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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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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


New York News
10:50 am
Tue October 15, 2013

NY Program On Flood & Climate Change Preparedness A Success

Credit Young's General Store, Prattsville

The Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project is an educational initiative designed to help municipal officials and stream-side landowners throughout the Hudson Valley prepare for floods and climate change. The program has been moving forward, and is being heralded as a successful one.

Educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam counties have been teaching flood preparedness to officials and landowners in 37 Hudson Valley municipalities.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Rob Edelman: Sustaining Yourself

 How do young actors who are fortunate enough to win fame by starring in booming movie franchises maintain their careers once those franchises fade into history?

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12:15 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Wisdom From The Oval Office

Credit History Publishing Co.

“Ask not what your country can do for you,” ”Walk softly and carry a big stick” and “The buck stops here,” all well-known and often quoted sayings from Presidents John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, respectively, but all of the presidents have said many things over the years, much of which has never been heard, or has been forgotten, until now. Pierce Word, a writer and historian based in Chicago, has collected all of those presidential quotes in the book Wisdom from the Oval Office-Words from George Washington to the Present, published by history publishing company.  The author broke down the quotes into 40 chapters, all with different themes Including democracy, god, liberty, life, trust and war, and each chapter begins with the early presidents and continues in order to Barack Obama.

New England News
12:54 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Massachusetts Panel Reviews Health Care Cost Control Efforts

A hospital room at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

While Obamacare is being rolled out across the country Massachusetts, which pioneered the health care reform, is moving to the next step—cost containment.  A watchdog agency charged with monitoring health care delivery and payment reforms recently held two days of hearings to examine health care cost trends.  The state has set a cost growth benchmark at 3.6 percent for this year and next. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the chairman of the Health Policy Commission, Dr. Stuart Altman.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

David Nightingale: On Casinos

An essay aired in 2005, concerning casinos in the Catskills, mentioned some of the pros and cons of gambling; now, in 2013, here we go again. It appears that, increasingly, the governments of many states are believing in gambling as a quick fix to shortage of funds.

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New England News
12:56 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Poll Asks Massachusetts Voters About Shutdown,Obamacare

Credit KAZVorpal/Flickr

By a large margin Republicans get blamed for the shutdown of the federal government in a recent poll of voters in Massachusetts conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with polling institute director Tim Vercellotti

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New York News
4:13 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Conversation Builds Around NY Casino Referendum In Saratoga Springs

With New Yorkers set to vote on a referendum that would expand casino gambling in New York state, people are speaking out on all sides of the argument. But how would a resort casino affect the Saratoga region – an area already home to gaming?  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Rogovoy Report for October 10, 2013

Plume Giant, the Brooklyn-based chamber-folk trio that favors pop melodies, a miniature orchestra of sounds and textures, and Beatlesque whimsy, performs in Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday, at 8 p.m. The group’s eclectic approach has drawn comparisons to Bowerbirds, Dirty Projectors, Sea Wolf, and Dan Hicks.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Coates: Political Divisions Harm Health

The government shutdown and the disconnect on health care By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.

I’d like to offer some thoughts this week about the discussion over health care in Washington. We’re heading into the second week of the federal government shutdown, in which the right wing of Congress has demanded that President Obama step back from his health reform.

This reveals to me the shocking disconnect between the center-stage discussion in Washington and the everyday discussion we have at our kitchen tables, at our jobs, and with our friends.

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New York News
7:22 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Adirondack Communities Search For Ways To Expand Broadband

Credit Tom Check / Flickr

The City of Glens Falls has given a green light to a company that will expand a fiber optic network to bring broadband internet to more subscribers. But other rural communities are taking a different direction.

This week the Glens Falls Common Council voted in favor of a measure that paves the way for company First Light Fiber to wrap fiber-optic high-speed internet cable on existing utility lines.

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