Karen Frillmann

Editor-At-Large, WNYC Narrative Unit

Karen Frillmann appears in the following:

Jason Reynolds Needs to Be Useful

Monday, July 18, 2022

The YA author talks about his successes, fears, and his new podcast that explores his relationship with his mother.

The Promise and Failure of Cryptocurrency

Monday, July 11, 2022

Cryptocurrency promised to democratize the financial world by giving people equal access to banking tools. It has potential, but also a long way to go.

The Line Between Independence and Insurrection

Monday, July 04, 2022

Decoding the Jan. 6th Insurrection – what we should have learned from the past and what we must remember for the future.

Keeping Score: Part 4

Thursday, June 30, 2022

After the Jaguars compete in the city championship, students and coaches ask: was it all worth it?

Roe Is Gone. What Now?

Monday, June 27, 2022

Plus, a reflection on the significance of LGBT Pride in a scary political time for the community. 

Keeping Score: Part 3

Thursday, June 23, 2022

What does it mean to lead a team in an anti-racist way?

Why Juneteenth? Let’s Ask Black Texas

Monday, June 20, 2022

The history. The party. The food. Black Texans school us on the holiday they created.

Keeping Score: Part 2

Thursday, June 16, 2022

How did the schools in the John Jay building become divided in the first place?

Why We Can't (and Shouldn't) Move On From Jan. 6

Monday, June 13, 2022

Plus, the story of 91-year-old artist Faith Ringgold, as told by her daughter.

Keeping Score: Part 1

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Two sports programs – rivals under a single roof – are set to merge. Students ask what it will take for the building to live up to its new motto: “We Are One.”

Schools Had a Tough Year. What’d We Learn?

Monday, June 06, 2022

Plus, follow the season of a girl’s varsity volleyball team, and find one Brooklyn school building’s effort to bridge its stark racial divide. From WNYC’s new miniseries, Keeping Score.

Alice Walker Is Very Happy, A Lot of the Time

Monday, May 30, 2022

After publishing 34 books, Alice Walker talks through her latest release, a collection of personal journals spanning four decades.

The Wolf Pack of White Nationalism

Monday, May 23, 2022

There are no “lone wolves” in the terrorist violence of white identity politics. So what’s that mean for white people who want to confront it?

Somebody, Sing a Black Girl’s Song

Monday, May 16, 2022

An intergenerational meditation on Ntozake Shange’s iconic Broadway play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf."

Justice Alito Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

Monday, May 09, 2022

His leaked opinion tells us more about a powerful minority’s view of the U.S. than it does about the Constitution or the history of abortion.

They Dumped Trump for Biden. Now What?

Monday, April 25, 2022

Plus, a follow up to our episode on names and identities: One trans woman’s story of finding her name, and fighting to have it respected.

A Historian's Guide to the 2022 Midterm Elections

Monday, April 18, 2022

We never resolved the core political debates that emerged from the Civil War. And they remain the fundamental  debates of this year’s elections. 

The Dangerous Cycle of Fear

Monday, April 11, 2022

Asian American New Yorkers explain how Covid-era violence changed their lives, and what’s at stake for everybody when we fear each other. Then, rediscovering community through food.

The End of Institutions: Hollywood Edition

Monday, April 04, 2022

A slap at the Oscars tarnished Will Smith’s legacy. What about him did Hollywood treasure? Is this institution just a screen for projecting our own social anxieties and cultural debate?

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Black Patriotism

Monday, March 28, 2022

Plus, a National Geographic explorer’s story of diving for sunken slave ships.