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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 Wednesday, October 19 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | October 19, 2022

Tompkins County third ward legislator Henry Granison will be stepping down from his post to focus on treatment for cancer. Granison has served on the Public Safety Committee where he worked on the Reimagining Public Safety initiative and as the chairman of the County’s Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Legislature chair Shawna Black said “his…

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Headlines for October 18, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | October 18, 2022

The Ithaca Voice reports that tense negotiations have begun between United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2300, which represents TCAT bus operators, and the TCAT organization, which operates buses for Ithaca, Tompkins County, and Cornell. The union is attempting to address the discontentment many of TCAT’s drivers feel with their terms of employment. Drivers’ grievances include…

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Headlines for October 17, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | October 17, 2022

Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler has been re-elected as chairman of the Tompkins County Republican party. The Ithaca Voice reports that Sigler’s immediate focus would be on the upcoming elections, where he says Republican victories could “[change] the direction of the state.” The Tompkins County Republicans have so far endorsed Republican Lee Zeldin for Governor,…

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Headlines for October 14th, 2022

By George Christopher | October 14, 2022

Ithaca alderpersons Jorge DeFendini and Phoebe Brown are calling for reparations to be included in the City’s 2023 budget. According to the Ithaca Voice, the two, who represent Ithaca’s 4th and 2nd Wards respectively, want $2 million set aside for direct cash payments, funding for Black institutions, and the creation of a committee on reparations.…

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Headlines for Tuesday, October 12, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | October 12, 2022

Friday is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 8 election. Residents of Tompkins County will be voting for NY Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Comptroller. Races are also being held for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, New York State Senate and Assembly, Tompkins County Sheriff and Clerk. Residents in…

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Headlines for Thursday, October 13, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | October 12, 2022

Union members and activists will be gathering today to rally and pressure Governor Hochul to raise the state’s minimum wage. The gathering will take place at 2:30 pm at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Building, 701 W State Street in Ithaca. A press release from the Tompkins County Worker’s Center says that the minimum wage needs…

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