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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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


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.

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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