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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:

Mayor Unveils Marker on Wall Street, Where Slaves Were Sold

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In the 1700s, human beings were bought, sold and rented at an official city slave market on Wall Street.

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The High Bridge Spans Centuries, a River and the Lives of Two Little Girls

Friday, June 12, 2015

New York's oldest standing bridge, closed for 40 years, is back.

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Cuomo: I Can Raise Fast-Food Worker Pay Without Albany Approval

Thursday, May 07, 2015

WNYC
He says fast-food workers still need public assistance — and that's proof that the minimum wage is too low.

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NYU Student Detained in North Korea Could Be Helped By His Vague Motivation

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

WNYC
An expert says interlopers who aren't Christian missionaries tend to be treated better.

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In Rescued Letters, a Civil War Soldier from Brooklyn Faces Death

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

WNYC
Samuel Sims, a Union Army captain, embodies the mystery of soldiering: how do you will yourself to run toward almost certain death?

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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
As the author's new novel begins to see the light of day, listen to the unlikely story of what helped Harper Lee finish writing her now-famous first book.

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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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