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Airing LIVE Saturday, September 11th, 8:35-11:00am ET. Gather with host Brian Lehrer as we listen to parts of the anniversary ceremony and the reading of the names. We’ll talk to guests and each other to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11/2001. Guests include: Nuala McGovern, presenter of OS on the BBC World Service presenter, former …
 
The deadline for New York City public school staff to get their first dose of the COVID vaccine was supposed to be by the end of Monday, September 27th. But the mandate is on hold as the city faces a new legal challenge. A group of educators sued the city over the vaccine requirement, saying it violates due process, and a federal judge issued a tem…
 
For over a year and a half during the pandemic, the MTA saw fare revenues plummet. For months, the agency was losing $200 million dollars a week. Relief bills signed last winter and last spring, ensure the agency will get more than $10 billion in support. New York’s Senate is holding a hearing Wednesday to make sure that money isn’t squandered and …
 
Over the summer, the Army Corps of Engineers unveiled a massive $16 billion flood mitigation proposal for New Jersey's back bays. The "tentatively selected plan," as they call it, seeks to find solutions to major flooding that occurred in the barrier island region of the state, especially during Hurricane Sandy. The project is now in the middle of …
 
This month marks the 200th anniversary of the first all-Black production of Shakespeare in the United States. The performance from the African Theater took place in Lower Manhattan. Maya Philips, critic-at-large for The New York Times, spoke with WNYC host Sean Carlson about the history of the theater company and what it means for Black theater tod…
 
James Cawley is a Star Trek superfan who painstakingly recreated sets from the original Enterprise in a large building that formerly housed a grocery store in Ticonderoga. His creation has won over fans — and some actors from the original series, like William Shatner. "When he got here," said Cawley, "he walked in the door and he said: take me to t…
 
A new report finds the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan is crumbling. The federal Bureau of Prisons facility was built in 1975. Last month the U.S. Justice Department ordered it to be closed down. Associated Press reporter Michael Balsamo was recently granted access to the high-security jail. He says among other things, he saw concrete…
 
A Brooklyn High School was forced to quarantine a third of its staff on the eve of the first day of classes after exposure to a COVID-19-positive colleague at a pair of work events held less than 72 hours earlier.The episode happened at the Spring Creek school building in East New York, which houses staff and students for three separate schools. Sp…
 
New York's 65-thousand food delivery workers have been celebrated as essential workers during the pandemic. But they often haven't been treated that way. Instead, they routinely earn below minimum-wage pay, lack basic employment protections, and often work in dangerous conditions. On Thursday, the New York City Council passed a slate of bills that …
 
This week at the United Nations, world leaders are meeting to address, among other things, climate change: the biggest and most urgent crisis humans have ever faced on a global scale. Activist Bill McKibben was one of the first people to sound the alarm on this subject for a wider audience. His book, The End of Nature, written in 1989, warned peopl…
 
A major shift is currently underway when it comes to immigration detention in the New York region. For years, local immigrants in deportation proceedings were held at four jails in New Jersey. During the Trump Administration, these facilities jailed as many as 1,500 immigrants. Now, there are just 170 ICE detainees locked up in the Garden State. WN…
 
It's been two weeks since most of New Jersey's school districts resumed in-person classes. But 82 students and 20 staffers have already tested positive for COVID-19 through 26 in-school outbreaks. State officials said an outbreak means three or more cases where there's no evidence of close contact outside of class occurred within a two-week period.…
 
New Jersey's annual homeless count shows more than 8,000 people in the state are currently without stable housing. The annual count is a snapshot of how many individuals are experiencing homelessness in a given night. It helps determine how much federal aid counties receive. But this year with COVID-19, fewer volunteers were out counting people in …
 
Longer commute times and crowded apartments came with higher rates of COVID-19 transmission at the height of the pandemic in New York City, according to a recent study from Cornell University. The researchers, whose disciplines merged architecture, public health and engineering, looked at a range of environmental factors that could be tied to the s…
 
The mayor of Elizabeth, N.J., which has long been one of the primary destinations for new refugees who arrive in the New York area, doesn't want new refugees from Afghanistan to move to town until the city recovers from Tropical Storm Ida. "Elizabeth has always been a welcoming community," Mayor Chris Bollwage, a Democrat, said. "We've always accep…
 
The city will now test 10% of a public school's unvaccinated population every week, rather than every other week. Parents must still consent to the tests, and children in pre-k and kindergarten are exempt. The city is also tweaking its quarantine policies. Under new rules, only unvaccinated students who were unmasked and within three feet of an inf…
 
Undocumented immigrants in New Jersey who were impacted by the pandemic will finally be able to apply for $40 million in relief money next month. The state Department of Human Services told WNYC it will roll out the application, eligibility requirements and website in October. Gov. Phil Murphy announced in May he would set aside leftover federal CA…
 
New York City lawmakers are considering a bill that would give legal permanent residents the right to register to vote in municipal elections only, for offices like mayor and city council. Supporters note it would apply to individuals who pay their taxes and should have a say in how that money is spent. A broad coalition of advocacy groups and a ma…
 
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