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Discussing race and psychology – January 13th, 2013

By WRFI News Staff | January 13, 2015

Aryeal Jackson talks with Nia Nunn Makepeace, Professor of Education at Ithaca College, about the intersection of race and psychology as it plays out in the lives of African-American youth.   This conversation originally aired on January 13th, 2015 the WRFI Community Radio News.

Connecting Tompkins County to the Erie Canal – January 12th, 2015

By WRFI News Staff | January 12, 2015

Samuel Whitehead talks with Donna Eschenbrenner, the Director of Archives and Research Services at the History Center, about the History Center’s exhibit Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County.   This interview originally aired on the January 12th, 2015 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

The Struggle for Single-Payer Health Care in Vermont and New York – January 9th, 2015

By WRFI News Staff | January 9, 2015

A report on the struggle for health care as a human right in Vermont, the decision of Governor Shumlin to abandon his effort to find financing for the plan, and a comparison of Vermont’s path to single-payer health care and that in New York. Guests include: James Haslam, Executive Director of the Vermont Workers Center;…

Evaluating Mayor Myrick’s first three years – January 8th, 2014

By WRFI News Staff | January 8, 2015

Aryeal Jackson and Samuel Whitehead speak with the Ithaca Voice‘s Jeff Stein about Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick’s first three years in office.   This interview originally aired on the January 8th, 2015 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

The political odd couple – January 7th, 2015.

By WRFI News Staff | January 7, 2015

Lori Sonken talks with Stephen Hess, Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Brookings Institution, about his book The Professor and the President, which tells the story of the relationship between President Richard Nixon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.   This interview originally aired on the January 7th, 2015 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.


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