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.

Andrea Harrington

Once again, change appears to be on the horizon for the Berkshire District Attorney’s office. Attorney Andrea Harrington, of Richmond, Massachusetts, upset sitting District Attorney Paul Caccaviello and warded off Judith Knight to win the Democratic primary last Tuesday. With no Republican candidate running in November’s election, Harrington is poised to become the first woman to hold the seat. She sat down with WAMC to talk about her victory, the possibility of a fall campaign, and the future of the office.

David Nightingale: Camping

Sep 9, 2018
Volkswagen camper
grassrootsgroundswell / Wikimedia Commons

A son suggested, after the two young women who had purchased my pop-up camper had driven away, that I ought to recall a few trips.

Saratoga Museum Seizes On Supernatural Fervor

Sep 9, 2018
The Saratoga Springs History Museum
Hannah Gauthier

Now that September is here, Halloween decorations are going up and candy is on the shelves. But ghosts and ghouls are a year-round focus in popular culture, from films like “The Conjuring” to Discovery Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.” Haunted hotels and vacant buildings have become travel destinations for those seeking the supernatural and the phenomenon has touched New York’s Capital Region.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Williams College

Maude Mandel is the new president of Williams College in northern Berkshire County. Formerly dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Mandel was named Williams’ 18th leader in March. While her tenure at the Williamstown, Massachusetts liberal arts college began on July 1st, her official induction is set for today at 4 p.m. Ahead of the ceremony, Mandel spoke with WAMC.

Rogovoy Report 9/7/18

Sep 7, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include roots music, early music, literary readings, experimental jazz, and a whole lot more.

Artwork from a radio-related World War II propaganda poster for the United States
Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

What's on our listeners' minds? Let's find out! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Many schools across New York began the new semester with tigther security measures including resource officers, video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls at building entrances. The New York State School Boards Executive Director Tim Kremer says many districts included funding for the new security measures in their 2018-19 budgets.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 7, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 7, 2018.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The 56-member Farm Bill conference committee met for the first time this week. The current Farm Bill, which sets agriculture and nutrition program policy for five years, expires on September 30th.  The House and Senate conferees expressed hope that a compromise bill can be crafted despite significant differences in the bills approved by each chamber.

Plans for a large water park and sports complex with a 450-room hotel in Palmer, MA.
Northeast Group

Plans have been unveiled to build a year round water park resort in western Massachusetts.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany police gave an update at headquarters Thursday on the shooting of a 19-year-old city man by police last month.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

The second and final span of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge is set to open Saturday. The Tappan Zee is well on its way to being fully dismantled, and the new Mario Cuomo Bridge has been carrying traffic on the westbound span that opened about a year ago. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the new bridge is set to reach a major milestone this weekend.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against Purdue Pharma
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s Attorney General is suing Purdue Pharma, saying the manufacturer of Oxycontin has driven the opioid addiction crisis. T.J. Donovan says the billion dollar industry must account for misleading marketing.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

As the summer draws to a close, Berkshire County has been hit with a massive surge in its mosquito population. As the swarms thicken and reports of West Nile Virus emerge, WAMC checked in with Berkshire Mosquito Control Project superintendent Christopher Horton. In addition to explaining the approach to combating the threat, Horton also offered advice for residents looking to protect themselves from bites, and gave his best estimate for when the county will be free of the pests.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 6, 2018
Paul Caiano

Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 6, 2018.

A listening session on legalizing adult use of marijuana was held in Albany.
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Cuomo administration is holding public listening sessions across the state on the legalization of marijuana. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief attended the first hearing Wednesday night in Albany.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Cuomo administration says New York will use its share of the settlement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to boost the state's clean transportation initiatives.

Josh Landes / WAMC

The results of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary for Berkshire County District Attorney all but guarantee the election of the first woman to the post.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 5, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, September 5, 2018.


      Winds of change may have blown over some of the Massachusetts political landscape Tuesday, but a longtime incumbent prevailed in a Democratic primary for Congress in the western part of the state.

Mayor Colin Read releases the proposed 2019 Plattsburgh budget
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read has released his proposed 2019 fiscal budget for the Clinton County city.  The mayor says it enhances the city’s financial stability while staying within New York state’s tax cap.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 4, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

DA Paul Caccaviello and attorneys Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight.
Patrick Garrett / WAMC

Today is the end of a bitter Democratic primary campaign for Berkshire County District Attorney. It features three candidates who weren’t really on the radar for the job at the beginning of the year. District Attorney Paul Caccaviello succeeded the retiring 14-year DA David Capeless in March. Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington are each seeking to move the department in a new direction. 

Rob Edelman: U.S. Outside The U.S.

Sep 3, 2018

Here in the U.S., a host of films take on a host of viewpoints regarding the state of the American union in 2018. And over the summer, while traveling abroad-- in England, but it easily could be anywhere outside the U.S.-- I could not stop asking myself a series of questions. They only begin with: How are non-Americans viewing America? Even more specifically: How is the U.S. being presented in the arts? Are there any points-of-view here? This was answered in two very different but equally disturbing new works. One is a film. The other is a stage play.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Monday September 3, 2018.

Columbia Street in Hudson
Will Anderson / WAMC

The city of Hudson in New York’s Columbia County has experienced a surge in tourism in recent years. High-end hotels, restaurants and galleries cater to visitors from New York City and beyond. The boom has put the small city on the map, but community leaders say what some consider progress is taking an economic toll on residents. 

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Sunday September 2, 2018.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Strolling Through History

Sep 1, 2018

Gregg Berninger, the Ghent, NY town historian, offered an interesting rule of thumb to determine how Hudson Valley towns came to be, based on their geography.