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WRFI Community Radio News brings you local-first news and voices by, and for, the people of Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Listen to AM and PM newscasts each weekday, and listen LIVE Fridays at 5 p.m. at 88.1FM in Ithaca, 91.9FM in Watkins Glen, at wrfi.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
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CALL-IN SHOW: "1000 Conversations" about Ithaca's Green New Deal with Luis Aguirre-Torres
CALL-IN SHOW: "1000 Conversations" about Ithaca's Green New Deal with Luis Aguirre-Torres Two years ago, the City of Ithaca passed the Green New Deal resolution, promising that whatever it does to fight climate change will benefit the whole community, especially people with limited means. As the city moves to decarbonize transportation and electricity sources and change the way it heats and cools its buildings, it’s also asking people what it can do to  improve their lives. That’s one of the backbone questions of 1000 Conversations, Ithaca’s broadly framed public outreach effort under the Green New Deal. Luis Aguirre-Torres was hired by the City of Ithaca to make the Green New Deal happen, and 1,000 Conversations project was his idea -- partly as a way for him to get to know the community. He joined us in the studio for a call-in program to talk about the Green New Deal, and hear what the community thought of the plan, and what people say could improve their lives. This program originally aired on Wednesday, September 1st. ----- This program was hosted by Jonathan Miller; produced and engineered by Felix Teitelbaum, with production help from Jimmy Jordan and Jonathan Miller; reporting was contributed by Jonathan Miller, Esther Racoosin, and Jimmy Jordan; special thanks to Gary Reinbolt and Fred Balfour.
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The EPA Built a Wall to Contain the Lead at Ithaca Falls. Will the Pollution Ever Be Completely Removed?
The EPA Built a Wall to Contain the Lead at Ithaca Falls. Will the Pollution Ever Be Completely Removed? Efforts to clean up the lead at Ithaca Falls have gone on for almost 20 years, and now the EPA is near completing a limestone wall to contain the pollutants. Once that wall is done, the site will be fully under the care of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. We explore the past remediation efforts to contextualize what this latest effort to address lead pollution at Ithaca Falls means. And we take a hard look at the likelihood of whether the lead pollution will every be completely removed at one of the waterfalls that makes Ithaca gorgeous. 
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Tompkins Co. Medical Director, Dr. Klepack, On the Delta Variant And Breakthrough Infections
Tompkins County has seen a surge in cases of COVID-19. There are 90 active cases in Tompkins County today, compared to just 4 two weeks ago. Data from the Tompkins County Health Department shows a rise in breakthrough cases too. All of this is largely being attributed to the more transmissible Delta Variant., but it's prevalence has not yet been determined. To learn more we spoke with Dr. William Klepack, the Medical Director for Tompkins County.
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WRFI Community Radio News 07/23/2021 Starting the show, an Overdose Prevention Center is coming to Ithaca, or at least that was the plan. Governor Cuomo is being called on to keep his 2018 campaign promise to establish an Overdose Prevention Center in Ithaca, as well as 4 others in New York City. The firm reminder is coming from Assemblymember Anna Kelles, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, the Southern Tier Aids Program or, STAPs, and members of the NOODNY campaign. They gathered in front of STAPs’ downtown Ithaca office on Thursday for a media event. We speak with STAPs Director John Barry to learn more. Then, a rerun of an episode from WRFI's Loneliness Project Series. The series, as it's title may suggest, explore the epidemic of loneliness affecting young people across America. The episode unpacks one student’s story and delves into the resources and gaps on the Ithaca College campus for students experiencing a mental health crisis. A content warning that this piece contains mentions of suicidal ideation and encounters with public safety officers.
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WRFI Community Radio News 07/16/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 07/16/2021 On the show, we get to know a puppeteer. An uncommon profession that  you may wish was a little more popular after meeting the Lily Silly Puppet Theater. But to start things off, you’ll hear about The History Center in Tompkins County. They’re  welcoming the public into their galleries to see a brand new exhibit that opened earlier this month. It's called "Breaking Barriers: Women’s Lives and Livelihoods." The exhibit explores the lives of women who have lived in Tompkins County, working in public and private spheres across the centuries.
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WRFI Community Radio News 07/02/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 07/02/2021 Today, we’re starting with a conversation about solitary confinement in state prisons. We speak with local activist, Wayles Brown, who has been working for decades on the issue. During its last legislative session, the New York Legislature passed into law the 'HALT' Solitary Confinement ACT, which closely resembles a bill Wayles has been promoting for years. Later in the show, we bring you an episode of a brand new podcast focused on the people in Ithaca. It’s called THIS is Ithaca, and it offers a brief glimpse into the lives of people that compose the city’s larger community.
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WRFI Community Radio News 06/25/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 06/25/2021 On today's show, you’ll hear an interview with Tompkins County legislator Deborah Dawson.  She talks to us about the funds Tompkins County has received through the American Rescue, nearly $ 20 million. Dawson and her colleagues want your input on how the money should be spent. After that, you’ll hear a report about opening day at Watkins Glen International raceway. At the end of today’s show, you’ll hear about the Open Doors English program in Ithaca.
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BONUS: The Realness [FULL INTERVIEW]
In Person-theater is returning to the Hangar theater on an outdoor stage. A production of The Realness is kicking off their five show line-up for the summer. Pamela Tan brings us an interview with a cast member, Nicholas Cyacedo and it’s Director Kyle Haden
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WRFI Community Radio News 06/18/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 06/18/2021 Juneteenth is now officially a federal holiday. The day celebrates the emancipation of black men and women from enslavement in the United States.  But as a part of history, it is not so distant. It is still with us today. On the show we hear about Bishop Cecil A. Malone, a figure of local Ithaca History who was freeing men and women from the oppression of the southern sharecropping system just two generations ago. And, with COVID restrictions lifted, the stage is set for the theater to return. The Hangar Theater brings us the Realness, their first in-person performance in almost a year and half. We hear a chat with the director and a cast member of the play. It’s  set to be performed on the Hangar’s new outdoor stage.
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WRFI Community Radio News 06/11/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 06/11/2021 Virtually All COVID restrictions will soon be lifted in New York State. That’s according to an announcement Governor Cuomo made on Monday this week. We have a COVID update interview with Tompkins County Public Health director Frank Kruppa coming up in the show. After that, we hear from Investigative Reporter Tim Schwab. One of the winners of the 13th annual Izzy Awards. He hear Schwab’s acceptance speech, where he speaks about his reporting exploring the opaque operations of the Gates Foundation, and it’s influence in the field of Global Health. But first, The inaugural "America Talks" event begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday, as part of an effort to heal social and political divisions that have driven a wedge between people with different viewpoints.
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WRFI Community Radio News 06/04/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 06/04/2021 On today’s Show, There’s a bill in the New York State Legislature calling for a moratorium on cryptocurrency mining. Environmentalists say mining the digital currency puts New York on a  collision course with the goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. We speak with Water Front reporter Peter Mantius. But first, as violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues, ralliers in Ithaca continue voicing support for Palestine.
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WRFI Community Radio News 05/28/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 05/28/2021 On this week's episode, we bring you another episode of the WRFI’s Which Way Forward series. This is the final story in this installment. While Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 required all local governments to review their police practices, the Public Safety and Police Departments on College Campuses were out of the order’s reach. Next, Ithaca has lost one of it’s great musicians, Al Hartland. He was a talented percussionist and beloved personality who will be missed. We’re joined by his friend and fellow musician, Harry Aceto, to talk about Al’s life, an upcoming benefit for his passing and, of course, listen to some music.
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WRFI Community Radio News 05/21/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 05/21/2021  On this week's episode, we bring you another installment of the Which Way Forward series. This episode is a reflection of a student activist, and professor on the last year of Black Lives Matters protests. Then, a speech from the recent 2021 Izzy Awards for Independent Media. Ithaca College’s Park School for Independent Media honored Liliana Segura for her reporting on the executions carried out by the Trump administration in 2020, during the twilight of his presidency and the height of the pandemic. After that we, take a look at Trap Door, a walking play presented by the Cherry Arts. Participants will wear headphones, immersing themselves in an audio experience recontextualizing the space around them. Trap Door will take you on a journey into Ithaca's black history.
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WRFI Community Radio News 05/07/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 05/07/2021 On this episode of WRFI Community Radio news,  we hear another installment of WRFI’s Which Way Forward Series, a public affairs project exploring the Reimagining Public Safety collaborate, and the plan it produced. This episode will explores the range of public opinion and reaction to the draft plan as it was shaped into its final form. Then, we bring you a speech from the recent 13th annual Izzy Awards. Hosted by Ithaca’s Park School for Independent Media, this Izzy Award speech comes from the winners, Truthout.
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WRFI Community Radio News 04/30/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 04/30/2021 On this episode, we bring you interviews with candidates running for the Tompkins County Legislature in District 1, Travis Brooks and Nicole LaFave. Then, the Spring Writes Literary Festival begins in Ithaca next week. Panels, performances, and readings -- we hear what’s in store.
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BONUS: Rev. Robert Jones Sr., Raconteur and Musician [FULL INTERVIEW]
BONUS: Rev. Robert Jones Sr., Raconteur and Musician [FULL INTERVIEW] Rev. Robert Jones Sr.: a storyteller, a musician, a font of American roots.  Rev. Jones  will be bringing his talents to the virtual stage of the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 24th. Tune in for the full interview that originally aired on WRFI Community Radio News 04/23/2021. From WRFI Contributor Pamela Tan.
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April 23, 2021
WRFI Community Radio News 04/23/2021
On today's show we first hear about a new fleet of electric busses coming to the TCAT.  Then, a look at Code Blue, a New York state mandate requiring that county organizations provide a safe and free place for unhoused people to escape the elements. The County gets reimbursed for the work it puts in, but is this working to eradicate homelessness?  Then, a conversation with Rev. Robert Jones Sr.: a storyteller, a musician, a font of American roots. Rev. Jones will be bringing his talents to the virtual stage of the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 24th. 
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WRFI Community Radio News 04/02/2021
On this episode, we hear from Tompkins County Legislature Chair, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne. She gives us her view of the Reimagining Public Safety Plan submitted to New York State. Then, a lengthy look at gerrymandering in New York state. Is Tompkins County split up to favor one parties control? And what can an independent redistricting commission do about it?
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WRFI Community Radio News 03/19/2021
WRFI Community Radio News 03/19/2021 Our first story for this the show comes from Pamela Tan and Jimmy Jordan. Pamela is both a member on WRFI’s news team, and also volunteers with her son’s youth hockey team. Everything from grocery shopping to the way we see our families has been affected by COVID. Hockey is no exception. After that, we'll hear from County Administrator Jason Molino. He released a letter to coincide with the rough 1 year mark of when it became apparent that COVID-19 would be reshaping our lives. He sat down with Jimmy Jordan to talk about that letter. Music courtesy of Blue Dot Sessions.
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WRFI Community Radio News 03/12/2021
On this episode, we bring you a conversation with Kristi Taylor from the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County. We speak with her about Domestic violence during the age of COVID. After that, we hear about the future of food in Tompkins County. Tompkins Food Future is a two-year project aiming to develop a comprehensive food system plan. We hear from the project coordinator,  Katie Hallas. ----- If you value what we do, and would like to contribute, we’d love your help! We are looking for new volunteers. There are opportunities for remote hosting, writing, or producing original stories, no experience necessary. If you want to join our news team, please email news@ithacaradio.org. The headlines at the top of the program were from WRFI Contributor Maia Noah. The feature producers were WRFI Contributors Esther Racoosin and Hailey Aldrich. Jimmy Jordan is the WRFI News Director and producer for the program. If you have a question, tip, or comment for the news team, you can reach our team of reporters at news@ithacaradio.org.
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WRFI Community Radio News 03/05/2021
The Reimagining Public Safety Draft report has made waves in Ithaca and Tompkins County, and has even rippled into the National news. Here, we track how the draft report was first released to the press, referred to in a GQ article, then presented to the Ithaca Common Council. The draft report and supplemental materials can be found at this link: http://bit.ly/RPS-report-folder Find the GQ article here. To watch the Common Council be presented with the report and the questions they asked, you can go to the City of Ithaca's YouTube Channel. To watch the public forum held on Thursday, Feb.25, you can go to the Tompkins County YouTube channel. To leave feedback on the report, click here. The music you hear in this piece is from Blue Dot Sessions.
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WRFI News 02/19/2021
02/19/2021 WRFI Community Radio News Ithaca is changing by the month with new housing developments breaking ground on a regular basis. These projects help address the housing shortages in Ithaca but how do they impact affordability? Then, a conversation with Tompkins County Poet Laureate Dr. Christine Kitano. She shares her thoughts on the meaning of the position, how she teaches the craft and, of course, we hear some of her poetry.
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February 15, 2021
Which Way Forward: The road (so far) to reimagining law enforcement
This is the last episode of part one of the Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety series. WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour lays out how Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order for every municipality with a police department to reimagine its public safety practices will play out in Tompkins County. Ithaca Voice intern James Baratta walks us through Tompkins’ efforts in the last several months to reimagine law enforcement practices that will foster a social future that is equitable for all. Fred Balfour edited today’s episode, and sound design was by outgoing News Director Michayla Savitt. Music is by BlueDotSessions. Additional sound by Ithaca Voice reporter Matt Butler. The series is directed and executive produced by Anna Lamb and Michayla Savitt. The series is a production of WRFI News, The Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars, with funding from Engaged Cornell.
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February 5, 2021
Which Way Forward: Examining community organizing and its impact on criminal justice
In today’s episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, we switch gears to how some organizers both on the streets and behind the scenes are fighting for a more equitable future for local people of all ages - including changing public safety policies. This episode of Which Way Forward was co-reported by outgoing WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt, and Ithaca College Park Scholars Hailey Aldrich, Emily Hung, Jess Moskowitz. Skylar Eagle edited today’s episode, and helped with script editing. Sound design was by Michayla. Music is by BlueDotSessions. The series is directed and executive produced by Ithaca Voice Senior Reporter Anna Lamb and Michayla Savitt. Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety is a production of WRFI News, The Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars, with funding from Engaged Cornell.
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February 4, 2021
Which Way Forward: Stopping crime while practicing restraint
In the third episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, Ithaca Voice senior reporter Anna Lamb reexamines the most recent case of police brutality in ithaca known as the “commons incident” - and how ithaca police officers’ excessive use of force could have been prevented. As a note to listeners, this episode includes detailed descriptions of physical violence. Jay Bradley edited today’s episode, and sound design was by outgoing News Director, Michayla Savitt. Additional sound by Ithaca Voice reporter Matt Butler. The series is directed and executive produced by Anna Lamb and Michayla Savitt. The series is a production of WRFI News, The Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars, with funding from Engaged Cornell.
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February 3, 2021
Which Way Forward: Preventing police violence before it occurs
In the second episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, our team of reporters dive into law enforcement policies concerning excessive force - and how that’s played out on a local level in the protests for racial justice that have emerged since May 2020. Today’s episode was co-reported by Ithaca College Park scholars Maia Noah and Matilde Bechet. Jay Bradley edited today’s episode, and sound design was by outgoing News Director, Michayla Savitt. Music is by BlueDotSessions, additional sound thanks to Matt Butler. Skylar Eagle helped with script editing. The series is directed and executive produced by Ithaca Voice senior reporter Anna lamb and Michayla Savitt. The series is a production of WRFI News, The Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars, with funding from Engaged Cornell.
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February 2, 2021
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Travel advisory, Watkins Mayor sexual harassment claims, COVID nursing home deaths. Jimmy Jordan reports.
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February 2, 2021
Which Way Forward: The officer’s “catch-all” task & alternatives to policing
The first episode of the series explores what local agencies are best suited to be called for helping people in distress. Our team of reporters speak to several local social service organizations to better understand how, and if, those agencies could take on more of a role in maintaining public safety. We also speak to Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor about the current state of policing in ithaca, and what needs to change. Today’s episode was co-reported by Ithaca Voice reporter Matt Butler, and Ithaca College Park scholars Lauren Leone, Malick Mercier, and Aidan Glendon. Jay Bradley edited today’s episode, and sound design was by outgoing WRFI news director Michayla Savitt. Music is by BlueDotSessions. Skylar Eagle helped with script editing. The series is directed and executive produced by Ithaca Voice senior reporter Anna lamb and Michayla Savitt. Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety is a production of WRFI News, The Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars, with funding from Engaged Cornell.
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February 1, 2021
Coming soon: Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety
Tune in every weekday starting next Monday, February 1, to listen to our special series Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety. You can also listen to each episode on WRFI live at 6 PM, and anywhere you get your podcasts. Around the nation, protesters have called for police departments to be defunded or reformed following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black and Brown people at the hands of law enforcement. But here in Tompkins County, what’s the best solution to reimagining public safety policies that will foster fairness and trust within each community regarding law enforcement? In Fall 2020 WRFI Community Radio, The Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars joined together to try and answer this question in a new radio project, Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety. More at WRFI.org/whichwayforward/
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January 26, 2021
Announcement: WRFI's nightly news on hiatus
Dear listeners — Our nightly news broadcast is on hiatus while we re-think and re-plan the service we provide to you. For now, tune into headlines throughout each weekday on WRFI.org, 88.1 Ithaca, 91.9 Watkins Glen, and tune into our new weekly show anywhere you get your podcasts, starting February 5th. Also, listen to our special series Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, starting next week at 6 PM Monday through Friday.
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January 26, 2021
WRFI News: 1/22/2021
Happy Friday! After the headline news, you'll hear a live interview with Cherry Artspace Artistic Director Sam Buggeln about the company's next livestream play, "Hotel Good Luck" streaming live from the State Theatre of Ithaca February 12 - 22.
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January 23, 2021
WRFI News: 1/21/2021
It is post-Inauguration Thursday.  After today's headline news, you'll hear an interview about a new virtual musical theatre production that will be available for streaming from February 12th to February 20th, 2021.   WRFI News Contributor Pamela Tan speaks to Walking on Water's Theatre Producer Priscilla Hummel about the tasty production, written by Rachel Lampert and Larry Pressgrove.  "Comfort Food" is a three-part musical performance featuring three different chefs.  The various performances will be paired with food offerings from local restaurants.  For more information, go to walkingonwaterproductions.org.
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January 21, 2021
WRFI News: 1/20/21
Happy Wednesday! After the headlines, you'll hear poet Amanda Gorman's reading of her poem, "The Hill We Climb" from today's inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Then, we're joined by Fingerlakes1.com National News Editor, Gabe Pietrorazio, who speaks about reporting on the historic event just two weeks after the insurrection on the Capitol. To finish out our show, educator Laurie Rubin gives listeners advice on observing the natural world.
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January 21, 2021
WRFI News: 1/19/2021
Happy Tuesday! After tonight's headline news, you’ll hear an interview of local physician Dr. Jamie Loehr about the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. More at wrfi.org/news.
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January 20, 2021
WRFI News: 1/18/21
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! in recognition of the holiday, Greater Ithaca Activities Center held its annual MLK breakfast over the weekend - in a virtual setting. WRFI News Contributor Peter Champelli caught up with GIAC Executive Director Leslyn McBean-Clairborne about the event, and what MLK day means this year in particular.
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January 19, 2021
WRFI News: 1/15/2021
After tonight's headline news, WRFI Contributor Fred Balfour joined us to discuss his experience receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More local news and community stories at wrfi.org/news.
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January 16, 2021
WRFI News 01/14/2021
Happy Thursday! After the headline news, you’ll hear another tale from a Trampoline story slam competition. Today’s story is from WRFI Volunteer Peter Bakija who participated in Trampoline’s 2016 event “Seven Deadly Sins”
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January 14, 2021
WRFI News: 1/13/2021
After tonight's headline news, you’ll hear a report about the Cayuga Bird Club’s 2021 Christmas Bird Count. More on WRFI.org/news.
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January 14, 2021
WRFI News: 1/12/2021
Today is Tuesday!  After the headline news, you'll hear a speech by Carla Minet, Executive Director of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico.  Minet's speech is from the 2020 Izzy Awards, hosted by the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College.   The Izzy Awards honor outstanding achievements in independent media.  In its 12th year, the Izzy Awards ceremonies took place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  WRFI Contributor Jimmy Jordan edited Minet's speech for radio.
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January 12, 2021
WRFI News: 1/11/21
Happy Monday! After the headlines, you’ll hear a conversation with Helen Chang, a New York Sea Grant Coastal Resilience Specialist with Jamaica Bay. Chang speaks about New York City and climate change, and how coastal cities are threatened.  Locally Sourced Science Contributor Aidan Mahoney produced this interview which first aired on the January 5th edition of Locally Sourced Science. 
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January 12, 2021
WRFI News: 1/8/20
Happy Friday! On tonight's program, you'll hear an interview with Ithaca Voice reporters Anna Lamb and Matt Butler. WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt talks with them about the biggest local stories of 2020, and what topics they're keeping an eye on in the new year. Plus, the latest headlines impacting Tompkins and Schuyler counties.
31:52
January 9, 2021
WRFI News 1/07/2021
Happy Thursday! On this edition of WRFI Community Radio News, we hear audio of  Leslyn McBean-Clairborne delivering her acceptance speech after being reelected as Tompkins County Legislature Chair for the second row. We also hear a bear-y entertaining story from Audrey Baker, from her Fall 2020 performance in Trampoline’s “4 and 20 Blackbirds” virtual storytelling competition.
28:21
January 8, 2021
WRFI News: 1/6/2021
This is headlines only edition of the program as we cut away for WPFW's coverage of the pro-Trump coup attempt.
06:55
January 7, 2021
WRFI News: 1/5/21
Happy Tuesday to you! On tonight's show, WRFI Guest Contributor Josh Durso (Fingerlakes1.com News Director) speaks with Brad Walworth with Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services about its continued programming amid the pandemic. That and the latest headlines impacting our communities.
28:38
January 5, 2021
WRFI News: 1/4/2021
It's the first Monday of 2021! Today on our show, you'll hear how one college student is managing a pain disorder during COVID-19 and an unusual school year. WRFI Contributor Tessie Devlin produced this story about Madolyn Laurine, and their shared experiences with invisible disabilities. This piece first aired in October 2020.
30:47
January 4, 2021
WRFI News 12/30/2020
Happy Wednesday, the last Wednesday of 2020! After the headline news, you’ll hear excerpts of the Ithaca Southside Community Center virtual Kwanzaa celebration. WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt excerpted the pieces for radio. You can find a link to those videos at our website, wrfi.org, under the archives.
30:59
December 30, 2020
WRFI News: 12/29/2020
Liz Moran, Environmental Policy Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) discusses her group’s concerns that some New York State municipalities have been granted permits to use liquid waste from fracking, for deicing of roads. Plus headlines, weather, COVD updates, and more.
28:26
December 29, 2020
WRFI News: 12/28/2020
Its the last Monday of 2020!  During tonight's news, you'll hear an episode from the podcast, "Audio Interference", from the Interference Archive, based in Brooklyn, NY.  Today's podcast is from the "Archiving Abolition" series, made in collaboration with Survived and Punished New York.  This group works to eradicate the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the culture of violence that contributes to it.   You will hear the voice of an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. For more information about this podcast, visit interferencearchive.org.
30:30
December 28, 2020
WRFI News: 12/23/2020
Its Wonderful Wednesday!  On today's show, you'll hear Candice Limper's interview of Dr. Alison Stout, a Veterinarian and Graduate Student at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine.  During this segment, Dr. Stout discusses her research on feline coronaviruses and how pet owners can avoid passing SARS-CoV-2 to their cat companions.  She also talks about the concept of "one health", and how the health of animals is intimately connected to human health.  This interview initially aired on the November 24th edition of WRFI's science radio show, Locally Sourced Science.  Find archived shows at www.locallysourcedscience.org.
30:39
December 23, 2020
WRFI News: 12/22/2020
Its Tuesday!  Tonight's news features a report on the Social Justice Intensive, an afterschool program hosted at the Youth Farm Project in Ithaca, New York.  The program makes social justice education a collaborative effort between the program's leaders and the youths who participate.  WRFI Contributor Jimmy Jordan produced this piece, that aired initially in November 2020.
30:22
December 22, 2020
WRFI News: 12/21/2020
WRFI Intern Tessie Devlin reports on grassroots efforts  to have Cornell University better support Indigenous students and acknowledge the university’s founding on native land. Plus an episode of the podcast "Audio Interference", all that and more after today's headlines.
30:04
December 22, 2020
WRFI News: 12/18/20
Happy Friday! After the headline news, you'll hear 2020 Izzy Award winner Lawrence Bartley talk about his publication, "News Inside".  Bartley's print publication is supported by The Marshall Project and is distributed in hundreds of prisons and jails around the country.  Izzy Awards are presented by the Park Center for Independent Media.  To learn more, visit www.parkindymedia.org.
32:16
December 19, 2020
WRFI News: 12/17/20
Happy Thursday! After the headline news, you’ll hear a tale from last week’s “Trampoline” end of year storytelling competition. Then, you’ll hear WRFI Contributor Peter Bakija's interview with the winner of that event, Marissa Slocum.
29:42
December 17, 2020
WRFI 12/16/2020
Happy Wednesday! After the headline news, you’ll hear a conversation with a researcher on a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how urbanization may affect the evolution of coat color in the Eastern Gray Squirrel.
29:27
December 16, 2020
WRFI News 12/15/2020
Happy Tuesday! After the headlines, WRFI contributor Fred Balfour talks with the rabbi and two members of Ithaca’s Temple Beth-El about the eight days of events currently underway.
30:20
December 15, 2020
WRFI News: 12/14/20
Happy Monday, comrades. After the headlines, you’ll hear an episode of the podcast Audio Interference, which explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements. Today’s selection features part of their “Archiving Abolition” series, made in collaboration with Survived and Punished New York. Then you’ll hear an interview about tenants’ rights in the Southern Tier.
29:18
December 14, 2020
WRFI News: 12/11/20
Happy Friday! After the headline news, we’re joined by Tracy Mitrano, the 2018 and 2020 Democratic challenger to incumbent Congressman Tom Reed. This year Reed secured another term. Mitrano speaks with us about her campaign, and thoughts on improving the 23rd Congressional district going forward.
29:13
December 11, 2020
WRFI News: 12/10/20
Happy Thursday! After tonight's headline news, you’ll hear about some of the holiday festivals past and present in Downtown Ithaca. Then we feature another community storyteller from the Trampoline storytelling competition.
27:55
December 11, 2020
WRFI News 12/09/2020
Happy Wednesday! On this episode, after the headline news you'll hear an interview with Dr. Matt DeLisa, a local researcher working on a vaccine for SARS -CoV-2, or Coronavirus. This interview was conducted and produced by WRFI contributor Esther Racoosin, and aired originally on the December 8th edition of Locally Sourced Science. 
29:41
December 9, 2020
WRFI News 12/08/2020
Happy Tuesday! On this edition of WRFI Community Radio News, you'll hear a a selection of the WRFI and Durland Alternatives Library series “Alternatives in Action” which explore how we, as consumers, can be just a little more innovative in our day to day lives.
30:29
December 8, 2020
WRFI News: 12/07/20
Happy Monday! After the headline news, you’ll hear an episode of the podcast Audio Interference, which explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements. Today’s selection features part of the “Archiving Abolition” series, made in collaboration with Survived and Punished New York. Other episodes in the collaborative series can be heard in the coming weeks on Mondays, and at interferencearchive.org.
29:06
December 7, 2020
WRFI News: 12/04/20
Happy Friday! After tonight's headline news, listen to our live interview with Leslie Danks Burke. She was the democratic challenger to incumbent State Senator Tom O’Mara in the 58th district. O’Mara secured a win for the race, and you’ll hear from Danks Burke about her reflections on the campaign and thoughts on improving the district going forward.
28:05
December 4, 2020
WRFI 12/03/2020
The happiest of Thursdays to you all! After the headline news, you’ll hear a conversation with a Cornell scientist who speaks about his research Inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Then, you’ll hear a tale by local Author Bob Proehl from a Trampoline story slam competition.
30:37
December 3, 2020