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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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WNYC Culture and Arts Editor, Steve Smith joins us once again. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Furst, he brings us his latest arts picks: 1. The 60th annual New York Film Festival kicked off this weekend, launching two very full weeks of movies and events taking place all over town. There's a lot to take in this year, including a handful o…
 
Back in 1981, a disco act called Weeks & Company burned up discos around the world with songs like “Rock Your World." Singer, songwriter and producer Richie Weeks would work late into the night recording songs and performing in legendary nightclubs like Paradise Garage and Studio 54 – and then head in to punch the clock for his day job at the Post …
 
Mayor Eric Adams’ administration recently announced its decision to temporarily house asylum seekers from South America in massive tent facilities. The mayor says the tents would take the pressure off the city's straining shelter system, where more than half of the 15,000 asylum seekers that have arrived since the spring are residing. But the spraw…
 
WNYC and Gothamist have obtained never-before-seen photos and videos from inside Rikers Island jails that depict shocking scenes of neglect and squalid living conditions. These images touch on the most debated criminal justice issues in the city today. WNYC reporter Matt Katz spoke to Morning Edition host Michael Hill about his exclusive reporting.…
 
A long-simmering controversy over solitary confinement at city jails came to the steps of City Hall on Wednesday with dueling, heated rallies that preceded a marathon hearing on the issue. Corrections officers voiced their support for isolating dangerous detainees, while members of the City Council voiced support for a bill banning the practice. Th…
 
The City Council convened a hearing on Thursday to recognize Long COVID’s disproportionate impact on women and gender minorities. Health experts testified that women are more likely than men to face debilitating long-term symptoms that push them out of the workforce, while patients and patient-advocates shared stories of dismissals from doctors and…
 
Lawmakers from New York are in an ongoing battle over ticketing drivers from New Jersey. New Jersey lawmakers fired the first shot when the state Senate passed a bill last June that would block the Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing driver’s info with other states, like New York. In response, New York lawmakers introduced their own bill this…
 
New York City is struggling to accommodate asylum seekers who continue to arrive at the Port Authority in buses from the southern border. The city now says around 14-thousand asylum seekers have come since spring, more than 3,300 of whom are children. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan brings us inside one South Bronx school that’s rapidly changing its curriculum…
 
Participatory budgeting is a way for New Yorkers aged 11 and up to propose and vote on public projects. It's only available in some city council districts, but now, there's a new city-wide initiative too. WNYC's Morning Edition host Michael Hill spoke with one of the creators of participatory budgeting, former New York City Council speaker Melissa …
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report Saturday detailing their proposed $52 billion plan to protect the New York City metropolitan area from storm surges and coastal flooding. It marks a major step forward in a long-delayed study initiated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Army Corps report provides significant new details for a…
 
As elevated trains rumble overhead at the Metro North station on 125th Street in East Harlem, a team of street cleaners works 40 hours a week filling yellow garbage bags with discarded coffee cups, cigarette butts, and dirty needles. “We’ve got to keep it safe and clean for our kids,” said Gary Linares, program director at the nonprofit Positive Wo…
 
Our planet is heating up. One needs only to look at the summer of 2022 as proof. A group of wildfires burned hundreds of parched acres in the normally lush forests of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York’s Hudson Valley in August. The fires were a rarity in this part of the country, as drought baked the tri-state region for weeks. Elsewhere in the …
 
New data from Mayor Eric Adams' office shows that the NYPD spent much less time on trauma-informed training for sexual assault investigations during the previous fiscal year. At the same time, reports of forcible rape in New York City have surged since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. And the spike comes as the Department of Justice is looking …
 
WNYC Culture and Arts Editor, Steve Smith joins Weekend Edition host David Furst once again, to bring us his latest picks for music, theater and other cultural happening in New York City. 1. Radiolab for Kids: The first place we're headed is The Greene Space, the news, culture, and performance space New York Public Radio operates here in Soho. A ne…
 
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has conditionally vetoed a bill to improve working conditions for 130,000 temporary workers, who fuel a quarter of the state’s warehouse industry. Murphy recommended amendments to the measure on Thursday, including a $1 million appropriation to implement the bill and ensure “robust enforcement” of temp agencies that brea…
 
Once autumn hits, it can feel like spiders are suddenly everywhere. One was even spotted on Queen Elizabeth's coffin during Britain's royal funeral. Spider scientist Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri grew up in New York City and runs the website spiderdaynightlive.com. He joined WNYC Morning Edition host Michael Hill to talk about the eight-legged craw…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear just how crucial New York City’s emergency medical services are. But maintaining that workforce can be a challenge — particularly since EMS workers, who operate as a branch of the FDNY, are still fighting for pay and benefits that are on par with those of firefighters and other uniformed city workers. They receiv…
 
Soon, leaves across the region will change and produce extraordinary colors. And in some parts of New York State, they already have. WNYC's Michael Hill spoke with meteorologist Jim Sagle on where to find the best colors this year. He's been covering fall foliage for more than a decade for Yankee Magazine.…
 
An Oklahoma teacher left her job after the state's Secretary of Education accused her of giving students "banned and pornographic material." The accusation came after Summer Boismier posted a QR code for the Brooklyn Public Library's "Books UnBanned" program. It allows anyone 13 to 21 years old to access the library's entire digital collection for …
 
This summer, New York City officials released a public service announcement about what people should do in case of nuclear Armageddon. But if an atomic bomb does explode in the city, experts advise against taking cover in a building with a fallout shelter sign. Thousands of these black-and-yellow signs still remain on structures throughout the city…
 
The city shelter where a Colombian asylum seeker committed suicide over the weekend has been inconsistent in providing essential resources for the Spanish-speaking migrants being placed there, according to interviews with several residents at the family facility in Hollis, Queens. Several Spanish-speaking homeless families at the Queens shelter sai…
 
Within hours of hearing a plane carrying asylum seekers might land in New Jersey, volunteers and organizers had assembled at the Teterboro Airport — ready with diapers, food and greeting signs stuffed in their cars. But no migrants ever arrived. Instead, Ultimate Air Shuttle 11 touched down in Teterboro with only crew on board. On Tuesday, about 15…
 
Frank Carone, the chief of staff to Mayor Eric Adams and trusted gatekeeper, announced Monday he’ll be leaving public service at the end of the mayor’s first year in office. The departure, first reported by the New York Times, comes less than a year before Adams completes his first term. It’s unclear where Carone — who served as an attorney for the…
 
Immigrants to the United States haven’t particularly been welcomed lately. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis seized headlines last week when he flew migrants who had recently arrived in Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. The move recalled Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sending buses of migrants to Washington, D.C. and New York City. But here in New York, a 10-year-old Sy…
 
Nearly half the 35,000 residents who applied for New Jersey’s excluded worker fund still haven’t received any help — but have until the end of the month to prove they were shut out of other pandemic aid and therefore qualify for a $2,000 check. The Department of Human Services told Gothamist $41 million has been distributed to 18,000 workers, with …
 
Authorities searched a senior federal judge’s home as part of a Manhattan criminal investigation that led to felony charges earlier this month against his 49-year-old son, who is accused of surreptitiously recording women engaged in sexual acts in his Upper East Side residence. Investigators seized three hard drives as well as a black binder and th…
 
Tom Kean Jr. is running as a Republican in the ultra-competitive NJ-7 Congressional race — where the common wisdom says any candidate will have to appeal to independents and moderates to win. But his campaign website includes a hard-to-find, seemingly hidden-away page that outlines staunchly conservative positions on voting issues, in stark contras…
 
In New York City, public school students have just closed out their first full week of school. This comes on the heels of news that, across the country, student achievement plunged during the pandemic. Earlier this month, the National Center for Education Statistics released test results from last year (2021) showing a significant decline in math a…
 
We've been highlighting the new arts season this month, and this time we have a lot of Broadway on the agenda. WNYC Culture and Arts Editor, Steve Smith joins Weekend Edition host David Furst with the latest. Steve's picks: 1. Broadway in previews: You can now see several of the most hotly anticipated plays of the year, open now in previews or just…
 
The man in charge of NYCHA – the largest public housing authority in the U.S. – will no longer serve as its chief executive officer, Mayor Eric Adams said Thursday. The announcement that Greg Russ is stepping away from NYCHA's day-to-day operations came in the wake of findings of unsafe levels of arsenic in tap water at Jacob Riis Houses in the Eas…
 
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 …
 
Wearing a mask on New York City subways, buses and taxis is no longer required. The MTA even has a cheeky ad that spoofs its own previous mask guidance, telling riders “you do you” when it comes to how to properly wear a mask. WNYC’s Stephen Nessen reports not everyone is cheering the change.Autor: WNYC Radio
 
After sitting out two years because of the pandemic, Afropunk returned to New York City for its Brooklyn edition over the weekend of Sept. 10 and 11. For two days through sunshine and rainfall, artists spanning rap, rock, alternative R&B, and Afrobeats converged in Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park, where they performed in front of a crowd estimat…
 
A bright orange city parking ticket floats past artist Sarah Cameron Sunde as she silently stands chest deep in the East River at Hallet’s Cove in Queens. A score of geese descends on the small sliver of beach just north of the Socrates Sculpture Garden in Astoria as several fishermen cast their lines with cages on the ends over the high sea wall t…
 
State education policymakers have approved new regulations requiring New York’s private schools give students a robust education, as allegations mount that some Hasidic yeshivas did not teach basic math, history, and English. The Board of Regents, which sets policy for the state Department of Education, unanimously voted in favor of the rules with …
 
The New Jersey compassionate release law that took effect last February was supposed to make it easier for gravely ill or dying inmates to get out of prison early and save taxpayers the cost of their care. But two cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court will determine the measure’s reach — and whether state judges have the discretion to deny rele…
 
A lack of routine inspections by corrections officers, delay in critical first aid, and not screening for self-harm are just a few of the findings detailed in a report released Monday by the city’s jail oversight board investigating deaths at Rikers Island. The 35-page report from the city’s Board of Corrections examining deaths of incarcerated peo…
 
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