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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New York News
12:15 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Call For Public Campaign Finance System Including A Moreland Commission Co-Chair

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Advocacy groups are encouraged by recent statements by the co- chair of New York State Governor  Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission, who says he now favors public financing of political campaigns.

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New York News
7:45 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Veterans’ Day Commemorated in the North Country

segment of Plattsburgh Barracks Veterans Park memorial wall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Veterans ceremonies were held across New York’s north country, including commemorations honoring aging veterans and youth corps.

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New York News
4:21 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Neighbors Get Peek Inside GlobalFoundries At Open House

A model of GlobalFoundries Fab 8 plant on view at the open house.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

GlobalFoundries hosted an open house at its computer chip fabrication facility in the Saratoga County town of Malta Monday evening. 

GlobalFoundries held the event to allow workers’ families and community members to see the facility and get a better understanding of how the company and its Fab 8 semiconductor manufacturing facility operate.

The company operates its Fab 8 campus at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta, and employs more than 1,000 workers at the facility.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Paul Elisha: War And Peace

There’s something strangely illusory in the approach (in less than a month) of the 69th  Anniversary of the end of WWII.  For those of us in the inexorably dwindling number of veterans in this category, there are the unsettling news stories of the “Right-Wing surge in Europe,” and the seemingly continuing inability of former allies (This nation included) to achieve peaceful resolutions to still volatile and incendiary ignitions.  These are dramatically fuelled by the wars and continuing intolerance of nations, still at odds over the seeming inequities that defy our abilities to analyze and end them.

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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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