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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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Lack of Transparency around Cayuga Plant Raises Concerns from Local Lawmakers

By WRFI News Staff | August 13, 2013

OVER-EDITED DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE CAYUGA OPERATING PLANT’S FUTURE HAVE LEFT THE PUBLIC IN THE DARK, ACCORDING TO SEVERAL LOCAL LEADERS WHO GATHERED FOR A NEWS CONFERENCE MONDAY AT ITHACA TOWN HALL. THE NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION IS ACCEPTING PUBLIC COMMENTS UNTIL FRIDAY ABOUT WHETHER LANSING’S COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT SHOULD BE CLOSED OR RETROFITTED.…

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Proposed Project to Increase Jail Capacity?

By WRFI News Staff | August 13, 2013

THE TOMPKINS COUNTY LEGISLATURE’S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TODAY INDICATED ITS SUPPORT FOR A PROPOSED CAPITAL PROJECT TO MODIFY THE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING TO INCREASE JAIL CAPACITY—A PROJECT THAT COULD BE EXPECTED TO DECREASE THE COUNTY’S INMATE BOARD-OUT COSTS. THE RECOMMENDED PROJECT WOULD CONSTRUCT A SECURE COVERED OUTDOOR YEAR-ROUND RECREATION AREA AT THE JAIL, THEN…

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NY Gov. Cuomo Mulls Fracking Decision

By admin | August 13, 2013

NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO DEBATED THE PROS AND CONS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ON MONDAY’S BROADCAST OF “CAPITOL PRESSROOM”, BUT HE SAID THE STATE HAS YET TO REACH A CONCLUSION ON THE CONTROVERSIAL DRILLING PRACTICE. HYDROFRACKING HAS BEEN ON HOLD IN NEW YORK SINCE 2008 AS STATE REGULATORS REVIEW THE POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF…

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Celebrating The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

By WRFI News Staff | August 9, 2013

Friday August 9th marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994. This year’s focus is “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.” According to the United Nations the goal of this year’s theme is to quote: “highlight the importance of…

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Livable Wage Working Group: Livable Wage for Contracted Workers “beyond the County’s immediate reach.”

By admin | August 9, 2013

The group reviewing Tompkins County‘s Livable Wage policy says that it’s still too expensive to pay a living wage to all of Tompkins County’s Contracted workers. The working group’s report indicates that quote, “the cost to bring all contracted employees to the living wage is estimated to range from $1 to $2 million, the equivalent…

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Flooding Reported in Tompkins County Thursday Night

By WRFI News Staff | August 9, 2013

Last night’s storms caused serious flooding on Tompkins county‘s roads, and more rain is expected to follow into the weekend. WCHU radio reported that last night, several people were trapped on top of their cars after a wal-mart parking lot flooded in Cortlandville. A bridge near Harvey hill Road in Enfield was washed out, and…

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