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 15, 2012

12:06 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:23 PM
2 Wicky
Artist : Hooverphonic
Album : A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Composer : Callier, Geerts, B. Bacharach, H. David, P. Henry
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Columbia
12:45 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire


12:25 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano checks in with the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 18, 2013. 

New York News
12:30 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Apathy In Young Voters, Again

Ulster County District 6 Legislature candidate John Quigley lost his race last week and believes more turnout amongst young voters would have put him over the top.
Credit John Quigley

Election Day has come and gone, and a perpetual issue remains: Why do young people, by and large, stay away from the polls?

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1:01 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Petition Calls For Testing Ban For State’s Youngest Students

Education advocates across New York are calling for a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, kicked off a Thursday conference call to launch a  statewide petition drive to stop expansion of standardized tests in children’s early years.

The petition comes as the union continues to call for a three-year moratorium on using tests aligned to the rigorous Common Core standards for “high stakes” decisions affecting teachers and students.

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New England News
12:47 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Advocate For Formerly Incarcerated Women Is Guest Lecturer

Tina Reynolds

The Five College Consortium in western Massachusetts is hosting guest lecturers in social justice advocacy this fall.  Tina Reynolds is co-founder of WORTH, a New York City-based nonprofit that works with currently and formerly incarcerated women. The organization strives to change public perceptions and policy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Reynolds.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

David Nightingale: On Henry Cavendish (1731-1810)

Some refer to Cavendish as 'the man who weighed the earth', but it would be more accurate to describe him as a man who spent his life as a careful investigator in chemistry, heat and electricity.

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Listener Comment Line
12:55 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of November 11, 2013

We lend an ear to what you had to say this week, in highlights from this week's Listener Comment Line.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Rogovoy Report for November 15, 2013

12:25 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano takes a look at the conditions for the upcoming weekend -  in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 15, 2013. 

New York News
12:10 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Groups Call For Ban On Standardized Testing For Young Children

Credit Alberto G. /flickr

A coalition of unions and government reform groups are calling for a ban on standardized testing for New York’s school  children in second grade and younger.

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North Country News
5:45 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Umbrella Group Uniting Watershed Groups Formed

Battenkill River in Arlington VT
Credit Gplefka/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A new group is being formed in Vermont to link and support watershed groups across the state with education and outreach, river clean-ups, and water-quality monitoring.

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