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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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


Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Rob Edelman: Shakespeare On Screen

One of the better films I’ve seen this summer is a comedy which centers on the intrigues of two sets of lovers. The setting is decidedly contemporary. The male characters wear suits and ties, and so on. But there is a twist here. The characters all speak in Elizabethan English, and the film in which they appear is MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, director-writer Joss Whedon’s updating of Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

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12:25 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Meterologist Jason Gough's Midday Weather Summary

Jason Gough
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Jason Gough fills in for Paul Caiano this week.  Jason serves up the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 5, 2013. 

Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Herbert Wolff Reviews: Passions

Theater reviewer Herbert Wolff takes a look at "Passions,"  playing at the Glimmerglass Festival through August 22 in Cooperstown, NY.

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Arts & Culture
12:27 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Heather Fisch Set For Mahaiwe Show

Heather Fisch La Belle Epoque

Next Saturday night at the Mahaiwe, writer-director Heather Fisch presents La Belle Epoque, a live theater show about three vaudeville performers from the 1920s. Part slapstick, part jazz, part dance, the show is back in Great Barrington where it originally began. WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke with Heather Fisch, who says the show has been a long time in the making.

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New York News
12:16 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Bikers Hope Amtrak Will Expand Rack Access Soon

A biker loads his bicycle onto an Amtrak train in Hudson, NY.
Credit Callie Winkeller

Several New York bicyclists recently participated in demonstration rides hosted by Amtrak in a step toward one day allowing bikes on passenger trains. 

Late last month, Amtrak invited 36 New York bicyclists to bring their wheels on a northbound train as part of an ongoing effort to accommodate bikes on trains traveling around the state.  This particular train had a special demonstration cafe car equipped with rack space for four bicycles.  Bicyclists signed up to board at a particular stop on the Ethan Allen line and then disembarked at the next stop. 

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New England News
12:36 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Opposition Organizes For West Springfield Casino Referendum

Nathan Bech is leading an effort to urge voters in West Springfield to reject Hard Rock International's casino project. The referendum is on September 10th
Credit WAMC

A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts.    The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10th.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews: Southern Comfort

“Southern Comfort,” the musical being given its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., is a tender, story about love, courage and most of all family.  It’s a lovely show with excellent music and a story that will make you feel good as it breaks your heart.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Andrew Coates: Medicine As A Beleaguered Profession

A young friend and keen analyst of social change made the observation that it seems that physicians, when it comes to the contemporary state of our profession, seem a bit in shock, as if suffering a grief reaction. She referenced the stages of grief elucidated by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.*

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Economist Explains Genuine Progress Indicator

Credit Steve Johnson/Flickr

The Vermont Legislature’s Government Accountability Committee recently heard a report on the state’s economic status based on its Genuine Progress Indicator. The G-P-I is an emerging measure of economic activity that some economists  say more accurately reflects economic activity than the Gross State or Gross Domestic Product. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Jon Erickson, Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont Gund Institute, a leading expert on the Genuine Progress Indicator.

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New York News
10:45 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Study Group Issues Report on Flood Mitigation

Lake Champlain Flooding May 5, 2011
Credit Vermont Governor's Office

A U.S.-Canadian study group has delivered its flood mitigation recommendations for the Lake Champlain and Richelieu River basin following record flooding in 2011.

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