Ilya Marritz

Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC and is the host of "The Season."

He was born and raised in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn. He attended Stuyvesant High School and Wesleyan University, and has also worked as a producer at WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, a producer at NPR's All Things Considered, a reporter at Radio MultiKulti (sadly now defunct) in Berlin, Germany, and Radio Prague, in the Czech Republic.


Ilya Marritz appears in the following:

And the Band Plays On

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Columbia University Marching Band is loud, irreverent, and not all that great at music. They're also the only students in the stands for every single football game the Lions play.

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Episode 9: Moral Victory

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Lions are quick to tell you that they don't believe in "moral victories." In football you either win or lose, with no gray area in between. But it's not so simple in real life.


Episode 8: 'The Worst Part About Our Sport'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Everybody knows football is a tough, violent sport. The game has gotten safer, but it still poses big, long-term risks for the young men who play it.

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Episode 7: Necessary Toughness

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Columbia Lions need "mental toughness" if they're going to turn their record around. But what does that even mean?

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Episode 6: The Bagnoli Bowl

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Everything's been building to this: Al Bagnoli's new team, the Columbia Lions, face Al Bagnoli's old team, the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.

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Columbia's Football Season Is Looking Up

Monday, October 19, 2015

In the new WNYC podcast The Season, host Ilya Marritz and producer Matt Collette have tracked the Columbia football team as it started the season on a 21-game losing streak.

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How To Turn Around A Losing Streak

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ilya Marritz and Matt Collette discuss their new WNYC podcast, "The Season," chronicling one season of Columbia University's football team, which has not won a game in 2 years.

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Episode 5: It Happened

Thursday, October 15, 2015

We won’t be coy about this — Columbia football won last Saturday, snapping a 24-game losing streak. It’s not surprising some champagne was sprayed afterwards.

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Episode 4: They’re Losing, Better

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Pretty much everyone at Columbia knows their football team's dismal record, but few are actually rooting for a win. The Lions need some fans.

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The Waning 'Whole Foods Effect'

Friday, October 02, 2015

Seen as a holy grail for some developing neighborhoods, the grocery chain is having problems with its high-end identity.

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Episode 3: Scrub Talk

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Columbia football has an unwritten rule: no bragging about past glory. For former coach Bill Campbell, any past glory has been in his business career. Can he help the team win now?   

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An Ivy, A New Coach And A Perfectly Terrible Football Record

Thursday, September 24, 2015

With a losing streak of 22 games, a breath of fresh air is exactly what the Columbia University Lions need. They've found inspiration in their "miracle worker" of a new coach, Al Bagnoli.


Episode 2: 'Where Is It Written That You Guys Can't Win?'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Columbia Lions played hard, but fell to Fordham in their season opener. And that brought them to a milestone in Columbia history: with 22 losses, they're halfway to "The Streak."

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Episode 1: The Closest Person You’re Gonna Get to a Miracle Worker

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In the first episode of The Season, meet the new head coach for the Columbia Lions football team. His mission? Turn around a team that hasn't won a game in two years.


When Inspectors Look for Illegal Hotels

Monday, September 14, 2015

A freedom of information request resulted in 2,684 records for illegal hotel inspections in New York City, and some of what turned up is pretty weird. Here's what we've learned.

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Welcome to 'The Season'

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's been two years since the Columbia University Lions football team won a game. ‘The Season,' a new podcast from WNYC, will follow the team in its quest to make a comeback.

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The Real Estate Mogul Who Wants to Bring Casinos Closer to You

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A state commission will soon decide whether to approve another casino in New York. There is only one applicant, and he's a wealthy executive with a taste for horses and politics.

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Groups Press Albany for More Telecoms Oversight

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Verizon was the target of the most pointed criticism at a City Hall rally.

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City Hall Publishes More Data Than Ever

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The added data sets and tools are part of City Hall's effort to share more info with the public.

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New Exhibit Laces Together Sneakers And History

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

From high-heeled kicks to Air Jordans, a traveling exhibit from the Brooklyn Museum encourages us to look at everyday footwear as exquisite objects of desire, and see "sneakerheads" as the historians.