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Airing LIVE Saturday, September 11th, 8:35-11:00am ET. Gather with host Brian Lehrer as we listen to parts of the anniversary ceremony and the reading of the names. We’ll talk to guests and each other to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11/2001. Guests include: Nuala McGovern, presenter of OS on the BBC World Service presenter, former …
 
This month marks the 200th anniversary of the first all-Black production of Shakespeare in the United States. The performance from the African Theater took place in Lower Manhattan. Maya Philips, critic-at-large for The New York Times, spoke with WNYC host Sean Carlson about the history of the theater company and what it means for Black theater tod…
 
James Cawley is a Star Trek superfan who painstakingly recreated sets from the original Enterprise in a large building that formerly housed a grocery store in Ticonderoga. His creation has won over fans — and some actors from the original series, like William Shatner. "When he got here," said Cawley, "he walked in the door and he said: take me to t…
 
A new report finds the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan is crumbling. The federal Bureau of Prisons facility was built in 1975. Last month the U.S. Justice Department ordered it to be closed down. Associated Press reporter Michael Balsamo was recently granted access to the high-security jail. He says among other things, he saw concrete…
 
A Brooklyn High School was forced to quarantine a third of its staff on the eve of the first day of classes after exposure to a COVID-19-positive colleague at a pair of work events held less than 72 hours earlier.The episode happened at the Spring Creek school building in East New York, which houses staff and students for three separate schools. Sp…
 
New York City is cleaning far fewer storm drains than in past years. That may seem counterintuitive as the city faces more extreme rainfall due to climate change. But WNYC's Katherine Fung reports, the numbers don't tell the whole story.WNYC Radio
 
New York's 65-thousand food delivery workers have been celebrated as essential workers during the pandemic. But they often haven't been treated that way. Instead, they routinely earn below minimum-wage pay, lack basic employment protections, and often work in dangerous conditions. On Thursday, the New York City Council passed a slate of bills that …
 
This week at the United Nations, world leaders are meeting to address, among other things, climate change: the biggest and most urgent crisis humans have ever faced on a global scale. Activist Bill McKibben was one of the first people to sound the alarm on this subject for a wider audience. His book, The End of Nature, written in 1989, warned peopl…
 
A major shift is currently underway when it comes to immigration detention in the New York region. For years, local immigrants in deportation proceedings were held at four jails in New Jersey. During the Trump Administration, these facilities jailed as many as 1,500 immigrants. Now, there are just 170 ICE detainees locked up in the Garden State. WN…
 
It's been two weeks since most of New Jersey's school districts resumed in-person classes. But 82 students and 20 staffers have already tested positive for COVID-19 through 26 in-school outbreaks. State officials said an outbreak means three or more cases where there's no evidence of close contact outside of class occurred within a two-week period.…
 
Some people shake their heads at how early skeletons and fun-size Snickers show up on store shelves. But for a pumpkin farmer, it’s never too soon to start thinking about Halloween. WNYC’s Amy Pearl went up to Dykeman Farm in Dutchess County where the harvest has begun.WNYC Radio
 
New Jersey's annual homeless count shows more than 8,000 people in the state are currently without stable housing. The annual count is a snapshot of how many individuals are experiencing homelessness in a given night. It helps determine how much federal aid counties receive. But this year with COVID-19, fewer volunteers were out counting people in …
 
Longer commute times and crowded apartments came with higher rates of COVID-19 transmission at the height of the pandemic in New York City, according to a recent study from Cornell University. The researchers, whose disciplines merged architecture, public health and engineering, looked at a range of environmental factors that could be tied to the s…
 
Researchers say city elections officials exposed the private ballots of hundreds of New Yorkers in the June primary. WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports the mayor's son, Dante de Blasio, is one of them. For more, go to Gothamist.com.WNYC Radio
 
The mayor of Elizabeth, N.J., which has long been one of the primary destinations for new refugees who arrive in the New York area, doesn't want new refugees from Afghanistan to move to town until the city recovers from Tropical Storm Ida. "Elizabeth has always been a welcoming community," Mayor Chris Bollwage, a Democrat, said. "We've always accep…
 
The city will now test 10% of a public school's unvaccinated population every week, rather than every other week. Parents must still consent to the tests, and children in pre-k and kindergarten are exempt. The city is also tweaking its quarantine policies. Under new rules, only unvaccinated students who were unmasked and within three feet of an inf…
 
Undocumented immigrants in New Jersey who were impacted by the pandemic will finally be able to apply for $40 million in relief money next month. The state Department of Human Services told WNYC it will roll out the application, eligibility requirements and website in October. Gov. Phil Murphy announced in May he would set aside leftover federal CA…
 
One of the demonstrators was Augustine Tang, a 37-year old medallion owner from Chinatown. He says he took over his dad's taxi when he died in 2015 but has been saddled with debt ever since. Tang says he paid it down from 525 thousand dollars to 490 thousand dollars, and feels betrayed by the city.WNYC Radio
 
New York City lawmakers are considering a bill that would give legal permanent residents the right to register to vote in municipal elections only, for offices like mayor and city council. Supporters note it would apply to individuals who pay their taxes and should have a say in how that money is spent. A broad coalition of advocacy groups and a ma…
 
The pandemic has challenged the tech know-how of governments nationwide, but none more so than in New York City with its nine million residents. WNYC's Elizabeth Kim reports on the latest test, which came this week as public schools reopened.WNYC Radio
 
For the past decade, Claudia Petrovich has been a technician at Main Street Radiology in Queens and says she loves her job. “The people I work with became like my second family,” she says. “I have a great manager.” But Petrovich is currently looking for other work—specifically somewhere without a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. She is planning to quit by…
 
After being canceled last year due to COVID, the 95th feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy is back. Organizers have enlisted the help of a local social media personality to entice people to visit the food vendors and restaurants that are the festival's trademarks. Mark Brucato goes by Lil 'MO' Mozzarella on social media, where he has a combined 200…
 
Gov. Kathy Hochul promised to speed up the distribution of rent relief funds when she took over for Andrew Cuomo last month. Since then, WNYC's Gwynne Hogan reports, the state has sped up its distribution of funds.WNYC Radio
 
The dramatic videos of waterfalls rushing down subway entrances, geysers erupting in the middle of platforms, and tracks submerged in water don’t tell the story of what happened next. The MTA pumped out 75 million gallons of water from the subway system, getting trains running again within hours. Still, the agency expects it suffered $100 million d…
 
The New York/New Jersey region is part of a migratory route known as the Atlantic Flyway. Think of it like a highway in the sky for birds. And with fall migration season now underway, we have a lot of avian activity right now. Purbita Saha is the senior editor at Popular Science and a serious birder. She spoke with WNYC's Morning Edition host Micha…
 
The attack on abortion rights in some parts of the country has been mobilizing activists to defend Roe v. Wade. But while in New York, the right to an abortion is not under attack, many people still face major barriers to getting the services they need. Vanessa Rios is the co-director of the volunteer organization New York Abortion Access Fund. She…
 
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