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Facing Climate Change: Ithaca’s Extinction Rebellion [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | August 29, 2019

Art Weaver delves into his talk titled “Heading For Extinction (And What To Do About It)​” which is taking place Thursday at 7:30pm in the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library. The talk is part of Ithaca’s newly formed “Extinction Rebellion” movement, also known as “XR”. This interview first aired on August…

Stamping Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill at the Watershed [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | August 26, 2019

Though the release for a revised $20 featuring Harriet Tubman has been delayed, there are some who won’t wait until 2028. Harriet Tubman’s face is being stamped on the 20 at the Watershed by Ashley Cake, an owner of the bar located in Ithaca, New York. We speak with her about the delay, the stamp…

NY Public Service Commission Hosts Hearing in Ithaca about NYSEG Proposed Rate Hike

By Esther Racoosin | August 16, 2019

New York State Public Service Commission hosts a hearing in Ithaca on a proposed NYSEG utility rate hike. Administrative Judge James Costello presides over the hearing. NYSEG representatives talk about why their utility company thinks the rate hikes are necessary. Tompkins County residents speak out about the reasons why they oppose the rate hike. This…

The NASCAR Xfinity Cup at Watkins Glen Int’l won by 20-year-old Austin Cindric

By Fred Balfour | August 5, 2019

Over 38,000 grandstand ticket holders and 23,000 campers filled Watkins Glen International race track the weekend of Aug 3-5, 2019.  If you’re an auto racing fan, you already know that Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup was won for the 2ndyear by 21-year-old Chase Elliot, son of NASCAR champion Awesome Bill Elliott.  And that Saturday’s Xfinity Cup…

A Conversation with the Writers and Director of “Katrina: A New Musical”[AUDIO]

By Esther Racoosin | August 2, 2019

Writer Liz Bauman, Composer David Frumkin, and Producer and Director Priscilla Hummel talk about “Katrina: A New Musical”. They speak about what inspired them to write the musical, how it was staged and also what the audience can learn from the performance. This interview was initially aired on WRFI’s “Your Morning” and Evening news on…

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