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:

'King and I' Waltzes onto Broadway

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A new revival of the 1951 production maintains the sweep and romance of the original Rodgers and Hammerstein show while toning down the more problematic parts. 


The Pure Pleasure of 'An American in Paris'

Friday, April 24, 2015

Once a 1950s movie classic, it's now a Broadway musical. It's fresh — and fantastic.

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First-Time Director Works To Uncover the Truth About Tasers

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tasers were thought to be the perfect non-lethal weapon, but a new film explores whether they're too good to be true.


He Swam in the Gowanus and Lived to Tell About It

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Environmental advocate Christopher Swain tells WNYC swimming in the "toxic soup" that is the Gowanus leaves a "grainy feeling in your mouth" like "after you have a bad green smoothy."

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When a Puppet Goes Bad

Friday, April 17, 2015

After the success of Avenue Q, puppets are back on Broadway in "Hand to God."


Binge-Watching 'Wolf Hall'

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels are now on Broadway.


Thousands Attend Brooklyn Funeral for 'Dean of American Preachers'

Monday, April 13, 2015

The life of civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor was celebrated at the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Bedford Stuyvesant.

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Opposites in Class and Ideology, and in Love

Friday, April 03, 2015

Skylight is about economic differences, clashing ideas, and at its most poignant it's about something simple: two people who love each other but can't see eye to eye. 


Flood Insurance Hikes Endanger NYC's Shoreline, Advocates Say

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Once they get to $9,500 a year, flood insurance rates could spell trouble for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods along the city's shoreline.


'Boulevard of Death' to Get Protected Bike Lanes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A dangerous stretch of Queens Boulevard will get protected bike lanes this summer as part of a larger plan to tame the chronically troublesome road.
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A White Guy Walks into a Black Barbershop

Monday, March 30, 2015

As high-end restaurants and luxury condos come to represent a diversifying Harlem, the barbershops remain largely black establishments. But patrons and shop owners are starting to adapt.

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Architecture Treasures from Latin Mega-Cities

Saturday, March 28, 2015

 “The goal was to correct the fact I was taught nothing about Latin America with three degrees in architecture," said MoMA curator Barry Bergdoll about the new exhibition.


At Least 12 Injured in 'Gas-Related' Explosion and Fire on 2nd Avenue

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Firefighters expected to be on site all night at the scene of an explosion and fire that tore through 4 buildings on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street. 

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An Ironic Ode to Photography

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In an era when everyone is a photographer, Polish artist Piotr Uklański is trying to make sense of the medium with his new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.

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Kristin Chenoweth Charms in 'On the Twentieth Century'

Friday, March 20, 2015

This revival is set on a luxury passenger train in the 1930s, and it's the actress who keeps it from going off the rails.

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The Fun and Dark World of Makeup

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Like her daughter Lena Dunham, photographer Laurie Simmons offers a fresh look at our notions of beauty with her new exhibit at the Jewish Museum.

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Architect Michael Graves Transformed Ordinary Architecture and Objects

Friday, March 13, 2015

His colleague, architect Peter Eisenman, called Graves "the consummate artist." 


Helen Mirren Plays the Queen on Broadway

Friday, March 13, 2015

The play "The Audience" comes from the same team as the Academy Award-winning film "The Queen."


Rezoning's Promise of Bigger Buildings Might Push People Out

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Activists want the mayor to talk it out with neighborhood mainstays.


'Don Quixote' in Paintings and Tapestry

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The knight-errant who fought against windmills and imaginary dragons inspired the new exhibit at the Frick Collection.