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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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Diane Romano was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 52. In the nine years since, her husband, John, has taken care of her at their home on Long Island. But he and other dementia caregivers have faced an added challenge the last couple weeks: extreme heat. “It's difficult caring for someone who has Alzheimer's if you put th…
 
A new study involving research from Rutgers University has found pregnant women in the U-S exposed to chemical compounds called phthalates are at increased risk of preterm birth. That's when a baby is born too early—a condition that's become more common since 2014. It now affects about one in 10 births, according to the most recent data from the Ce…
 
After years of delay due to the global pandemic, a change in ownership and construction issues, the World Artisan Market is now open for business in Astoria, Queens. WNYC contributor Scott Lynch has been checking out the food at the market. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Furst, he says five of the seven spaces are up and running. The rest…
 
NASA wants to send humans back to the moon. But first, it needs a little practice. Later this month, the launch window will open for the Artemis I mission — the first step in a larger, $93 billion program of the same name. It hopes to land people on the lunar surface by 2025. This first mission won’t have a crew. But it will have a giant rocket cal…
 
We're back with another Weekend Arts Planner. And this week, we'll be heading outside for some Shakespeare and inside for some jazz. WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor, Steve Smith joins Weekend Edition host David Furst with his latest picks. 1. Shakespeare in the Park is mounting its second production of the season, a musical adaptation of the delicio…
 
WNYC senior political correspondent Brigid Bergin joins us to talk about this week's primary debate in New York's 12th Congressional District in Manhattan, and looks ahead to the debate in the wide-open race in the 10th District coming up on Wednesday, August 10. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Furst, she also brings us the latest news on …
 
As public safety initiatives go, tracking an apex predator presents its fair share of operational challenges. But if the stress of their new shark-detecting duties is getting to them, our guides aren’t showing it. “They’re here, they’ve always been here, but now maybe there’s more of them,” shrugged Lt. Sean Reilly, a state police officer with the …
 
Roller-skating has a storied, almost century-long history in New York City — from children in the 1930s skating in Central Park to the disco era of the 1970s and 80’s, when it became a keystone of African-American culture and rinks spread out across the city. But in the early aughts, beloved rinks shut down one after the next: Skate Key in the Bron…
 
A new state law requires everyone who applies for a gun license in New York to turn over their social media handles for a background check. The goal is to find signs of potential violence before people have the chance to pull a trigger. But as law enforcement agencies adjust their policies to comply with the additional requirements, some worry the …
 
Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman is a co-chair of a the Forward party, hoping to appeal to those seeking another option, somewhere to the center of Republicans and Democrats. She heads the organization alongside former presidential and New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Yang.Whitman spoke with Kerry Nolan on WNYC's Morning Edition…
 
New York has some of the strongest climate laws in the country. But when the state Legislature ended its most recent session in early June, some essential bills — ones needed to meet environmental mandates — were left out in the cold. The starkest example is the All-Electric Buildings Act. Buildings emissions are one of the largest contributors to …
 
Officials in New York city have declared the spread of monkeypox a public health emergency, calling the city the epicenter of the outbreak. Leaders in New Jersey are watching cases tick up too, with the total there approaching 200.Monkeypox spreads through prolonged close contact, which can happen between anyone — but officials are focusing outreac…
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, New York City has seen an uptick in violence against Asians. One NYPD figure shows the number of anti-Asian incidents reported in the subway alone increased 233 percent from 2020 to 2021. Now, Asian American artists are responding through their work. Filmmakers Jodie Chan and Jia Li, in their short documentary "…
 
Construction is expected to begin soon on the Portal North Bridge. That’s a notorious chokepoint for NJ Transit and Amtrak over the Hackensack River. The nearly 112 year-old Portal Bridge is a swing bridge, meaning when big ships pass below, all train traffic is halted, so it can open. And sometimes it gets stuck and workers with hammers have to ma…
 
New York's second primary election of the summer is less than a month away, and voters in the newly drawn 12th Congressional District in Manhattan will get a chance to hear directly from the Democratic candidates Tuesday night. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, attorney Suraj Patel and Rep. Jerry Nadler are all set to participate in a 90-minute debate starting…
 
This fall marks 10 years since Hurricane Sandy, and public housing residents in the seaside community of Coney Island are still struggling with its legacy on a daily basis. Delayed repairs and temporary fixes — some dating back to the initial aftermath — have continuously interrupted essential services like heat and, in some buildings, running wate…
 
Russ & Daughters Cafe has reopened on the Lower East Side after being closed due to the pandemic since March of 2020. And the owners are calling it a joyous comeback. Co-owner Niki Russ Federman says, "There's been this euphoria to our return." WNYC's Arts & Culture reporter Ben Yakas joins Weekend Edition host David Furst with the latest. Happily,…
 
WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor Steve Smith is back with another Weekend Arts Planner. Speaking with Weekend Edition host David Furst, he brings us his latest picks: 1. Normally we try to give you lots of lead time before sending you out to see something -- but today I'm going to tell you about a concert happening Sunday night, July 31, at Central P…
 
Two altercations on different ends of the state have re-ignited the debate over New York's criminal justice reforms. And it has aligned Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin with New York City's Democratic Mayor, Eric Adams -- at least on this one issue. WNYC's Albany reporter, Jon Campbell joins Weekend Edition host David Furst to discuss …
 
The New Jersey Coalition Against Racial Exclusion hand-delivered a letter to a Department of Justice official at the NAACP's National Convention earlier this month. The group says it plans to file a federal complaint against Gov. Phil Murphy's administration, alleging New Jersey doesn't just let school segregation fester, but perpetuates it. The gr…
 
Two shootings by different off-duty New York City correction officers this summer happened just weeks apart. One officer who allegedly shot and killed a teenager holding a toy gun now faces criminal charges, while the other – who fired his weapon at a Fourth of July celebration – has been hailed by public officials as a hero. Many details remain un…
 
New Jersey has dropped one notch on a yearly ranking of the most expensive states for renters — but it and New York are still among the least affordable in the nation. The annual “Out of Reach” rankings by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, jointly released in the Garden State with the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey…
 
Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s sudden and surprise transfer of dozens of New York and New Jersey immigrants out of a detention center in the Hudson Valley this week constitutes a shift from prior years, when more than 2,000 immigrants awaiting the disposition of their deportation cases were held in five local jails. Today, there are just more…
 
A key state oversight body approved the financing plan to redevelop Penn Station and its surrounding neighborhood Wednesday, greenlighting one of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s loftiest projects, which is estimated to cost a total of $22 billion. The Public Authorities Control Board (PACB) — an obscure state board that sank former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Amazon p…
 
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