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Here are the latest announcements and opportunities to get involved in WRFI, follow along with us on this journey of serving Ithaca and Watkins Glen with community radio. We love hearing from you! Contact us anytime. 

Interview with Matt Kadane (New Year / Bedhead) [AUDIO]

By Domenic Gagliano

Matt Kadane stopped by the WRFI Community Radio studios to discuss his work in Bedhead, The New Year and other projects with selections played highlighting his long career in music. The New Year’s latest record “Snow” came out in 2017. (interview edited for rebroadcast, original airdate 11/11/18) Many thanks to Matt, and for all the…

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YOUR DONATION MATCHED WED & THURS, Special Free Pile, Live Music, SOA Watch

By Felix

There are only three days left in our once-a-year marathon fund drive. And there’s never been a better time to give: All donations to the station on Wednesday (11/14) and Thursday (11/5) will be matched by an anonymous donor! More than ever, local and independent media must be protected. Working together, we can continue to amplify…

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Photo credit: Jacob Mroczek. Photo description: Tiffany Chai, a Cornell PhD student and mental health columnist for the Ithaca Voice, shares her perspective at a media training about reporting on suicide responsibly that took place on Oct. 15 at the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca.

Letter from the Editors: Announcing ‘The Loneliness Project’

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Loneliness Project: a multimedia collaboration between WRFI, The Ithaca Voice, The Cornell Daily Sun, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. In a series of long-form online articles, audio pieces, videos, and infographics, we will take a careful look at loneliness and its impact on mental…

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The Loneliness Project, Ep. 2: How does social media impact young people’s mental health?

By WRFI News Staff | November 16, 2018

Welcome to the second episode of The Loneliness Project, an audio production of WRFI and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. From mental health to social media, reporters throughout the Ithaca community are analyzing the issue of loneliness through multiple lenses. This piece is also part of a larger multimedia collaboration with The Ithaca Voice and The Cornell Daily Sun. One of the first…

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Photo of Chris Biehn, an Ithaca College Park Scholar student who is a mental health advocate and open about his struggles with bipolar disorder. Photo credit: Courtesy of Chris Biehn

The Loneliness Project, Ep. 1: Top student shares struggles with bipolar disorder, medical leave

By WRFI News Staff | November 9, 2018

Welcome to the premiere episode of The Loneliness Project, an audio production of WRFI and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. From mental health to social media, reporters throughout the Ithaca community are analyzing the issue of loneliness through multiple lenses. This piece is also part of a larger multimedia collaboration with The Ithaca Voice and The…

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Photo credit: Jacob Mroczek. Photo description: Tiffany Chai, a Cornell PhD student and mental health columnist for the Ithaca Voice, shares her perspective at a media training about reporting on suicide responsibly that took place on Oct. 15 at the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca.

Letter from the Editors: Announcing ‘The Loneliness Project’

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | November 9, 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Loneliness Project: a multimedia collaboration between WRFI, The Ithaca Voice, The Cornell Daily Sun, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. In a series of long-form online articles, audio pieces, videos, and infographics, we will take a careful look at loneliness and its impact on mental…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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