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A Conversation with a Death Doula / Death Midwife [AUDIO]

We speak with Angela Mennitto. She is a death doula / death midwife, educator, and community organizer. Our conversation explores the role of the death doula in the dying process, the philosophies of the practice, how this in effect challenges societal concepts and approaches to death, and the general history of death midwifery. Angela Mennitto’s…

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The Paleontological Research Institution Celebrates Darwin Days

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, New York celebrates its 14th annual Darwin Days from February 9th to February 16th, 2019. Jim Harper, Manager of marketing and communications at PRI talks about the Darwin Days events happening at locations around Ithaca. He also provides a sneak preview of the new exhibit at PRI’s Museum…

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What's Happening with the Asbestos at the Old Library? [AUDIO]

Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, explains how the city’s condemnation of the old library in Ithaca is allowing the building to be razed before the asbestos is removed. Hang contends the demolition is likely a threat to public health. This interview with WRFI’s Lori Sonken aired on December 12, 2018. https://www.mixcloud.com/wrficommunityradionews/the-city-of-ithaca-condemned-the-old-library-what-does-this-mean-for-asbestos-clean-up/

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Does it Matter Where We Buy Books? [AUDIO]

In this episode librarian Ryan Clover spoke with Lisa Swayze, the general manager of Buffalo Street Books about the impacts of shopping local vs shopping online. Over the past couple years the library budget has been tighter than usual, despite the increase in demands on the library’s services. To better serve the community we’re inviting…

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Interview with Matt Kadane (New Year / Bedhead) [AUDIO]

Matt Kadane stopped by the WRFI Community Radio studios to discuss his work in Bedhead, The New Year and other projects with selections played highlighting his long career in music. The New Year’s latest record “Snow” came out in 2017. (interview edited for rebroadcast, original airdate 11/11/18) Many thanks to Matt, and for all the…

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Economic Development – When People Matter – A 30-Year Project Restoring a City for Its Citizens (audio)

Forty years ago, Burlington Vermont was a tired and rundown old industrial city with vacant storefronts, a high unemployment rate and a rapidly shrinking industrial base. Today, Burlington’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in 372 metropolitan areas.  Its foreclosure rate hovers around zero.  It has a thriving arts and cultural program with over 100 annual…

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Getting to Know Amanda Kirchgessner [Audio]

Amanda Kirchgessner is running against Tom O’Mara (R-NY) to represent New York’s 58th district in the New York State Senate. She discussed her issues, concerns and background with WRFI’s Lori Sonken. This interview aired on September 18, 2018.

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