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News, Events, and Updates

New Fall/Winter Schedule

By katrina

The Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 programming schedule is now up, starting Monday, September 9th.  Visit our Schedule page for the full week view, or browse the daily list view on the right.  Thanks go to our Program Directors Nick & Jim, and all of our returning and new on-air volunteers.  Cheers to a great…

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Interview With the Veverka Brothers about Passfire – a film about fireworks around the world

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Call for Fall 2013 Local Programs

By katrina

It is WRFI Schedule time!  Community members interested in having a program on WRFI must submit their Slot Preference and Working Group/Committee Selection forms by Sunday, August 25th at 5pm.  This applies to new local programs and hosts who have not yet been trained, as well as seasoned hosts and currently-scheduled local programs.  If you…

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Daily Features & Interviews From Our Community

Amanda Kirchgessner Discusses her 58th District Campaign and Food Insecurity [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | August 15, 2018

WRFI contributor Fred Balfour spoke with Amanda Kirchgessner, a candidate for New York state’s 58th Senate District. They met at the Enfield food pantry, where Amanda is a volunteer, and talked about her campaign as well as food insecurity in the region. This conversation originally aired on WRFI News at 6 on August 15. It…

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Mark H. Anbinder, editor of, talks with WRFI about how he’s breaking local news [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | August 14, 2018

Mark H. Anbinder from was the first to report on the most recent vandalism of a Black Lives Matter sign at the home of Ithaca Alderperson Ducson Nguyen. Anbinder wrote at the end of last week that Nguyen’s home surveillance camera captured a video image of the suspect: Anbinder included a still photo of…

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Behind the scenes of the Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP) at Southside Community Center [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | August 6, 2018

We take a look at what goes on at Southside Community Center every summer. WRFI’s Jimmy Jordan recently visited their Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP), a unique program where kids learn about music and discussing social justice as well as racism. Jordan spoke with Southside’s Dr. Nia Nunn and Dr. Baruch Whitehead and captured…

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What is the future of Ithaca’s Rescue Mission, the main homeless shelter in the city?

By WRFI News Staff | August 1, 2018

The Ithaca Rescue Mission has served Ithaca’s homeless community for years. Many community members are concerned about the future: There has been tension between the Rescue Mission and Tompkins County, the announcement of their possible closure, and a public proposal process to take over the Ithaca homeless shelter. What exactly is going to happen to…

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Don Rakow of Citizens Climate Lobby talks about Carbon Fee and Dividend System [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 31, 2018

Don Rakow, Associate Professor in Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Sciences, is a member of the local chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, also known as the CCL.  He describes his organization’s proposal to Congress that they enact legislation that would establish a a carbon fee-and-dividend system.  CCL believes that such a system would…

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Cornell’s Frank Edwards Discusses His Study About Risk of Police-Related Death [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 25, 2018

WRFI’s Jackie Marusiak spoke with Frank Edwards, a postdoctoral associate at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University. There he’s the leader of a study on the risk of police-involved death, based on race and location in the United States. Here’s what he had to say about the findings and implications of the…

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