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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,…

Two Ithacans Raise $12,500 to Forgive over $2 Million in Family Medical Debt (AUDIO)

By WRFI News Staff | November 5, 2018

During the summer of 2018, two Ithacans, members of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the New York Health Campaign, raised $12,500 to forgive and erase over $2 million in medical debt held by low-income families. They worked through RIP Medical Debt (Medical Debt Resolution, Inc.), a not for profit corporation that locates, buys, and forgives…

Photo: Courtesy of Facebook. Sam Quinones next to book, Dreamland.

Sam Quinones, journalist and author of ‘Dreamland,’ speaks with WRFI before Cornell talk on Nov. 7

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | November 2, 2018

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. On Nov 2. on “Your Morning,” he spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem about Dreamland, his reflections on the opioid crisis, and what he thinks the country still…

NY State Senator Tom O’Mara speaks with Lori Sonken before Nov. 6 election [AUDIO]

By Felix | October 30, 2018

NY State Senator Tom O’Mara (R) recently spoke with Lori Sonken about the economy, business, hydro-fracking, natural gas, Donald Trump, the deficit, toxic algal blooms, his law firm, conflicts of interest, and regulation, among other topics. He is running against Democratic candidate Amanda Kirchgessner for the 58th Senate District in New York on Nov. 6.…

Tracy Mitrano. Photo is courtesy of Mitrano's social media.

Tracy Mitrano, NY23 Democratic Congressional Candidate, speaks with Laura Rosbrow-Telem about her odds against Rep. Tom Reed [AUDIO]

By Felix | October 26, 2018

Tracy Mitrano, the Democratic Congressional Candidate for New York’s 23rd district, spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on Oct. 26 on ‘Your Morning.’ They talked about recent national polling of the race and her strategy against incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed, among other topics. The election is on Nov. 6. One quick note: We recorded this…

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