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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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

David Nightingale: October/November

October transitions into November, and not all the leaves down yet. Some still hang, brown and a tinge of orange, waiting for real heavy gusts to decide for them, once and for all, and sweep them to their colleagues, to join the beige sacking that now covers our part of the earth.                  

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North Country News
5:45 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Governor Delays Full Implementation, Adds New Options to Health Exchange

Vermont is delaying implementation of its health care exchange plan due to problems with the state's enrollment website.

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Listener Comment Line
12:52 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of October 28, 2013

On most Fridays, we hear what you had to say,  in highlights from the week's Listener Comment Line. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Rogovoy Reports for November, 1 2013

This week we look at a film festival, a blues concert, a comic mystery, an art opening, and a homegrown folksinger-made good.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Andrew Coates: Why Are They All Saying "Single Payer?"

Last week we saw a domestic national news cycle dominated by the "glitches" that derailed the launch of the web-based exchanges where uninsured American people and their small business employers can shop for private health insurance. This week, as stories about private health insurance continue to dominate the headlines, the term "single payer" has bobbed up with increasing frequency.

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12:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano forecasts the weather conditions for the weekend in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 1, 2013. 

New England News
12:16 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MGM's China Connection Shadows Springfield Casino Project

Credit MGM Springfield

A decision on whether MGM Resorts International is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts is expected to be made by gaming industry regulators in the next two months.  Passing the mandatory background investigation in Massachusetts is proving to be no easy feat.

       When casino industry giant Caesars Entertainment, which has stakes in more than 50 casino operations in the United States and seven countries, was abruptly dropped  two weeks ago    as the operator of a proposed Boston casino, it rang alarm bells in Springfield.

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9:19 am
Fri November 1, 2013

The Vote: Declining Turnout

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As we approach election day, experts predict low turnout in of local races around the region — as usual. Why are voters staying home?
Low  voter turnout was apparent throughout New York during the September primaries. Some attribute it to "upstate dissatisfaction" with politics in general. Whether that's the root cause or not, New York ranks near the bottom of all 50 states when it comes to turnout, as tabulated by the United States Elections Project.  

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New York News
5:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Debate Over Adirondack Ballot Proposition Intensifies

Hardwood Hill
Credit Carl Heilman II

The debate over New York’s Proposition 5 is heating up with dueling endorsements, announcements and arguments over the proposal.

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Hudson Valley News
1:28 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Anti-Casino Groups Call On NYS Board Of Elections To Resign

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Two citizens groups are calling on the New York State Board of Elections to resign over wording of a ballot proposal about casino gambling. One is based in Ulster County, where casino supporters have their hopes set on seeing a casino built.

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