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.

Howie Hawkins
Karen DeWitt

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse and former a Vietnam War protester, is running for New York governor for the third time, challenging Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left. Hawkins, in a conversation with Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt, explains why he thinks he is a true alternative and not just a protest vote.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a bill this week guaranteeing a minimum number of paid sick days for most local workers. Those who opposed the measure say it will hurt small businesses.

Rogovoy Report 10/5/18

Oct 5, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include the glorious sounds of a brass band, a folk music legend, a cutting-edge jazz bandleader, a classic American play, and a whole lot more.

Nils Strand / Wikimedia Commons

It's time to hear this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 5, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 5, 2018.

It’s municipal budget season. As part of WAMC’s continuing coverage, Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at proposed budgets in some communities in New York’s Capital Region.


   In the wake of gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley, the safety of natural gas infrastructure across Massachusetts is being questioned. Activists are challenging plans to expand gas pipelines.

Gabriel G. Bianchini

Harold López-Nussa is a 35-year-old jazz pianist and composer from Havana, Cuba. He’s traveling the world promoting his new album. Nussa’s tour includes a stop in the Berkshires Saturday night, when he’ll take his vibrant piano-driven sound to Club B10 at MASS MoCA. WAMC spoke to Nussa about his musical origins, the culture of jazz in Havana, and what it feels like to bring the people of Cuba and the United States together through music.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In July, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that Southfield, Michigan Police Chief Eric Hawkins was her pick to become the new Police Chief in Albany. In the days that followed, Hawkins met with members of the media and the community, saw his appointment confirmed by the Common Council, moved into the city and began work. This week, Hawkins sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas. Here are both segments of their two-part interview.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has released a study on the risks of oil spills in the Hudson River. Scenic Hudson commissioned the study that looks at threats at nine locations between Yonkers and Albany.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 4, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, October 4, 2018.


A project to restore an historic theater in western Massachusetts is getting a financial boost from the state. 

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Windsor, Massachusetts is a town of less than 900 people. It sits more than 2,000 feet above sea level on the eastern edge of Berkshire County. Just east of Pittsfield, it has more panoramic views of idyllic New England woods than cell phone reception or broadband internet access. WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes checked in with its top elected leader, selectboard chair Kim Tobin, about what issues the town faces, and what projects it’s working on. Tobin, who’s served in the position for three years, says Windsor is hard at work at accomplishing one of its major infrastructure goals.

Paved Trail Opens In Schenectady County

Oct 3, 2018
Officials celebrated the new section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Pattersonville
Jesse King / WAMC

A new connector in the trail system that traverses New York state was celebrated Wednesday in Schenectady County.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort speaks to Canajoharie residents
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Residents of Canajoharie are again being asked their ideas for redevelopment of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at a crowded meeting Tuesday night.

Facebook: Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

The long and rich history of the Seneca nation of Indians is on display at a new 33,000-square-foot, $14 million museum and cultural center in western New York. The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is on the Allegany reservation in Salamanca and is a new and expanded version of the first museum built in 1977.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 3, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Multicultural BRIDGE

Community activists are working to pass local ordinances in the sanctuary city model in communities in the Berkshires.


      A nonprofit organization is making emergency loans available to farmers in part of western Massachusetts who suffered losses due to the weather this summer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley residents had a chance to weigh in on the legalization of adult-use marijuana in New York. They did so in Newburgh Monday night at one of 17 listening sessions being held across the state.

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The usually placid relations between the United States and Canada were a bit choppy recently as negotiators from both nations faced a deadline to reach a trade agreement to replace NAFTA, the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement which President Trump once called a job-killing disaster. The U.S. reached an agreement with Mexico weeks ago and with time running out also reached an agreement with Canada that must be ratified by Congress. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 2, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Josh Landes / WAMC

With the fall election campaign heating up, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was in the Berkshires Monday.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented his budget proposal Monday night at City Hall.

One of three street pianos in Springfield, MA

  An organization promoting arts, music, theater, and cultural attractions in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts has a new executive director.

A Democratic candidate for New York state senate who was defeated in the September primary is staying in politics a different way. The Westchester County resident is establishing a coalition to fight for a number of issues. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Robert Kesten about his new initiative.

Rob Edelman: Michael And Donald

Oct 1, 2018

The latest feature from documentarian-satirist Michael Moore is just arriving in movie theaters. It is titled FAHRENHEIT 11/9. Even though it touches on a range of contemporary issues, from gun violence in America to the poisoning of water in Flint, Michigan, which is Moore’s hometown, it primarily-- and unsurprisingly-- works as a condemnation of Donald Trump. Simply put, in FAHRENHEIT 11/9, Moore likens our president to Adolph Hitler. He links Trump’s rise to political power to that of Hitler in Germany in the 1930’s. The film’s title is directly connected to November 9, 2016: the date in which it was officially announced that Trump bested Hillary Clinton in the most recent presidential election. It was assumed that Hillary would win, hands down. But the moral of that story is: Never assume!   

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Monday, October 1, 2018.

Josh Landes / WAMC

In town to put pressure on a cable provider, Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey also discussed state and national issues while in the Berkshires Friday.


   The city of Northampton is hoping to get in on the action from the new MGM casino in Springfield.