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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 October 11, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | October 11, 2022

The shrinking market for office space in Downtown Ithaca has prompted numerous Ithaca office buildings to convert to residential sites. The Gateway Center on East State Street is the second property in two months to submit plans for conversion. The Ithaca Voice reports that trends towards remote work and the post-Covid economy have contributed to…

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Headlines for October 10, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | October 10, 2022

The Tompkins County Legislature has proposed 2.7 million dollars in funding for the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. According to the Ithaca Voice, the funding would be in addition to tens of millions provided to the airport in 2019 for renovations as well as installation of a U.S. customs facility. The move was meant to increase…

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Headlines for Friday, October 7th 2022

By George Christopher | October 7, 2022

The median price for a home in Tompkins County is now $319,475 down from the median last week which was little over $333,700. According to the Ithaca Journal, median price was down month-over-month, but up year-over-year. Median price has risen by a little under 16 percent since September, 2021. Homes also spent a median of…

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Headlines for Thursday, October 6, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | October 6, 2022

Assemblymember Anna Kelles, Seneca Lake winemakers, and activists are crying foul on the DEC’s handling of a permit granted to Greenidge Generation’s proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining operation in Dresden. The original permit expired on September 30 and contained certain requirements for screens to be attached to the plant’s cool water intake pipes. According to Seneca Lake…

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Headlines for Wednesday, October 5, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | October 5, 2022

The City of Ithaca is looking to shut down a case against four of its police officers. According to the Ithaca Voice, the city filed a motion in federal court to dismiss a case against the officers involved in the controversial arrests of Cadji Ferguson and Rose DeGroat in 2019. The filing says the officers…

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Headlines for October 4, 2022

By Lucas Santiago | October 4, 2022

The Tompkins County Office for Aging is updating its list of workers who are willing to plow or shovel snow for older adults in the coming winter months. The community service helps older residents who are unable to remove snow or ice from their sidewalks without assistance. Volunteers are especially needed in rural areas outside…

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