Karen Frillmann

Editor-At-Large, WNYC Narrative Unit

Karen Frillmann appears in the following:

Promises to Help the Climate Keep Breaking

Monday, November 15, 2021

Who’s breaking them, and why? After COP26, we talk to climate journalists Elizabeth Kolbert and David Wallace-Wells about the real cost of the crisis and who is paying the price.

Fired at 59: Lessons on Job Insecurity in the U.S.

Monday, November 08, 2021

Ray Suarez was 59 when he lost a dream job that took decades to reach. What he did next reveals a harsh reality of class blindness and the consequences of job insecurity in the U.S.

How the Dead Still Speak to Us

Monday, November 01, 2021

This Halloween, we reveal its history and why connecting to the dead is important to so many, from Ireland, to Mexico, to NYC. Plus a guided meditation to help you connect, too.

Making it in New York: The Eric Adams Story

Monday, October 25, 2021

In just two weeks, New Yorkers could elect Eric Adams, making him the city’s second-ever Black mayor. What does his story tell us about the ways race and power have evolved in NYC?

What’s Wrong With the NFL?

Monday, October 18, 2021

Football is a big part of community and culture in the U.S. But as the NFL confronts another scandal involving racism, misogyny, and homophobia: how should fans respond?

The True Story of Critical Race Theory

Monday, October 11, 2021

Is racism a permanent fixture of society? Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker, unravels the history of Derrick Bell’s quest to answer that question.

Hear No Evil: Asylum Policy in America

Monday, October 04, 2021

Displaced Haitians are still seeking safe harbor. But the U.S. long ago abandoned the ideal that all migrants should at least be allowed to tell their stories.

Art That Matters

Monday, September 27, 2021

The fall season is here. Can the creative work that’s been made during the pandemic, and that’s going to be made now, help us move forward together?

Nothing You Do Alone Will Save the Climate

Monday, September 20, 2021

New science finds we’ve got less than a decade to avoid catastrophe. Activist and author Bill McKibben says the only solutions that can beat that deadline are collective.

A 9/12 Story: ‘I Forgot I Was a Muslim Kid’

Monday, September 13, 2021

Aymann Ismail reflects on his journey through a post-9/11 America, and how the state reminded him who he was. Plus, we meet the creators of Broadway’s ‘Come From Away.’

Maybe We Just Want Less ‘Work’

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

The “Great Resignation” appears to be a real thing. But why? We ask workers what they really want. Plus, 45 questions to help us understand each other, and ourselves.

How Zillow Explains Education Inequity

Monday, August 30, 2021

Hundred year old school buildings. Sputtering HVAC systems. Covid revealed a legacy of racism that’s built into the physical infrastructure of education.

The Man, the Myth, the Manipulation

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Why do we equate macho bullying with competent leadership? The cautionary tale of Andrew Cuomo.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Haiti and International Aid

Monday, August 23, 2021

Haiti’s recent tragedies revives a conversation about disaster, aid, and how people recover. Then, a discussion about perspective on the 30th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots.

Affirmative Action: Truths and Lies

Monday, August 16, 2021

“Reverse racism” has haunted the fight for job equity for generations. How’d this bizarre idea become such a bugbear? One Supreme Court case, 50 years ago helps explain.

What the Olympics Taught Us About Us

Monday, August 09, 2021

If sports are a metaphor for life, what are they telling us about our society right now?

‘Ethical People Can Be Effective’

Monday, August 02, 2021

Remembering the life of Bob Moses, and his mission to build a more equitable America from the bottom up.

To Protect and Observe: A History

Monday, July 26, 2021

Today’s viral videos of police abuse have a long political lineage. But what if one of the oldest tools of copwatching is now taken away?

The American Story, in Half a Year

Monday, July 19, 2021

2021 began with an insurrection, and it’s remained quietly intense ever since. We open the phones for a six-month check in on the political culture of the Biden era.

The Short Life and Early Death of Voting Rights

Monday, July 12, 2021

Birth, August 1965. Death, July 2021. So now what for multiracial democracy?