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WFUV's award-winning, weekly public affairs program. Host George Bodarky covers New York City issues from the humorous to the sobering; whether it's an examination of local hipsters, homelessness or historic architecture. "Cityscape gives me 30 minutes to focus on a particular issue, to really delve into it," says Bodarky. "I love to walk," he says. "I will just walk around Manhattan and discover new neighborhoods, new communities, and to me that's the best thing... Much of what I bring to t ...
 
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According to the U.S. government, overdose deaths soared to a record 93-thousand last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Floyd Mitchell is a harm reduction coordinator at The Alliance for Positive Change in New York City. Given the surge in opioid use – and overdoses nationally – his work has become even more vital. Floyd is a part of the …
 
It's a special NBA Draft edition of Pick and Pod! Kelly Bright, Thomas Aiello and Kris Pursiainen discuss everything from who should be the number one pick to a teams' specific strategies, including the Rockets, Thunder, Warriors and of course the hometown Knicks. They wrap things up with some Team USA talk as the men look to rebound after an openi…
 
It’s not everyday we think about the role smell plays in our lives. But, its scents like sunscreen that transport us to a day at the beach, or pine that reminds us of summer camp. Scents hold many of our best memories, and perhaps no one knows this better than Sue Phillips. She’s the founder of Scenterprises. Sue has created fragrances for the star…
 
Our guest this week is in the business of helping at-risk kids get on more stable ground. Gabriele Delmonaco is President and Executive Director of A Chance In Life. The international nonprofit provides shelter, food and education to nearly 4,000 homeless, vulnerable and refugee youth in nine countries. They recently opened a facility in the North …
 
On this episode of Pick and Pod, Kelly Bright and Thomas Aiello preview the 2021 NBA Finals as the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns officially begins! The hosts also touch on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury status, Chris Paul’s overall legacy and his career-long quest to get a ring, and the results of the two squads' regular-s…
 
On this episode of Pick and Pod, Kelly Bright, Thomas Aiello and Thomas Quigley come together to discuss the Hawks' tying up the Eastern Conference Finals with the Bucks. They also talk about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury, which team has more depth and what the series might look like going forward. Further, what are the reasons for all these injur…
 
After a year of isolation, a lot of us want nothing more than to get out there and interact with other people. New York City’s public markets are one way to ease your way back into socialization. The company Urbanspace is the brains behind some very nifty food halls and seasonal markets in locations such as Times Square, Bryant Park, Union Square a…
 
Bars and nightclubs took a big hit during the pandemic. Many were forced to close their doors for good. But, the shuttering of Lesbian bars, in particular, is something that has been an ongoing trend, even before COVID-19 gripped the nation. There are now just over 20 Lesbian bars in America. Three of them are in New York City. Enter filmmakers Eri…
 
On this week's episode of Pick and Pod, Kelly Bright and Thomas Aiello are joined by Nets beat reporter Thomas Quigley as they review the Nets season and where they go from their disappointing season. Then they discuss the curious case of Ben Simmons and if he is actually worth keeping before rounding out the show with their Eastern Conference Fina…
 
Musician Tracy Bonham rose to fame in 1996 with her hit single Mother Mother. Bonham says a lot of her early music was driven by anger, but her sound today is fueled by joy. Over the past several years, Bonham has been busy teaching music to kids at the Brooklyn Preschool of Science. She is also now a mom and has recently released a new children’s …
 
As New Yorkers prepare to elect a new mayor for the first time in 8 years, a new book provides a deep dive into how the city evolved under four previous administrations -- Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani and Bloomberg. It’s called New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess and Transformation. Author Thomas Dyja says over the last few dec…
 
"C is for Cookie" and that’s good enough, well, for a lot of us. On this week’s Cityscape we’re checking in with Zachary Schmahl, a self-described born cookie monster. Zachary is the owner of Schmackary's in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. You’ll often see a line of folks outside the shop waiting for their chance to bite into one of Zachar…
 
On this week's edition of Pick and Pod, Kelly Bright and Thomas Aiello dive into the NBA Playoffs, starting with their picks for the four games of the brand new play-in tournament, from LeBron James facing Stephen Curry to the surging Wizards challenging the sinking Celtics. They also share what they will be keeping their eyes on around the broader…
 
Whoever said you can’t go home, hasn’t met Marty Kleinman. The Bronx-born storyteller returned to his home borough after spending several decades in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Kleinman is out with a new collection of short stories called A Shoebox Full of Money, inspired by his life in and away from the Bronx. He joins us on this week's Citysc…
 
On this week's Cityscape we’re checking in with one early childhood education program in Brooklyn that uses classic songs and original ones to create a unique music-centric learning experience for young ones. Alex Branson, creator and host of Lavender Blues, joins us to talk about her journey from being a nanny to becoming the "baby singer," and th…
 
The cornonavirus pandemic has changed the way Amercians approach work, interact with family and how students learn. Now there's a plan to have the school year extend throughout the summer. Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talking with Nicholas Tampio, a Fordham University Political Science Professor. We discuss the possible plan to extended…
 
As theaters crawl to a comeback in the pandemic, a former Rockette is among those kicking their way back onto a live stage. Lillian Colon was Radio City Music Hall’s first Latina Rockette. But, the road to Radio City wasn’t an easy one for Colon. She's now telling her story in a one-woman show at the Thalia Theater in Queens. But, before the curtai…
 
Many artists have been struggling throughout the pandemic. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re exploring the history of a program that helped artists through another challenging time in our history -- the 1970s economic crisis.Our guests say the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) could serve as a model to help artists rebound from this ti…
 
Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Joy Dangora Erickson. They discuss the importance of talking about race, racism and racial tolerance with children. Then WFUV reporter Rebecca Gutierrez discusses her new podcast She Was, She Is. It explores how women have advanced in music, politics, business, and sports.…
 
The pandemic has had a profound effect on many industries and organizations, including nonprofits. Joining us this week to talk about the ripple effects of a pandemic on nonprofits, and the work her organization is doing to help them rebound is Danielle Holly. She’s the CEO of Common Impact. The organization helps nonprofits grow to achieve greater…
 
Over the past year a lot of people have found sanity in new hobbies like puzzles, coloring, knitting and crocheting.On this week’s Cityscape, we’re talking with Felicia Eve. She’s the owner of String Thing Studio, a yarn shop and haven for all kinds of crafters, located in Brooklyn. She joins us to talk about her journey to a career in crafting, po…
 
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