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WRFI’s The Scene Interviews Artist Al-An deSouza on Transcending Boundaries

By Chantal Thomas

This week’s episode of The Scene features an interview with artist and photography professor Al-An deSouza. The Scene’s Chantal Thomas speaks with Professor deSouza about their exhibition, Elegies of Futures Past, at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art, and its meditations on family memory, colonial empire and diasporic identity.  (original air date: November 4, 2022) The Scene airs every…

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Creatives on WRFI: House of Ithaqua Presents Pontypool

By Eve Chaneles

Stevie Eve Chaneles and Bea Bornstein speak with Pontypool director Jeff Hodges and actors Mike Chen and Ivony Whiteley. HOI is proud to present Pontypool (running November 18-December 3, 2022) by Tony Burgess as an audio horror drama directed by HOI co-founder Jeff Hodges. The show centers on disgraced radio DJ Grant Mazzy, who finds himself…

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Fred Balfour Interviews Josh Riley, Democratic Candidate for the 19 US Congressional District – October 25, 2022 [AUDIO]

By Felix Teitelbaum

Democrat Josh Riley and Republican Marc Molinaro are locked in a tight race in New York’s new 19th US Congressional district. FiveThirtyEight calls the race a “dead heat.” Listen to WRFI’s interview with Josh Riley from Tuesday, October 25 with host Fred Balfour. You can also listen to our interview with him from back in…

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Headlines for December 8, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | December 8, 2022

Ithaca Public Employees Continue Pressure on City Hall According to the Ithaca Times at a meeting of the City Administration Committee, Ithaca public sector union leaders condemned what they called an “unproductive” and “disrespectful” relationship with City Hall. While they praised the decision to remove City Attorney Ari Levine from contract negotiations, they seemed to…

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Headlines for December 7, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | December 7, 2022

Police Chief’s Nomination Recinded After nominating Acting Police Chief John Joly for the Police chief last week, yesterday, Mayor-elect Laura Lewis rescinded the nomination. She said the decision was a difficult one but that her choice had little support among her colleagues on Common Council. Council’s support is needed to appoint a new chief. Joly…

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Headlines for December 6, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | December 6, 2022

Cornell University has received national recognition for being one of the most engaged campuses when it comes to college student voting. According to the Cornell Chronicle, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge recognizes higher education facilities for their efforts to increase student voter participation. Cornell joins 394 other colleges and universities recognized by the challenge.…

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Headlines for December 5, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | December 5, 2022

The State Comptroller’s Office is seeking to return $20 million of unclaimed money to people in Tompkins County. According to the Ithaca Voice, the funds consist of remaining cash from old bank accounts, misplaced paychecks, and unused insurance claims. Statewide, the owed money has racked up to $17.5 billion. Just last year, the state returned…

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Headlines for Friday December 2nd, 2022

By George Christopher | December 2, 2022

Ithaca City Attorney Ari Lavine is stepping away from the city’s negotiation team. According to the Ithaca Voice, Lavine announced his intention to withdraw from the negotiation team in a letter to the city administration committee. Lavine had been at the center of controversy after a November meeting where workers and labor leaders accused Lavine…

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Headlines for Tuesday, November 29, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | November 29, 2022

According to the Ithaca Times, Cayuga Medical Center is the latest Tompkins County organization to offer free Narcan, or naloxone, to patients on site. The change was prompted as part of the county’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, designed to prevent fatal overdoses from drug use. The program also helps to remove common obstacles that have…

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