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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 work of the WAMC News team is complemented each day with news and features from the BBC, The Innovation Trail, 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.

Presidential candidate and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper discusses his campaign and cannabis legalization during a stop in Burlington, Vermont
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, was in Burlington, Vermont Saturday night to discuss his campaign and his home state’s groundbreaking move to legalize marijuana.

On the tariff question, the Wall Street Journal recently concluded, “Government can always help a politically connected few at the expense of the many.  But on every other measure the steel tariffs have been a bust.”  This concluded an analysis of the impact tariffs had on deficits, steel pricing in the US, and wages in the US steel industry. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

17 hours ago
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, March 25, 2019.

Ian Pickus / WAMC

The first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament are now in the books. And the American Gaming Association estimates fans across the country will wager billions on March Madness. But not in New York — at least not legally.

A recent ruling from the highest court in Massachusetts is being hailed as an important victory for workers’ rights.

Greg Pollak's Midday Weather Forecast

Mar 24, 2019
Greg Pollak
WNYT / Facebook

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Greg Pollak delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for March 24, 2019.

An updated study from Riverkeeper, SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Polytechnic poses the question of which parts of New York’s Mohawk River are safe to swim in. WAMC’s Jim Levulis spoke with Barbara Brabetz, a biochemist at SUNY Cobleskill, about the effort to track the health of a 120-mile stretch of the waterway from Rome to the Capital Region.

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Runway Less Travelled

Mar 23, 2019
Bibhu Mohapatra fitting a model
Courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra

There’s a TV commercial from a while back – I can’t remember whether it’s for a car company, cigarette manufacturer, or Metamucil – but it shows a lone automobile forking off a busy superhighway and heading off into the wilderness.

Greg Pollak's Midday Forecast

Mar 23, 2019
Greg Pollak
WNYT / Facebook

New York’s move to legalize recreational marijuana has stepped away from the budget and into the remainder of the legislative session. Opinions about whether to legalize the substance vary within regions and across party lines.

Rogovoy Report 3/22/19

Mar 22, 2019

This week’s cultural highlights in our region include a revival of Latin dance music, a one-woman play, and chamber music – so much chamber music! 

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Alright, you have the floor.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

Castleton University in Vermont will soon join dozens of other colleges offering courses in cannabis studies.  The 12-credit program will start this summer amid an era of new attitudes about marijuana.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 22, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 22, 2019.

      As a step to restore community trust, the acting commissioner of the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts police department is planning to pursue accreditation. 

A photo of the orange and white flyer for the Tyler Street Lab's March 23rd launch party.
Josh Landes / WAMC

A new community project on Pittsfield’s Tyler Street is holding a launch party Saturday.

CARES of NY Summit
Jesse King / WAMC

A summit at the Albany Capital Center Wednesday examined how affordable housing can be used to address homelessness in the Capital Region. 

Bob Goepfert: A Fiddler Goes Back To His Roots

Mar 21, 2019
Steven Skybell and company members of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish
Matthew Muprhy

A problem that is always faced with a revival is how to make it fresh.  

For the production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” which is playing at Stage 42 in New York City, the answer is to go back to its roots.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger hosts an Opioid Town Hall in Contois Auditorium
MiroBTV/Facebook / Burlington Mayor's office

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger hosted an opioid Town Hall this week, bringing in national and regional experts to discuss the epidemic and update residents on the city’s efforts to stem it.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 21, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Canadian author Bruce Campbell speaking to an audience in Albany, NY (March 20, 2019)
Daniel W. Van Riper

A rail disaster in Quebec in 2013 touched off international concern about the safety of so-called "oil trains" that haul crude from oil fields to refineries and ports across North America, including Albany.  A Canadian author and a local activist say that while the media attention has waned, the danger is as great as ever.

Albany Language Exchange / Facebook

If you’re interested in learning a new language or just want to meet people who speak one, a club based in the Capital Region might be able to help you out. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on a local group that says: “bienvenido.

A photo of Pittsfield Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Simonelli

Since 2011, Anthony Simonelli has represented Ward 7 on the Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council. On March 14th, he announced that he won’t seek reelection when his fourth two-year term expires at the end of the year, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Simonelli spoke with WAMC about his time in office, and what priorities remain as he finishes his term.

Senator Patrick Leahy, students and Champlain College officials at the Leahy Center For Digital Investigation
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In 2015, Champlain College won SC Magazine’s award for the Best Cybersecurity Higher Education program in the nation.  The Leahy Center for Digital Investigation was created in 2010 as a professional digital forensics and cybersecurity lab, allowing students to work with the public and private sector. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy toured the facility this week.

Bryan Griffin: In Support Of The Free Market

Mar 20, 2019

I am going to buck the trend of the latest national discourse, especially that which is coming from the Democratic candidates announcing for President.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 20, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

In February, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington fulfilled a campaign promise and largely ended the use of cash bail by her office. It comes during a national conversation about cash bail – one that freelance journalist and New York Times Op-Ed contributor Bryce Covert has been following for years. She spoke with WAMC about the arguments for and against cash bail, and how efforts to reform the system are playing out around the country.

Kevin Kennedy speaks to an audience

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have released an annual overview of economic development activity in the region’s largest city.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

One of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York is offline. The unexpected shutdown comes as the other unit is also offline for a scheduled refueling outage.

Audrey Kupferberg: Period. End Of Sentence

Mar 19, 2019

Traditionally, one of the least interesting of Oscar categories has been the documentary short award.  That used to be the moment for a lot of folks to take a quick bathroom break or head to the kitchen for more popcorn or cookies.  Times change, however, and the current winner of the Academy Award for documentary short is worthy of your attention.  Take 26 minutes from your day and see it online.