Jennifer Vanasco

News Editor, WNYC News

Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:

Risk Connecting With Strangers On A Phone Or A Stage At 'A Thousand Ways'

Saturday, June 19, 2021

"A Thousand Ways" at the Public Theater asks us to reveal ourselves to a stranger - another (anonymous) ticket holder. 

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What Should Museums Look Like In An Age Of Protest?

Thursday, June 17, 2021

A new book by the former president and executive director of the Queens Museum examines the history of cultural institutions and how they chould change for the better.

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The Extras Of "In The Heights" On What The Film Means To The Community

Friday, June 11, 2021

Two years ago, the producers announced that filming would not only take place in the neighborhood, but the production wanted locals to be background actors.

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The American Museum Of Natural History's Gem And Mineral 'Nanny Room' Is No More

Thursday, June 03, 2021

The newly-renovated Hall of Gems and Minerals trades in its ramp-strewn indoor playground for huge specimens and a focus on connection.

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Brooklyn Comic Says Nets Are Borough's New Dodgers

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

As the star-studded hoops team continues its march through the NBA playoffs, they're redeeming the borough's image as a home of high-level sports.

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Like Revivified Cicadas, Knicks End Playoff Dormancy

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The odds are long but the Knicks could face the powerhouse Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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How ACT UP Took On The AIDS Crisis And Transformed Political Activism

Monday, May 17, 2021

A new book documents how the group ACT UP transformed AIDS activism. 

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Get An Insider's View of Bushwick With "Taxilandia"

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Theater artist Modesto Flaco Jiménez spent years driving a cab in the neighborhood. Now he's created a show that takes people around HIS Bushwick.

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The Get Out (May 13, 2021)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco gives suggestions for what to do this weekend, while safely social distancing.

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'The Boy From Medellin' Focuses on J Balvin Under Pressure

Friday, May 07, 2021

 “The Boy From Medellin” follows reggaeton superstar J Balvin as he prepares the biggest concert of his career against the backdrop of political turmoil in Colombia. 

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Gracie Mansion Is A Free House - Why Don't Mayors Want To Live There?

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

More than a dozen candidates are vying to be New York's next mayor. The winner will be offered a major perk: the chance to live at historic Gracie Mansion. 

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The Get Out (April 30, 2021)

Friday, April 30, 2021

WNYC Culture Editor Jay Vanasco joins us to discuss things to do this weekend. 

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After A Broadway Producer Steps Back, What Happens Next?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Washington Post's Peter Marks explains who Scott Rudin is, and what might happen next. 

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Where To Find Cherry Blossoms in NYC

Friday, April 16, 2021

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco shares the best places to see cherry blossoms in NYC.

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Theaters, Music Venues, Museums Still Waiting on Federal Stimulus Money

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Congress passed the arts stimulus over three months ago; but glitches large and small have kept the application process from starting.

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Singing Telegrams For Those Who Just Need a Song

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

"A Generous Act: Singing Telegrams" allows accomplished performers to practice their art, even as Broadway remains dark.

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Finally, A Play Opens: What It's Like To Be At One Of The First Indoor Shows In A Year

Sunday, April 04, 2021

"Blindness" is now running at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square.

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The South Street Seaport Museum Is Keeping The Sea Shanty Tradition Alive

Friday, April 02, 2021

Sea shanties have found viral fame on the social media app TikTok. But WNYC's Katherine Fung reports, one New York City museum was years ahead of the trend.

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The Get Out (April 1, 2021)

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Our ongoing segment with WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco.

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On Cusp Of New Baseball Season, Reflections On Joy And Torment Of Mets Fandom

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Loving the Mets is worth it, the author of a new book says, but just barely. It's not that they always lose — occasionally, they're quite good — it's how they do it when they do. 

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