Midday Magazine

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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine brings listeners the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the latest. The weekend edition is hosted by Lucas Willard. The work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC and Stardate. Midday Magazine also offers a comprehensive regional weather summary and a range of commentators who span the political spectrum. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Bryan Griffin: Involuntary Giving Is Not Kindness

4 hours ago

People love to give.

There are religious, cultural, and economic imperatives to give. And, it feels good.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

4 hours ago
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 14, 2019.

President Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering following surgery Tuesday to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls. It’s just the latest health battle for the 95-year-old. 

Jay Rand
Friends of jay Rand/Facebook

In January, the Town of North Elba, which includes the village of Lake Placid, will have a new supervisor.  Supervisor Robi Politi, who has served since 2008, decided not to run for re-election, setting up a four-way race for the seat.  WAMC North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports former Olympian Jay Rand will take over the position.

The raise the age law went into effect Wednesday. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the goal is to prevent addictive cigarette and vaping products from getting to young people.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

Just as New York raised the minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18, a local Albany County law that would have banned flavored tobacco sales was defeated.

Ethan Covey

New Jersey psych-rock band Garcia Peoples describes its sound as somewhere between the Velvet Underground and the Grateful Dead. The band is coming to BSP Kingston Friday, promoting the new record “One Step Behind,” its third full-length album since 2018. Guitarist and vocalist Danny Arakaki explained to WAMC how the band came together, and how they created the gargantuan 32-minute title track on their new album.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 13, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Mayor Linda Tyer holds a "Tyer For Mayor" sign in front of a brick wall
Josh Landes / WAMC

On November 5th, voters in Pittsfield, Massachusetts stuck with incumbent Linda Tyer in a hotly contested mayoral election. Tyer served the city’s first four-year mayoral term after her election in 2015, but finished second in the September preliminary election. In the general, she took 52% at the polls against at-large city councilor Melissa Mazzeo’s 48%. Sitting down with WAMC at city hall, Tyer reflected on the campaign and her plans for the next term.

Amy Halloran: The Cure for Hunger is Housing

Nov 12, 2019

A month ago, the Food Pantries for the Capital District gave me the Sister Mary Coons award, acknowledging my efforts running the food pantry at Unity House. At the gala, I spoke about the wonderful permission I felt as an employee, and the myth that low income people don't want healthy food. This was a party and I kept my comments brief, knowing I could expand elsewhere.

The panel consisted of (from left) Dave Wolfe, Neal Woodworth, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones with host Thom Hallock
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The importance of getting broadband service into underserved areas of the Adirondacks and North Country region was the focus of a recent forum in Plattsburgh.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 12, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Baystate Health

   A top law enforcement official and the largest health care provider in western Massachusetts have partnered in a campaign to prevent sudden unexpected infant deaths.

POTUS was booed at a UFC event over the past weekend (Ultimate Fighting Champion) and one political scientist making the comparison that Trump being booed at a UFC event was comparable to Bernie being booed at a vegan deli in Brooklyn. This follows on Mr. Trump being booed at game 5 of the World Series games. It should be noted that at the World Series game and the UFC event there were both boos and cheers. One would expect a more mixed crowd at the World Series game, than one might expect at the UFC event.

"We often say that we want our students to be engaged, and this is what that looks like. " ~ UAlbany spokesperson
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (ualbany/twtter)

Members of the University at Albany campus community are reacting to the arrest of a visitor of color last week. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 11, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 11, 2019.

ener G save

   The city of Springfield, Massachusetts cut its municipal energy use by 26 percent and now wants residents and businesses to follow the example.


On Tuesday, the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls will hold a listening session in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts will present data on the lives of women and girls in the region, and allow locals to share their experiences. It’s scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Greylock Federal Credit Union on Kellogg Street. Commission chair Meg Bossong spoke with WAMC about the event.

David Nightingale: Some Roman Writings

Nov 10, 2019
Pliny the Elder
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

When Julius Caesar marauded his way across Europe and England, with his legions and wooden boats, shields and swords and arrows, he later wrote much of these adventures down, either on papyrus scrolls or wax, but although the mighty Roman Empire was formed from barbaric warfare and killing, there were many Romans constructing bridges and aqueducts, poems and books. Much of this is still in evidence today – for example, the aqueducts feeding Rome, and the writings of the likes of Ovid and Catullus and Pliny.

Greg Pollak
WNYT / Facebook

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Greg Pollak provides the regional forecast for Sunday, November 10th, 2019.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Generating Music

Nov 9, 2019
House concert at the Gardners
Ralph Gardner Jr

That does it. We’re getting a generator. We’ve been saying that for years, approximately every time the lights go out, which in our neck of the woods is pretty much when the wind does much beyond whisper through the woods.

Yasmine Syed
Syed for Supervisor

Niskayuna residents have elected town supervisor Yasmine Syed to a second term.

Orange County DA David Hoovler, head of NY’s DA's Association, at a news conference at the State Capitol on November 7
Karen DeWitt

A new law that takes effect in New York in January will give people accused of crimes more tools to mount a defense in court. But the state’s district attorneys say changes to what’s known as the discovery laws will be costly and hard to implement.  

Rep. Delgado Focuses On Veterans' Issues

Nov 8, 2019
Courtesy of Congressman Antonio Delgado's Facebook page

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has been focusing on veterans’ issues in recent days. The Democrat tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne he has introduced a bipartisan bill pertaining to local veteran cemeteries.

Rogovoy Report 11/8/19

Nov 8, 2019

The highlights of the cultural weekend in our region include Louisiana roots music, musical comedy, classical and contemporary music, rockabilly, blues … plus a whole lot more.

Let's find out what our listeners have to say. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Carolina Eyck plays the theremin
Michael Apollo / WAMC

Leon Theremin’s strange electronic musical instrument that leant its otherworldly sound to cheesy horror movie soundtracks and was emulated on The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” is about to mark its 100th birthday. To celebrate, the Albany Symphony on Saturday will perform a work that showcases the theremin.

Bergmann Associates' Liz King gives a slide-show presentation at Hackett Middle School.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Lark Street has long been one of the arts, residential and commerce centers in the city of Albany. Thursday night, officials gave the public a glimpse of what a re-imagined Lark Street might look like.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 8, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 8, 2019.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new electronic health records system is being implemented at the UVM Health Network, a consortium of hospitals in Vermont and northern New York. The goal is to improve communication and patient care throughout the hospital system.

Senator Sue Serino, at a press conference at the State Capitol, proposes changes to NY's bail reform laws
Karen DeWitt

Sweeping reforms that will end cash bail for all misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges in New York state take effect in January. But some law enforcement groups are objecting, saying the changes go too far and could jeopardize public safety.