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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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Have you ever been to a space that instantly puts you at ease, away from the daily grind of life? Maybe that's a pocket park or quaint coffee shop in your neighborhood. WNYC's Community Partnerships Desk is highlighting some of these treasures across the five boroughs. In this segment, we visit a Queen's bookshop that exclusively sells BIPOC litera…
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New York appears to have a final budget. The state legislature spent the back half of this week voting on a $237 billion spending plan. But they struggled to finalize the last budget bills, so lawmakers are back in the Capitol Saturday to finish up. WNYC's Albany reporter, Jon Campbell joins Weekend Edition host David Furst to discuss what's in the…
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Back in 2007, Record Store Day was conceived as a way to celebrate and preserve record stores -- and the culture that surrounds them. Since then, the annual vinyl bonanza has grown to include shops around the world and more than 40 participating stores in the New York City area alone. It kicks off this Saturday, April 20 at 8 a.m. This is not a vir…
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April is National Poetry Month, and Morning Edition is celebrating by inviting local poets from across the region to share their work. Maxine Freedom Starr, who goes by the stage name Pure Maxism, is a reassurance counselor at CIDNY, the Center for The Independently Disabled. She joined WNYC's Morning Edition host Michael Hill to discuss how experi…
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Five years after congestion pricing was signed into law, the MTA has held more than a dozen public hearings, released a 4,000-page analysis, and fielded countless inquiries from elected officials and the press. So after hearing from numerous confused New Yorkers, we expected transit officials to easily answer a few questions about whether certain a…
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A new tool is poised to help Gen Z New Yorkers strengthen their civic muscle. The Youth Civic Hub offers high-school-aged New Yorkers and other young people a one-stop resource for information about elections, community events, and opportunities — both volunteer and paid — with local community and civic organizations across the city. Launched this …
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and lawmakers are poised to pass measures meant to bolster housing production and protect renters from eviction, crack down on retail theft and restore some Medicaid funding the governor previously had on the chopping block. Just as soon as they agree on the pesky specifics known as "bill language." On Monday, Hochul, a D…
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The MTA has sold congestion pricing as a simple tolling scheme: $15 during the day for vehicles that enter Manhattan south of 60th Street. Drivers are exempt from the tolls if they stay on the FDR Drive, West Side Highway and Battery Park Underpass. But about two months before the MTA hopes to flip the switch and begin tolling, the agency has confi…
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Students from Newark, New Jersey public schools are dominating the state's speech and debate scene. They recently took home several first place trophies from the New Jersey State Championship Tournament for speech and debate. Students from the district's debate program will also head to the National Debate Coaches Association Championship in Indian…
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The New York City Council is urging the Adams administration to reverse $1 billion in planned budget cuts, including $170 million in funding for early childhood education that lawmakers say is crucial for young families. Lawmakers warn that any rollbacks to the city’s 3-K and pre-K program, which provides free education for 3- and 4-year-olds, will…
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Other officers in the NYPD used to call former Detective Louis Scarcella "the closer," a reputation he helped to cultivate and promote during his decades in the force. "I was one of the best detectives in Brooklyn," he said. "I looked like a detective right out of central booking. I fit the part. I was the part." But more than a decade ago, the Bro…
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For fans of a certain age, the 1986 Mets and their thrilling victory over the Red Sox in the World Series that year, occupy a special place in New York sports history. The team hasn't been able to reach those heights since, but the players from that legendary team remain towering figures. And now, two of those players will have their numbers retire…
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Seismic events in New Jersey over the last month have sent long-time political reporters scrambling for superlatives. They say it's hard to overstate just how much politics-as-usual might be changing in New Jersey. And then, to really drive the point home, we had an actual earthquake last week. Nancy Solomon covers New Jersey politics and hosts Ask…
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If you're looking to enjoy your oysters with a side of actual sea spray as the weather warms up, you may want to consider one of New York City's floating restaurants. Grand Banks, an oyster bar that operates on a wooden schooner at Pier 25 in Manhattan, opened for the season this week. And Eater New York just published a roundup of the city's float…
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The WNBA draft is coming up on Monday and it’ll be at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. That’s when professional teams can pick new players from their respective colleges. The event comes to Fort Greene’s artsy music and film venue as excitement for women’s hoops around the city and country is at a fever pitch. Not only are players like Breanna Stewar…
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Have you ever stumbled upon a place in a neighborhood that left you full of joy, wonder or excitement? Think indie bookstore with an inspiring poetry night, or a beautiful garden sandwiched between big apartment buildings? WNYC's Community Partnerships desk is highlighting some neighborhood gems across the five boroughs. In this segment, we explore…
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From hidden gardens to family run bakeries, New York City boasts a variety of neighborhood gems. WNYC's Community Partnerships Desk is highlighting some of these treasures across the five boroughs. In this segment, we explore an alley on Manhattan's Lower East Side, renowned for its vibrant and impactful street art. The transcript of this segment h…
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Believe it or not, Election Day is just more than 200 days away. As part of our election coverage, WNYC is transforming some laundromats across the New York metro area into hubs for civic engagement. These are a few insights we've gathered from people between wash cycles in March as part of our 'Suds and Civics' initiative. Your voice matters! Even…
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National Poetry Month celebrations continue at WNYC's Morning Edition, and one local man is a hero both in verse and on the rails. Paul Pesante is a longtime conductor on Metro-North's Hudson Line. He's known to riders for his clever, rhyming announcements. He joined Morning Edition host Michael Hill to talk about the ways he injects some whimsy in…
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Music is in the air at WNYC, thanks to the annual "All of It" Public Song Project. For the second year in a row, listeners are invited to submit a song based on a work of music, literature, or film currently in the public domain. Winners of the project will get a chance to have their submissions showcased alongside professional musicians like Rhian…
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A group of Atlantic City casino workers is suing New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, hoping to end a long-standing carveout in state law that lets casinos allow smoking on the gambling floor, even though it’s banned in virtually every other business. Pete Naccarelli and Lamont White, casino dealers and co-founders of the group “Casino Employees Agains…
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