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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.

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WRFI News Features and Interviews

The Puppeteer and The Musician [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 8, 2019

WRFI’s Michayla Savitt visited Lily Gershon and Matt Ocone to chat about the duo’s puppet act, and experience part of “Aunt Irene’s Variety show” at the home performance space of the Lilypad Puppet Theatre in Freeville, NY. The group holds shows around the Finger Lakes region, learn more lilypadpuppettheatre.org. Photo credit: Jacob Mroczek  

165 New Yorkers Testify on proposed New York Health Act. [Audio]

By Fred Balfour | November 6, 2019

At the national level, the first four Democratic primary debates discussed “Medicare for all” and how to pay for it. That topic lead all the others in total minutes. Meanwhile, New York state’s legislature held 3 open hearings across the state to discuss the proposed New York Health Act single payer health insurance. Totaling 28…

Tompkins County first early voting session comes to a close, produced by WRFI and the Ithaca Voice [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 5, 2019

In January, state lawmakers approved the New York State Early Voting Act, which gives New Yorkers extra time to cast their ballots.

Ithaca’s Global Climate Strike [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 1, 2019

September 20th, 2019 goes down in history — in protests across the globe, six million people showed their solidarity against the global climate crisis. The march was sparked by Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” walk-out protests, in her home country of Switzerland. Every day the headlines are sprinkled with news of climate change. On a…

Nermeen Shaikh: The Crisis of the Media Industrial Complex

By WRFI News Staff | November 1, 2019

Nermeen Shaikh is a sentinel of U.S. independent media. She’s a weekly co-host on the show “Democracy Now!” and the author of “The Present as History” published by Columbia University Press. Shaikh spoke at Ithaca College on October 3rd, 2019. Her talk was titled: The Crisis of the Media Industrial Complex. This is an edited…

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