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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October 15, 2012

12:06 PM
Overture / Going Through the Motions
Artist : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast
Album : Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
Composer : Christopher Beck/ Joss Whedon
ReleaseYear : 2002
Label : Rounder Records
12:23 PM
2 Wicky
Artist : Hooverphonic
Album : A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Composer : Callier, Geerts, B. Bacharach, H. David, P. Henry
ReleaseYear : 1996
Label : Columbia
12:45 PM
People Keep Asking Why
Artist : Seal
Album : Seal
Composer : Seal
ReleaseYear : 1994
Label : Sire

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Rob Edelman: Truth In Advertising

Reviewer Rob Edelman takes a look at the history of slavery in cinema upon the release of 12 Years A Slave...

For sure, 12 Years A Slave is one of the best films not just of the season but of the year. However, there is one point about the subject matter explored in the film that deserves to be challenged. At the start of the Toronto Film Festival press conference for 12 Years A Slave, the film’s director, Steve McQueen, casually observed that the subject of slavery “hasn’t been given a platform in cinema.” Well, this simply is not so.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Bank Grant Will Boost Mentoring Initiatives In Western Mass.

Mass Mentoring Partnership President & CEO Marty Martinez
Credit Mass Mentoring Partnership

Over the last two years, the youth mentoring movement has grown in western Massachusetts. The organization Mass Mentoring Partnership has established a mentoring hub in the greater Springfield area. The initiative is getting a financial boost from  First Niagara Bank which will announce a $50,000 grant  at an event this evening in Holyoke.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Mass Mentoring Partnership President Marty Martinez.

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Weather
12:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 28, 2013.

New York News
12:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

NY After The Storms: Planning For The Next One

National Weather Service image of Sandy one year ago today. Advocates say the nonprofit sector has been making great strides helping New Yorkers return to normal, but they are concerned about next storm.
Credit NWS

One year ago, New Yorkers were bracing for Superstorm Sandy - today, state government officials are gathered in Albany to compare notes on the response and brainstorm about plans to respond to future crises and calamities.

Many struggle to recover one year after Superstorm Sandy.  Republican New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez says many of his constituents are still reeling from the one-two punch of Irene and Lee - along with others in his district impacted by Sandy.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

State's Top Economic Official Believes Manufacturing Will Grow In Massachusetts

Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki tours the Mechanical Engineering Technology center at Springfield Technical Community College. The state awarded a $1.2 million grant to rehab and expand the center to double the number of students enrolled for training to work in the precision manufacturing sector.
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki says he is “bullish” on the future of precision manufacturing.  But the state faces a challenge to train a workforce for jobs in the manufacturing sector.  Bialecki, last week, visited a training center at Springfield Technical Community College where the state spent $1.2 million to expand and modernize the classrooms.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bialecki

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Andrew Coates: Glitches

Today, commentator Dr. Andrew Coates discusses the glitches plaguing the Affordable Care Act website.

When I was young I worked as a carpenter's helper here in rural upstate New York. The man I worked for, a treasure of local lore is someone who possesses generous good humor and a gift for analogy. On ladders and roofs, in the back road truck journeys to our jobs and at the sawhorses we would debate the big questions of life and also share the most pedestrian observations about farm and family life.

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Listener Comment Line
12:42 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Listener Comment Line - Week Of October 21, 2013

Superheroes, health care rollouts and the like are discussed in highlights from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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Capital Region News
12:30 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

#OccupyAlbany Turns 2

This week marks two years since Occupy Albany pitched tents in Academy Park, leading to a political standoff that lasted weeks and ended in a showdown with city police.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A small band of protestors gathered quietly late Monday afternoon at the edge of Academy Park to celebrate the anti-establishment crusade that began two years ago, in conjunction with Occupy Wall Street.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Officials Defend Health Exchange Website as Opponents Call for Implementation of Contingency Plan

Officials with the administration of Governor Peter Shumlin are defending the performance of the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange website, saying its performance is improving despite serious technical glitches since its launch October 1st.

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Weather
12:29 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

The chilly spell has been with us a for a couple of days.  How long will it last?  We get a clue in Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 25, 2013.  

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