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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 Radio 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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Congressman Tom Reed Introduces Energy Tax Credit bill – Jan. 2020

By Fred Balfour | January 18, 2020
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Daughter/Father Duo Caitlin and Al Mathes discuss new mixed media cabaret at The Cherry [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 16, 2020

Daughter and father duo Caitlin and Al Mathes are the artists behind “Apple: Tree” the new mixed media “rolling cabaret” taking place January 18th-19th and the 23rd-25th at The Cherry Artspace. The pair joined WRFI’s Michayla Savitt live in-studio, on Your Morning ahead of the premiere.

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The Ripple Effect Radio Project Part 1: Harmful Algal Blooms [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 15, 2020

Every day, stories about the environment are in the local, regional, and national headlines. Climate change, climate emergency, climate crisis — no matter how you slice it, our planet is warming up, a change which, according to the NOAA, is driven primarily by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Our new…

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Ithaca’s Chanticleer Rooster Removed for Restoration AUDIO

By Felix | January 14, 2020

The iconic Chanticleer rooster normally perched above the corner of Cayuga and Martin Luther King Streets and Ithaca was taken down yesterday for restoration and other work to the local bar’s roof. The Chanticleer’s Jeff Mazer says the work was overdue, “No one’s touched that that rooster since has been put up probably. And that…

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Dryden student with autism leaves district after incident with police, administration [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 6, 2020

This is the story of Jaclyn, the mother of a high school boy with Autism. After the last school year, her son decided to leave the Dryden School District when he and his mother were upset that the school administration would not listen to their concerns, and inadvertently caused an incident between White Fang and…

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Local students call for an Ithaca Tenants’ Union

By WRFI News Staff | January 3, 2020

For students and families dealing with the rising costs of universities, housing is perhaps now, more than ever, a critical consideration. At Ithaca’s colleges, many students have struggled with finding housing that meets their needs, whether thanks to hands of predatory landlords, run-down buildings, or other concerns. Fall 2019 WRFI News intern Amelia Zohore has…

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