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 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:

The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Jersey Public Radio
NJ Spotlight
Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.

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It's the Women Who Light Up This 'Town'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Three sailors are at the center of the beloved musical "On the Town," with music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein. But it's the female characters who make this production dance.


Disease Detectives Trace Doctor's Recent Moves

Thursday, October 23, 2014

City officials are fighting a dual threat in light of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York: the spread of the virus and potential panic.  

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The Pain of South Africa, in SoHo

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A new play mixes the humble red dirt and cooking smells of a township with the devastation of AIDS.


Future Storms Could Lead to Financial Disaster

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In 2050, a storm comparable to Sandy could cause $90 billion of damage. That's 4.5 times the damage the storm inflicted in 2012—equal to the entire economy of Ecuador.

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Extreme High Tides Could Flood Our City's Streets

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The sea level around Manhattan increased a foot over the past century. By 2050, scientists predict it will climb another 18 inches, making mild storms as destructive as hurricanes.

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Forecast Calls for More Rain Than We Can Handle

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Current predictions find the New York City of 2050 will have more frequent heavy rainstorms, which means in a city with an aging sewer system, it's going to be messy.

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As Temperatures Climb, So Does the Risk of Blackouts

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As it is, New York City sets a new record for electricity demand every year or two. No one can be sure what 2050 will bring, but if we're not ready, the grid could fail.   

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New York City Could Get as Hot as Alabama in 2050

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By 2050, NYC will likely experience 45 days at or above 90 degrees Farenheit. That's a month and a half of sweltering days, which could be deadly.  

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Tom Stoppard's Take on Love and Art

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Can you ever really know someone else, even if you love them? Maybe, the playwright says — but only if you're an artist.


Why Not Just Have Fun?

Sunday, October 05, 2014

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne star in a delightful Broadway romantic comedy.

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Sexting and Nuclear Talks: Off-Broadway's Take on Politics

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Two new Off-Broadway productions, Lee Blessing's "A Walk in the Woods" and Mario Correa's "Tail! Spin!" look at hypocrisy from very different points of view.


A Dream by the Hudson River

Friday, September 26, 2014

Argentinian artist Fernando Rubio's "Everything by my side" is being performed for the first time in the U.S. — at Hudson River Park's Pier 45.


A Sad But Funny Take on Growing Up

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson star in a Broadway revival of "This is Our Youth."


Shadow of Jail Violence Darkens Bus Ride to Rikers

Friday, August 29, 2014

As problems at Rikers Island reach a tipping point, and the need for reform becomes urgent, mothers, aunts, fiancées and others travel there regularly to check up on loved ones.  

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A Lear Less Bright Than Its Stars

Saturday, August 09, 2014

 King Lear is now showing at The Public's Delacorte Theater as part of their free annual Shakespeare in the Park series.


How Fringe is the Fringe Festival?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

To regular theater goers, Fringe NYC is a must-do. But can something so established be at the forefront of avant garde or experimental theater?

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A Play for You Alone

Saturday, July 19, 2014

In these "theatrical interventions," you're given detailed instructions of where you should go and what to do so that the actor(s) will recognize you. What follows is a thrill-ride of an immersion experience.

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Elaine Stritch Was a Member of the Family at the Carlyle Hotel

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch lived in the Upper East Side hotel for 12 years. We have one man's memories.


An Apartment Building That's a Gallery — for Now

Sunday, July 13, 2014


There's a place in Harlem that is neither a museum nor a gallery —it's an affordable housing development. Yet right now, it is filled with two floors of art.