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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

Watkins Glen International sees Joe Logano capture NASCAR’s XFINITY series [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | September 21, 2018

Dateline: August 4, 2018. NASCAR roared into Watkins Glen International on August 4th-5th. WRFI’s Fred Balfour reports from the pits of the XFINITY series 20th race of the 2018 race schedule. Strategy & pit crew skills were critical as the race started and ended in bright hot sunshine but a heavy rainstorm swept down off…

Cornell Professor Matt Evangelista talks about “Paths to Peace” [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | September 12, 2018

Matt Evangelista, Professor of Government at Cornell University, talks about “Paths to Peace”. The series of events taking place in September honors the legacy of peace activist and scholar Randall “Randy” Forsberg, who died in 2007. Some of the events on the Cornell campus are lectures, films and art exhibits examining the issues of nuclear…

Tompkins County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2018, produced by WRFI and the Ithaca Voice [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | September 12, 2018

The three candidates for Tompkins County sheriff in 2018, retired Undersheriff Derek Osborne, independent journalist Josh Brokaw, and Sheriff Ken Lansing, participated in a forum on WRFI Community Radio and streamed live on Facebook by the Ithaca Voice. Osborne and Lansing are competing against each other in the Democratic primary. That primary’s election is on Thursday, Sep.…

Featured image description: Cynthia Nixon speaking in Ithaca at Argos Inn on Jun. 3. Photo credit: Nick Reynolds

Cynthia Nixon speaks to WRFI before Ithaca visit on Sep. 1 [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | August 31, 2018

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on the phone about how Nixon plans to court voters in Upstate, including folks beyond Bernie supporters. She also shared some hints about her major environmental announcement in Ithaca, among other topics — including marijuana. Cynthia Nixon will visit Ithaca on Saturday and address a crowd…

Michael Lausell discusses his campaign for NY’s 58th senate district primary on Sept. 13. [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | August 29, 2018

Michael Lausell, candidate for NY’s 58 senate district, spoke with WRFI’s Fred Balfour about his campaign for the Sept. 13th primary. Sitting at Michael’s stand at the weekly Montour Falls Farmer’s Market, he described his background and work in central New York. He describes his priority issues including health care, reducing property taxes, living wage…

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