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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.

Want to become a volunteer news journalist? Got a question or news tip? Email News Director Michayla Savitt.

WRFI News Features and Interviews

Cornell Professor Lawrence Glickman talks about his new book, Free Enterprise: An American History

By Esther Racoosin | September 24, 2019

To learn more about how politicians use language to influence their voting base and potential voters, I spoke with Cornell Professor Lawrence B. Glickman. He is the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History at Cornell. Glickman is the author of the new book, Free Enterprise: An American History,…

Andy Adelewitz and Lesley Greene, talk about Porchfest 2019

By Esther Racoosin | September 17, 2019

Lesley Greene and Andy Adelewitz, co-organizers of Porchfest, talk about the music festival that originated 12 years ago in Ithaca. Porchfest is a music festival taking place in the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods of Ithaca, on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Photos: courtesy of Porchfest  

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…


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