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FROM OPEN AIR TO ON THE AIR! Join WNYC and The Public Theater as we bring Free Shakespeare in the Park to the airwaves with William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II. Brought to you in a serialized radio broadcast over four nights, listen as the last of the divinely anointed monarchs descends and loses it all. When King Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and deprives him of his inheritance, he unwittingly creates an enemy who will ultimately force him from the throne. One of the Bard’s onl ...
 
W. Eugene Smith was a famous photo essayist for LIFE magazine and a suburban family man when he left it all in 1957 and moved to a rundown loft in Manhattan. The building had already become a popular hangout and jamming space for jazz players both prominent and obscure, and Smith spent the next decade documenting the music, conversations and personalities that passed through. This program, produced and hosted by Sara Fishko and originally heard as a 10-part radio series in 2009, pulls from t ...
 
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Now that we can return to the theater, so many shows are opening — or reopening — all at once that it can be hard to keep track of what is out there and what's worth seeing. WNYC’s Culture editor Jennifer Vanasco talked to Weekend Edition host David Furst about two shows she liked that opened recently: "Thoughts of a Colored Man" on Broadway and "P…
 
After launching in parts of Harlem this summer, New York City is planning to expand a pilot program that enables 911 to dispatch teams that are led by social workers to mental health calls instead of the NYPD. The B-HEARD program will cover all of Harlem by early November before expanding into the Bronx. But new data released Friday suggests that e…
 
In the summer, Shabana Basij-Rasikh came on the Radio Hour to speak with Sue Halpern about founding the School of Leadership Afghanistan—known as SOLA—which was the country’s only boarding school for girls. She and those around her were watching the Taliban’s resurgence in the provinces anxiously, but with determination. “It’s likely that Taliban c…
 
New York City’s drinking water may regularly be compared to champagne, but for the next few months, it might contain earthy and musty notes instead of its usual, pristine bouquet. But WNYC's Danny Lewis reports there is no reason to be alarmed—the funky flavor, while unpleasant to some, is harmless. The city's Department of Environmental Protection…
 
It's been more than a month since New York City students returned to the classroom, and for many, reunions with friends and the return to routine has been a joyful relief. But educators said many are also struggling. Some schools are reporting a spike in confrontations, as the city rolls out enhanced supports for mental health.…
 
Two police officers who were caught on camera Tuesday forcibly ejecting a subway passenger who asked them to wear a mask, will be disciplined. This comes as the MTA is trying to increase mask use on mass transit. The Chairman of the MTA says these officers, and the many others who have been spotted in the subway system without masks, are underminin…
 
Newark's police department will no longer release mugshots of people arrested for minor offenses like prostitution or harassment. Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara said mugshots remain in the public domain even when someone is cleared of wrongdoing, and that risks public shaming. "Some folks can get a hold of it, it can go viral and get completel…
 
The centerpiece of Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to fight climate change is a wind turbine factory and shipping terminal in south Jersey. But just 30 miles away, a port for fracked gas is proposed, and that has angered climate change activists. “This is a huge issue not just for this fall, but for ongoing,” said Doug O'Malley, director of Environment New…
 
One of New Jersey's largest health care providers has fired more than 100 employees for failing to take all their COVID-19 vaccines. RWJ Barnabas Health, which operates 11 hospitals across the state, gave its more than 35,000 workers until last week to get fully vaccinated. A spokeswoman said 99.7% of employees complied but 118 people were fired. R…
 
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” defined an era. For more than sixteen years, Stewart and his many correspondents skewered American politics. At the 2021 New Yorker Festival, Stewart spoke with David Remnick about his new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart”; the potential return of Donald Trump to the White House; and the controversy around cance…
 
Federal prosecutors have charged a former deputy mayor in Newark with defrauding the city. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Carmelo Garcia allegedly took cash bribes in exchange for using his position to back certain redevelopment projects or land acquisitions. Garcia oversaw real estate for the city's development agency now known as Invest Newark. …
 
Whether it's sewers, roads, or public schools, the majority of the money used to pay for those services in New York City comes from property taxes. But the way the city determines how much property owners owe is murky. Despite constant calls from activists for reforms and multiple mayoral efforts to overhaul the system in the last 30 years, not muc…
 
A six-week old boil water advisory has finally been lifted for more than 250,000 residents in northern New Jersey. Residents in Paterson, Passaic and neighboring parts of Clifton and Woodland Park can once again drink from the tap after weeks of relying on bottled water. Last month, the remnants of Hurricane Ida contaminated the drinking supply, fo…
 
Daniel Craig made his career as an actor in the theatre and in British indie films. When he showed up in Hollywood, it was usually in smaller roles, often as a villain. So, in 2005, when Craig was cast as the original superspy, James Bond, he seemed as surprised as anyone. In “No Time to Die,” Craig gives his final performance as Bond—a role, he te…
 
Global supply chain disruptions are making it tough for retailers to keep some items in stock. WNYC’s Gwynne Hogan looks at how that's filtering down to stores in our area. Spoiler: if you love holiday shopping, start doing it now. Read the full story on Gothamist.com.Por WNYC Radio
 
It’s been more than a week since the state set a deadline for MTA workers to either get vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19. But the agency appears to be having a hard time complying with the requirement. Currently, only 68% of MTA workers have received at least one vaccine, as opposed to 85% of New Yorkers over 18. And the agency doesn't a…
 
Over the last decade, dozens of current and former law enforcement officers, military personnel, and government officials in New Jersey joined a far-right, anti-government militia called the Oath Keepers, according to a WNYC/Gothamist analysis of what appear to be membership rolls obtained by an anonymous hacker.In response, the state’s Attorney Ge…
 
Oscar Gomez had spotted a flyer for a basement apartment on a lamppost in Queens.In 2011, he was looking for apartments for himself, his sister and her 10-year-old daughter Litzy, who Gomez was helping to raise. The three had been living together with other members of their extended family in a house they’d rented in Woodside. But the owner was sel…
 
The two major-party candidates for governor in New Jersey held their second and final debate last night. Governor Phil Murphy was interrupted repeatedly by supporters of Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli, who jeered and booed him throughout the one-hour event. Ciattarelli made several statements that represent a shift to the center, including …
 
Kara Walker is one of our most influential living artists. Walker won a MacArthur Fellowship (the “genius” grant) before she turned thirty, and became well known for her silhouettes, works constructed from cut black paper using a technique that refers to craft forms of the Victorian era. Walker has put modest materials to work to address very large…
 
The musical "Six" was scheduled to open on March 12, 2020. That just so happened to be the day that Broadway shut down due to the pandemic. But Broadway is back, and the musical finally had its opening this week. WNYC's Jennifer Vanasco says it's worth the wait. Click the player above to hear Vanasco's review.…
 
Yellow cab drivers have been holding protests outside of City Hall for several weeks now. This comes as the city is rolling out a program to help them get better rates on loans they took out to purchase medallions. The drivers say the city’s deal isn’t good enough. And they have the support of members of New York’s Congressional delegation.…
 
At The New Yorker Festival, the renowned investigative journalist Jane Mayer asked Attorney General Merrick Garland about the prosecution of January 6th insurrectionists, the threat of domestic terrorism, and what the Justice Department can do to protect abortion rights. Plus, the staff writer Susan Orlean talks with David Remnick about her obsessi…
 
After COVID-19 first swept through New York City, officials launched the Test & Trace Corps—arguably the largest contact tracing effort of its kind in the country. The corps tracks down so-called “close contacts” of known COVID cases—to keep individual outbreaks from spiraling out of control. The program recently recorded its one-millionth close co…
 
The New York City Council unanimously passed legislation requiring the city to evaluate the totality of its climate risks. While the bill originally focused on the city's shorelines, it got an overhaul following the deadly flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Now, the legislation would require the mayor's office to develop a resiliency…
 
Just over an hour's drive from New York City, Warwick is one of those Hudson Valley towns perfect for perusing boutiques filled with aromatic candles after a hike to take in the fall foliage. The town was built upon farms, small businesses, and until about a decade ago, a medium-security prison. The grounds of the shuttered Mid-Orange Correctional …
 
New Jersey residents in Paterson, Passaic and parts of Clifton and Woodland Park have been on a boil water advisory for more than a month since the remnants of Hurricane Ida dirtied their drinking water. Storm water runoff contaminated the open reservoir that distributes clean water to about 250,000 people in Paterson and surrounding communities. "…
 
New York City is beginning to work with yellow cab drivers who took out unfavorable loans during the height of the taxi medallion boom. But many of the drivers don't like the city's plan. The city is offering to help drivers work with lenders to restructure their loans. But drivers say they’re still left with up to $2,000 dollars in monthly payment…
 
Last December, nurse Sandra Lindsay became the first New Yorker — and American — to take a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial. Over the nearly 300 days that followed, she would be joined by 216 million people in this country in a battle to beat back the pandemic. As director of nursing for critical care at Northwell Health's Lon…
 
The last county in New Jersey with an immigrant detention operation is pulling of its deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Wednesday, Bergen County commissioners ratified a new contract between the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bergen County Sheriff's Office that brings as many as 175 federal inmates to the county jail at a rate of $12…
 
Democrats in Congress are at an impasse over key parts of President Biden's agenda. And one of the figures at the center of the fight is New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Gottheimer is a moderate who's made his name as the co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. And he's the leader of a group of Democrats who initially refused to support …
 
Ed Mullins, the firebrand president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, has resigned from the role, the union said. The FBI raided the SBA headquarters in Lower Manhattan as well as Mullins' home in Port Washington, Long Island, on Tuesday morning. A letter from the SBA executive board acknowledged that "President Mullins is apparently the tar…
 
Newark is close to meeting its goal of replacing every single lead pipe that pumps water to houses in New Jersey's largest city. So far, they've accomplished a record feat: copper has replaced more than 22,000 lead service lines. WNYC's Karen Yi spoke to Morning Edition host Michael Hill about the city's progress.…
 
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