Richard Hake

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Report Recommends More Discretion for Judges in Drug Cases

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A state sentencing commission has issued a new report, a year after it was charged with looking at how to reform New York's Rockefeller drug laws. The commission recommends allowing judges more discretion in sentencing first and second-time non-violent drug offenders.

It also calls for more ...


Remembering a Brooklyn Soldier

Monday, February 02, 2009

Six hundred thirty-nine Americans have died so far in the war in Afghanistan.

The most recent casualty was Marine Lance Cpl. Julian T. Brennan of Brooklyn.

WNYC's Kathleen Horan spoke with his family and joined Richard Hake with this memorial.


Big Apple's Bite of Obama's Stimulus Bill

Thursday, January 29, 2009

President Obama's economic stimulus bill passed a big hurdle last night. The $819 billion package cleared the house by a vote of 244 to 188. Here to tell us what's in it for New York is Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who represents parts of Manhattan and ...


NYC Eyes $3.4 Billion Budget Boost From D.C.

Monday, January 26, 2009

New York City could realize $3.4 billion dollars in Federal aid this year if Congress passes the Obama's Administration's $825 billion dollar Economic Recovery Plan. Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer and Congressman Rangel outlined the details of the plan last night.

The bail-out details come the same ...


New Leader Named for City Opera

Thursday, January 15, 2009

After a tumultuous search process, New York City Opera has chosen their new artistic director and general manager.

The company's hovered near financial collapse and they were unceremoniously rejected by their first choice for the top job. Now, they've picked George Steel, who's known to some ...


Looking Under the Radar

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A dozen Broadway shows may be closing, but sixteen more shows open downtown in a theater festival that starts today. It’s the Under the Radar festival: it bring plays, musicals and performance pieces from all over the world for a 12-day theater extravaganza. Performance critic ...


NYPD Commissioner Calls Verdicts "Disappointing"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's not everyday we get a verdict, let alone a mistrial, in a police murder case. Yesterday, we got both. Former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato was cleared of second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of off-duty police officer, Daniel Enchautegui.

A judge also declared a ...


Ethics Issues Continue to Dog Congressman Rangel

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The congressional session is drawing to a close, and so far, there's no resolution to the ethical issues raised by the conduct of Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel.

Last week, the House Ethics committee decided to expand its investigation into Rangel's finances, including whether he traded his ...


NYC Professor Translates during Mumbai Attacks

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

When a Brooklyn Rabbi and his wife were taken hostage during the Mumbai terrorist attacks 2 weeks ago, Rabbis with Chabad here in the United States went urgently looking for someone who could speak Urdu, English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The man they found is Pace ...


Divers Plumb the Depths of City's Water System

Monday, November 24, 2008

If you didn't see yesterday's New York Times, then you missed what is now the most e-mailed article from their New York section. The story starts with a leak in the city's complex water system that's turned into a 36 million gallon-a-day gusher.

To fix this ...


Behind "The Cost of Doing Business"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty-seven construction workers have died on the job this year, and a slowing economy may not do a whole lot to solve this problem.

REPORTER: For the past nine months, WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Matthew Schuerman have been investigating the downside of the city’s building ...


BAM Pays Tribute to Asia Argento

Friday, October 31, 2008

Sexy, scary and often naked. That’s what a career retrospective at the Brooklyn Academy of Music promises this Halloween Weekend. It’s a tribute to the Italian actress and director Asia Argento.

Joining us is Film Critic Nathan Lee. He's a regular blogger on and he’s ...


NYS Senate: Evaluating a Power Shift

Thursday, October 30, 2008

With the Election just 5 days, there's an intense battle underway and it's not just over the White House. Control of the New York State Senate also hangs in the balance.

Republicans have controlled the Chamber since 1965 but their majority has shrunk to only 2 ...


Bottoms Up: Brooklyn Brews Hop Obama Ale

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Are you ready for tonight's debate? Many are getting ready.

FEY: Oh and for those Joe Packs out there playing a drinking game at home, maverick!

That of course was Tina Fey doing her infamous impression of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

People really are playing drinking games ...


New York Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The New York Film Festival is a curated, boutique festival showing 28 films from 18 countries. Film critic Nathan Lee joined Richard Hake to discuss what's hot this year.

More from Nathan Lee on Art.Cult

More on the New York ...


GOP Stars Take RNC Stage

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The GOP got off to a rocky start this week as Hurricane Gustav threatened to put a damper on the convention festivities. But now that the storm has passed, the Republicans are back on schedule and they're coming out swinging.

Tonight, Rudy Giuliani makes the keynote ...


Waterboarding as Art?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

For years now we've heard about that controversy surrounding the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. One part of that controversy stems from concerns over the use of waterboarding, a technique that some have equated to torture that's allegedly used to gather information from detainees. It's ...


Energy Companies Target Consumers

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Imagine this scenario: you're sitting at home and there's a knock on the door. The person says they can help you save money on your energy costs. And with an economy like this, who doesn’t want to save money?

All you need to do is show ...


Paterson Calls for Emergency Legislative Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The buck stops here. That's Governor Paterson's message to New Yorkers concerning the state's fiscal crisis.

Paterson's July 29 Budget Speech

Paterson's July 30 Budget Update

PATERSON: It is time for New York and other governments to cut up our ...


Broadway Bids Farewell to Passing Strange

Friday, July 18, 2008

The musical Passing Strange will close at the Belasco Theater this Sunday, after a run of only 5 months. The filmmaker Spike Lee is making a film version. So what's it take to stay open on Broadway these days? Charles Isherwood is a theater critic ...