Karen Frillmann

Executive Producer, WNYC Narrative News Unit

Karen Frillmann appears in the following:

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Individuals make a difference. This is the story of a young soldier who didn't make it home alive from World War 1 but whose act of courage helped bring the end of the war. 

Comments [2]

Six Months After 9/11: The Weight of the Grief Hung in the Air

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Six months after September 11,  the city continued to reel from the shock of the attacks. We began to ask the questions that would help us put the city together again. 


Learning to Love the Entirely Inadequate but Completely Indispensable Disaster Industry

Friday, October 31, 2014

Huge storms like Katrina and Sandy are here to stay; the firms that manage recoveries should be, too. But if this is going to work, five big things need to change.


The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NJ Spotlight
New Jersey Public Radio
Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.

Comments [3]

The Best Place to Spot Women in NYC? Broadway

Monday, October 20, 2014

Almost 70% of the Broadway audience is female, and that percentage is growing. The trend is a deciding factor on what succeeds or not on the Great White Way.


What Didn't Change After 9/11

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some New Yorkers still duck when they hear a plane, but the uptick in praise for the NYPD didn't last. Our "25 Years in 25 Days" series looks at 9/11's impact on our daily lives.

Comments [21]

Future Storms Could Lead to Financial Disaster

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In 2050, a storm comparable to Sandy could cause $90 billion of damage. That's 4.5 times the damage the storm inflicted in 2012—equal to the entire economy of Ecuador.

Comments [1]

Extreme High Tides Could Flood Our City's Streets

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The sea level around Manhattan increased a foot over the past century. By 2050, scientists predict it will climb another 18 inches, making mild storms as destructive as hurricanes.

Comments [2]

Forecast Calls for More Rain Than We Can Handle

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Current predictions find the New York City of 2050 will have more frequent heavy rainstorms, which means in a city with an aging sewer system, it's going to be messy.

Comments [1]

As Temperatures Climb, So Does the Risk of Blackouts

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As it is, New York City sets a new record for electricity demand every year or two. No one can be sure what 2050 will bring, but if we're not ready, the grid could fail.   

Comments [3]

New York City Could Get as Hot as Alabama in 2050

Sunday, October 12, 2014

By 2050, NYC will likely experience 45 days at or above 90 degrees Farenheit. That's a month and a half of sweltering days, which could be deadly.  

Comments [10]

The Abandoned Garden of Prospect Park

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Forgotten NY? Not much left, but there is a secret sanctuary called the Vale of Cashmere.

Comments [6]

Corn, Tamales, and the Apple Marys: A Brief History of Women Street Vendors

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Finding the most authentic ethnic food in NYC gives one bragging rights. The street vendors who sell their wares, though, are looking for rights of a different kind.

Comments [1]

All Quiet on the Seventh Floor

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A New York poet in search of solitude finds her secret sanctuary nestled deep inside the campus of Columbia University.


Desperately Seeking Rooftop View

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"There’s nothing that gives me more pure joy than just being out alone rock-climbing or hiking on top of a beautiful mountain. So for me that’s a large part of why I like to get on ro...

Comments [4]

My Own Private Rockaway

Thursday, August 07, 2014

"It's invigorating to be unhurried, unwatched on nature's timetable," says Quito Ziegler, who escapes to the city's farthest edges in search of respite from the chaos of daily life.

Comments [2]

What Happened Over the Last 25 Years? Help Us Brainstorm

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This is the 25th year of the Brian Lehrer Show, and all this fall we'll be marking it with a year-by-year look at some of the defining stories from 1989 through 2014. Right now, we're at the brainstorming stage, also known as the "remember that thing that happened that year?" stage. And we need your help!

In the spreadsheet below, the producers of the show are starting to fill in items from each year (thanks Wikipedia!), but we've opened the spreadsheet for you to help remember what really mattered. So join in when you have a few minutes, starting with any year. A few guidelines:

  • We're looking for items that had a public impact, both local, national and international. There will be opportunities for you to reflect on your personal memories from each year soon, but for now we're taking suggestions for news/events.
  • Anything goes, but we're particularly fascinated by stories that ended up having a bigger impact than anticipated. Our favorite example is the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, which was somewhat overlooked at the time but sowed the seeds for the financial crisis a decade later.
  • This is an open spreadsheet, but please don't erase or edit other entries. For now, we're collecting as many ideas as possible!
Read More

Blocking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


The city's harsh school discipline code is enforced by safety agents who work for the police department — and exacerbates tensions between police and the community they serve.

Comments [21]

Mass Mob Comes To New York City

Friday, June 06, 2014

Borrowing from a flash mob handbook, Catholics are gathering on a Sunday at a church of their choice to reinvigorate it. The Mass Mob movement began last year in Buffalo and has spr...


Will These Ninth Graders Make the Bronx Healthier?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Steering students toward healthcare careers, HERO High aims to tackle several endemic problems in the Bronx: unemployment, poor health, and high college drop-out rates.