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Jennifer Vanasco

Jennifer Vanasco is a News Editor at WNYC where she edits the newscast for air and web and is the newsroom's theater critic.

She previously was the Minority Reports columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, where she analyzed how the mainstream media covered social minorities, and the editor in chief of MTV's LGBT news and politics website 365gay.com. Her nationally-syndicated, weekly newspaper column Common Life ran w for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She was a full-time theater critic in Chicago and taught journalism for 10 years at the University of Chicago's Graham School. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco

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The Harsh Winter Has Unexpected Effects on NYC Environment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring is finally here after one of the longest, coldest snowiest winters in years. Multiple snowfalls and sustained freezing temperatures took a toll on many New Yorker’s psyches, as well as on the natural environment.

 

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Soderbergh's 'The Library' Takes the Blood out of a School Shooting

Saturday, April 19, 2014

'The Library' marks filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's New York theater debut.

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Businesses Are Waiting for Sandy Aid, Too

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Homeowners aren't the only ones waiting for the city to hand out federal aid.

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Used and Abused: The Life of a Muse

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Many painting and sculpture masterpieces wouldn't exist if it weren't for a model who posed for hours, or even days. But life for these muses didn't always go well.

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The Death (But Where's the Life?) of a Muse

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Theater review of the Off-Broadway play Human Fruit Bowl.

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These Buses Are Slower Than a Wooden Rowboat

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Two transportation advocacy organization have given out their annual "awards" for slowest and least reliable New York City bus service.

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Storm Tracker: Winter Wonderland Headed to NYC Saturday

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Let it snow—until Saturday night, when it turns to icy sleet. Sunday will be warmer, though you'll need your boots to wade through the slush.

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Fed RR Administration: Metro-North Must Comply With Emergency Order; Cuomo Responds

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Federal Railroad Administration of the Department of Transportation announced an emergency order Friday requiring Metro-North to control passenger train speeds.

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Our Holiday Guide For Theater Lovers

Friday, December 06, 2013

The holiday season means yet more to chose from on New York stages. There are dozens of Christmas-inspired shows — from the classic, to the "Occupy" versions — many family productions to consider if you have visitors in town, and several plays to see before they close.

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New Yorkers Mourn Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013

New Yorkers from the statehouse to the streets mourned South African anti-apartheid leader and former president Nelson Mandela after his death on Thursday.

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'Apartheid Is Doomed': Listen to Mandela's Historic Speech at NYC City Hall

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In June 1990, Nelson Mandela visited New York City. It was his first visit to the United States after being released from prison. At the end of a ticker-tape parade up Broadway's Canyon of Heroes, he stood on the steps of City Hall and gave this speech.

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Feds Say Metro-North Safety Record 'Unacceptable'

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

UPDATED. The U.S. Department of Transportations's Joseph Szabo sent a letter to the MTA Tuesday that said "four serious accidents in less than seven months is simply unacceptable" and expressed "serious concerns" after Sunday's derailment in the Bronx.

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In Harm's Way: The 10 Lives That Were Lost

Monday, November 25, 2013

WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan spent 12 months listening to the legacy of their lives: Paging through photo albums, talking to their families and friends. These are the young people who were lost.

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How to Help Victims of the Phillipines Typhoon

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

There is currently a critical need for food, clean drinking water, shelter and medicine in the Phillipines. Looking to help? WNYC has compiled some aid agencies providing relief to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Explainer: Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Friday, October 18, 2013

Confused about who can get married in New Jersey when? We break it down for you - with the assistance of Hayley Gorenberg, deputy director at Lambda Legal.

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Explainer: What's Going On In Syria

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama Administration is planning a military intervention in Syria. In case you just started following the story now, here's what you need to know. UPDATED with information from Obama's Saturday speech.

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Police Say New NYPD Laws Make Them the Bad Guys: Union

Friday, August 23, 2013

The new law that makes it easier for people to sue the NYPD for profiling is making police officers into the bad guys, the head of the sergeants’ union says.

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Holliswood Hospital in Queens Closing its Doors

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A psychiatric hospital in Queens is closing its doors for good within the next few days. The facility's CEO says it's not making enough to operate.

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Poll: De Blasio Leaps to First Place

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has shot to first place among the pack of Democratic mayoral candidates, with support from 30 percent of likely primary voters according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday.

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Some Police Departments Embrace Body Cameras

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Now that a federal judge has declared New York's stop-and-frisk unconstitutional, some patrol officers will be strapping on judicially-mandated body cameras. It's a first for the NYPD — but other police departments across the country are already using the technology.

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