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WNYC News

Crossing the Border Is Just the First Challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Thousands of unaccompanied kids from Central America face new hurdles as they settle in New York, ranging from learning English to dealing with the trauma of the past.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: A Kid-Friendly Fruit for Healthy Eating

Friday, June 20, 2014

Getting kids in the South Bronx to eat fresh, healthy food can be a challenge, but Coqui the Chef founder Tania Lopez has a secret weapon: avocados. Try her kid-friendly recipe for guacamole.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gramsci in The Bronx

Monday, September 09, 2013

Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn is joined by Yasmil Raymond, Dia Art Foundation curator, and Erik Farmer, Forest Houses Resident Association president, to talk about his public art installation, The Gramsci Monument, constructed by residents in the courtyard of NYCHA’s Forest Houses in the South Bronx.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stickup Kids

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Randol Contreras, assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Fullerton, talks about his new book, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, in which he explores the complexity of the drug trade through research in the South Bronx neighborhood where he grew up.

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Soundcheck

The Ghetto Brothers' Elusive Record Resurfaces, Four Decades Later

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In the late 1960s, the Ghetto Brothers gang formed in the South Bronx. The primarily Puerto Rican and African-American club eventually grew to include several thousand members in the borough alone, and factions of the group spread throughout the U.S. But the Ghetto Brothers wasn't just a gang. They were also a rock band, formed by founding members Benjy, Robert and Victor Melendez.

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Schoolbook

Jonathan Kozol Discusses New Book "Fire in the Ashes"

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Author and activist Jonathan Kozol is interviewed by WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his new book "Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-five Years Among the Poorest Children in America."

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Schoolbook

Using Summer to Narrow Achievement Gap

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

There's a growing body of research that shows that what students do over the summer affects their academic careers -- and whether or not they will be likely to graduate and go on to college. And since lower-income students are more likely to lose academic skills than their peers from higher-income families, New York City has begun a pilot program to help keep these students on track during the summer months.

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Schoolbook

Principal Named to Children's Aid Charter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ife Lenard, the new principal of the Children’s Aid College and Prep, officially started her role in mid-March. Early worries about low application numbers have passed. She said the school has received more than 300 applications for 120 spots. Now she’s looking for staff.

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Schoolbook

A New Bronx Charter School Seeks Tough Cases

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A new Bronx charter school is looking for the children who challenge most other schools: those who are homeless, from low-income single-parent households, English language learners, or suffering from disabilities that put them at a disadvantage to succeed in school. Surprisingly, they are having difficulty attracting them.

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Schoolbook

Cheryl Tyler: Something Worth Fighting For

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

When students and teachers at Public School 277 in the Bronx learned in December that the school would not be closed down, even though it received an F in its progress report, “you could hear the resounding cheer throughout the school,’’ said Cheryl Tyler, the principal. Now, the hard work of coming back has begun.

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Schoolbook

Searching for New Ways to 'Inspire' Parents

Monday, October 24, 2011

A parent coordinator in the South Bronx writes about the challenges of engaging parents in one of the most struggling districts in the city, but says, 'no matter how small the steps or how many things I try I can’t give up on our students or their parents.'

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Schoolbook

Soul Searching at a Struggling School Where Teachers See Progress

Monday, October 03, 2011

The city is taking a hard look at 20 low-performing schools that got D’s and F’s on their latest annual report cards. But one elementary school in the South Bronx, P.S. 277, does not see itself as a failure, despite getting an F.

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Radio Rookies

Money Stress

Monday, October 05, 2009

Erikka Diaz, like many of her neighbors in South Bronx, has lived in poverty her whole life. Her family knows the anxiety that comes with constantly having to scrape money together.

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WNYC News

All Hallows Gaels Displaced By New Yankee Stadium

Sunday, May 17, 2009

This year the Yankees kicked off their new seasons in a shiny new $1.3 billion ballpark. While fans have marveled at the culinary treats and the massive LED screen in the outfield, not everyone is so enthused. The All Hallows High School baseball team in the South Bronx is forced to play their home games on the road and often practice in the school’s cafeteria. That’s because in 2006 theirfield was demolished to make way for the new Yankee stadium. Without a regular field to practice on, the team improvises, but it has already been three years.

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun is high, it’s over 80 degrees outside, a perfect day for baseball. But three hours before their fourth game of the season members of the All Hallows Gaels, are pitching and taking swings indoors.

"Basketball gym, slash church, slash theater, slash everything."

That’s Misaell Cabral, a 16-year-old, junior. He’s the right fielder for the Gaels and is standing about mid-court while his teammate lobs a large soft dimpled ball at him. Cabral takes half-swings, not wanting to make full-contact.

"We can’t practice with actual baseballs, cause we can’t break all the windows," says Cabral. "The team practices pitching on the basketball court and batting in the cafeteria. For pop-ups they toss balls outside in a narrow courtyard next to apartment buildings. It’s concrete, it’s not really baseball material. It’s frustrating at times."

The Gaels used to play at nearby Macombs Dam and John Mullally Park, until construction of the new Yankee stadium began three years ago. State and federal law mandates that park land be replaced an acre for an acre, but due to cost delays and the discovery of barrels of oil along the waterfront, building of new parks has been delayed.

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