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Photo of Chris Biehn, an Ithaca College Park Scholar student who is a mental health advocate and open about his struggles with bipolar disorder. Photo credit: Courtesy of Chris Biehn

The Loneliness Project, Ep. 1: Top student shares struggles with bipolar disorder, medical leave

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | November 9, 2018

Welcome to the premiere episode of The Loneliness Project, an audio production of WRFI and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. From mental health to social media, reporters throughout the Ithaca community are analyzing the issue of loneliness through multiple lenses. This piece is also part of a larger multimedia collaboration with The Ithaca Voice and The…

Photo credit: Jacob Mroczek. Photo description: Tiffany Chai, a Cornell PhD student and mental health columnist for the Ithaca Voice, shares her perspective at a media training about reporting on suicide responsibly that took place on Oct. 15 at the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca.

Letter from the Editors: Announcing ‘The Loneliness Project’

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | November 9, 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Loneliness Project: a multimedia collaboration between WRFI, The Ithaca Voice, The Cornell Daily Sun, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. In a series of long-form online articles, audio pieces, videos, and infographics, we will take a careful look at loneliness and its impact on mental…

Centennial Celebration of the End of WWI at Cornell’s Risley Hall [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 7, 2018

Grady Owens, an archeology student at Cornell University, is the organizer of the Centennial Celebration of the end of the First World War. The celebration is taking place in the Risley Great Hall on the Cornell campus on Saturday, November 10th, starting at 5 pm.  The event will include speeches from students and university officials,…

Photo: Courtesy of Facebook. Sam Quinones next to book, Dreamland.

Sam Quinones, journalist and author of ‘Dreamland,’ speaks with WRFI before Cornell talk on Nov. 7

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | November 2, 2018

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. On Nov 2. on “Your Morning,” he spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem about Dreamland, his reflections on the opioid crisis, and what he thinks the country still…

NY State Senator Tom O’Mara speaks with Lori Sonken before Nov. 6 election [AUDIO]

By Felix | October 30, 2018

NY State Senator Tom O’Mara (R) recently spoke with Lori Sonken about the economy, business, hydro-fracking, natural gas, Donald Trump, the deficit, toxic algal blooms, his law firm, conflicts of interest, and regulation, among other topics. He is running against Democratic candidate Amanda Kirchgessner for the 58th Senate District in New York on Nov. 6.…

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