“Why This Night?” A Passover Special

Friday, March 26, 2010

In honor of Passover, WNYC presents “Why This Night?” A Passover Special.

Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover. Dr. ...


American Keloids

Monday, January 18, 2010

We be american keloids
battle scarred and beautiful
ghetto butterflies earn their stripes
walked through the valley of colossal contempt
shadow boxing in puddles of tears
dodging bullets seen and unseen
survivor ain't no TV show
shorties be wildin' tho
survivin' sins ...


Mind The Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Minority Students

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nationwide, suburban schools are doing a good job educating white students but are not getting the same results with black and Latino students. This weekend, WNYC will air a documentary about one New Jersey high school struggling to close the minority achievement gap. "Mind the ...


Future Perfect: Dreamers, Schemers and Visionaries

Friday, June 12, 2009

Future Perfect: Dreamers, Schemers and Visionaries is a four part series, airing on WNYC, that looks at the pathfinders in our new era of change with a focus on new thinking about the economy, new technologies, the planet and the human spirit.

Our broadcasts ...


Festival of Dardennes' Films Comes to New York

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Two Belgian brothers who’ve changed the world of cinema, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes, have emerged in the last decade to be two of the most influential international filmmakers working today. A festival devoted to their work opens this week. Film critic Nathan Lee talks to ...


Grizzly Bear

Friday, May 22, 2009

WNYC’s 69th annual American Music Festival kicked off tonight at 7pm with a live in-studio broadcast and webcast by the innovative, genre-bending Grizzly Bear, hosted by David Garland.


How Artists Revive Old Warhorses

Saturday, May 16, 2009

What happens when a work of art that was once seen as avant-garde becomes a classic? And then a director or dance troupe wants to revive it. What kind of approach should they take? Cultural critic Claudia La Rocco has some Spring picks that bring ...


Global Dance Music Coming to New York

Saturday, May 02, 2009

The international success of the Anglo-Sri-Lankan rapper MIA and her producer Diplo has sparked the spread of new, hard-edged, world-music-infused dance music. And a lot of it is coming through New York this spring. WNYC's Rob Weisberg has this musical preview:


Colson Whitehead Appears at Happy Ending Series

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Author Colson Whitehead’s critically praised novels look imaginatively at race relations and pop culture.

REPORTER: Whitehead's new novel, Sag Harbor, is a coming-of-age story, and he read from it earlier this week at the Happy Ending Reading Series at Joe’s Pub. His main character, Benji, recalls ...


Against The Odds

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Against The Odds profiles people who have overcome significant obstacles in life; it has a particular focus on people from marginalized groups who don't typically get a lot of media play. Produced and hosted by Ellis Cose, Newsweek columnist, award-winning journalist, author, educator, and public ...


Thinking Green

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We have green cars, green clothing, green investments and even green weddings. Tune in to WNYC for two specials that examine the eco-revolution sweeping America and the world.

To The Best of Our Knowledge: Going, Going, Gone Green
Sat., 1/24 at 6am on 93.9 FM; Sun., 1/25 at 8pm ...


The Promised Land: Different Takes on the Legacy of Martin Luther King

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Martin Luther King had a dream. "I've seen the promised land," he said. "I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

It's more that four decades since he spoke ...



Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Thelonious Monk at Town Hall

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On February 26th and 27th, WNYC joins Duke Performances and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke for two special concerts commemorating the 50th anniversary of Thelonious Monk’s historic 1959 Town Hall performance. WNYC will broadcast the February 26th concert live during Evening Music on ...


Recipes from Saveur Magazine

Wednesday, December 24, 2008



This tea-infused champagne punch makes an elegant centerpiece for any festive occasion.

1 cup sugar
1 cup cubed pineapple
2 lemons
2 oranges
1 seville orange (also ...


2008 Third Coast Festival Broadcast

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This fall the Third Coast Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in a special two-hour program called the 2008 Third Coast Festival Broadcast. The featured documentaries, all winners of the eighth annual TCF / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, ...


The Jazz Loft Project

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Explore The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series

Jazz in the Flower District:

Photographer W. Eugene Smith moved into a loft at 821 Sixth Avenue, in the heart of New York’s Flower District, in 1957. The place had already become a hangout for artists, writers and especially jazz musicians, who ...


The Toni Morrison Lectures

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Unfinished Journey of America’s Spirit
The Past: A Testimony to the Impossible

Introductory Addresses: Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, President of Princeton University; Dr. Eddie Glaude, William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies.

Watch a video of the ...


The Toni Morrison Lectures

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Toni Morrison Lectures are held annually and spotlight the new and exciting work of scholars and writers who have risen to positions of prominence both in academe and in the broader world of letters. The lectures will be published in book form by Princeton ...


Ethiopia in Damrosch Park

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Last night in Damrosch Park, the New Jersey radio station WFMU in collaboration with Lincoln Center's "Out of Doors" concert series presented the who's who of modern Ethiopian music. The show included pairings such as the Ethiopian sax king