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WRFI’s The Scene Interviews Eric Miller, Tulsa Race Massacre Reparations Lawyer

By Chantal Thomas

On today’s episode of The Scene, host Chantal Thomas interviews Eric Miller, one of the lawyers on the case for reparations for the victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Incredibly, there are still a few living survivors, all over 100 years old. Listen to the episode here. You can learn more about the Tulsa…

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WRFI Launches New Program Schedule

By Felix Teitelbaum

We’ve got some really exciting news here at WRFI. Starting today, June 6, we’re launching a brand new program schedule. The new format that can best be summed up as AM News, PM YOUs! Every morning tune in for hard-hitting independent news and analysis. Then, starting at noon, check out some of the best music…

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Speaking of Migration: Voices of Central American Immigrants

By Felix Teitelbaum

Starting April 6, tune in every other Wednesday at 2pm for “Speaking of Migration.” The program will bring you the voices of Central American immigrants and migrants, their stories, perspectives, and a visions for a more just immigration system and world. Transnational political and economic forces have depleted rural Salvadoran communities, driving Salvadorans to flee…

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Headlines for September 23 2022

By George Christopher | September 23, 2022

The Tompkins County Legislature has approved a new transportation agreement between TCAT and its three underwriters, the county, the city of Ithaca, and Cornell University. According to the Ithaca Times, the previous agreement was set to expire in early October which would’ve left TCAT unfunded. The new contract will also allow TCAT’s three underwriters to…

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Headlines for September 22, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | September 22, 2022

Advocates of a moratorium on proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining in New York are celebrating one currency’s transition to a greener process.  Etherium, the world’s second largest cryptocurrency, transitioned last week to a proof-of-stake blockchain which uses less than one percent of the energy of the more common proof-of-work. Yvonne Taylor, vice president of Seneca Lake Guardian…

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Headlines for September 21, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | September 21, 2022

Recidivism has continued to fall in Tompkins County. Researchers say the steady fall in people being locked up more than once a year is directly correlated with investments the County has made in alternatives to incarceration and other supportive measures for court involved people. At their meeting Monday, the County Health and Human Services Committee…

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Headlines for September 20, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | September 20, 2022

The Ithaca Democratic Socialists has outlined its plans to make TCAT free and fund the potential loss in revenue. The campaign, called FreeCAT, argues that free mass transit would help address issues of “systemic marginalization and racism, systemic classism, [and] the climate catastrophe.” According to the Ithacan, the campaign further argues that Cornell should fund…

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Headlines for September 19, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | September 19, 2022

The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is looking to expand the number of daily flights in the coming years. According to WHCU, the airport’s goal is to triple the number of daily flights, and double the number of destinations served. Currently the airport offers daily flights to Newark, New Jersey through United Airlines and Detroit through…

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Headlines for September 16th, 2022

By George Christopher | September 16, 2022

Applications are now available for the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund offering grants to local organizations, small businesses and government entities totaling $6.5 million. According to the Ithaca Voice, the program was announced by the Tompkins County Legislature last week to support groups impacted by the pandemic. The program is funded by the  American Rescue Plan…

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