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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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Headlines for Monday, November 28, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | November 28, 2022

Governor Hochul has signed a law that instates a two year pause on planned fossil fuel related crypto-mining operations, and mandates a study by the DEC on the practices’ impact on the environment. The ruling will affect crypto-mining across the state, including the controversial Greenidge Generation facility on Seneca Lake. According to NBC News, the…

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Headlines for Wednesday, November 23, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | November 23, 2022

A State Supreme Court Judge is questioning Ithaca school’s preparedness to handle potential school shootings. According to the Ithaca Voice, Superintendent Louvelle Brown is expected to be subpoenaed in proceedings against a student who allegedly made terroristic threats on a school bus in late October. Local police weren’t notified of the incident for more than…

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Headlines for November 22, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | November 22, 2022

The Ithaca Times reports that Ithaca’s Community Police Board met last week to discuss increasingly urgent staffing issues in the city’s police department. Officers have been recently stretched thin and recent officer injuries have forced remaining workers to cover longer than usual shifts-including on designated off days. Acting Chief John Joly noted how requiring officers…

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Headlines for November 21, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | November 21, 2022

According to the Ithaca Voice, Ithaca’s Planning and Economic and Development Committee is moving forward with plans to build a new Public Safety Facility at a new location. Construction of the new police facility is estimated to cost around $20-30 million dollars, according to city planning staff. Plans have been in motion since early 2017,…

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Headlines for Friday November 18th, 2022

By George Christopher | November 18, 2022

Yesterday, workers at the Starbucks on the Ithaca Commons joined other Starbucks workers in a nationwide strike. According to CNY Central, the strike was called to urge Starbucks to return to the bargaining table with union representatives. The strike, dubbed the “Red Cup Rebellion,” included around 2,000 workers at 113 stores around the country. Workers…

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Headlines for Thursday, November 17, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | November 17, 2022

Unions representing Ithaca city workers and City Attorney Ari Levine continue to trade blows. According to the Ithaca Voice, a new letter from union leaders representing city police, firefighters, and administrative workers claimed the city has an “anti-worker agenda,” and pointed to the many vacancies in city positions. The letter follows a tumultuous meeting last…

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