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 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.

Ralph Gardner Jr: A Thing For Light

Nov 17, 2018
A Shaker interior from Benjamin Swett’s show That Unruly Sun at BCB ART in Hudson,NY
Benjamin Swett

We take friends for walks in our woods all the time, though less so during hunting season, and one of the highlights of the excursion – actually the highlight of the excursion – is a giant, ancient sycamore tree.

Karen DeWitt

Senator GOP Leader John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday afternoon, surviving a challenge to his leadership from upstate Senator Cathy Young of Olean. But, come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party, after Democrats took control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Continuing a series of conversations with top law enforcement officials in Berkshire County, WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes sat down with Sheriff Thomas Bowler for an extended interview this week.

Rogovoy Report 11/16/18

Nov 16, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include comedy, orchestral music, Asian and Caribbean sounds, performance art, plus a whole lot more.

Nils Strand / Wikimedia Commons

Alright, let's roll back the tape!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Audience awaits premiere of "Escape at Dannemora"
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A miniseries based on the 2015 escape by Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility will debut on Showtime this weekend.  In advance, its producers and director Ben Stiller has held several premieres of the first episode including in Cannes, New York City and last night in Plattsburgh.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 16, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, November 16, 2018.

Albany City Hall
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

People in the Northeast are digging out from a rare November snowstorm that triggered a multitude of closings, delays and commuter woes.

      The largest city in western Massachusetts is again considering a ban on single use plastic bags by retailers.   This as a growing number of cities and towns in Massachusetts have enacted plastic bag regulations, but movement toward a statewide ban stalled.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 15, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 15, 2018. 

Mayor Craig Randall
Village of Lake Placid

A two-time Winter Olympics host, since 1980 Lake Placid has promoted itself and as the Olympic Village and the Winter Sports Capital of the world.  In his offices across from the Olympic speed skating oval, Mayor Craig Randall talks about a number of upcoming international sporting events.

Pittsfield Police Department

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Chief Michael Wynn leads the largest department in Berkshire County. He sat down this week with WAMC to talk about issues ranging from officer misconduct and mass shootings to staffing levels and immigration enforcement.

The Niskayuna Board of Education
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Niskayuna Central School District in Schenectady County has scheduled additional dialogue following a lockdown last week that kept students and staff in their classrooms hours after the final bell.

      The personal toll of the opioid epidemic is well chronicled.  Now, a Beacon Hill think tank has produced a report on the economic impact.

Albany County officials gather Wednesday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Albany County has become the first in the state to reallocate funding received from the federal government for housing undocumented migrants toward helping those individuals seek asylum.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 14, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Facebook: Amazon.com

After an intense competition from cities and regions in the U.S. and Canada, Amazon has announced its new East Coast headquarters will be in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York City and in Arlington, Virginia. New York state offered the online retail giant $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives to come to New York. 


Earlier this month, Dr. Karen Hitchcock was one of three recipients of the University at Albany Foundation's Citizen Laureate Awards. Here is Hitchcock’s interview with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Farmers' Market at Forest Park


       The popularity of winter farmers’ markets has been growing for several years.

Robert Flacke
Photo provided

Robert Flacke, the only person to serve as chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and as Commissioner of the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, died over the weekend.

There will be many in the new Democratic majority who have a strong desire to take a wide variety of actions against Mr. Trump. There has been much in the media about Democrats moving to impeach Mr. Trump, conduct oversight hearings and of course the general undertone of resisting Mr. Trump.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 13, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Rob Edelman: Press Releases And Facts

Nov 12, 2018

These days, Alex Rodriguez-- more popularly known as A-Rod-- is much in the media, but as a media personality. There he is joking with his fellow sportscasters on ESPN baseball broadcasts. There he is socializing with his lady fair, Jennifer Lopez. So if you only know A-Rod in the present, you might view him as a likable and even enviable celebrity at the cusp of his career. And this is why a new documentary, titled SCREWBALL, is ever so enlightening.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 12, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, November 12, 2018.

Herb London
London Center

A well-known voice on WAMC has been silenced. Dr. Herb London died on Saturday. He was 79. Along with his Wednesday commentaries on WAMC’s Midday Magazine that never failed to keep the listener comment line busy, London was an academic, a writer, a political candidate, an athlete who was drafted into the NBA and a singer who had a song on the charts in 1959.


The contentious battle for Berkshire district attorney exposed some political fault lines leading up to last week’s election. The first local leader to make a stand in the Democratic primary was Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer. Tyer endorsed Andrea Harrington over DA Paul Caccaviello in late August. On Tuesday, Harrington defeated Caccaviello, who mounted a write-in campaign in the general election. WAMC spoke with Tyer about her decision to endorse, and what comes next in Berkshires politics after the bruising election.

Jim Duffney on a pedal-assist ValleyBike share bicycle

   A veteran-owned and staffed business operates and maintains a regional bicycle-sharing program in western Massachusetts.  

David Nightingale: Walls

Nov 11, 2018
Part of Hadrian's wall near Housesteads. Photo taken July 2005.
Mlm42 / Wikimedia Commons

‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’ – begins Frost’s famous poem of 1914.  [Ref.1.]

Our boundary with Mexico runs 1954 miles from California through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The sections of wall that already exist are made of concrete and steel, about 17 feet high – but in the poem Frost and his neighbor were just placing stones. Frost wrote, ‘Before I built a wall I’d ask to know/ What I was walling in or walling out ...’

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Forecast

Nov 11, 2018
Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Sunday November, 11th 2018.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Hunting With Hawks, Not Guns

Nov 10, 2018
Falconer Max Zimmerman with his Red-tailed hawk
Ralph Gardner Jr.

There are lots of way to burnish your college application resume: play the tuba, be the star running back on your high school football team, or, of course, be a legacy. But here’s a rather novel one: falconry -- the sport of hunting wild animals with the help of a bird of prey.