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.

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New York News
1:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

NY Casino Applications Due Today

Credit WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

It's "casino crunch time." Today is the deadline for developers to submit their casino proposals to the New York State Gaming Commission.

David Brain is president and CEO of EPR properties ... heard in the recorded version of this article in an excerpt from a promotional video for Adelaar, one of two casinos proposed for Sullivan County. Mohegan Sun is behind the other project in the town of Thompson at the former Concord Resort.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:43 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Rob Edelman: New Iranian Cinema, Part 2

CLOSED CURTAIN, a pointed, highly political allegory scripted and co-directed by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, is momentarily set for theatrical release here in the U.S.

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New England News
12:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Insurance Giant Creates Investment Fund To Support Springfield Entrepreneurs

One of the oldest and largest businesses in western Massachusetts has launched an initiative to help small start-up companies.  MassMutual has announced the creation of the Springfield Venture Fund. It is intended to serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the state’s third largest city.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nick Fyntrilakis, vice president of  Community Responsibility at MassMutual.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will"

Shakespeare's Will at the Bernstein Theater through August 24

Today theater reviewer Herbert Wolff looks at the Shakespeare and Company production of "Shakepeare's Will,"  playing now through August 24 at the Bernstein Theater.

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Listener Comment Line
12:43 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Listener Comment Line - Week of June 23, 2014

WAMC listeners checked in with their thoughts on a wide variety of subjects this week. Here are highlight's from this week's WAMC Listener Comment Line.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Critics Express Concerns Over Funding Plan Approved For Tappan Zee Bridge Project

New Tappan Zee bridge rendering
Credit Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

A coalition of environmental and advocacy organizations and Assembly members met via conference call on Thursday to express their dismay over the approval by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation to use, for the first time, clean water funds for a transportation project. The critics say using the funds for the bridge project could have negative consequences for every community across the state.

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Weather
12:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 27, 2014. 

New England News
12:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Fierce Campaign Expected On Massachusetts Casino Referendum

Nathan Bech, who organized a campaign to defeat a proposed casino in West Springfield, will be one of several grassroots activists campaigning to repeal the state's casino law in November.
Credit WAMC

When the Massachusetts legislature voted three years ago to legalize casino gambling after decades of debate, it appeared the only fights left would be over where the casinos would be built. But now both sides on the charged issue are gearing up to win the hearts and minds of the state’s voters, who will decide in November if Las Vegas-style gambling will in fact have a home in Massachusetts.

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New York News
2:15 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Panel Discusses Heroin And Opioid Epidemic Impact

Credit Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The public television station in Plattsburgh brought together a panel of law enforcement, health care officials and legislators to discuss the rise in heroin use and addiction in New York’s North Country. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the participants in the “New Face of Heroin” panel.

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Capital Region News
12:35 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Albany Commissioner Of Recreation On 1609 Fitness Challenge

Credit City of Albany Official Website

Residents of Albany are being urged to get in shape this summer and win prizes at the same time. The 1609 Fitness Challenge is under way, and will continue into August, according to Jonathan Jones, Albany's Commissioner of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services.

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