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WRFI Community Radio News

By WRFI Community Radio News
WRFI Community Radio News brings you local-first news and voices by, and for, the people of Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Listen to new episodes each weekday, and listen LIVE weekdays at 6 p.m. on wrfi.org or at 88.1FM in Ithaca or 91.9FM in Watkins Glen.
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WRFI News: 10/22/20

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WRFI News: 11/23/20
Happy Monday! After tonight's headline news, WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt speaks with Tompkins County Legislator Anna Kelles, newly elected Assemblywoman for New York’s 125th District.
28:22
November 24, 2020
WRFI News: 11/20/20
Happy Friday! After tonight's headline news, we’ll bring you a piece about Area Congregations Together, a multi faith not for profit, that does an annual Thanksgiving Service. WRFI News Contributor Esther Racoosin will bring us last year’s service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ithaca.
31:05
November 20, 2020
WRFI News: 11/19/20
Happy Thursday! After tonight's headline news, you’ll hear our report of Ithaca’s 2019 Streets Alive event, and after that, a tale from one of Trampoline’s storytelling competitions.
30:12
November 20, 2020
WRFI News: 11/18/20
Happy Wednedsday! On this edition of the WRFI Community Radio News, you’ll hear a report about a new, virtual cabaret being performed this weekend by members of a local theatre company. “A Virtual Cabaret – Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future” a production by Walking on Water, opens this weekend. WRFI news contributor Fred Balfour interviews founder and producing artistic director Priscilla Hummel on musical theater in general and on their upcoming production.
31:20
November 18, 2020
WRFI News: 11/17/20
Happy Tuesday! On this edition of the news,  WRFI Contributor Esther Racoosin talks with Jen Tennant, the artistic director of the Spring Writes festival, and Robin Schwartz of the Community Arts Partnership in Tompkins County, to learn more about the new virtual version of the festival.  
28:54
November 17, 2020
WRFI News: 11/16/20
Fred Balfour reports on the downsizing of faculty and staff at Ithaca College, plus local headlines, election news, and more.
27:35
November 16, 2020
WRFI News: 11/13/20
Happy Friday! After this episode's headline news, you’ll hear a recap of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 trial, and after that, an interview with Cornell Scientist Dr. Katie Fiorella about Algal Blooms.
30:51
November 14, 2020
WRFI News 11/12/20
Happy Thursday! On this edition of the news, you’ll hear a replay of Michayla Savitt’s interview with Jack Goldman, founder of The Bookery independent bookstore, which closed in November of last year after a long and storied tenure in the Dewitt Mall.
30:15
November 14, 2020
WRFI News: 11/11/20
Happy Veterans’ Day! After tonight’s headline news, you will hear a conversation with Dr. Ingrid Zabel about a new virtual and live exhibit at the Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research, called, Changing Climate, Our Future, Our Choices. It helps viewers learn about the causes of and possible solutions to the problem of climate change.
30:14
November 11, 2020
WRFI News: 11/10/20
Happy Tuesday! After tonight's headline news, listen to our interview with the playwright and a director of the Cherry Arts’ upcoming show, A Day, which opens this Friday. Producer Fred Balfour will give us a look at the local Ithaca theater’s show, which will be performed by four actors recording live video on greenscreens, edited in real-time for the audience’s viewing.
29:54
November 10, 2020
WRFI News: 11/09/20
Happy Monday! After tonight's headline news for Tompkins and Schuyler counties, listen to our live interview with Anna Lamb, the Ithaca Voice’s Senior Writer and Leader of the Newsroom. We talked with Anna about The Ithaca Voice’s coverage of local elections last week and over the past few months. We also heard about her plans for coverage of COVID-19 as we head into colder months; and finally, we took a behind the scenes look at the Ithaca Voice’s newsroom.
26:15
November 10, 2020
WRFI News: 11/06/20
After the headlines from Friday, November 6, listen to our story on The Social Justice Intensive, or S J I , which is an after school program hosted at the Youth Farm Project in Ithaca, New York. The program is about making social justice education a collaborative experience between the program’s leaders, and the youths in it. We bring you their myriad voices to share this learning experience with you as they are cultivating crops at the Youth Farm Project. 
31:32
November 6, 2020
WRFI News: 11/05/20
Happy Thursday! This edition of WRFI News was hosted by Ed von Aderkas and Fred Balfour. On today's feature, WRFI News Contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with Cornell Professor David Bateman, a scholar who studies the history of the development of political and voting rights in America. They discuss about different subjects pertaining to the history of the expansion of the electorate and how and why attempts at disenfranchisement continue today.
27:52
November 5, 2020
WRFI News: 11/04/20
Fill-in host Felix Teitelbaum interviews Democratic NY State Senate Candidate Leslie Danks Burke. At airtime, the outcome of her race against incumbent Tom O'Mara was still unknown. Contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with a local poll manager plus local headlines on this day after election day. Tessie Devlin cohosts.
29:08
November 5, 2020
SPECIAL BROADCAST: 2020 Elections
For WRFI Community Radio News' special pre-election broadcast, we bring you tonight's headlines, another voter vignette, and interviews with Mike Sigler, the Chairman of the Tompkins County Republican Party, and Stacey Dimas, second vice president of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee.
29:47
November 4, 2020
WRFI News: 11/02/20
Happy Monday! On this edition of the news, WRFI News contributor Fred Balfour interviews three people across the country about their experiences voting, and we listen to a bonus episode of Which Way Forward, our upcoming documentary about Police Reform, where our volunteers ask local candidates about their takes on police reform. 
30:45
November 2, 2020
WRFI News: 10/30/20
Happy (almost) Halloween! On today's show, WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt and WRFI Contributor Anna Lamb talk about the health department's tips on how to have a safe and spooky holiday this year. Then Anna brings you story about the case of Edward Rulloff, an Ithaca murderer in the 1800s. To round out our show, WRFI Contributor Fred Balfour chats with his fourth grade grandson about Halloween in a pandemic. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
32:08
October 30, 2020
WRFI News: 10/29/20
Thursday arts beat time! WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour reports on how Channel 13, one of the public TV channels in Tompkins County, has been off the air for over a month now. Then, you'll hear a tale from Trampoline, Ithaca’s premiere storytelling competition, now online due to COVID-19. This event's winning storyteller was Marissa Slocum, who tells her story "live" from the Zoom video conferencing “stage”.  Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
28:13
October 29, 2020
WRFI News: 10/28/20
WRFI Contributors & Ithaca College Park Scholars Skylar Eagle, Maia Noah, and Hailey Aldrich bring you a report that delves into some local candidates’ stances on police reform. Editorial supervision and sound design was by WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt. This is a bonus piece that’s part of our Fall collaborative radio project Which Way Forward: Reforming Public Safety. We have been cooking up this audio documentary with a team of over 15 reporters from WRFI, the Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College park Scholars. Stay tuned: the full documentary will air in December! Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
33:19
October 28, 2020
WRFI News: 10/27/20
The Civic Ensemble, which calls itself Ithaca's civic-minded theater company, had a change in leadership at the end of the summer. WRFI Community News contributor Pamela Tan spoke with the Civic's new Executive Director and members of the newly created Artistic Ensemble in August, when this piece first aired.  Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
30:40
October 27, 2020
WRFI News: 10/26/20
WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt is joined live by WRFI General Manager Felix Teitelbaum, and WRFI’s first-ever Assistant General Manager, Peter Champelli to hear about the "State of the Station". We delve into the latest station improvements, none of which couldn't have happened without all the volunteers and staff that make up the WRFI Community. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
29:29
October 26, 2020
WRFI News: 10/23/20
A protest held last night outside Ithaca Police Department resulted in half a dozen arrests. Ithaca Voice reporter Matt butler was on the scene, and gives a rundown of how the nights’ events unfolded, and WRFI news Director Michayla Savitt speaks with community organizer Genevieve Rand, one of the people arrested outside of IPD. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
32:57
October 23, 2020
WRFI News: 10/22/20
WRFI News Intern Tessie Devlin brings you the story about how one college student is managing a pain disorder during COVID-19 and an unusual school year. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.* Note: a previous version of this podcast mistakenly did not include the headlines for 10/22. It has since been updated to include the full show.
31:40
October 23, 2020
WRFI News: 10/21/20
WRFI contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with Yael Saar and Margaret Royall, organizers of Parents2Polls Tompkins, a non-partisan get out the vote initiative that aims to make it easier for busy families to make a plan to get to early voting sites. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
28:15
October 21, 2020
WRFI News: 10/20/20
WRFI News Contributor Pamela Tan brings you a report about a socially distanced book launch held over the summer at the Aurora drive-in theater, where local author Melanie Conroy-Goldman premiered her new novel, The Likely World. Pamela attended the event with her family, and produced this feature which first aired on our program on August 12, 2020. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
30:12
October 20, 2020
SPECIAL BROADCAST! COVID-19 Town Hall: Public Health in the Pandemic
WRFI Community Radio hosted* a discussion and call-in show about public health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic. WRFI's 11th COVID-19 Town Hall featured YOUR QUESTIONS, Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director at the Tompkins County Health Department, and Gen Meredith, Associate Director of the Cornell University Masters of Public Health program. WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt hosted the program remotely, and produced the show with help from the News Team. *note, due to technical difficulties we had to start our program late, stay tuned for more town halls about public health in the near future!
44:26
October 20, 2020
WRFI News: 10/16/20
During the headlines, WRFI Contributor and Ithaca Voice reporter Anna Lamb calls in with an update on a pro-Trump rally taking place Friday afternoon in Ithaca that shut down a portion of South Meadow street. Later on in the program, WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour brings you his healthcare report comparing the costs of the same medical visit in Stonybrook, New York vs. Paris, France. Then, we send you off with a recorded tale from one of Ithaca’s Trampoline story competitions, themed “Seven Deadly Sins” during their “Year in Hell” season. WRFI’s very own Peter Bakija tells the story about how when he was an almost-teen in the 80s, he plotted to murder another 12 year old. Spoiler alert: he didn’t kill anyone.
31:36
October 16, 2020
WRFI News: 10/15/20
WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt is joined via telephone by Ithaca Voice contributing writer Brian Crandall, who reports on development projects happening in and around Tompkins County. Brian delves into the latest news about the Ithaca Green Street Garage redevelopment, and he confirms the news of a long-awaited Trader Joe’s coming to Ithaca. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
27:49
October 16, 2020
WRFI News: 10/14/20
Today on our program, we spotlight WRFI’s all-things science show, Locally Sourced Science. LSS Contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with Dr. Taryn Bauerle, an Associate Professor at Cornell in their school of integrative plant science. Dr. Bauerle studies plant responses to water deficits, and offers her take on how the region’s recent moderate drought is affecting trees and other plants. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
30:30
October 14, 2020
WRFI News: 10/13/20
Today on our show, we spotlight another local podcast! This episode of the Cornell ILR school podcast, WORK! Exploring the future of work, labor and employment features a conversation with Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO. She and host Alex Colvin (Cornell ILR Dean) discuss the shifts that have occurred in unions. Hear more of the podcast at work.ilr.edu.  And as always, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
30:26
October 13, 2020
WRFI News: 10/12/20
Today on our program, we dig into the WRFI archives with an episode of “Ear to Earth” a special WRFI News series produced in collaboration with the Park Scholars Program at Ithaca College. First aired in May 2019, this four-part series tackles how climate change is impacting Tompkins County. This episode features two interviews about environmental racism. WRFI Contributor Skylar Eagle speaks with Ithaca College Professor Pranietha Mudliar how resource policies affect communities of color. Then, WRFI Contributor John Turner delves into climate issues facing the Cayuga Nation with guest Margaret Ann Bowers, also known as Poco.  Plus, the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
30:56
October 12, 2020
WRFI News: 10/9/20
In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness week, WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt delves into her mom's experience getting proper care for bipolar 1 disorder after being misdiagnosed for almost her entire life, and managing a mental illness every day and, especially in a pandemic. Plus, we bring you the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
31:19
October 9, 2020
WRFI News: 10/8/20
WRFI News Contributor Jon Donville recounts an unexpected obstacle that came between him and his girlfriend amid the COVID-19 shutdown: the United States and Canada border. Plus, the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
29:21
October 8, 2020
WRFI News: 10/7/20
WRFI News Contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with Robin Schwartz, program and grant director for the Community Arts Partnership in Tompkins County. They discuss the virtual and in-person events on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail happening October 10-11 and 17-18. Plus, the latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
28:09
October 7, 2020
WRFI News: 10/6/20
The latest headline news in and around Tompkins and Schuyler Counties. Plus, Ithaca Voice reporters Anna Lamb and Matt Butler join WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt live via telephone to discuss a local rally held on October 3 in support of President Trump. Anna and Matt also discuss the defacement of a downtown Black Lives Matter mural in the early hours of October 4.
27:53
October 6, 2020