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Juneteenth Preview 6_12_19 [AUDIO]

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Juneteenth is the nation’s oldest occasion celebrating the abolition of slavery, This Saturday, Ithaca’s Southside Community center invites the community to celebrate with them in a day of music, movies, and abolitionist teachings. WRFI’s Michayla Savitt spoke with Dr. Nia Nunn, Joe Lewis, and Kayla Matos about this year’s celebration surrounding Mama Scott, a born…

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David Lindorff Speech at Izzy Award 2019 [AUDIO

David Lindorff is an an investigative reporter. His career spans between mainstream and independent media. He has served as a contributor for Businessweek, The Nation, Extra!, and Salon.com, a columnist for CounterPunch, and is founding editor of ThisCantBeHappening.net Lindorff is a recipient 2019 Izzy Award for his investigation into the Pentagon’s accounting practices, which appeared…

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The Syncopators’ Thesis Defense [Audio]

The Original Cornell Syncopators take a deep dive into jazz history in their spring concert, entitled “Collegiate Syncopations.” Their performance May 3 pays tribute to the college bands of the jazz age. The Cornell Syncopators are a 13-piece student ensemble who recently recorded their third album of historically authentic jazz. Report by Roger Smith, the…

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Visiting Holocaust Survivor Lecture April 2019 [Audio]

In February 1944, five-year-old Steven Hess, his parents and twin sister were sent to Bergen Belsen concentration camp and were among very few Jewish families to stay alive. Hess, a New York resident, educator and Holocaust survivor, recently spoke to an audience of community members and Ithaca College students about his personal story of survival…

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Ithaca Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Sponsors Program [AUDIO]

Jennifer Herzog, member of the organization Ithaca Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, talks about the upcoming event, “Considering our Artifacts: Keeping Their Stories Alive”. At this event, Judith Cohen, Chief acquisitions curator at the US Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, will talk about her museum’s archives and about how artifacts are cared for and exhibited.…

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“Bogdan’s Journey” explores a man’s quest to heal a community.

Larry Loewinger, co-director of the documentary film, “Bogdan’s Journey”, talks about how the eponymous character tried to help the residents of his home city, Kielce, Poland, come to terms with the violent pogrom that occurred there over 70 years ago. Loewinger was invited to Ithaca to speak about the film by Cornell’s Jewish Studies Program.This…

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Time Machine – Recording Hot Jazz on Cylinder [AUDIO]

The Original Cornell Syncopators are a jazz band consisting of thirteen Cornell students plus one faculty member. They play in the earliest jazz styles with strict attention to the music’s history. In this feature, the group makes an acoustic recording using a Thomas A. Edison company cylinder device from the turn of the century. Feature…

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