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 26, 2012

12:06 PM
Another Country
Artist : Shadowfax
Album : The Dreams of Children
Composer : Greenberg
ReleaseYear : 1985
Label : Windham Hill
12:24 PM
Switch
Artist : Howie B
Album : Turn the Dark Off
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Island/ Polygram Records
12:39 PM
Love Theme
Artist : Moby
Album : I Like to Score
Composer : Moby
ReleaseYear : 1997
Label : Elektra

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New England News
12:46 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Massachusetts Designates New Cultural District In Springfield

Springfield Symphony Hall is part of a newly state-designated cultural district
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Massachusetts Cultural Council has approved the creation of a cultural district in Springfield. Advocates for the district believe it will help rebrand downtown Springfield.

The cultural district designation will help promote attractions such as the Springfield Museums and Symphony Hall and encourage the growth of art and music festivals and the so-called creative economy. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said there are huge benefits to having an official state-recognized cultural district in the heart of the city.

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New York News
12:32 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Women In Office: Ranks Grow In NYS

Albany NY city Treasurer and Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In upstate New York and beyond, women have been taking more active roles in politics: running in races for elective office and winning them.  Currently, 98 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 78 in the House; 20 in the Senate, including one from New York, one from Massachusetts and two from New Hampshire. Numbers provided by the Center for American Women in Politics further show that the number of women in statewide executive posts is 75. And the proportion of women in state legislatures is about a quarter.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the chilly details of the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 12, 2013. 

Commentary & Opinion
2:19 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Herb London: U.S.-Iran Deal On Nuclear Weapons

A presumptive deal between the United States and Iran to curb the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions is regarded in the White House as a breakthrough, cutting the Gordian knot between intractability and persistence. Yet before the acclamation begins a cautionary note is warranted.

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Capital Region News
12:59 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Albany Veterans' Day Parade

Marchers carry flags honoring those who have served the country. Central Avenue, Albany NY (11 November 2013)
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

More than 900,000 veterans  call New York home. Vets have marched in Albany's traditional Veterans' Day Parade for more than fifty years. The parade stepped off at 11:11am from Central Ave & Manning Blvd,  headed down Central to Lark St and then along Washington Avenue to N Hawk Street  to the reviewing stand on the steps of the State Education building.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Edelman: An AIDS Reminder

To be sure, Dallas Buyers Club is not the title of a new film about a Texas-based wholesale food-and-clothing outlet. Also to be sure, Dallas Buyers Club likely will not be smashing box office records. That is because this fact-based drama centers on Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, a man who in the film’s opening scenes is as likable as a sleazy creep who smiles at you with mock sincerity while picking your pocket. Woodroof is a reckless, cocaine-snorting, sex-obsessed hustler. But then, he is given what amounts to a death sentence. He learns that he is HIV-positive and is told by a doctor, “You have 30 days left, so put your affairs in order.”

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Weather
12:25 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 11, 2013. 

New England News
12:24 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

City Councilor Announces Colleagues Support To Be Next President

Michael A. Fenton, at the age of 26, would be the youngest person elected City Council President in Springfield, MA.

When a new city council is seated in Springfield, Massachusetts this January a majority of its 13 members will be black or Hispanic.  It is the first time in Springfield history voters elected minorities to a majority of the seats on both the city council and school committee.  City councilor Michael Fenton said he has commitments from his colleagues to be elected council president in January.  At 26 , he would be the youngest council president in the city’s history. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New York News
4:00 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Assemblyman Tony Jordan Reflects On His Time In The NYS Legislature

New York State Assemblyman Tony Jordan, a Republican of the 113th District, was recently elected to become the next District Attorney of Washington County. Jordan, a lawyer by trade, served as Assistant District Attorney prior to his election to the Assembly in 2008. WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Jordan, who reflected on his experience in the legislature and his reasons for leaving.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Expert Sees Disarray In Massachusetts Casino Landscape

Credit commons.wikimedia.org

The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts is “on the verge of being a mess,” according to a gaming policy expert.  Voters in Palmer and East Boston rejected casino projects on Election Day.  There is the possibility some casino developers won’t pass a strict background check.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Clyde Barrow, a professor of public policy at UMass Dartmouth, who specializes in the gaming industry.   He asked Barrow to assess the current state of casino development in Massachusetts

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