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Real stories by New York City teenagers take listeners inside their lives and their communities in this Peabody Award-winning youth journalism initiative. For teens, by teens and about the challenges of teen life, Radio Rookies gives students the tools and the training to share their own stories through the medium of audio. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Nancy a ...
 
New Sounds is unlike any radio show you've ever heard: a whirlwind tour of new and unusual music from all corners of the globe. New Sounds combs recent recordings for one of the most informative and compelling hours on radio, and aims to make the world smaller. For over 25 years, host John Schaefer has been finding the melody in the rainforest and the rhythm in an orchestra of tin cans. Defying rigid categorization and genre pigeonholing, New Sounds offers new ways to hear the ancient langua ...
 
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New York cannabis officials are expected to announce the recipients of the first recreational marijuana retail licenses on Monday – but certain parts of the state will be off limits to dispensaries for the time being. And the state may have to hold off on issuing nearly half of the 150 dispensary licenses designated for the first round. That’s beca…
 
"Please, pass the potatoes" is a phrase heard a lot around a dinner table. As families and friends gather during the holiday season, we asked some New Yorkers to share their memories around a favorite recipe. Bronx native Theresa Kuilan shared a story behind her "grandma's potatoes." You can find the recipe on Theresa's blog, Tessa's Kitchen Tales.…
 
The New Jersey Attorney General has announced new disclosure laws for police officer discipline reports after a 2020 rule created public disclosures that were criticized for being too vague. Departments must now reveal when officers get in trouble for discrimination, lying, use of excessive force, domestic violence, mishandling evidence, improper s…
 
Eddie Gibbs killed someone when he was 17 years old. In 1987, Gibbs, one of four siblings being raised by a single mom, was living in the James Weldon Johnson public housing complex. Like many young people growing up in East Harlem during the crack epidemic, he sold drugs. One day, as Gibbs tells it, his friend Otis Frazier tried to rob him, stabbi…
 
Mayor Eric Adams joined "All Things Considered" host Sean Carlson to discuss the city's plans to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium in the Willets Point section of Queens. In addition to the soccer stadium and a hotel, the redevelopment that includes city-owned land is expected to include 2,500 units of affordable housing — 1,100 of which were plan…
 
More than a decade ago, correction officers at Rikers Island beat detainees so severely that they broke their bones, perforated their eardrums, injured their spines, and punctured their lungs, according to a lawsuit filed at the time. Detainees demanded the federal court’s “strong hand to finally put an end” to the abuse. The detainees got what app…
 
A lawyer was biking through Park Slope last week, when he stopped to remove a piece a plastic that was covering the rear license plate of a truck. Mayor Adams has pledged to crack down on vehicles like this, with illegally obscured plates. WNYC’s Stephen Nessen reports what happens next. Lawyer Adam White quickly realized two things. One, this isn’…
 
A number of recent building fires in New York City have been traced to lithium ion batteries, the kind used in e-bikes and other micro-mobility devices. The New York City Fire Department says it has documented 188 battery fires this year—more than 4 times the number for all of 2020. The fires have killed six people this year, and hurt more than a h…
 
In the heart of Bushwick is a Venezuelan barber who for years has opened his Brooklyn home to friends, acquaintances and strangers arriving from his native country. Juan Sanchez, a 51-year-old father and husband who comes from a large family and has many cousins, said he learned early on to share what he has. His late mother, he said, taught him to…
 
Hindu leaders were alarmed after a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was destroyed outside a Queens temple in August. “The fact that it happened within the temple premises, it always creates a sense of fear, instability, and you don't know what to expect the next day,” said Dr. Uma Mysorekar, the president of theGanesh Temple in Flushing, located several mi…
 
For the members of the Aizuri Quartet ⁠— violinists Emma Frucht and Miho Saegusa, violist Ayane Kozasa, and cellist Karen Ouzounian ⁠— aizuri-e, the Japanese art form that provided the group's name is inspiring. The similarities to their music are two-fold, Ouzounian said. It uses “the same materials we use as musicians, like wood and ink," she sai…
 
Singer, bandleader, activist, and educator Michael Mwenso was born in Sierra Leone, and cut his teeth on the London jazz scene as a teenager. At the urging of Wynton Marsalis, he came to New York City, where he worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center and founded the band, Mwenso and the Shakes. In a three-day residency called "Michael Mwenso Loves You" …
 
A nationwide Republican "red wave" didn't materialize during this year's midterm elections. But it did lap on the shores of deep blue New York, especially on Long Island. The GOP flipped two of suburban Long Island's four Congressional districts, meaning the island's entire delegation is now made up of Republicans. The party's success in the politi…
 
A Mexican religious subculture surrounding the folk deity Santa Muerte is growing in Queens. Her name translates as “St. Death,” and her followers say she watches over the marginalized and undocumented without judgment. Santa Muerte is the second-most popular folk saint in Mexico. According to some scholars, her followers make up the fastest-growin…
 
Imagine walking out of Prospect Park into a massive car-free pedestrian plaza? That’s exactly what the city’s Department of Transportation is considering. WNYC’s Stephen Nessen reports on new plans to improve Grand Army Plaza. One idea the city is considering is getting rid of all vehicles from the notoriously traffic choked plaza. It’s also thinki…
 
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka asked the South Orange Planning Board this week to delay approving Seton Hall’s plans to expand its sports complex — as Newark neighbors raise concerns about flooding they blame on the school’s past development. The university currently has a pending application before the South Orange Planning Board to build a new basketbal…
 
NJ's 7th Congressional District was reconfigured last year in a redistricting process that shifted 30,000 more Republicans into the territory. That may have cost Tom Malinowski his seat. The map was drawn by Democrats, who shored up support in several other districts by sacrificing strength in the 7th. But WNYC's Nancy Solomon spoke to political ob…
 
When Ruben Burgos was incarcerated at Rikers Island earlier this year, he used a city-issued electronic tablet to turn his poetry into music. Other detainees used the tablets to watch movies, read books, and participate in job training programs. Burgos said the tablets provided a critical outlet, helping to reduce fights over the phones, the shared…
 
Host Brian Lehrer hears from election watchers and callers from New York and New Jersey about what motivated them to vote this year, and what comes next. With: - Dr. Christina Greer political science professor at Fordham University, hosts the podcasts "FAQNYC" and "The Blackest Questions"- Gabriel Debenedetti national correspondent at New York Maga…
 
DOC NYC, the country's largest documentary film festival in terms of number of films screened, runs Nov. 9th through 17th on screens and online. The festival includes a wide variety of local, national, and international entries, including Margaret Brown's award-winning "Descendant" (pictured above). WNYC Morning Edition host Michael Hill spoke with…
 
The closer than expected race for governor between Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul and Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin is causing a lot of worry among Democrats. One of the major concerns is turnout, especially in Black and Latino communities. WNYC’s Elizabeth Kim recently went to the Bronx – a Democratic stronghold – to see what voters had to …
 
Celebrated as a keen documentarian, Frederick Wiseman says that "Un Couple" (“A Couple”), a narrative film drawn from the letters and diaries of Leo Tolstoy and Sophia Tolstoya, is not a major departure. The Tolstoys’ marriage was turbulent from the start. Long stretches of amity were punctuated by his affairs, their broody interludes and flaming a…
 
The congressional race in New Jersey's 7th District is neck and neck between Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski and Republican Challenger Tom Kean Jr. One of Kean's central attacks against the incumbent, one that he keeps coming back to again and again, is that he's too close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.But in light of the recent attack on Nancy…
 
Every September and October, the dunes of Fire Island are filled with Monarch butterflies migrating south to Mexico for the winter. A group of scientists is tracking their journey. WNYC’s Amy Pearl met up with a couple of interns with the National Park Service how are part of those efforts. Find out more about tagging butterflies at Monarch Watch.…
 
When New Yorkers head to the polls on Tuesday, one issue is likely to be top of mind: public safety. While shootings and homicides are down citywide, every other major crime category is up. And that has many people on edge. The experts have been doing plenty of their own polling ahead of the election. And the latest surveys have found an increasing…
 
Brentwood, Long Island is one of the most diverse communities in New York State. According to the latest census count, more than 70 percent of its population is Hispanic. Nationally, Hispanics are playing a big role in this election, and both parties are doing all they can to court them. And in a year where many elections will be won by very slim m…
 
WNYC's All Things Considered team took the show on the road to Long Island this week, broadcasting from Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. While they were, they asked students what they thought of the 2022 elections. Spoiler alert: Most students aren't thinking about them at all. But they did share the issues they say are importan…
 
When it comes the top issue for voters this election cycle, that old truism appears to ring true: It’s the economy, stupid. Crime, abortion rights, and threats to democracy are also mentioned as major concerns. But poll after poll indicates that this year, citizens will be voting with their wallets. WNYC's Sean Carlson spoke with a group of guests …
 
Long Island is a microcosm of America. A lot of the political, social and economic trends we see across the country are playing out right here in consequential ways. Cost of living is sky-rocketing. A lot of young people are moving away because they can't afford to live here. Political divisions run deep -- President Trump won Suffolk County by a m…
 
Davóne Tines has had a busy couple of weeks. When he paused for an interview late last month, the Virginia-born bass-baritone was preparing for the release of an opera recording on which he portrays Malcolm X. He had spent almost two weeks performing in "Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)," a composition by Tyshawn Sorey staged by director Peter Sella…
 
Residents of Newark's Ivy Hill neighborhood say their homes routinely flood during major storms — a result, they say, of decades of nearby development that didn’t consider their neighborhood. “We're not near bodies of water,” said homeowner Libre Jones, who added that her basement was inundated by 4 to 5 feet of water after the remnants of Hurrican…
 
Climate change isn’t just affecting the living. During Hurricane Sandy, the dead were flooded in their tombs in low-lying graveyards across the city. On the rolling verdant hills of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, the storm brought down about 300 trees and destroyed well over 100 tombstones. The roads and paths on the property were inundated in up …
 
A sprawling tent encampment on Randalls Island meant to house single men seeking asylum sits largely empty by all accounts. But families have continued to arrive in New York City — and many of them have been sent to live in a hotel a block from Times Square. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan reports there’s a mix of confusion, frustration and optimism from famil…
 
In Hurricane Sandy, NJ Transit took major damage that took trains out of commission for weeks or longer. It famously parked hundreds of trains a in floodplain ... and they flooded. But now, officials and advocates say, there's more of a focus on resiliency that anticipates climate change. Still, according to some advocates, New Jersey has a long wa…
 
New York City is home to millions of people, each with their own story to tell. Stories about people or places that provide inspiration. Stories about love and loss. Stories of communities banding together in difficult times. WNYC is teaming up with the nonprofit, Street Lab, to highlight stories from neighborhoods across New York City. We recently…
 
A decade ago when Hurricane Sandy battered New York City, Rockaway Beach’s beloved boardwalk was destroyed. It was reconstructed and has been open for six years now. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan tells us, how the new boardwalk has been embraced by the community and the city, but also stands as a bittersweet reminder of the storm.…
 
Overdose deaths are skyrocketing in New York City jails, and the correction commissioner says banning physical letters is a way to stop it. Commissioner Louis Molina said at a city council hearing Tuesday that fentanyl-soaked children’s drawings, love letters, prayer schedules, and T-shirts have been shipped to detainees. To address that he plans t…
 
Subway safety is a top concern among riders and a key issue in the race for governor. Last weekend, Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul held an emergency press conference to announce more police officers will be patrolling the subway system. This follows a string of violent incidents and murders. WNYC transportation reporter Stephen Nessen h…
 
After more than 200 years, the Headless Horseman is still alive in pop culture, and in Sleepy Hollow. Elizabeth Bradley is a historian with Historic Hudson Valley. She has written about the short story that started it all: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. She spoke with WNYC's Michael Hill about the myth, the town and the enduring appeal of the spooky …
 
On the morning after Hurricane Sandy, I decided to bike along the coast of Brooklyn to see what had happened during the storm. From my front porch in Sunset Park, I could see the New York Harbor just four blocks away, but my neighborhood had very little damage. I wound my way through Gowanus and Red Hook and up to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, visit…
 
Incarcerated people are being locked in their cells at Rikers Island for long stretches of time that violate city regulations, kept from accessing recreational activities and medical services, and are even being denied meals, officials said on Monday. The Board of Correction, which sets regulations for the city jails, released a seven-page report a…
 
Facing concerns among advocates for the homeless after an uptick in New York City’s homeless population, local officials offered conflicting responses on how the city intended to comply with its right-to-shelter law. Following a tour of a new Manhattan intake center on Thursday, Mayor Eric Adams brushed off a question about New York City’s mandate …
 
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