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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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Jim O'Grady appears in the following:

Comparing Apples to Apples in New York

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

WNYC
Which is more of a "core" business in NY State — Apples or apples?

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No Dummy: City's Safest Cabbie Passes WNYC Crash Test

Friday, August 29, 2014

WNYC
Frederick Amoafo just won the first International Taxi Driver of the Year award. WNYC rode along with Amoafo last month to see first hand how he navigates the mean streets of New York.
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Memories Still Burn in Bensonhurst Over the Death of Yusuf Hawkins

Friday, August 22, 2014

WNYC
Bensonhurst has changed a lot since 1989, when a white mob killed a black teenager and Al Sharpton was stabbed in a schoolyard. But among old-timers, tensions remain.

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Why the Port Authority Bus Terminal Is Crumbling, Crowded, Unloved

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The much-maligned Midtown bus terminal was supposed to get a major renovation. Then Governor Christie's office used the money for other projects.

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The Port Authority Bus Terminal: "If Hell Had a Hell"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WNYC

Problems at the "functionally obsolete" transportation hub begin as soon as you walk in.

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The Secret Roots of Our Shark Freak-Outs

Friday, August 08, 2014

It's a summer ritual - everyone freaks out about shark attacks. But, according to WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady, it's a fairly recent phenomenon and one that can be traced to an attack in 1916 in Matawan, NJ. 

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The Frightening True Story that Sparked America’s Shark Mania

Friday, August 08, 2014

WNYC

There would be no Jaws or Sharknado if not for the 1916 shark attacks that left four dead in the waters of New Jersey, and inspired a forgotten act of selflessness.

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America's Obsession With Sharks Has A Long History

Saturday, August 02, 2014

America's obsession with sharks dates to 1916 and a series of attacks along the Jersey Shore — and includes a forgotten act of courage.

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Chokehold Victim Eric Garner's Death Ruled Homicide

Friday, August 01, 2014

Medical examiner says death was caused by "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police."

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MTA and LIRR Unions Trade Verbal Swipes

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WNYC

With the strike clock ticking, the MTA and Long Island Railroad union representatives are intensifying their rhetoric. 

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Google: Mixing Work with World Cup

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Workers around New York relied on their multitasking skills, or gave up on work altogether, as the United States battled Belgium in a tense game during the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup.

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U.S. Soccer Fails Upward

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WNYC

With a loss to Germany, the U.S. Men's National Team moves on to the Round of 16. Their next game will be Tuesday against Belgium. We help you get ready.

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Vehicles To Yield (Slightly) on NYC Streets This Summer

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WNYC

Oceanic sounds in the Park Avenue Tunnel and a car-free Central Park herald the return of summer.

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Warhol Muse Ultra Violet Dies at 78

Monday, June 16, 2014

WNYC

Inspiration for Salvador Dali and star of Andy Warhol's films developed her own successful creative career.

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Can’t Work Today: I’ve Got World Cup Fever

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WNYC

"Uh, my dog is sick," is an excuse one fan has prepared in case his team's World Cup games conflict with work.

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MTA Drivers Are Training to Avoid Collisions — But Is It Working?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

WNYC

The MTA's new hires start with a 10-day training period behind the wheel with an instructor. After that, trainees spend four weeks driving an actual route with an experienced driver watching over them. Is it enough?

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How Many Deaths Does It Take to Redesign an Intersection?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

WNYC

A 25-lane Queens intersection had already claimed one life before 23-year-old Ella Bandes died there last year.

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NYC Transit Workers Approve Contract

Monday, May 19, 2014

After two years of negotiations, the city's largest transit system and its largest union look to have finally settled a protracted contract dispute.

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Map: More Subway Stations Go Wireless

Thursday, May 15, 2014

WNYC

While mobile device users with AT&T plans have lately lost some underground wireless connectivity, riders with the other big three phone carriers can now log on at more subway stations.

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Fatal NYC Intersection Gets Redesigned

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Officials have made changes to 96th Street and Broadway to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and drivers.

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