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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 Friday October 28th, 2022

By George Christopher | October 28, 2022

Ithaca’s Department of Public Works is facing staffing shortfalls and is considering using private companies to pick up the slack. According to the Ithaca Voice, Superintendent of Public Works Mike Thorne spoke at Common Council saying the department has lost 30 employees and briefed the Council on projects the department’s workers will be covering in…

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Headlines for Wednesday, October 26, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | October 26, 2022

The City of Ithaca’s budget process is moving ahead. Acting Mayor Laura Lewis’ $29 million 2023 budget is about $2.5 million more than the 2022 budget but would keep the city’s property tax rate the same at $11.89 per thousand. According to the Ithaca Voice at public hearings week, city department heads and leaders from…

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Headlines for Thursday, October 27, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | October 26, 2022

Republican Lee Zeldin’s campaign for New York Governor is drawing more criticism for potentially violating state election laws. The campaign continues to rake in large sums of “outside” political spending  totalling $11.8 million including nearly $9 million from conservative billionaire Ronald Lauder. According to a recording obtained by the Times Union, during a conference call,…

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Headlines for October 25, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | October 25, 2022

The Coalition for Snow-free Sidewalks and Crosswalks has banded together with Bike Walk Tompkins, Finger Lakes Independence Center, Tompkins County Office for the Aging, and some city residents. They’re pressuring the local government to take pedestrian snow removal more seriously. In the city of Ithaca, property owners are responsible for clearing snow from adjoining sidewalks.…

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Headlines for October 24, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | October 24, 2022

There will probably be no debates in the Ithaca special Mayoral election. The development follows two failed efforts to schedule a debate between the candidates, Democratic incumbent Acting Mayor Laura Lewis, Republican challenger Zachary Winn, and independent Katie Sims. According to the Ithaca Voice, This included a proposed three person debate hosted by the Ithaca…

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Headlines for Friday, October 21st

By George Christopher | October 21, 2022

The Ithaca Planning and Economic Development Committee has advanced a memorandum to allow a new bike share program in the city. According to the Ithaca Voice, the program will be run by the Center for Community Transportation and will allow Ithacans to access bicycles through an app. The city is also making a move to…

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