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Radio Problems Cited in Former Deutsche Bank Building Fire

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Firefighters had a lot of trouble communicating by radio when they fought a fire last year at the former Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site. Firefighters made more than 30 distress calls from inside the burning building, but not all of them ...


City Restaurants Comply with Calorie Count Rules

Friday, August 01, 2008

Most city restaurants are complying with new rules requiring them to list calorie counts on their menus, according to state health officials.

City inspectors cited just nine restaurants for failing to post calorie counts in the first week after they began enforcing the rule on July ...


NAACP: Historical Audio Files

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On the eve of the centennial convention, WNYC looked into its archives for some historical perspectives:

>> Marian Anderson on the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.


Radiolab’s Audio-Visual Smackdown

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Radio Lab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich face off over which medium is superior -- television or radio -- with Ira Glass, whose program, This American Life, is both a radio show and TV show, acting as referee.


Conn. Seniors Sound Off on Elections

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Have you ever wondered what's on the mind of the crowd that always votes -- senior citizens? WNYC's Amy Pearl brought a microphone to a bagel brunch in her mother's condo in a self-described "over 50" community in Newtown, Connecticut.

WNYC's Amy Pearl with ...


City Tries Proactive Approach to Rat Extermination

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The city Health Department is taking a new approach to an old problem. In an effort to rid the city of rats -- or at least seriously limit their numbers -- health officials are testing a program to "proactively" examine infested neighborhoods.

REPORTER: Assistant Commissioner for ...


Families of Firefighters to Sue City, State Agencies

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The families of 2 firefighters who were killed in a blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building plan to sue the state and the city for $180 million dollars.

They claim that the incompetence of multiple agencies caused the deaths. Among those agencies - the Lower ...


Cuomo Expands Mortgage Inquiry

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The New York Attorney General has expanded his investigation into mortgage fraud to include companies that buy loans from banks.

REPORTER: Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - seeking information on how the companies have handled property appraisals.

CUOMO: The initial fraudulent process, in ...


Low Turnout for Election Day

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

It's Election Day and the polls are open. In New Jersey, all the seats in the state Senate and Assembly are up for a vote. There are also some big referenda on the ballot. One asks whether all money generated from last year's sales tax ...


Agreement for East Side Plan

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

City and state officials who represent the East Side say they have reached an agreement with a developer to build a new school and more affordable housing units.

REPORTER: Officials say that the East River Realty Corporation - which wants to develop the site where the ...


Final Conviction in Hate Crime Case

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The last of 4 men charged with attacking a gay man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempted robbery as hate crimes.

Twenty-year-old Ilya Shurov agreed yesterday to serve 17 ½ years in prison in a plea. In turn, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of felony ...


Bloomberg Apologizes to Zadroga Family

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has apologized to the father of a police detective he had described last week as “not a hero” because of questions about his death following his work on the World Trade Center cleanup.

BLOOMBERG: I certainly apologize to the family for my comments, ...


First Hearing on Congestion Pricing Plan

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The first in a series of public hearings on Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal took place last night, on Long Island.

REPORTER: Some opponents believe the plan to charge drivers entering certain parts of Manhattan is an end run around tolls on the East River bridges.

Bert ...


New York Ready for Cold Winter

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The state Public Service Commission says its annual review shows natural gas utilities are “winter ready” for the heating season.

The commission says utilities providing natural gas service in the state have adequate supplies, delivery capacity and storage inventory to meet customer demands under severe winter ...


Same Sex Couples Denied Coverage in NJ

Monday, July 09, 2007

UPS has denied health benefits to some same-sex couples in New Jersey. Gay rights advocates say the shipping company's move illustrates the limitations of the state's civil union law.

UPS provides health benefits to its employees' spouses, including married gay couples in Massachusetts. But, it says ...


NYC Tourism Office Opens in Seoul

Monday, July 02, 2007

The city's tourism arm has opened its first office in Seoul.

The new Korean office was opened by NYC and Company - the marketing and tourism organization for New York City. The office is the next step in the organization's plan to build a global network ...


Klein Reflects on Last Day of School

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Chancellor Joel Klein says his 5th year on the job has been his most exciting yet. Speaking to reporters on the last day of school, Klein said he was proud of the city's steady gains on state achievement tests.

REPORTER: And he said the upcoming reforms, ...


Mayor Lobbies for ACS Workers

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg plans to lobby for more protections for Children's Services caseworkers. Bloomberg says he wants Albany to create legislation that will make it a felony to assault a social worker.

BLOOMBERG: In many cases there are drug or alcohol or psychiatric problems among the adults ...


Governor Previews Health Care Reforms

Friday, January 26, 2007

Governor Spitzer is proposing to provide health insurance to the hundreds of thousands of children in New York state who currently have no coverage.

In his health care reform agenda unveiled in Albany this afternoon, Spitzer says more than 2.5 million residents across the state are ...


Two Sentenced in Seton Hall Dorm Fire

Friday, January 26, 2007

Two former roommates will be sentenced today for setting a fire at a Seton Hall dormitory that killed 3 students. That fire happened 7 years ago now.

The judge will hear from the families of those who died and from several survivors of the blaze. Under ...