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WNYC News

From One Governor to Another, an Emotional Eulogy

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Former Governor Mario Cuomo was remembered by his son, Governor Andrew Cuomo, as a mentor, a progressive Catholic and a fierce basketball opponent, among many things.

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WNYC News

At St. Ignatius Funeral, Mario Cuomo to Join List of Notable Figures and Celebrities

Sunday, January 04, 2015

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The Catholic Church on the Upper East Side is known for holding high-profile funerals. 

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WNYC News

At Second NYPD Funeral, Another Affront to de Blasio

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Scores of officers turned their backs on the mayor during his eulogy for slain Officer Wenjian Liu.

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WNYC News

Planning a Funeral for Akai Gurley

Friday, December 05, 2014

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 A funeral for an unarmed man who was shot by an officer on patrol in a housing development stairwell is scheduled for Saturday as protests against police use of force continue.

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Death, Sex & Money

A Funeral Director’s Dead Reckoning

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Caleb Wilde, a sixth-generation funeral director, will bury many of his friends and family in his small town. In a culture so unable to talk about death, he tweets to feel less alone.

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New Sounds

Funeral Music

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hear musical moods not usually associated with funerals, from West African funeral drumming to a jazz march from Norwegian musician Stian Carstensen on this New Sounds.

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The Takeaway

Student Pallbearers Serve the Underprivileged

Monday, July 21, 2014

More than 400 students at the all-male St. Ignatius High School volunteer in the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Ministry, a student organization that leads funerals for deceased people who were homeless, financially insecure or without family to give them a dignified burial.

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WNYC News

Victim of Harlem Blast Given Officer's Funeral

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bagpipes played for Griselde Camacho as her coffin was carried into Bethel Gospel Assembly.

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The Truth

It's Your Funeral (part 2)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Live the death you've always wanted. This is part 2 of a two-part story. Performed by Andy Moskowitz, Ben Jones, Amy Warren, Jackie Hoffman, Blanche Ames, and Damon Ketron. Written by David Wilcox, inspired by a segment from his podcast A Twilight...

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The Truth

It's Your Funeral (part 1)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Live the death you've always wanted. Performed by Andy Moskowitz, Jackie Hoffman, Ben Jones, Damon Ketron, Phoebe Tyres, Shacottha Fields, Blanche Ames, and Rebecca Robles. Written by David Wilcox. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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New Sounds

Funeral Music

Monday, June 10, 2013

On a funereal edition of this New Sounds, hear musical moods that one might not expect to be associated with a funeral from the world over, from West African funeral drumming to a jazz march from Norwegian musician Stian Carstensen.  Listen to music from Brooklyn Rider by Ljova paying tribute to the violinist from Tarafs de Haidouk, Culai.  There’s also Michael Gordon’s setting of Emily Dickinson poetry, as recorded live on Soundcheck, along with a funeral dance by Swedish jazz musician Bengt Berger’s “Bitter Funeral Beer.”  Plus, listen to the post-rock ambient duo Stars of the Lid, along with music by Henry Purcell arranged by Wendy Carlos used in “A Clockwork Orange.”  And more.

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The Takeaway

Bringing Out the Dead, At Home

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Death is painfully human, strangely ordinary, and universal. It causes us pain, it requires planning, and it requires final decisions. But here in America, in most cases, it doesn't require one thing: personally handling the dead. But more and more often, Americans are deciding to do things differently.

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WNYC News

Ed Koch Remembered as a 'Quintessential' New Yorker

Monday, February 04, 2013

Hundreds of people turned out to bid farewell to former Mayor Ed Koch on Monday.

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WNYC News

Newtown Begins to Bury Its Dead

Monday, December 17, 2012

On Monday, the first funerals for the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting took place. Two six year olds, Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, were laid to rest.

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Operavore

Exit Music: Choosing Your Final Playlist

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sooner or later, we all must say farewell. To blogger Fred Plotkin, the best operatic leave-taking is Wotan’s farewell in Die Walküre. What would your exit music be?

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WNYC News

Former NY Governor Hugh Carey Remembered as Financial Savior

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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A who's who of New York politics filed into St. Patrick's Cathedral on Thursday to remember former New York Governor Hugh Carey, known for leading the state out of economic crisis in the 1970s.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Sasha Frere-Jones on the changing role of record labels

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sasha Frere-Jones on the changing role of record labels

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WQXR News

Some Funeral Homes Overcharging Customers

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

City officials say last rites may have been costing customers more than the going rate.

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WNYC News

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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The Takeaway

Mourners Gather in Boston to Pay Respects

Friday, August 28, 2009

Those who loved Senator Ted Kennedy are standing in line to pay their respects, even at this early hour.  Kennedy lies in repose at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. We talk with Sean Corcoran, a senior reporter from WCAI who is in Boston collecting stories from people gathering there. We also talk with Robert from Oakville, Connecticut who drove up with his 14-year-old grandson Ryan.

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