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WRFI News brings you local-first news and voices by, and for, the people of Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Catch WRFI News live, Monday-Friday at 6:00. Want to become a volunteer news journalist?

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WRFI News Features and Interviews

Amnesty Int’l Collects Signatures for NY Bill to Limit Prison Solitary Confinement (Audio)

By Fred Balfour | May 24, 2019

Every month for the past 3 years, the local Amnesty International chapter has been collecting signatures in support of a state bill to limit solitary confinement in New York prisons. Yesterday afternoon, WRFI’s Fred Balfour interviewed two supporters and a member of the Tompkins County Legislature.  

David Lindorff Speech at Izzy Award 2019 [AUDIO

By WRFI News Staff | May 15, 2019

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…

Watkins Glen Citizens Concerned on Clute Park Development (Audio)

By Fred Balfour | May 14, 2019

Schuyler County and the village of Watkins Glen are proceeding on long-planned redevelopment of Clute Park at the foot of Seneca Lake. Some village residents are concerned about disturbing the natural beauty of 100-year-old park and why they were not aware of the planned changes. Fred Balfour interviews one Watkins Glen resident and a county…

Facebook group Mama’s Comfort Camp gives mothers a place to get support — and not advice [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | May 13, 2019

Yael Saar founded Mama’s Comfort Camp eight years ago to serve a need — to give mothers more support, and less advice. She was motivated to do this after suffering from postpartum depression. Now, it’s a Facebook group where moms in Ithaca and around the globe can be very honest about being mothers and get…

“The Long Trail Out” documentary preview [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | May 10, 2019

Ithaca College alumnus Shai Ben-Dor has spent over three years making his documentary film, “The Long Trail Out”. The film centers around 70-year-old Tim Buchanan, a longtime youth worker and mountaineer, who speaks about his life as a closeted gay man. WRFI News Contributor Michayla Savitt spoke with Shai about his inspiration for the film,…

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