Sean Carlson

Host, WNYC/WQXR News

Before coming to New York Public Radio, Sean worked in print, online and radio news around the mid-Atlantic region and Alaska, covering topics including crime, culture and salmon. His investigative reporting and anchoring of election coverage has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the New York Press Association and the Delaware Press Association.

A New Jersey native, Sean lives in Brooklyn and spends his free time most likely burning something in the kitchen or exploring the unexplored corners of Prospect Park. He holds a B.A. from the New School University in Greenwich Village and an M.A. from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Sean Carlson appears in the following:

Weekly Music Roundup: Fantastic Negrito, Lankum, and The Grammys

Monday, February 06, 2023

New Sounds
Fantastic Negrito goes acoustic; Lankum dives deep into drones; and a few Grammy thoughts. Plus, new music from Alfa Mist, WILSN, and global chamber music from Sissoko and Segal. 
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New Yorkers witnessed more homelessness, encampments during Mayor Adams’ first year: 311 data

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

The Department of Homeless Services also referred twice as many complaints to the NYPD following the mayor’s introduction of forcible removals policy.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Kimbra, slowthai, Nyokabi Kariuki

Monday, January 30, 2023

New Sounds
This week, Kimbra’s art-pop, slowthai’s rap-punk, and more multi-hyphenate music from Kenya composer/sound artist Nyokabi Kariuki and guitarist/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. 
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Weekly Music Roundup: The National, Oddisee, and Ryuichi Sakamoto

Monday, January 23, 2023

New Sounds
This week, returns for The National, Oddisee, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Plus, new pop gems from boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker) and Fenne Lily.
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Hector LaSalle, Hochul's pick for top judge, turned down by NY Senate

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

It's a stunning defeat for the Democratic governor, but she and her allies have been hinting at a potential lawsuit. 

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Weekly Music Roundup: Vicky Tafoya, Marcus Strickland, Katie Melua

Monday, January 16, 2023

New Sounds
This week, time-traveling songs by Vicky Tafoya and Rachael & Vilray; and big questions in music by Marcus Strickland and Katie Melua. 
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NY Gov. Hochul's State of the State focuses on housing, public safety and more

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a wide-ranging agenda for 2023, vowing to tie New York’s minimum wage to the rate of inflation and create hundreds of thousands of new housing units.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Peter Gabriel, Polobi, and Aoife O’Donovan

Monday, January 09, 2023

New Sounds
This week, new songs mark Peter Gabriel’s 20 years away and The Hold Steady’s 20 years here; also, a new Afro-Caribbean sound and a cover from Aoife O’Donovan.
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Lester Chang takes his seat in the NY Assembly, but perhaps not for long

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says Democrats are "troubled" by evidence that suggests Chang lived in Manhattan, not Brooklyn. 

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Giant offshore wind turbines take shape as NJ turns on major manufacturing plant

Monday, January 02, 2023

Commissioning of machinery and construction will continue at the 70-acre port site until the end of 2024. Developers said it’s the largest offshore wind manufacturing plant in the U.S.

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NY lawmakers give themselves a $32,000 pay hike

Thursday, December 22, 2022

With the holiday season in full swing, New York state lawmakers gathered at the Capitol to give themselves a present: A $32,000 taxpayer-funded pay raise.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Anoushka Shankar, Moby and Jose James, Silversun Pickups

Monday, December 19, 2022

New Sounds
This week, a call to action from Anoushka Shankar; a snowy ballad from Moby and Jose James; and a poignant holiday cover from Silversun Pickups. Plus, South Africa's Jackie Queens.
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NYC health commish on surviving the tripledemic of RSV, flu and COVID-19

Monday, December 12, 2022

New York City health commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan offers advice for facing and treating the tripledemic.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Orbital, Msaki & Tubatsi, and Bio Ritmo

Monday, December 12, 2022

New Sounds
Plague-based dance music from Orbital; Msaki & Tubatsi’s celebration of South Africa; and Bio Ritmo salsa-fies “The Bionic Man”.  Plus, Hania Rani, and Florence + the Machine.
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EPA delays cleanup of Brooklyn’s toxic Newtown Creek Superfund site until 2032

Monday, December 05, 2022

The Newtown Creek is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the nation, fouled by more than a century of sewage overflows, oil spills and industrial waste.

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What forced psychiatric hospitalization is like in New York City, as Mayor Adams pushes for more

Friday, December 02, 2022

The practice has long been in place for people considered threatening, and some in the mental health community say it often fails to leave patients better off.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Bruce Springsteen, Fergus Quill Trio, and Chancha Via Circuito

Monday, November 14, 2022

New Sounds
Time travel with Bruce Springsteen, Fergus Quill Trio, and Congo’s Balka Sound. Plus, new music from Heather Woods Broderick, Dizzy, and Argentine producer Chancha Via Circuito.
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Former Rep. Steve Israel on why Republican "Red Wave" crashed on Long Island

Friday, November 11, 2022

The longtime North Shore Congressman reflects on the success of the GOP on Long Island in an election cycle where the party underperformed nationally.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Holly Herndon, Ezra Collective and Kojey Radical, Yo La Tengo

Monday, November 07, 2022

New Sounds
This week, the voice of AI, courtesy of Holly Herndon; jazz and hip hop collaborations from both sides of the Atlantic; and the first song from Yo La Tengo’s next record. 
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Weekly Music Roundup: Natalia Lafourcade, Altin Gün, Nakhane with Perfume Genius

Monday, October 31, 2022

New Sounds
Natalia Lafourcade’s musical alchemy; Andrew Bird & Phoebe Bridgers’ duet; and Altin Gün’s Turkish psychedelia. Plus, dance bangers from Nakhane with Perfume Genius; and The Go! Team.
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