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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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Herbert London: Equality And The Court

The word “equality” is woven into the fabric of the nation. Despite the clause in the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln’s continual efforts to preserve it, most people assume we are born with different endowments, have different temperaments, behave in different ways and, most assuredly, are unequal. In fact, the more we as a nation emphasize individuality, the more likely inequality will result.

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Weather
12:24 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Meteorologist Jason Caterina pinch hits for Paul Caiano today, in delivering the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 3, 2013. 

New York News
12:21 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gas Storage Adds To Fracking Controversy In Upstate

Natural gas storage has split some communities in Upstate New York.
Credit David Chanatry

It’s something few people think about, but all that natural gas and other fossil fuels being produced by hydrofracking has to be stored somewhere before it gets to the consumer. Often used for the job: underground salt caverns like the ones near Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes. Now an out of state company wants to expand storage there, a plan some local residents call risky.

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Hudson Valley News
1:26 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Immigration Bill Supporters Rally Outside NY Congressman's District Office

Credit Volunteers for Organizing for Action

Supporters of the comprehensive immigration bill recently passed in the U.S. Senate stood outside the district office of a New York Congressman Monday, urging him to follow suit in the House.

About two dozen supporters stood outside Republican Congressman Chris Gibson’s Kingston district office, pressing him to listen to their voices and join in the fight to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Gibson was elsewhere in his district at the time.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Debate Over Adirondack Land Classification Continues as Public Hearings Near Close

Interim Access map to former Finch Pruyn Adirondack lands
Credit NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Last year New York State acquired 69-thousand acres of forest lands in the Adirondacks, and the lands must now be classified. The Adirondack Park Agency has been holding public hearings regarding the first three tracts of land and the final hearings are being held today in Albany and Queensbury. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the debate between conservationists and residents over the potential land designations.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Mohegan Sun Announces New, More Elaborate Plans For Palmer Casino

An artist's rendering of the $1 billion casino development in Palmer, Ma proposed by Mohegan Sun
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Mohegan Sun, which once had the western Massachusetts casino landscape all to itself, has unveiled a dramatic new design and more  amenities for the project it hopes to build in rural Palmer. Mohegan Sun is facing stiff completion from MGM  Resorts and Hard Rock International for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. 

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New York News
12:17 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Appoints Moreland “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption”

Albany County DA David Soares, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo and NY AG Eric Schnedierman before announcement.
Credit Karen DeWitt

This morning at the New York State Capitol, Governor Andrew Cuomo made good on his promise to establish a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.

Unable to sway legislators to agree on a package of campaign finance and legislative ethics reforms before the end of session last month, Governor Cuomo made it clear he intended to tackle public corruption in a year that has already seen several sitting state legislators indicted on federal corruption charges.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:14 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Paul Elisha: Heroes

For a nation steeped in adherence to the prohibition of enforced religious belief and impenetrable separation of church and state, as Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black: affirmed in 1947: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.  That wall must be kept high and impregnable……” (Everson v Bd of Ed’n).  Political paladins of various organized religions seem to have been bent on subverting and rescinding it, in favor of one or another preferred religious belief, ever since.  That bent seems more prevalent today, than at any time since its adoption.

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Weather
12:05 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
Credit WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano breaks down the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 2, 2013. 

New York News
12:31 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Storms, Flooding Wreaking Havoc

Credit Steve Hardy/Flickr

It has been raining just about everywhere across the Capital Region, Catskills and Hudson and Mohawk Valleys, creating dangerous and even deadly conditions in some places.

The rain and the floods that came with it resulted in states of emergency being declared in several counties including Montgomery and Schoharie. 

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