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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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WRFI’s 2018 Fundraiser Marathon – SPECIAL PROGRAMMING!

By Domenic Gagliano

Also, show your pledge and vote for WRFI Community Radio! Please support our station and help us continue to grow. We have new premiums and daily prizes each day of the marathon running now through November 15. Here is a rundown of some of the special programming happening during the marathon. Tune in, show your…

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2019 Marathon Swag

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The 2019 "Ripple Effect" logo pays tribute to our beloved Finger Lakes. Water is life and unites us all. Celebrate community radio and our precious lakes with a sweet new tee shirt, tote bag, or camp mug. Make your one-time or recurring donation and let us say thanks by sending you a gift!

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165 New Yorkers Testify on proposed New York Health Act. [Audio]

By Fred Balfour | November 6, 2019

At the national level, the first four Democratic primary debates discussed “Medicare for all” and how to pay for it. That topic lead all the others in total minutes. Meanwhile, New York state’s legislature held 3 open hearings across the state to discuss the proposed New York Health Act single payer health insurance. Totaling 28…

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Tompkins County first early voting session comes to a close, produced by WRFI and the Ithaca Voice [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 5, 2019

In January, state lawmakers approved the New York State Early Voting Act, which gives New Yorkers extra time to cast their ballots.

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Nermeen Shaikh: The Crisis of the Media Industrial Complex

By WRFI News Staff | November 1, 2019

Nermeen Shaikh is a sentinel of U.S. independent media. She’s a weekly co-host on the show “Democracy Now!” and the author of “The Present as History” published by Columbia University Press. Shaikh spoke at Ithaca College on October 3rd, 2019. Her talk was titled: The Crisis of the Media Industrial Complex. This is an edited…

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Plowshares 7 anti-nuclear activists’ trial comes to a close [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 25, 2019

After just four days of proceedings, all of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 were found guilty on all charges. Ithaca residents Chuck Geisler and Garry Thomas attended the federal trial of anti-nuclear activists, and provided reports to WRFI and The Ithaca Voice throughout the week. WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt and Garry have the final…

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Recap: day 3 of Plowshares 7 anti-nuclear activists’ trial [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 25, 2019

After two hours of deliberation, the jury found all of Kings Bay Plowshares 7 guilty on all counts, conspiracy, destruction of government property, depredation of Naval Base property, and trespass, according to a report from Garry Thomas, who’s been reporting on the trial for WRFI. WRFI News director Michayla Savitt spoke with Chuck Geisler about…

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Recap: day 2 of Plowshares 7 anti-nuclear activists’ trial [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 24, 2019

Trial proceedings continue for Clair Grady of Ithaca and six others who symbolically disarmed US trident nuclear weapons at King’s Bay, Georgia. WRFI is following the trial every day thanks to contributors Garry Thomas and Chuck Geisler, two Ithaca residents who are reporting on the proceedings for WRFI and the Ithaca Voice. WRFI News Director…

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