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The New Jim Crow (NJC) Community Read on WRFI

By Felix

Mass incarceration is one of the country’s most urgent and devastating social crises. In 2016, the Multicultural Resource Center brought together over 30 community organizations across Tompkins County to  build local resistance to this epidemic. Between September 2016 and May 2017, over 700 community members joined a Community Read of Michelle Alexander’s book, The New…

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LISTEN: New Jim Crow, Chapter 2: Roundup, Locked Up with Edwin Santiago and Svante Myrick

By Felix

Chapter 2: Roundup, Locked Up: What’s the Point of Knowing Your Rights with Edwin Santiago and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick This program originally aired September 23, 2017. Produced by Marietta Synodis for WRFI Community Radio. Print by Nicolas Lampert, Just Seeds

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Tracy Mitrano Explains Why She’s Running for Congress [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 31, 2018

Tracy Mitrano discusses her background and why she wants to represent the 23rd Congressional District in Washington.  This interview with WRFI’s Lori Sonken aired on January 22, 2018.

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Brigid Hubberman, Director of Children’s Reading Connections, Discusses the New Community Read, “30 Million Words”

By WRFI News Staff | January 29, 2018

Literacy advocate Brigid Hubberman talks about the new “community read”, 30 Million Words, by Dr. Dana Suskind.  She discusses the concept behind the book, which describes the child development research showing the importance of using varied and rich words when talking to newborn babies, continuing into early childhood. For more information, go to (photo:…

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Cornell University Climate Scientist Louis Derry Talks about his Research on Critical Zone Science

By WRFI News Staff | January 19, 2018

Professor Louis Derry of Cornell University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences talks about how he decided to apply for French President Macron’s new “Make Our Planet Great Again” research grant program.  He also describes his field of research, which is called critical zone science. This interview was produced by Esther Racoosin and aired on…

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IC President Shirley Collado's Inauguration at Ithaca College on November 4, 2017. Photo by Sheryl D. Sinkow / Courtesy of Ithaca College

Aidan Quigley discusses reporting on allegations against IC President Shirley Collado for sexual abuse [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 19, 2018

Aidan Quigley, Editor-in-Chief of The Ithacan, talks to WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on ‘Your Morning’ about his ethical considerations in breaking the big story of the week. On Tuesday, he published a piece about sexual abuse charges made against Ithaca College President Shirley Collado. These charges came from a psych patient 17 years ago when Collado…

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Working Through A Tough 2017: Immigrant Services in the Local Community [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 18, 2018

Sue Chaffee, program director of the Immigrant Services program discusses the range of circumstances local immigrants find themselves in. She discusses specific services the program provides and speaks about unique difficulties in the year 2017.

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Fabina Colon, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center in Ithaca

By WRFI News Staff | January 15, 2018

Fabina Colon, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) in Ithaca, talks about her organization, and its plans for 2018. This interview, produced by Esther Racoosin of WRFI Community Radio News, originally aired on Monday, January 15, 2018.  Photo of members of Youth Organizing Fellowship (source:  

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