Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Benjamin Stein and Brian Zumhagen discuss The Canvas, written by Stein and translated by Zumhagen. Loosely based on the true story of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose fabricated 1995 Holocaust memoir transfixed the reading public, The Canvas has two inter-related narratives that each begin at either end of the book and meet in the middle.
Parents at a Brooklyn elementary school are calling on the Department of Education to move faster to remove toxic PCBs from lighting fixtures in school buildings around the city.
Zoning changes aimed at making it easier to construct energy-efficient buildings are expected to win approval from the City Council on Monday.
The City Council considered a package of bills aimed at preventing fraud in city contracting and strengthening protections for the people who expose it during a hearing Monday.
The city and the MTA are trading shots over who owns the site of a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured four others on Tuesday.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the MTA wasn't following the same safety rules at the site of Tuesday's crane collapse that other property owners must follow because the transportation authority is exempt from local regulations.
The NYPD collected information on many American-owned businesses in New York City, specifically because they were owned by Muslim-Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Associated Press. Several Muslim groups are calling for an end to the practice, even as Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to defend the department's methods.
Families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York City say revelations that partial remains of several victims from the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., were incinerated by a military contractor and sent to a landfill could prompt them to re-open their case against the city.
A new exhibit spotlights the work of a newspaper sketch artist who survived Auschwitz by doing portraits of SS guards. Learn about a daughter’s quest to reassemble her father’s body of work.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun training people from the Newark, New Jersey, area so they can work on the federal cleanup of the Passaic River.
The U.S. Housing Secretary praised the federal-state settlement endorsed by the state’s Attorney General on Friday, saying help is on the way for homeowners facing foreclosure.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Monday he’s “embarrassed” by the allegations that members of the East Haven police department were attacking and intimidating Latino residents.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the NYPD is conducting a brutality probe against four officers after a video showed a suspect being struck and kicked.
Low-income New Yorkers built up $250,000 in savings last year by putting their tax refunds in the bank as part of an incentive program, officials said Monday.
Nancy Shevell, wife of Paul McCartney, announced on Wednesday that she will step down from her post on MTA board.
Transit officials say shutting down sections of subway lines for several nights in a row could be a new model for how to do maintenance work on the city’s subway system.
Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to defend his plan to deny school districts additional state funding unless they put in place a method for evaluating teachers.
New York's top court says the state can require major polluters to restore Superfund sites to the condition they were in before they were contaminated.