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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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

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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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New York News
4:25 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Officials Announce Reopening Of Historic Hudson River Bridge

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

National, state, and local officials gathered in the Saratoga County town of Northumberland today to mark the completed restoration of an historic bridge that connects a system of recreational trails.

The crowd gathered on the newly refurbished Dix Bridge spanning the Hudson River between Greenwich and Northumberland, connecting Washington and Saratoga Counties. The original structure was constructed in 1895, and since 2009 local organizations and municipalities have worked to transform the aging span into an accessible walkway open to pedestrians, cyclists and snowmobilers.

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Listener Comment Line
12:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week of November 4, 2013

We listen to what you had to say this week, in these highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Coates: Corporate Influence On Medicine

Today, commentator Dr. Andrew Coates discussed the corporate influence on medicine.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Rogovoy Report for November 8, 2013

Today, Seth Rogovoy touches on some art and cultural highlights in the Berkshires this weekend.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Railroad Officials Discuss Vandalism and Future of Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Credit Jack LaDuke

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is a tourist train that provides scenic rides in the Lake Placid and Utica regions. In early October, a locomotive was vandalized. The damage is being investigated as a deliberate attempt to stop the train’s operations. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with two of the non-profit railroad’s officials about the incident and how it is impacting future plans for the rail line.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Assemblywoman Cracks Down On Puppy Mills

Credit Linda Rosenthal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign into law a bill that would give local governments across New York more power to regulate pet dealers, thereby cracking down on abusive puppy mills that supply dogs.

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Weather
12:19 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano takes a look toward the weekend in his Midday Weather Summary for Friday,  November 8, 2013.

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