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Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, The Experiment, The New Yorker Radio Hour and many others.
 
Politics Brief is the go-to source for 2018 election news, selected from the best WNYC has to offer. Daily segments include original reporting on the New York metro region, along with interviews and analysis focused on the national scene from groundbreaking shows like On the Media, The Takeaway and The New Yorker Radio Hour. Produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. Category: News & Politics
 
What the hell is Super Tuesday and where does it come from? Why does Iowa vote first? What’s a caucus? Who gets to be a delegate? How to Vote in America is a weekly micro podcast that tries to make sense of our crazy democracy and what seems like a never-ending 2020 election process. In this podcast, we take small bites at big issues to help you understand something most people should, but probably don’t: voting. Hosted by The Takeaway’s Politics Host Amy Walter. WNYC Studios is a listener-s ...
 
It’s been 50 years since the uprising at the Stonewall Inn—an event that is widely considered to be the catalyst for the LGBTQ civil rights movement. To commemorate this moment, we’re bringing you an all new podcast series that celebrates queer stories and voices. Join Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, hosts of the Nancy podcast, for a special series of episodes that explore how this moment in history—and the setback and achievements that followed—have shaped the LGBTQ experience today. For more on ou ...
 
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In 2013, David Remnick published a profile of Naftali Bennett. He wrote that Bennett was something new in Israeli politics, a man who would “build a sturdy electoral bridge between the religious and the secular, the hilltop outposts of the West Bank and the start-up suburbs.” Though religiously observant, Bennett was cosmopolitan: fluent on Faceboo…
 
Saturday is Juneteeth. It's the anniversary of the day on June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Texas, the last Confederate state in the west, to announce that 250,000 enslaved people were free. That's two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. To celebrate, our sister station WQXR is holding a 24-hour marathon of composers an…
 
As of this week, more than 70% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. The milestone has meant that the state lifted most capacity restrictions — and now many people are thinking of this summer as the beginning of post-pandemic life. But when you kick the tires on that 70% number, you see a lot of disparities in just who …
 
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed into law a measure that would eliminate criminal conviction questions on rental applications, a move housing advocates are hailing as the most sweeping legislation of its kind in the country. Under the law, landlords would no longer be allowed to run a criminal background check until after they’ve condit…
 
It's a challenging time for most museums. Not only were they forced to close for months during the pandemic, but activists are calling on on them to rethink everything from the diversity of their staff, to who they take large donations from, to what they put on the walls. Now a new book from the former president and executive director of the Queens…
 
The governor gave the MTA state of emergency status in 2017—when things seemed dire. Regular signal problems disrupted the subways. There were broken train cars and three derailments. By signing the state of emergency, the MTA could bypass legal and oversight requirements for the sake of signing contracts for repairs, without all the bureaucracy. T…
 
Merrick Garland made his legal reputation as a temperate moderate dedicated to keeping politics out of the justice system. Yet in the past few years, he has found himself in the center of two of the most fiercely partisan episodes in recent history. First, his nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by obstructionist Republicans. And now, as At…
 
At the highest tides in May and June, horseshoe crabs throng to New York City’s beaches to mate and lay eggs. Their numbers have been in decline recently, and that's a problem: their eggs feed migrating birds and their blood is used to test vaccines. WNYC’s Amy Pearl joined a crew of volunteers at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn to count and tag the ancien…
 
Talking with kids about death. Telling family that you've fallen in love with a man in prison. Breaking up with a longtime friend. Today: the hardest conversations you've ever had. If you've got a hard conversation that you've been waiting to have, and need a push to do it, we want to hear about it for an upcoming series we're working on. Send a vo…
 
Shino Tanikawa, 58, has become an impassioned advocate for school desegregation, committed to battling anti-Blackness in society. So a recent and growing narrative that many of the attacks against Asian-Americans are coming from Black assailants has deeply disturbed her. "It breaks my heart," said Tanikawa. "It really does, because as Black-indigen…
 
Next week, the Southern Baptist Convention will hold its annual meeting. It’s the largest Protestant denomination in the country, and, as the group gathers to elect a new president, it is facing a crisis of identity. At issue is critical-race theory, which the presidential candidate Pastor Mike Stone and many other conservatives have called an extr…
 
The nature of policing — the very essence of the job — has changed dramatically over the course of the last year. After Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd, Americans poured into the streets demanding reform, defunding, even abolition of police departments nationwide, including the NYPD. WNYC's Jami Floyd sat down with NY…
 
The largest Protestant denomination in America is in crisis over the group’s reluctance to acknowledge systemic racism; our reporter talks with the Reverend Dwight McKissic, who considered himself a loyalist but may have reached a breaking point. Plus, our producer looks at the GameStop squeeze of last winter and tries to figure out the motives of …
 
New York residents and businesses send over a million tons of food waste to the landfill each year. Julie Raskin, executive director of the Sanitation Foundation, the non-profit partner of New York City's Department of Sanitation, and the organizer of the Food Waste Fair, said all that waste costs the city a lot of money to process and has very ser…
 
Early voting starts today - Saturday, June 12 - in the primary election for New York City's next mayor. Also on the ballot: city comptroller, public advocate, borough presidents, city council members, judges and, in Manhattan, a new district attorney. Just as poll sites opened, WNYC politics reporter Brigid Bergin called with an update from a polli…
 
The New York State legislature has passed a law designed to shrink the prison population by reforming the state’s parole system. It’s called the “Less is More Act” and it is now sitting on Governor Cuomo’s desk. Reporter George Joseph of WNYC’s Race & Justice Unit discussed the new law with All Things Considered host Sean Carlson.…
 
It’s easy to see why the director Jon M. Chu was adamant that the release of “In the Heights” wait until this summer, when more people could see it in theatres: it’s big, it’s colorful, the dance sequences are complex—it’s a spectacle in the best sense of the term. “In the Heights,” based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit stage musical, is a love letter …
 
The city’s discount transit ticket program, Fair Fares, is getting a boost in this year’s budget. But it may not be enough to meet the new demand. It took four years of advocacy to get Mayor de Blasio to agree to the $106 million program to provide low-income New Yorkers with half-priced MetroCards. During last year’s budget crisis, the mayor cut t…
 
Last month, Naomi Osaka, the second-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, announced that she would not speak to the press during the French Open. The referee fined her fifteen thousand dollars, and the leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments threatened her with harsher penalties. In response, Osaka dropped out. Her withdrawal has brought fu…
 
More than a dozen advocate groups in New Jersey are calling on officials to investigate why several polling places in Newark opened without any voting machines during Tuesday's primary election. Advocates sent a letter to Essex County Superintendent of Elections Patty Spango on Friday calling for a "thorough investigation" into why voters showed up…
 
The film "In the Heights" is new in theaters this week. It takes place in a Dominican neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. Two years ago, the producers announced that filming would not only take place in the neighborhood, but the production wanted locals to be background actors; you may know them better as “extras.” The film cast over 500 of them. WNYC…
 
A measure that would expand the powers of monitors in the school district of East Ramapo passed the New York state legislature on Thursday, a year after a federal judge found that the school board’s election system violated the federal voting rights act. The legislation would grant monitors the ability to veto or overturn a decision by the school b…
 
The first televised debate for the New York City Comptroller candidates was held Thursday night. It offered New Yorkers a chance to consider who is best prepared to tackle the pressing financial issues facing the city post pandemic. With a heated mayoral election and virtually every other city office up for grabs this election cycle, comptroller ca…
 
Brooklyn Borough President and mayoral front-runner Eric Adams gave reporters and TV cameras an unexpected glimpse into his private life this week, when he offered up a personal tour of his Bedford-Stuyvesant home. But it wasn't a typical open house. The event came in response to a story reported by Politico that found conflicting public records on…
 
State officials say they have received more than 63,000 applications in the first week. For the first 30 days of the $2.7 billion program, applicants who earn at or below 50 percent of the area median income are given priority. After that period, the program will provide assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.…
 
The city said it is disbanding the Absent Teacher Reserve, a pool of teachers who have been cut from schools for budgetary or performance issues, and reassigning most of them to new positions. Teachers in the reserve, once nicknamed the “Rubber Room," because they face disciplinary action will not be reassigned. For more go to Gothamist.com.…
 
After the Democratic candidates for NYC comptroller wrap up their first official debate, we'll gather on the air to unpack the candidates' positions and what they mean for our city. You can get more information and listen to audio of the debate here. From the end of the debate around 8:30 until 9PM, Brian Lehrer hosts a call-in with NYC Democratic …
 
New Jersey health officials said 1,319 people who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first four months of the vaccination program have tested positive for the virus. That's 0.06% of the more than 2 million fully inoculated residents. State medical director Dr. Ed Lifshitz said the data show the vaccines are very effective. "They’re not p…
 
The Japanese Breakfast musician talks about writing her memoir, Crying in H Mart, why she's moving on from making art about grief and loss, and what's bringing her joy these days. Listen to Japanese Breakfast's latest album, "Jubilee," here, and check out her Crying in H Mart Spotify playlist here. Are you new to our show? Check out our starter kit…
 
Fourteen protesters were arrested outside the Bergen County Jail Tuesday as they tried to block an Immigration and Customs Enforcement van that they believed to be carrying immigrant detainees to the airport for deportation. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail and contracts with ICE to lock up undocumented immigrants, carried an…
 
The Indian-American community has grown considerably over the last twenty years and is now the second-largest immigrant group in the country, after Mexican-Americans. It also has the highest median income of any ethnic group, and that has led to some arguing that the community was relatively inoculated from racial discrimination, said Milan Vaishna…
 
As vaccination rates rise and the city approaches a full reopening, economic calamity may no longer be top of mind for many New Yorkers. But those working in food banks and pantries say demand is still much higher than it was before the pandemic, especially among groups that were already more vulnerable. “When it comes to the lines, we're really wo…
 
A senior transit official confirms that Sarah Feinberg is set to be nominated as Chairman of the MTA. Feinberg has led New York City Transit since 2020, overseeing the subway and bus divisions through a pandemic that's battered the agency's ridership and finances. Feinberg is a former railroad official under President Obama, She's frequently argued…
 
Vaccination rates against COVID-19 among staff in New York jails and prisons are significantly lagging behind other congregate settings and New Yorkers in the general population, according to data provided to WNYC/Gothamist. Five months after becoming eligible, just 31% of staff members in city jails—3,074 out of 9,882 employees—have received at le…
 
Bryan Washington reads his story from the June 14, 2021, issue of the magazine. Washington is a winner of the Ernest J. Gaines award, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Lambda Literary award. His story collection, “Lot,” was published in 2019, and his novel, “Memorial,” came out in 2020.By WNYC Studios and The New Yorker
 
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