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Stephen Nessen

Reporter, WNYC News

Stephen Nessen appears in the following:

How to Avoid a Trashed Umbrella Today

Monday, January 25, 2010

(Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

When it rains in the city, many New Yorkers seem caught off guard. They scramble to the nearest bodega or street vendor and buy one of those folding black umbrellas. That's a ...

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Air America Radio Closes, Will File for Bankruptcy

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Air America Radio is shutting down its operations.

Launched in April 2004, Air America was billed as the liberal alternative to right-wing radio. A statement on the company Web site explains the decision: "This past year has seen a 'perfect storm' in the media industry generally. National and local advertising ...

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Today in History: Amelia Earhart Takes First Solo Flight From Hawaii to California

Monday, January 11, 2010

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On this day in 1935 Amelia Earhart completed the first solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland, California. According to reports at the time, her takeoff was nearly a disaster. It had been raining all morning, but by late afternoon ...

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Today in History: John Lennon Killed

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

(Mychele Daniau /AFP/Getty Images)

(Mychele Daniau /AFP/Getty Images)

John Lennon was shot dead 29 years ago today.

The 40-year-old singer, songwriter, and peace activist was entering his apartment building, the Dakota, at around 11:00 p.m. when he was shot four times in the ...

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Today in History: Attack on Pearl Harbor

Monday, December 07, 2009

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island.

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island.

When news of Pearl Harbor broke, ...

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Bloomberg Sues Thompson for Blocking Plan to Re-Open Brooklyn Jail

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is suing his former rival, City Comptroller Bill Thompson, for blocking his plan to re-open a Brooklyn jail. Thompson has refused to sign off on a $34-million contract to renovate the Brooklyn House of Detention, a project he calls flawed, wasteful, and a "product of favoritism."

But Jonathan Becker, ...

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Today in History: Rosa Parks Arrested

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Rosa Parks arrested Dec. 1, 1955

Rosa Parks arrested Dec. 1, 1955

The facts: On Dec. 1, 1955, a seamstress got off work at the Montgomery Fair department store and boarded a bus. She took a seat in the fifth row, the 'Colored Section,' and ...

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Today in History: JFK Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The body of President John. F. Kennedy lies in repose in the East Room of the White House. (Abbie Rowe, National Park Service)

The body of President John. F. Kennedy lies in repose in the East Room of the White House. (Abbie Rowe, National Park ...

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Independent Bookstore Week Events on Tap

Monday, November 16, 2009

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As we roll into the sixth day of Independent Bookstore Week (11 days actually) there are still plenty of events to check out. Grab some free food, take part in photo scavenger hunt, or attend readings, lectures, and costume parties.... There are ...

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Happy Birthday Aaron Copland

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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The Brooklyn-born, American composer Aaron Copland was born Nov. 14, 1900. He is best known for incorporating indigenous American music, jazz and folk, into his compositions. A child of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, he eventually went on to study music in France. When he ...

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Veterans Day: Remembering WWI Through Songs of the Time

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Front Page of the Times, Nov. 11, 1918

Front Page of the Times, Nov. 11, 1918

Today is Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, a remembrance of the end of the 'Great War,' WWI. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, ...

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La Guardia--New York's First Three-Term Mayor

Monday, November 02, 2009

Mayor Fiorello Henry LaGuradia courtesy of the WNYC Archives Collection

Mayor Fiorello Henry LaGuradia courtesy of the WNYC Archives Collection

 

On the eve of election day we combed through the WNYC archives to find what New York's first three-term mayor, ...

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The Dumpling Has Its Day

Friday, October 23, 2009

Chinese dumplings-jiao zi (China Photos/Getty Images)

Chinese dumplings-jiao zi (China Photos/Getty Images)


It goes by many names: pierogi, gnocchi, tamale, pot sticker, wonton, palitaw, kuih koci, idli or just dumpling. It can be found in dozens of countries and ...

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The Guggenheim Turns 50

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)


The museum known for its distinct spiral and ramp, which the architect Frank Lloyd Wright said was designed to create 'an atmosphere of the unbroken ...

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NYC Schools Start Flu Vaccines Next Week

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Parents of elementary school children in New York City are receiving swine flu vaccine consent forms this week. The citywide voluntary - and free - vaccine program is starting next Wednesday at local elementary schools.

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2010 Watch List for World Monuments

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (courtesy of wmf.org)

Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (courtesy of wmf.org)


The World Monuments Fund (WMF), a group dedicated to protecting places and buildings that are, 'irreplaceable monuments to human culture,' ...

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Digital Clocks Coming to Subway Stations Soon

Friday, October 02, 2009

Furtive glances down darkened subway tunnels may be a thing of the past, now that the MTA has set a timeline for installing countdown clocks. They'll display how long until the next train arrives. The authority says more than 150 stations, along the numbered lines will have clocks up and ...

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Keys, Sunglasses, 18th Century Violin...Whoops!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Korean violinist Hanh-Bin is in good company. Like Philippe Quint and Gidon Kremer who forgot their violins, or Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell who forgot their cellos in New York taxis, Hahn-Bin left his 18th century, $600,000 violin in a taxi yesterday.

On a ride from Lincoln Center to Chinatown, ...

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Brooklyn 8th Grader Saves Superman

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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When Superman is crippled by Kryptonite, sometimes he just needs the help of an 11-year old and his speech teacher.

Brooklyn eighth grader, Hakeem Bennett, and his special education teacher, Matthew Brown, are featured in a new Superman ...

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Party Prince In the City

Friday, May 29, 2009

HRH Prince Harry smiles as he helps plant a tree during an official naming of the British Garden at Hanover Square on May 29, 2009, in New York City.

HRH Prince Harry smiles as he helps plant a tree during an official naming of the British Garden at Hanover Square on May 29, 2009, in New York City.


Prince Harry, is known for his partying, but that may change with his first official visit to the U.S. today. The 24-year old Prince of Wales first stopped at Ground Zero to lay a wreath and was then whisked to nearby Hanover Square to officially name a British garden in honor of 67 Britons who died in the terrorist attacks.


John Farrell lives nearby and noticed recent renovations to the park, and stopped by to have a look. He's not much impressed with British royalty, but has to admit the changes are nice.


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