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Once again WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor Steve Smith joins David Furst for our weekend arts planner. This week, it's a mix of new visual art and new music.1. Lauren Halsey's first solo exhibition in New York David Kordansky opened his first gallery in Los Angeles’s Chinatown in 2003, and rapidly developed a reputation for showcasing the city's mos…
 
Nestled inside Stokes State Forest in New Jersey, about a half-dozen children are setting up insect traps, using vanilla cookies and tuna to see what six-legged creatures they snag. “Doing science is very easy, you can just go to the dollar store like I did,” Denise Manole, 24, said as she led a class on identifying insects on a spring morning. “It…
 
New York was trying to send a message. The state permitted marijuana possession last year, but recreational sales of the drug remain illegal until regulators can set up business licenses. This process has been slow — with the first legal sales still months away. But recreational dispensaries didn’t want to wait and began “gifting” their customers w…
 
Next fall, educators will screen all public students for dyslexia. In a pilot program, teachers at 160 schools will get special training on how to support students with reading difficulties. And two public schools will launch dyslexia-specific programs. The goal is to have one in every borough by 2023.…
 
Opening a black shell case to display his wares on an early May afternoon, a marijuana dealer in Brooklyn began pulling out a wide variety of edibles that were nestled among vape pens and jars of flower. Some products were obviously homemade — but with packaging that appropriated popular brand names. Round, multi-colored “Skittles” gummies came in …
 
An independent oversight board for the Rikers Island jail complex issued a damning report on Monday that found three inmates died this year after they fell ill and correction officers failed to render aid. One man was sick for days, vomiting and defecating on himself, but correction officers didn’t bring him to nine scheduled medical appointments, …
 
New York will direct $35 million to health care providers in an effort to expand access to abortion procedures and bolster security at clinics, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday. Hochul, the first woman to serve as governor, said the state will create a dedicated Abortion Provider Support Fund in the wake of the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft op…
 
In the wake of last week’s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, the country has been thinking about, and planning for life in America if and when Roe is overturned, and considering the vast inequities that will exist between women who have access to legal and safe abortion, and those who …
 
Photographer Jamel Shabazz is best known for his images of 1980s hip hop fashion worn by everyday New Yorkers on the streets. As a corrections officer, he also documented life in the prison system. Now a new exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts takes stock of his work.WNYC Radio
 
New Jersey’s highest court has ordered the parole of Sundiata Acoli, a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army who was convicted in the 1973 shooting death of a state trooper. The 3-2 ruling on Tuesday overturns a decision by the State Parole Board to deny parole for Acoli – who is now 85 and suffering from dementia – his…
 
National Grid, one of the largest investor-owned utility companies in the world, unveiled a plan last month to wean New York off natural gas by 2050. The process would call for the utility to slowly transition to renewable natural gas, also known as biogas and biomethane. It’s essentially the gas captured when methane is released from landfills, fa…
 
Merle Hoffman has been providing abortions to both New Yorkers and out-of-state patients since she launched Choices Women’s Medical Center in Queens in 1971. The opening came in the brief window between when New York legalized abortion and when the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court established abortion access as a constitutional right in 19…
 
A week after the Supreme Court draft opinion set to nullify abortion rights leaked into the public sphere, Democratic lawmakers look to galvanize voters around this moment. WNYC’s Brigid Bergin has the story. For more, go to gothamist.com.WNYC Radio
 
Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation said they may have found more ancestral graves under a mansion on eastern Long Island. The house stands on a site called Sugar Loaf Hill in Southampton. By one estimate, there could be as many as 10,000 burials at the location. Tela Troge, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and an Indigenous sovereignty…
 
From an engrossing photography show to a bass player's birthday at Carnegie Hall, WNYC's Culture and Arts Editor Steve Smith joins Weekend Edition host David Furst for a preview of some upcoming arts highlights. Steve's picks: 1. Some of the words that came to mind over and over again when I visited the new Deana Lawson exhibition at MoMA PS1 in Lo…
 
The leak of a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion, striking down Roe v. Wade, continues to reverberate. It sparked protests across the country - and vows from voters and politicians that it would upend the midterm elections this fall. WNYC's Senior Politics Reporter, Brigid Bergin, joins Weekend Edition host David Furst for a look at how the draft opi…
 
New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board voted to increase rents by some of the biggest margins in nearly a decade during a preliminary vote Thursday night, though they were somewhat less than what the board had been mulling in recent weeks. The board endorsed rent increases of between 2 and 4% for one-year leases and between 4 and 6% for two-year lea…
 
For nearly a decade, the New York Police Department's gang database spurred controversy. Police said it was a vital tool to curb gang violence, but advocates contended that it used flimsy evidence to target people of color. So in 2018, the city’s Department of Investigation initiated a four-year probe into the strategy. Now, The Trace and Gothamist…
 
Washington Square Park on a sunny spring Saturday is a hectic mix of gawkers and hawkers, locals, students, chess players and, for the last 30 years or so, wiener dogs. WNYC’s Amy Pearl has more. "The Dachs Song" by Paul de Vries & Murray Weinstock, performed by Murray Weinstock and members of the Dachshund Friendship Club.…
 
Last week, New York’s top court threw out the state’s new Congressional district lines, saying Democrats drew them in their favor. The ruling will probably delay federal primaries and could have major ramifications on the balance of power in the House of Representatives. Math teacher Kate Belin has been incorporating lessons about gerrymandering to…
 
State leaders in New Jersey and New York are trying to reassure residents that the potential Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade won't effect their access to abortion. Here's Governor Phil Murphy from earlier Tuesday. This year, Murphy and lawmakers codified abortion rights into the state constitution. But a flood of patients experiencin…
 
Ekim Kaya, a tech entrepreneur and car fanatic, was driving his Lamborghini to the Manhattan Classic Car Club one evening a couple of years ago when a scooter sideswiped him on the West Side Highway. Kaya got out, expecting to exchange information. Instead the two young men on the scooter assaulted him, and stole his $240,000 car. Police later that…
 
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