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
5:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Acquitted Saratoga Springs Teacher Terminated

A Saratoga Springs middle school teacher, acquitted of charges associated with allegedly making inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old female student, has been terminated by the school district. 

At a special meeting of the Saratoga Springs Board of Education held Monday evening, members of the public were allowed to comment on the recommended termination of middle school mathematics teacher Joseph Bruno.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:55 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Paul Elisha: Billings Learned Hand

What a wonderful surprise, to begin this bleak, unpromising December of the year, 2013 and learn, that one’s most admired jurist was a native of New York’s Capitol City; born and raised an Albanian, who began his education there (at Albany Academy); even entered the practice of Law, there, such was this commentator’s happy discovery, about Billings Learned Hand.  How heartening, to discover that this nationally admired jurist and legal word-smith shaped the beliefs and thinking of the most important Americans of his time, including several Presidents and Nobel Prize winning economists.

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Weather
12:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano checks in with the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, December 3, 2013. 

WAMC News
12:12 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Moreland Report Condemns NY Board Of Elections

Credit C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

Among the many recommendations contained in the report from the Moreland Commission is one to dismantle the New York State Board of Elections, which the commission members called an abject failure in its oversight and enforcement of state election laws. The board would be replaced by a new watchdog agency to be headed by a person appointed for a five-year term by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The Board of Elections, and the Moreland Commission report, was the topic of discussion on WAMC’s capitol connection program with Alan Chartock, and Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Hudson Valley News
1:37 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Veteran Reporter And Mental Health Expert Discuss Train Derailment

Credit Barry Solow, flickr

Federal investigators have recovered a second data recorder at the crash site of Sunday’s Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx. While the public awaits answers about what caused the fatal derailment, a few experts are weighing in about other aspects of the disaster.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Edelman: an Introspective Follow-Up

What does a filmmaker do for an encore after having scored a major international hit? The filmmaker in question is Asghar Farhadi. A couple years ago, Farhadi earned across-the-board acclaim and a well-deserved Best Foreign Film Academy Award for A Separation, a quietly powerful drama about a family in crisis. The country of origin of A Separation is Iran, and its characters are Iranian. But aside from being an exceptional film, what makes A Separation special is that it explores issues that are common to countless families, irrespective of nationality.

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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
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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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