does a senior moment turn into something more serious? We can be forgetful at any age, and that’s likely to increase as we get older, but when does memory loss become a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Carol Steinberg, the President of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, says five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to be at least 15-million by 2050.