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StoryCorps 378: In the Pool

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On June 18th, 1964, J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo were two of several black and white protesters who jumped into the whites only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida.

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WNYC News

Why Free Summer Meals Are Already More Popular Than Last Year

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WNYC

The New York City Department of Education has already served about 50,000 more free meals this summer than all of last summer. That’s thanks in large part to one new location: a refrigerated truck outside of a library in Flushing, Queens that has already handed out more than 40,000 meals.

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WNYC News

A Tale of Two Pools: A Day at the Pool in Wake of McCarren Park Incidents

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sunbathers sprawling out poolside and swimmers finding relief from the unrelenting city swelter at McCarren Park Pool on a recent afternoon. It wasn't much different at Astoria Pool, the city's largest. But the heightened security at McCarren was a subtle reminder of the violent incidents this summer that have marred its reopening.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Commissioner Benepe on the McCarren Pool

Friday, July 06, 2012

New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe discusses the incidents at the newly opened McCarren Pool, takes calls from Williamsburg/Greenpoint residents, and puts pool violence in context.

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WNYC News

Swimmers Suggest Ways to Restore Order at McCarren Pool

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

It's been less than a week since McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn reopened after being closed for nearly 30 years. Already, a lifeguard has been attacked and three men have been arrested  and charged with second-degree assault for allegedly assaulting a police officer, as well as reports of thefts. Those incidents haven't stopped many from coming out for a swim at the at the Greenpoint-Williamsburg landmark.

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Features

How to Make the Most of the Hottest Summer Days in NYC

Thursday, July 21, 2011

With the temperature in New York City heating up to nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s going to take a lot more than a bottle of ice water and a good air conditioning unit to keep you cool and composed. Here are our top ten suggestions for taking advantage of this week’s heat.

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Features

Outdoor Pools to Open this Week

Monday, June 27, 2011

On Wednesday, 54 outdoor pools will open their doors for summer swimming and sunbathing. There will be four fewer pools open this year and all pools will close two weeks early. Plus: See a list of our favorite city pools.

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WQXR News

Why Many Black Women Won't Go Swimming

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Swimming is a great form of exercise, a refreshing summer activity and an important life skill. Yet African American women seem to be, let's say, less than enthusiastic.

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WNYC News

Chlorine and Curls: Why Many Black Women Won't Go Swimming

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A recent national survey found that African-Americans are less likely to learn how to swim than whites. The reasons for this difference are quite complicated. In his documentary "Good Hair," comedian Chris Rock interviews African-Americans about the lengths they will go to in order to achieve a certain look with their hair. That desire can make getting into deep water a non-starter for some. WNYC's Jenna Flanagan explores the accepted belief that black women don't swim.

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WQXR News

Free Swimming Classes at New York City Pools

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Swimming classes start this week at New York City public pools. The city Department of Parks & Recreation’s free "Learn to Swim" classes are open to children and adults at 35 of the city's 54 pools. The first round of classes begins Wednesday after Tuesday’s registration period.

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WNYC News

103 Reasons the Back of Your Neck is All Sweaty and Gritty

Friday, August 21, 2009

The temperature was 103 degrees Friday afternoon on the Number 1 train platform at 72nd Street

The temperature was 103 degrees Friday afternoon on the Number 1 train platform at 72nd Street

Make no mistake, it's hot and sticky out there.

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