New York Podcasts

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This Week in Politics: New Jersey's #MeToo Moment - The State "Really Needed This" Late last year, twenty women spoke with the Star Ledger and NJ Advance Media and shared their stories about sexual harassment and assault in New Jersey politics. Since then, the state has been embroiled in its own #MeToo moment. State Senator Loretta Weinberg launched a series of forums examining what has been described as a toxic culture. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
NJ Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Named in Lawsuit. The powerful chair of the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary Committee was named in a lawsuit filed this week by a woman who claims he was instrumental in her wrongful imprisonment. In his role leading the Judiciary Committee, Nicholas Scutari presides over the confirmation of state judges and prosecutors. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Stephen Miller, the Architect of Trump's Immigration Plan Donald Trump began his Presidential bid, in 2015, with an infamous speech, at Trump Tower, in which he said of Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. The New Yorker Radio Hour
Bonus In-between Episode - The Mailbag This is the City Between podcast where we explore the hidden and unexpected corners of New York City history. In this In-between episode today I take on the mailbag and answer listener questions about oysters, our first Moorish pirate, hoodies, dive bars and Melania. City Between
Westchester Prosecutors Name 13 Cops Who Have Been Convicted Of Crimes, But Remain On The Force. Following a Freedom of Information Law request by WNYC, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino released a list of 13 active-duty police officers who have criminal convictions on their record. Their crimes range from DWIs and assaults to reckless driving and prohibited use of a weapon. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
As New Jersey State Staffers and Legislators Talk About #MeToo Stories, Former Senate Majority Leader Comes Forward Earlier this week, Governor Phil Murphy announced a bill that would mandate public and private employers to put anti-harassment training in place after many female legislators, officials, and lobbyists have come forward with stories of experiencing misogyny in Trenton. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
What to do With Pet Pooh Come March 1st Plastic Bag Ban? Pet owners tend to use a lot of single-use plastic bags to collect waste from cats and dogs, here's how they're preparing for the ban. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Citi Bikes E-Bikes Hit the Streets… Again. On Wednesday, Citi Bike reintroduced electric bicycles on city streets, after a safety issue forced them to recall the entire fleet last spring. Read the full story on Gothamist here, and click listen to hear Gothamist’s Jake Offenhartz conversation about it with WNYC's Richard Hake. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Decades Of Deceit On The Extent Of Grumman's Long Island Pollution Now, new evidence suggests that Grumman and government regulators knew about the problems caused by the pollutants decades before it became public. A trove of documents uncovered by Newsday has revealed that the company knew it was polluting the region's groundwater supply as early as the 1950s, while continuing to publicly deny any liability. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
TRUE CRIME NYC: DON'T AX, DON'T TELL, VIOLENT BROOKLYN MURDER IN an EXCLUSIVE interview with the NY POST, the victim reveals what the hell happened. true crime also, in VIOLENT BROOKLYN… an 11-yr-old boy is mugged. true crime more. The New York City Crime Report
Bloomberg's Past Debates Suggest He Should Not Be Underestimated Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows his way around a debate stage. In his three bids for mayor, he faced off against competitors more than half a dozen times. In a style that's often crisp — almost curt — he takes a tactical approach to dissecting his opponents. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
The Docket: The Harvey Weinstein Trial And Why It Is So Difficult To Prosecute Sexual Assault The Harvey Weinstein story launched the #MeToo movement, but prosecuting him for rape and sexual assault has turned out to be trickier than it first seemed. More than 80 women have publicly accused the once-powerful movie producer since The New Yorker and The New York Times first began reporting on the allegations more than two years ago. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
A Dunk So Hard It Knocked A Guy's Teeth Out, And Other Tales Of New York Street Basketball New York City has more than 1,800 basketball courts. Some time in the early 1970s, there arose from these chain link-girdled gladiator pits an in-your-face style of play called "street ball." This so-called city game — with all of its flash and trash talk — is the subject of a new show at the Museum of the City of New York. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
What New York Can Learn From New Jersey's Bail Reform Law In the weeks since New York State's new bail reform law officially went into effect, the debate over its effects on the criminal justice system have intensified. The policy eliminated cash bail for most misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses, but law enforcement officials and Republican legislators say the policy is threatening public safety. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Knife-Point Predator - TRUE CRIME, NEW YORK CITY - Boy, 14, charged in Barnard Gal Murder NYCCR 15/2020 14-yr-old RASHAUN WEAVER was charged as an adult in the robbery and murder of 18-yr-old Barnard Freshman Tessa Majors, who was stabbed to death near her campus in MorningSide Park late last year. The New York City Crime Report
A Remembrance of Cardvark, the MTA's Proposed MetroCard Mascot New York is preparing to phase out the MetroCard and fully embrace the tap-and-go OMNY system in the subways. The change has prompted Gothamist reporter Ben Yakas to look back at the last time the MTA overhauled the way it collects fares: switching from tokens to swiping a card. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
When Kehinde Wiley's Portrait Met Napoleon On the left: A dramatically-lit, monumental oil painting of a black man on a ferocious rearing horse, his right finger pointing at the sky, his face cool and determined. He’s wearing camouflage fatigues, Timberland boots, and a Starter wristband. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
A Brooklyn Artist Explores The Different Ways Women Are Harassed On The Street Many women walking down the street are exposed to various types of harassment from catcalling to physical violence. In New York City, local anti-street harassment groups have seen an increase from women reporting unwanted attention. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Trump Accused of Quid Pro Quo. But Not The One You're Thinking Of. President Trump is once again being accused of a quid pro quo. But not the one that brought on impeachment. This time, Trump appears to be asking for something from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state and city prosecutors. This allegation stems from a Tweet Trump sent before his meeting with Gov. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Gish Jen's "The Resisters" In the near future, the Internet is sentient and her name is Aunt Nettie. Gish Jen’s novel “The Resisters” imagines a dystopian world with two classes: the “netted” and the “surplus”. The book follows Gwen, a terrific baseball pitcher from a surplus family that’s politically active. The New Yorker Radio Hour
Former Prosecutor: Justice Department's Roger Stone Intervention Is Troubling Department of Justice took official actions that could have dramatic effects on the ongoing criminal investigations into friends and associates of President Trump. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Studio 360 Is Ending After 20 Years The radio show Studio 360 is ending later this month after 20 years on the air. WNYC co-produced the weekly show, which aimed to explain the world through arts and culture, from 2000 to 2017. Over the course of two decades, it has been awarded two Peabody Awards and received critical acclaim. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Despite No Cases in NYC, Chinatown Businesses Suffer Amid Coronavirus Scare Chinatown leaders and shop owners are begging New Yorkers to patronize their restaurants and shops after a weeks-long lull in business that they blamed on unwarranted fears about the new coronavirus outbreak. Read the full story on Gothamist. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
How Mexican Muralists Shaped 20th Century American Art Works by some of Mexico's greatest 20th century muralists will be on display in New York City in "Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art," a new show set to open at the Whitney Museum of American Art next week. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Tape Showing Bloomberg Callously Discussing Minorities, Stop and Frisk, Surfaces "The way you get the guns out of kids' hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them. And they say, 'I don't want to get caught so I don't bring a gun.'" News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Federal Trial May Upend East Ramapo School Board Elections East Ramapo's school board in Rockland County has been embroiled in controversy for years. Now, a federal trial could change the way the school board members are elected. Journal News investigative reporter Thomas Zambito spoke with WNYC's Richard Hake. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Lethal Penis NYCCR 13/2020 24yr-old man who admitted to stuffing his dead ex-girlfriend into a suitcase and dumping her on the side of the road, plead guilty to kidnapping, one year to the day after her body was found. He now faces life in prison. Baffled NJ detectives turn to an online psychic for help in finding leads in the case of a missing child. The New York City Crime Report
America, Are We Ready? New Hampshire Edition As the last New Hampshire polls are closing, WNYC's Brian Lehrer and NHPR's Laura Knoy talk to Granite State voters and voters around the country about their candidate preferences. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Week Ahead: February 10, 2020 On this week's look ahead: tensions between police, the mayor, and protesters in the aftermath of the shooting of two NYPD officers. Mayor de Blasio and other city officials head to Albany for tin cup day. A New Jersey panel tasked with investigating a culture of misogyny in Trenton holds its first public hearing. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
NJ Activists Take on Dark Money, Legislative Secrets and Ballot Siberia New Jersey activists gathered on Saturday to launch a statewide effort to reform the state's electoral politics, including an ethics package that is intended to break the grip of party machines. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
How the Ukraine Mess Ties Back to Campaign Finance The Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Trump of impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Meanwhile, the Trump re-election effort is kicking into high gear. That includes the outside groups, known as super PACs, which can take unlimited contributions, but are forbidden to coordinate with campaigns. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Ep 15 - Bethesda Terrace - A Moorish Paradise in Central Park In the City Between podcast explore the unexpected corners of New York City history. In this episode we go in search of traces of the Moorish palace, the Alhambra, in NYC's Central Park. City Between
This Week in Politics: Another Stab at Killing Plastic Bags in Jersey If plastic bags are banned… are they ever truly banned? It's not a trick question. The jury is still out on how it would all work – and whether the latest proposal will pass. State lawmakers have been trying to pass some version of a bag ban for years. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Trump's Hotels Charge Secret Service Agents Thousands President Donald Trump's company is charging Secret Service agents for hotel rooms while the agents are protecting him. According to records obtained by "The Washington Post," Trump's hotels are billing the federal government rates as high as $650 per night. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Louis C.K.'s Return to the Stage Is touring comedy clubs for the first time since accusations of sexual misconduct seemed to end his career, in 2017. Several women charged that C.K. had exposed himself and masturbated in front of them. The New Yorker Radio Hour
Recommendations For NYC Property Tax Reform Would Make Wealthy Homeowners Pay More Lots of experts agree that New York City's property tax system is antiquated, unequal, and inherently unfair. Now, a city commission is recommending some strategies to reform it. If their plan becomes law, it could lead to huge changes in how the city taxes homeowners. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
How To Redesign Queens' Bus Network Bus routes in Queens have largely stayed the same since the 1940s. The MTA says that's why it's scrapping that map and developing a new Queens bus network from scratch. But when the agency released its draft plan at the end of December, it was met with backlash from many of the borough's bus riders who say the changes complicate their commutes. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
West Side Story Returns To Broadway - And Brings Controversy With It This is a big year for West Side Story: there's a new movie expected to release this Christmas, and a Broadway revival that's getting a lot of attention — including some controversy over its casting. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
For Years, New York City Failed To Inspect Schools For Lead Paint For years, New York City’s Department of Education failed to consistently conduct annual lead paint inspections of city schools as required by law. That’s according to an analysis of Department of Education data obtained by WNYC senior editor Christopher Werth. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Mike Bloomberg and His Billions Off the TV, On the Campaign Trail Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg stepped out of American television screens and into a lavishly choreographed rally in Philadelphia on Tuesday, showcasing how his unorthodox campaign for president is spending big in populous states while competitors are mired in caucus chaos elsewhere. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
'The Hole In The System': What Tiffany Harris's Case Really Says About NY Bail Reform Since New York’s new bail law went into effect last month, critics have seized on cases in which defendants were released without bail, only to get arrested again days later. WNYC’s Beth Fertig spoke with two victims in a case that’s gotten a lot of attention to see how they feel about bail reform. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
In 2020 Money Race, Chelsea Boosts Buttigieg. UWS Wars For Warren New Yorkers may not be able to get to cast their ballots for until the state’s April 28th presidential primary, but they’re already voting with their cash. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Grappling With Porgy And Bess After nearly 30 years, Porgy & Bess returned to the Metropolitan Opera stage last fall as the 2019-2020 season opener. The current production of the "first great American opera" is set to close this month. Porgy & Bess focuses on the lives of African Americans living in South Carolina during the Jim Crow era. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Younger Children More Likely to be Classified with Learning Disabilities A new study finds that New York City children born in the last two months of the year are far more likely than their earlier-born classmates to be classified with with a learning disability. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
America, Are We Ready? Iowa Edition Iowa comes first in picking presidential nominees, but not in reflecting the diversity of the whole country, especially when it comes to race. But what does that contrast mean for our democracy? News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Authorities Failed 8-Year Old Long Island Boy Who Died in NYPD Father's Custody, Report Before an 8 year old Long Island boy was killed by his NYPD father, there had been years of abuse reports that officials failed to act on. Graham Rayman wrote about it for the New York Daily News and he spoke with WNYC's Richard Hake. WNYC transcripts are created on a rush deadline and the text may be updated or revised in the future. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Week Ahead: February 3, 2020 In this week's look ahead: we unpack proposed changes to New York City's property tax system. We'll monitor the coronavirus outbreak and see how fear of it is impacting behavior in our area. We'll take a look at a case that's been a lightning rod for critics of bail reform. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
New York City 3-K Teachers Juggle Playtime With Potty Time Applications open this week for New York City’s free pre-school programs, and slots for three year-olds are expanding. The new 3-K classes build on the success of the de Blasio administration’s free, full-day program for four year-olds. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
Review: A Starry 'Medea' At BAM Is Stylish - But Bloodless Euripides's Medea is all about female rage. You likely know the story, which he based on an older Greek myth: a woman is angered by her husband's infidelity and kills her children, his lover, and his lover's father. News from WNYC New York Public Radio
A Tumultuous Week in Impeachment, and Jill Lepore on Democracy in Peril The Washington correspondent Susan Glasser has been covering the scene in the Capitol as Republicans rush to contain the damage of the John Bolton manuscript leak. The New Yorker Radio Hour