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Jim O'Grady

Jim O'Grady is the transportation reporter for WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. He’s been a reporter for The New York Times; professor of journalism at NYU; and director of research for the Center for an Urban Future, a policy think tank. He’s also the author of two biographies: Dorothy Day: With Love For The Poor, and Disarmed & Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

Jim lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  

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Fort Lee Residents React to First Bridgegate Guilty Plea

Monday, May 04, 2015

WNYC
In the town hit hardest by the George Washington Bridge lane closures, some are comparing Gov. Christie to Tony Soprano, while others are more forgiving.

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Newark Airtrain, Only 19 Years Old, Is Too Shoddy To Fix

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WNYC
The Port Authority says the monorail will reach the end of its useful life in 2020.

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Inspired by Baltimore, Protests Spill into Manhattan Streets

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Following an evening rally in Union Square, scores of protesters were arrested throughout the city after police warned them on megaphones not to march in the street.

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Islander Fans Already Miss Their 'Wonderful Dump' Of A Stadium

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The N.Y. Islanders are playing their last games on New York's Long Island. They leave the aging Nassau Coliseum for new digs in Brooklyn after the Stanley Cup, and some fans are already in mourning.

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City to Acknowledge It Operated a Slave Market for More Than 50 Years

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WNYC
Wall Street's new historical marker will explain that in the 1700s, New York had an official location for buying, selling and renting human beings.

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Hockey Hub Bids Fans Adieu

Friday, April 10, 2015

As the NY Islanders decamp from the Nassau Coliseum to The Barclays Center, a deeply felt fan culture is about to fade away.

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Tell It True, But Tell It Slant: Stories and Lies

Friday, March 13, 2015

More on lying: WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady explains how to lie convincingly when telling a good story. Plus: we continue our conversation from earlier in the week on children and lying.

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The Truth and Nothing But Lies

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We're playing a game with The Liar Show, where only one panelist's story is true...and telling the truth from the lies is the challenge. 

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Mean Streets 2014: Who We Lost, How They Lived

Monday, February 09, 2015

WNYC
Some 265 people died in traffic crashes in New York City last year. Here are some of their stories. 

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Harper Lee And The Gift That Saved 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Friday, February 06, 2015

WNYC
In the late 1950s, a kind of miracle helped Harper Lee finish writing her soon-to-be-famous novel.

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WNYC
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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How a NYC Non-Profit Did a $26.5 Million Real Estate Deal Without Selling Its Building

Friday, January 16, 2015

WNYC
It sold something that's become equally valuable: air.

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Queens Family Still Waits for Justice in Traffic Death

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

WNYC
A judge finally hears what happened when an SUV ran over 3-year-old Allison Liao, then says he'd deliver his ruling in the future.
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Despite Danger, Chinese-Americans More Accepting of Careers as Cops

Friday, January 02, 2015

WNYC
Officer Wenjian Liu, gunned down on Dec. 20, was one of a small but growing number of Chinese-Americans who are overcoming cultural barriers to become New York City cops.

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In New York, Some Police Funeral Rites Go Back To The Civil War

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Today's funeral service in New York for the two police officers killed last week is part of a long tradition in that city — with modern-day additions like helicopters flying in formation.

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NYPD Funerals: Intense Affairs with Flourishes from the Civil War

Friday, December 26, 2014

WNYC
Returning soldiers brought their solemn rites with them, and that introduced a military pageantry that endures at funerals for NYPD officers. 

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Embargo or Not, Castro Made a Habit of Visiting NY — Ask Bumpy the Bookie

Friday, December 19, 2014

WNYC
Castro honeymooned at the Waldorf in 1948. His 1960 visit, as the U.S. embargo loomed, was a political turning point.

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Police Union Official: Cops in Garner Arrest Used Restraint, Not Chokehold

Saturday, December 06, 2014

WNYC
Ed Mullins, a veteran cop and the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, describes what he sees in the video of Eric Garner's arrest. It's probably not what you see.

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In Staten Island, Reactions to Garner Decision Are Divided By Race and Neighborhood

Thursday, December 04, 2014

WNYC
Emotions were raw in Tompkinsville at the site of Eric Garner's arrest; but in officer Pantaleo's neighborhood on the other side of the island, residents defended the police.

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Listen to Eric Garner's Dad Try to Calm an Angry Protester

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Benjamin Carr, Eric Garner's stepfather, visited the site where Garner was put in a chokehold — and was approached by a stranger. 

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