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 16, 2012

12:44 PM
Boys Don’t Cry
Artist : The Cure
Album : Boys Don't Cry
ReleaseYear : 1979
Label : Fiction Records
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Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra/Wea


New York News
12:56 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NY Education, PISA And Common Core

Education advocates in New York State have a full plate going into the next legislative session. Students in the United States ranked 36th among nations in mathematics, reading and science, according to the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment. The test, given to half a million 15- and 16-year-olds worldwide every three years, is regarded as a leading survey of education systems a snapshot of the global state of education.  Young people in Shanghai scored highest of all tested.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Andrew Coates: Time To Reflect

December arrives under honking Geese. As the last dying leaves find their way to the ground, frost tints the mornings, snow flurries lick the landscape, and Orion rises before bedtime. Holiday gatherings have begun. Time away from work and school might not allow us a whole day for reflection. But we might each find at least a moment of reverie or pause.

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Listener Comment Line
12:40 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of December 2, 2013

We lend you an ear, as we roll back highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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12:34 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Federal Budget Talks Seen As Moving Forward

Credit Tax Credits, flickr

The December 13th deadline for a bipartisan federal budget deal to avoid another partial government shutdown in January is a week away.  Negotiators, headed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan—a Republican and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray—a Democrat, appear to be making progress.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project—a Northampton-based research center.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Vermont Supreme Court Hears Stormwater Appeal From Wind Opponents

Credit Green Mountain Power

Opponents of the Lowell Mountain Wind project took their case to the Vermont Supreme Court on Thursday, where lawyers argued whether the state improperly permitted the project’s stormwater permits.

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12:25 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano casts an eye toward the weekend, in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 6, 2013. 

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Bermuda Avenue Triangle"

LATHAM – Sometimes, even in December, the most sentimental among us get tired of shows that are holiday oriented. With “Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” Curtain Call Theatre in Latham is offering the ultimate in alternative holiday scheduling.

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Hudson Valley News
1:38 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NYS Republican Senator Kicks Off Candidate Forums In 41st District

NYS Senator Greg Ball (standing); Rob Rolison (seated at table on the right)
Credit WAMC/Allison Dunne

A Republican New York state senator is working to ensure that his neighboring district returns to GOP hands in November.

Republican Greg Ball is the state Senate Republican Committee co-chairman, and is hosting a series of forums aimed at unseating the Democratic senator in the 41st District – freshman Terry Gipson. He held the first forum Wednesday night in Putnam County.

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1:01 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Radio On

You turned off the TV - now it's come after you... via radio!

Radio has survived and thrived for years beyond what self-proclaimed cultural and technological “experts” predicted.

Terrestrial radio may someday be eclipsed by satellites and cyberspace, but WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock says --- not in the near future

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Sean Philpott: We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us

This past Sunday marked the 26th annual World AIDS Day, which is held every year on December 1st to remember the nearly 30 million people who have died from the disease since it was first identified in 1981.

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