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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:

Last Night to See the Lively, Ethereal Illuminated Sculptures at Wave Hill

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's a rare treat to experience the beautiful Bronx garden in the changing light of the setting sun.

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Pirate Queens Singing Shanties in Red Hook

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A show about pirates. Performed on the water, and it's spring. What's not to like?

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A Tale Told By an Idiot

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Based on the first part of Faulkner's seminal work, Elevator Repair Service's "The Sound and the Fury" immerses the audience in a chaotic, and at times incomprehensible, world.

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Brooklyn Museum Names New Director

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creative Time's Anne Pasternak is the woman behind the Domino Sugar Factory sphinx.

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A Sailboat and Free Ice Cream in Central Park. It's Art

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Drifting in Daylight" from Creative Time features eight free, participatory artworks in the northern part of the park.

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Chinese Fashion Takes Over the Met

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A new show features Chinese-inspired gowns by designers like Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Guo Pei, who created that yellow dress for Rihanna.

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Rooting for the Devilish Chita Rivera

Saturday, May 09, 2015

 At 82, the actress can command an audience with a tilt of her head, and get us to root for greed and revenge.

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What de Blasio's Progressive Budget Looks Like

Friday, May 08, 2015

Mayor de Blasio's $78.3 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2016 presents the fullest picture yet of how his administration aims to make good on its main policy goals.

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Being Young and Muslim After 9/11

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A theater documentary explores the personal experiences of five Muslim New Yorkers.

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Prosecutor of Garner Case Elected to Congress

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan won a special election Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm.

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'Grounded' Takes Flight at the Public

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Anne Hathaway portrays a drone pilot in this one-woman show directed by Julie Taymor.

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There Goes the Last DJ

Friday, May 01, 2015

After nearly five decades of hosting "old style, freeform, broadcast radio" in Metro New York, Vin Scelsa is retiring. Hear our conversation with him about his serendipitous career.

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In the Living Room with a Gay Dad and a Lesbian Daughter

Friday, May 01, 2015

"Fun Home" transforms cartoonist Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir into an affecting, yet buoyant, chamber musical.

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The Big Tony Nomination Surprise

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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WNYC's theater critic looks at who made it — and who didn't.

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As Earthquake Death Toll Mounts Local Nepalese Figure Out Ways to Help

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The New York City Nepalese community is urgently giving money, food and clothes to help earthquake victims. 

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Gas Leaks in Buildings Are Common and Often Not Inspected

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A WNYC investigation finds that potentially dangerous gas pipes across the city are not being checked and fixed because Department of Buildings inspectors don't have access.

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'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. 

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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.

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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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