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WRFI News Features and Interviews

Interview with Matt Kadane (New Year / Bedhead) [AUDIO]

By Domenic Gagliano | November 19, 2018

Matt Kadane stopped by the WRFI Community Radio studios to discuss his work in Bedhead, The New Year and other projects with selections played highlighting his long career in music. The New Year’s latest record “Snow” came out in 2017. (interview edited for rebroadcast, original airdate 11/11/18) Many thanks to Matt, and for all the…

Photo credit: rawpixel / Pixabay

The Loneliness Project, Ep. 2: How does social media impact young people’s mental health?

By WRFI News Staff | November 16, 2018

Welcome to the second 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 Cornell Daily Sun. One of the first…

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 WRFI News Staff | 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,…

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