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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

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

City Faults Bronx Defenders For Role in Violent, Anti-Cop Rap Video

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WNYC
Lyrics calling for violence against cops aren't unusual. But when a major city contractor is involved, officials took notice.

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The 'Golden Toad' Is Not — Well, Golden

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Venerable theater company Talking Band turns 40 this year. But this isn't the show that should commemorate the anniversary.

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NYC's First Lady Announces a New Approach to Mental Health

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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The first step is to diagnose the problem, says First Lady Chirlane McCray.

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Bad Idea: The Most Powerful Man in America Walks Home Through the Blizzard of 1888

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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An epic snowstorm claims a famous victim, whose death was prompted by pride — and the 19th century version of an Uber price surge.

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Cuomo's Criminal Justice Reforms Facing GOP Pushback

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Cuomo proposed having an independent monitor review cases where a grand jury fails to indict after an officer kills an unarmed civilian. 

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Beginning Again and Again in the Romantic Drama 'Constellations'

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are lovers who may — or may not — get together in Nick Payne's new play.

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Supreme Court To Take Up Gay Marriage (Again)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.

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What It's Like to Wear a Burqa — and a Bikini

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nadia P. Manzoor's autobiographical, one-woman show has a lot to say about women in Muslim communities.

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De Blasio Downplays Chokehold Report

Monday, January 12, 2015

WNYC
The mayor, who has been walking a fine line between his progressive base and his angry police force, said the Inspector General's document focused on the past.

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Chokeholds Subject of First NYPD Inspector General Report

Monday, January 12, 2015

WNYC
The Department of Investigation's new oversight office reviewed the 10 most recent chokehold cases and found inconsistent communication and discipline. 

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Broken Windows Might Be to Blame for Strife Between de Blasio, Cops

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

WNYC
As the mayor ends the era of excessive stop-and-frisk policing, his alternative strategy poses new problems for the NYPD.

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Rejected by Religion, Saved by God

Friday, December 19, 2014

When Kedar Powell came out as gay, his religious father sent him away. But his deep faith sustained (and perhaps saved) him, even through homelessness.
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PR Expert to Muslims: Face Your Haters

Monday, December 15, 2014

As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.
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The Hare Krishnas Are Back, Thanks to Occupy Wall Street

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hare Krishnas were once seen as aggressive, in-your-face zealots. After practically vanishing from the streets of New York, they've returned — in a kinder, gentler incarnation. 
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A Steampunk Fable About Injustice

Friday, December 12, 2014

The tale of Sacco and Vanzetti is told through multimedia wizardry and old fashioned storytelling in HERE Art Center's new production "Send for the Million Men."

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They Were Angry, and Started a Revolution

Thursday, December 11, 2014

 "She’s Beautiful When She's Angry" is a new documentary about a group of women who started the feminist movement in the United States between 1966 and 1971.

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Why Can't We Know More About the Grand Jury Decision?

Friday, December 05, 2014

We were given very few facts about the grand jury proceedings in the death of Eric Garner. That's because New York keeps them secret.

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Photos: NYC Reacts to Garner Grand Jury Decision

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Protests began almost immediately once it leaked that a grand jury decided not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner.

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Staten Island Grand Jury Does Not Indict in Garner Case

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

WNYC
After the decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the death of an unarmed black man, the Justice Department said it would conduct a civil rights investigation into Eric Garner's death.

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Why 160 Immigrant Teens Call an Old Bus Depot 'School'

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A Long Island district claims its main high school is full, but a state report found these new students aren’t getting proper instruction. The deadline for setting a new plan: today.

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