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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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Despite the high costs, the neighborhood squabbles, the rats and other challenges, the population of New York City is growing – up nearly 8% in the last 10 years. But that isn’t true for African American residents, whose numbers are headed in the opposite direction. From WNYC’s race and justice unit, Arya Sundaram reports from a neighborhood at the…
 
This week, Governor Kathy Hochul released her yearly budget plan, outlining what she intends to do with taxpayer money. The presentation included a long-anticipated plan to raise more money for the debt-ridden MTA. The transit agency is facing a $600 million budget gap this year. That gap jumps to more than 1 billion dollars next year, and is proje…
 
It's cold outside but the weather is just fine inside the galleries, clubs, theatres and concert halls of New York City. We have another week packed with great choices, including two jazz shows competing for our attention on Saturday night, Feb. 4. WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor Steve Smith joins Weekend Edition host David Furst to help sort it out…
 
Since the start of the "heat season" in October, New Yorkers have logged more than 138,000 no heat complaints with the city — outpacing heat complaints from the previous year, according to city data. WNYC's Housing Reporter David Brand joins to break down what New Yorkers can do to stay warm during this weekend's cold snap.…
 
During a recent visit to the New Museum, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, music reverberated throughout the building. The sound was emanating from the fourth floor, where Shedrick Mitchell, seated behind a Hammond B-3 organ with seven wood-encased Leslie speakers nearby, was improvising a medley of gospel hymns, soul and pop songs, and his own origi…
 
The shooting death of Sayreville, New Jersey, Councilmember Eunice Dwumfour sent shockwaves across the state. Her loss is especially felt in the place where she lived and served. To get a better sense of who Dwumfour was in life, Sayreville Council Member Vincent Conti joined WNYC's Michael Hill to reflect on their time together on the borough coun…
 
A landlord's plan to renovate a set of historic townhouses in the West Village is being complicated by a lone tenant who refuses to vacate his $1,500 a month rent stabilized apartment. Russel Patrick Brown is a harpist and software engineer who’s lived in a 200-square-foot studio apartment on Gay Street for 13 years. The median asking rent in the W…
 
It’s been a year since a man went missing after being detained by police in Paterson, New Jersey. Body camera footage from the police encounter is incomplete, frustrating his family and enraging the community. And that’s just one issue facing a department beset by controversy, corruption, and criminality. The case raises questions about police acco…
 
New Yorkers filed a record number of 311 requests related to unsheltered homelessness, including individuals in need of assistance or reports of encampments, during Mayor Eric Adams' first year in office, which was marked with high-profile policies aimed at reducing homelessness. In 2022, 311 requests for homeless assistance and complaints about en…
 
Peter Harvey is a former Attorney General of New Jersey and a former federal prosecutor. He's also the federal monitor for the consent decree for Newark's police division. He spoke with WNYC's Michael Hill about what the video of the beating of Tyre Nichols says about policing in the US.Par WNYC Radio
 
New Jersey lawmakers are rushing to pass a bill that would prevent low-income families from seeing their monthly food benefits cut in half. Nearly 800,000 residents depend on the food stamp program known as SNAP. Families have received at least $95 dollars in monthly SNAP benefits for the last three years due to the pandemic. But federal emergency …
 
The bald eagle was on the verge of taking flight from the Garden State. By 1982, their numbers had dwindled down to one nesting pair that was unable to successfully hatch an egg for six years in a row. Now their numbers have risen to 250 nesting pairs, according to the NJ Bald Eagle Project Report released last Friday by the state’s Department of E…
 
New Jersey took another blow to its local news infrastructure earlier this month when an iconic newspaper chain abruptly shuttered. The community newspaper chain The Hudson Reporter abruptly closed January 20, marking the end of the line for the eight local newspapers it managed. Gene Ritchings worked for the Hudson Reporter for almost 15 years and…
 
It's been less than a month since he was sworn into office. And it seems like every other day we hear another new revelation around Representative George Santos. But, all of his deceptions aside, one fact remains -- Santos is still representing constituents in the 3rd congressional district, covering parts of Long Island and Queens. And it appears …
 
WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor Steve Smith is back to help us prepare our arts calendars. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Furst, he highlights a Lunar New Year concert with the New York Philharmonic and more. Steve's Picks: 1. Theaster Gates at the New Museum We often talk about your first chance to see a new show or exhibit, but sometimes…
 
As he enters his second year in office, Mayor Eric Adams has set his eyes on creating more housing in Midtown Manhattan and increasing public safety across the five boroughs. The Mayor spoke with WNYC host Michael Hill about his directives for 2023 and the many challenges facing New York City.Par WNYC Radio
 
The new Grand Central Madison terminal allows Long Island Rail Road trains to go all the way to the east side of Manhattan. One of the main selling points: it would save New Yorkers commute time. So, WNYC's Stephen Nessen timed his trip to see whether it really is faster to take a train to Grand Central Madison, instead of the subway from Penn Stat…
 
At New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, contributions from Black artists this season have opened doors for new audiences, including first-time visitors. When the New York City Ballet announced last fall that the company had commissioned Solange Knowles, the Grammy-winning singer and multimedia artist, to compose an original score for a…
 
By now, you’ve probably seen the headlines, the cable news segments, the social media posts — all about the latest culture war to engulf New York and the nation: the future of gas stoves. “Out-of-touch politicians and bureaucrats in Albany are moving forward with a BAN on gas cooking stoves,” read a petition from state Senate Minority Leader Rob Or…
 
Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday laid out a vision for New York City’s recovery that builds on his first year, with a broad laundry list of policies that seemed designed to please a wide swath of New Yorkers: growing jobs through a new apprenticeship program, building more housing in Midtown, assisting minority and women-owned businesses, expanding com…
 
Mayor Eric Adams is set to deliver his second State of the City address on Thursday. The event, scheduled to begin at noon, will be held at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The speech is both a look back at what Adams has accomplished and a preview of what he expects to get done in 2023. Below are a few things New Yorkers should …
 
New York has become the third state to ban the distribution or sale of cosmetics and personal products that contain mercury. The law was signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul in late December — to little fanfare or media attention. The ban takes effect June 1, though its enforcement and the penalties for retailers who violate it are still unclear. Mercury is…
 
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