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


New England News
12:50 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Frustration Growing Over Government Shutdown,Northampton Protest Planned

Credit NPCA Photos/flickr

Frustration is growing over the federal government shutdown and approaching deadline for raising the government’s debt ceiling.  Members of a progressive group in Massachusetts that advocates raising taxes on the rich, cutting military spending, and increasing funds for social programs are planning protests. Members of  Budget for All are going to demonstrate today in Boston and on Friday in Northampton.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Marty Nathan, one of the leaders of Budget For All Western Massachusetts.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:48 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Herbert London: Freedom As A Natural Condition?

It has been argued in several of the intellectual journals in the West, that the aspiration for freedom is a universal goal, that most societies admire the freedoms we enjoy and wish to emulate us. As I see it, this proposition is one of the more pernicious illusions we entertain.

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Capital Region News
12:45 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Community Policing Forum: All About R-e-s-p-e-c-t

Assistant Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox addresses the October 15 Forum on Community Policing at Milne Hall on UAlbany's Downtown Campus.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A community forum brought activists, citizens and police together in Albany Tuesday night.   Community policing involves assigning specific officers to serve specific neighborhoods, engage residents and cultivate a community-based effort to stop crime.

It was a full house at Milne Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus, the event jointly presented by city police and the Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Sturgeon Populations Rising In New York State

Credit [WAMC Photo composite by Dave Lucas]

The waters of Oneida Lake have long been a destination for fishermen in Upstate New York. Fishermen come to try their hand at catching Walleye, Bass, and Perch, but a much larger fish could someday be the ultimate prize in this body of water, and others throughout the region.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Adirondack Group Releases Annual Assessment of Park

State of the Park Cover: Former Finch-Pruyn/Nature Conservancy lands recently added to the Forest Preserve include a 14.7 mile stretch of shoreline along the rapids of the Hudson River Gorge. Photo © Carl Heilman ll/Wild Visions, Inc.
Credit Adirondack Council/Carl Heilman

The Adirondack Council has released its annual State of the Park report and this year’s assessment shows increased collaborations and progress on issues.

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12:25 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano joins us to deliver the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 16, 2013. 

New York News
12:50 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

"I Am Unspoken" Addresses Refugee Concerns In Utica

Credit Facebook / Mohawk Valley Refugee Center

Utica and many other upstate New York cities have become home to a large numbers of refugees from around the world.  The refugee resettlement agency in the Mohawk Valley has started an annual conference called “I am Unspoken” to address concerns common among that population.

The conference is being held this week at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. It will focus on helping people recover from torture and trauma.

The speakers include a specialist in the psychosocial effects of war on children and the director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Paul Elisha: Respect And Consideration

No matter on what thoroughfare we Americans may reside, there is only one truly two-way street in this country and sadly, too many of us have forgotten its significance and lost sight of where it leads.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Saratoga Residents Question Casino Siting At Community Forum

The community forum hosted by Saratoga Wire was held at the Saratoga Arts Center.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Members of the public met with elected officials and people on both sides of New York’s casino gambling amendment at a community forum Monday night in Saratoga Springs. 

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

With Liability Insurance Procured, F-35 Debate Returns to City Agenda

Burlington City Hall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Burlington has purchased an insurance policy for protection against potential lawsuits in connection with its airport. Now that the policy has been obtained, a delayed plan by the City Council to debate and vote on two resolutions related to basing F-35 fighter jets at the airport can be re-scheduled.

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