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Pieces of music, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, can change in impact over time. On the 80th anniversary of a beloved violin concerto's premiere, Sara and guests consider the case of the American classical composer, Samuel Barber, in this episode of Fishko Files. Hilary Hahn's Barber & Meyer: Violin Concertos and Isaac Stern's Barber: Violin Concer…
 
31 years ago, a film centered around Black high schoolers dancing, rapping, and sneaking out to parties became a national hit. House Party, directed by Reginald Hudlin, stars the hip-hop duo Kid n' Play, Christopher "Kid" Reid of the Bronx, and Christopher "Play" Martin from Queens. Reid spoke to WNYC's David Furst about "House Party," and why it's…
 
Thirty-one years ago, a film centered around Black high schoolers dancing, rapping, singing and sneaking out to parties became a national hit. House Party was a groundbreaking teen comedy and is now a cult classic. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, the film stars the hip-hop duo Kid n' Play, made up of Christopher "Kid" Reid from the Bronx and Christoph…
 
The pandemic has not slowed down efforts to root out fraud and find savings for the MTA's independent investigator at the cash-strapped agency. As the MTA continues to face a severe budget crisis, the MTA’s Inspector General, Carolyn Pokorny says she has identified some nice savings. She says her office has recovered $2 million through various laws…
 
Airing LIVE Thursday, February 25th, 8-9pm ET. Join the national conversation with host Brian Lehrer as the Biden/Harris administration starts its work. President Biden's plan for comprehensive immigration reform, The United States Citizenship Act of 2021, is in Congress for consideration and goes beyond the eight-year path to citizenship for Dream…
 
New York City’s public high school buildings have been closed with all students on full-time remote learning since before Thanksgiving. But Mayor de Blasio says he'll have an update in the next few weeks about whether high schoolers can return this semester. He says covid testing capacity has been expanded for the return of an expected 62-thousand …
 
A former adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo has come forward with detailed allegations that describe how he sexually harassed her over three years. The governor, Lindsey Boylan alleged, tried to keep tabs on her movement, joked about playing “strip poker,” made her deeply uncomfortable by commenting on her appearance to other staffers, and forcibly k…
 
When it comes to getting vaccinated for COVID-19, New York has strict eligibility requirements. No one is supposed to get vaccinated without having an appointment first, and many people in need struggle to find bookings. Even though the state has expanded eligibility in recent weeks, some of us may have heard stories through the grapevine of people…
 
New York's transit agency has opened a second vaccination site just for its workforce, one that's been hit hard by COVID-19. Since just last month, 17 MTA workers have died from COVID. That makes a total of 148 MTA deaths to date, the most of any agency in the city. MTA workers are eligible for the vaccine at state and city sites, but now the agenc…
 
New York City's public middle schools will reopen to students Thursday for the first time since November, when Mayor Bill de Blasio shuttered the system because of an increasing COVID case positivity rate. About 62,000 of roughly 200,000 middle school students will return in person, while the rest have chosen to continue learning remotely from home…
 
The Biden Administration says states must move forward with certain standardized tests this year. But students in New York may not have to take as many as usual. In a letter to states, federal officials said the standardized tests are necessary to glean how much students across the country have learned or lost during the pandemic. But there will be…
 
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is ordering local prosecutors to dismiss all pending low-level marijuana charges. He also says police officers should stop making marijuana-related arrests. In addition, officers can't use the smell of marijuana as a reason to stop and search pedestrians. Since driving under the influence remains illegal in…
 
Westchester County’s new District Attorney Mimi Rocah is following through on her campaign promise to revitalize her agency’s conviction review unit. This week, the county’s top prosecutor announced that Anastasia Heeger, a public defender and exoneration expert, will be heading the bureau, which is tasked with investigating claims of wrongful conv…
 
Former City Council member Ruben Wills, who was convicted of fraud and grand larceny and served two years in prison, is eyeing a political comeback after a State Appeals Court reversed his conviction and returned the case to Queens Supreme Court. His entrance would likely upend a race where the current City Councilmember Adrienne Adams is running u…
 
Last week, the Manhattan district attorney announced that it had dropped charges against Amy Cooper, the white woman who notoriously threatened to call the police on a Black man who was birding in Central Park. In return, Cooper received several sessions of therapy, an outcome the D.A.'s office referred to as "restorative justice." Advocates for re…
 
After a failed legislative push in 2019, an amendment to the state constitution, and a winter of discord between Democratic legislators, New Jersey finally legalized it on Monday. Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills that decriminalize cannabis use and implement the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. WNYC's Matt…
 
Data obtained by WNYC show residential evictions fell by more than 80 percent last year in New York City, compared to the previous year. The city's Department of Investigation released the data based on court-ordered evictions served by marshals. Just about 3,000 evictions were recorded in all of 2020 compared to more than 17,000 the year before. T…
 
As of Monday at 2 a.m., New York City subways will reduce their overnight cleaning sessions by two hours. Yet these interruptions may no longer be necessary. Scientists say it's abundantly clear that coronavirus mostly spreads through the air and not via surfaces. But Columbia University epidemiologist Dr. Jessica Justman says a little “hygiene the…
 
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