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WRFI’s The Scene Interviews Artist Al-An deSouza on Transcending Boundaries

By Chantal Thomas

This week’s episode of The Scene features an interview with artist and photography professor Al-An deSouza. The Scene’s Chantal Thomas speaks with Professor deSouza about their exhibition, Elegies of Futures Past, at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art, and its meditations on family memory, colonial empire and diasporic identity.  (original air date: November 4, 2022) The Scene airs every…

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Creatives on WRFI: House of Ithaqua Presents Pontypool

By Eve Chaneles

Stevie Eve Chaneles and Bea Bornstein speak with Pontypool director Jeff Hodges and actors Mike Chen and Ivony Whiteley. HOI is proud to present Pontypool (running November 18-December 3, 2022) by Tony Burgess as an audio horror drama directed by HOI co-founder Jeff Hodges. The show centers on disgraced radio DJ Grant Mazzy, who finds himself…

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Fred Balfour Interviews Josh Riley, Democratic Candidate for the 19 US Congressional District – October 25, 2022 [AUDIO]

By Felix Teitelbaum

Democrat Josh Riley and Republican Marc Molinaro are locked in a tight race in New York’s new 19th US Congressional district. FiveThirtyEight calls the race a “dead heat.” Listen to WRFI’s interview with Josh Riley from Tuesday, October 25 with host Fred Balfour. You can also listen to our interview with him from back in…

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Local News for Thursday, January 19, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | January 19, 2023

Tompkins County Legislature to Make Housing Priority Shawna Black, chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, says it’s time to do something about the County’s growing housing needs. Black made the statement during her annual state of the County address on Tuesday. She said housing and economic development are her top priorities this year,and according to…

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Local News for Wednesday, January 18, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | January 18, 2023

Lavine, Myrick Say County Ethics Chair Should Step Down Disputes between the Tompkins County Ethics Board and the City of Ithaca continue. According to the Ithaca Voice, in December former Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and current City Attorney Ari Lavine called for the County ethics committee chair Rich John to resign. The committee is currently…

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Local News for Tuesday, January 16, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | January 17, 2023

Ithaca’s 2023 Elections Could Mark Real Change Significant changes could be coming to Ithaca’s city government. This year, all Common Council seats and Ithaca’s mayor office will be up for election. The new Mayor will also appoint the city’s first ever City Manager. The Manager will replace the current Chief of Staff role and hold…

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Local News for Monday, January 16, 2023

By Lucas Santiago | January 16, 2023

Early Morning Blaze Stifled by IPD The Ithaca Fire Department battled a home fire yesterday on Aurora St at around 7:45 AM. Fire Department spokesperson Jim Wheal reported that there was “a significant amount of fire,” and several walls and ceiling had to be broken through to open space within the home and control the…

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Local News for Friday, January 13, 2023

By George Christopher | January 13, 2023

Nguyen Running for Reelection; Won’t run again. The Ithaca Voice reports that second ward Common Councilor Ducson Nguyen will seek re-election to another four year term on Common Council, but, if elected, the term will be his last. Nguyen’s district will change along with the rest of the common council following last year’s redistricting process.…

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Local News for Thursday, January 12, 2023

By Felix Teitelbaum | January 12, 2023

Rural Broadband Feedback Due Friday Tomorrow is the deadline to let the FCC know if your access to broadband internet is as good as the agency thinks it is. According to the Ithaca Voice, Senate Majority leader Schumer was in Dryden on Wednesday to urge residents to give the FCC feedback on its broadband map.…

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