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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 p.m.

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Joseph Margulies

From 9/11 to Where We Are Today: Interview with Joseph Margulies [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | September 11, 2019

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, affected the United States and the world in many lasting ways. Some of those impacts were clear immediately, while others unfolded gradually. WRFI’s Roger Smith spoke with Cornell law and government professor Joseph Margulies on September 11, 2019. Margulies argued some important cases on the legal rights of…

Voices from 2019 Labor Day Picnic sponsored by Tompkins County (NY) Workers Center

By Fred Balfour | September 10, 2019

On today’s Inquiring Socialist program, we’re reporting from the Labor Day Picnic on Sept. 2, 2019 at Stewart Park in Ithaca New York on the shores of Lake Cayuga. The picnic continues a 35-year tradition by the Tompkins County Worker’s Center inviting any and all to celebrate our labor tradition. The picnic’s theme was “Solidarity”.…

Truthsayers News gives WRFI the lowdown on a morning shooting incident in Downtown Ithaca [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | September 4, 2019

Reports circled online throughout Wednesday of a shooting that occurred that morning outside of the Green Street Parking Garage. Many local news outlets provided updates on the incident, among them was Independent reporter Josh Brokaw of TruthSayers. Brokaw sat down for a conversation with WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt Wednesday afternoon, and brings you this…

Facing Climate Change: Ithaca’s Extinction Rebellion [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | August 29, 2019

Art Weaver delves into his talk titled “Heading For Extinction (And What To Do About It)​” which is taking place Thursday at 7:30pm in the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library. The talk is part of Ithaca’s newly formed “Extinction Rebellion” movement, also known as “XR”. This interview first aired on August…

Stamping Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill at the Watershed [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | August 26, 2019

Though the release for a revised $20 featuring Harriet Tubman has been delayed, there are some who won’t wait until 2028. Harriet Tubman’s face is being stamped on the 20 at the Watershed by Ashley Cake, an owner of the bar located in Ithaca, New York. We speak with her about the delay, the stamp…


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