Jim O'Grady

Reporter, WNYC News

Jim O'Grady is a features reporter at WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. He’s been a reporter for The New York Times; professor of journalism at NYU; and director of research for the Center for an Urban Future, a policy think tank. He’s also the author of two biographies: Dorothy Day: With Love For The Poor, and Disarmed & Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

Jim lives in Brooklyn.  

Jim O'Grady appears in the following:

Episode 5: White Like Me

Thursday, October 20, 2016

For some on Long Island, their expectations don't match their realities. So, we examine what truly happens with a dream deferred.

Race, Class, and the United States of Anxiety

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In their new podcast, "The United States of Anxiety," WNYC & The Nation look at polarizing issues in this election. This episode: the politics of being white, male, and working class. 
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Former Aide Says Christie Learned of Lane Closures at 9/11 Ceremony

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In dramatic testimony, a top Christie ally describes in detail a conversation where he says the lane closures were discussed with Gov. Christie.

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Side by Side Long Island Towns Are Divided on Debate Day

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hempstead hollers for Hillary Clinton while, across the tracks, Garden City plumps for Donald Trump.

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From Naked Arms to Nude Knickers: A Tale of Women and Tennis

Friday, September 09, 2016

Changing attitudes about the display of women's bodies have played out for decades on the tennis court, especially at the U.S. Open.

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Author Says Look Up, Down And Around: We Live Inside a Computer

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It's not The Matrix (yet), but the equipment that powers our devices is enveloping us, especially in New York.

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Alex Rodriguez Retires After 13 Years With The Yankees

Friday, August 12, 2016

Alex Rodriguez is retiring from the Yankees after 13 years with the team. At his last game on Friday, A-Rod will hardly get the same farewell as former Yankee and all-around good guy Derek Jeter. Rodriguez was a prodigy and a power hitter, but left fans disgusted by the way he handled a much publicized steroids scandal.


Before Hillary Clinton was 'The Devil,' Victoria Woodhull was 'Mrs. Satan'

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, faced similar smears as Clinton but temperamentally, the women are wildly different.

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Tie Guy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Friday, June 17, 2016

Look closely at those "bubble people" on the MTA's public service ads. They may contain subliminal messages about class conflict ... or not.

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Harlem's Feel for Muhammad Ali Runs Deep

Monday, June 06, 2016

It's not hard to find people with memories of one day looking out the window and there's the Champ, just strolling by.


Chirlane McCray Brings Mental Health Push to the Pulpit

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Postpartum depression and opioid abuse were among the issues the First Lady addressed in seven houses of worship over the weekend.


New York Area Vets React to Obama's Upcoming Trip to Vietnam

Friday, May 20, 2016

The U.S. and its former enemy have enjoyed relatively good relations for quite a while, and that's helped efforts to recover the missing.

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Cuomo's Two Takes on Corruption Probes: His and de Blasio's

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The governor offered drastically different reactions when reporters questioned him about corruption probes involving his associates, and separately, Mayor de Blasio's.

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New Yorkers Remember Anti-War Activist Father Daniel Berrigan

Friday, May 06, 2016

Father Daniel Berrigan was 94 when he died last Saturday. The Jesuit priest came to prominence in 1968 when he and eight others burned hundreds of draft files in protest of the Vietnam War. Berrigan served a prison term for the action and went on to lead countless other demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience.


American Icons: 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

How a milkman from a Russian shtetl became a Broadway star and a hero of postwar American culture.

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Daniel Berrigan Dies, Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist Was 94

Sunday, May 01, 2016

The Roman Catholic priest was imprisoned during the Vietnam War for burning draft files.

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How a School Water Safety Law Went from Strong to Weak

Friday, March 18, 2016

How often do schools test for lead in their drinking water, and what are the results? It's hard to know.


After Deadly Tugboat Crash, Fuel Spill 'Could Have Been Worse'

Sunday, March 13, 2016

One crew member of a tugboat that crashed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge construction project Saturday remains missing and is presumed dead.


Cashing In and Pushing Out: Who Benefits from Brooklyn's Gentrification

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Hear about the first episode of “There Goes the Neighborhood,” a new podcast about gentrification in Brooklyn from WNYC and The Nation magazine.

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If the Next President Is a New Yorker, It Wouldn't be the First Time

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Six former presidents have hailed from the Empire State.

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