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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September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire


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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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.  

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

Rogovoy Report for October 25, 2013

Seth Rogovoy highlights some art and cultural events going on in the Berkshires this weekend.

My picks this week include a multimedia dance performance; a film festival; and an orchestral concert.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Deal Now Seen As Unlikely Between Dobelle, WSU Trustees

Westfield State University Trustees begin a meeting on Oct.16,2013 to address the status of University President Evan Dobelle. Seated ( l to r) chairman John Flynn, board attorney James Cox, Dobelle, trustee Kevin Queenin
Credit WAMC

The leadership controversy at Westfield State University has deepened with the filing of a federal court lawsuit.  Embattled President Evan Dobelle charges trustees and the state’s top higher education official have defamed him.

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New England News
5:59 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Phish Concert Could Have Lasting Effect On Glens Falls

Phish performing in 2009
Credit Dan Shinneman / Flickr/Wikimedia Commons

A concert in Glens Falls last night has some saying the small city can play host to other large entertainment events in the future, which could be key to the area’s economic development.

The rock band Phish returned to the Glens Falls Civic Center for the first time since a legendary 1994 Halloween concert Wednesday. The sellout brought thousands of fans to the Warren County city. About 7,500 tickets were sold. From nearby Vermont, Phish has a passionate following in the region, playing several Saratoga Springs concerts in recent years as well.

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New York News
1:30 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Accusations of Voter Fraud During Plattsburgh Council Debate

Plattsburgh City hall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Last night, city council candidates in the city of Plattsburgh met in a League of Women Voters’ forum at city hall. The ward hopefuls were allowed to pose a question to their opponents. In several instances, Republican and Independent candidates took their challengers to task for what they say is an alarming increase in absentee ballot filings.

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Capital Region News
1:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

PREVIEW : "Common Core" Forum Today In Albany

On again, off again: New York’s "Common Core" meetings have been rescheduled after State Education Commissioner John King was severely criticized for canceling the events after he encountered a hostile crowd of parents and teachers at a Poughkeepsie forum.  Many believe the curriculum was rolled out too quickly with little preparation for educators, students and parents. A large turnout is expected tonight at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School in Albany. The forum will be moderated by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Sean Philpott: Drug Pushers

Like many academics -- and contrary to the image of college professors as lazy scholars that take sabbaticals every other year and have their summers off -- I about have four or five full-time jobs. I direct a graduate program in bioethics, teach six courses (including two summer courses), and supervise four students each year as they complete their Masters projects.

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