Siddhartha Mitter

Siddhartha Mitter appears in the following:

Brooklyn's Black Heritage

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

When gentrification comes to a neighborhood it isn’t just the residents who can feel like like they’re being pushed away. It’s also the local history. So how can a community’s past contribute to its future? WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports from Bedford-Stuvesant.

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The South Comes Up North

Friday, May 30, 2008

Up from the Deep South...all the way to Brooklyn. A two-week festival is underway that celebrates the culture of the Mississippi Delta. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reflects on the birthplace of the blues.

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Art and Satire in Iran

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ardeshir Mohassess: Art and Satire in Iran is the first major U.S. retrospective of Mohassess's work. The self-taught artist presents 70 monochromatic ink drawings that comment on Iran’s social, political and cultural life before and after the 1979 revolution.

Slideshow: Ardeshir Mohassess: ...


Artists Trek to East Williamsburg

Friday, May 09, 2008

The East Williamsburg industrial area is one of the remaining manufacturing districts in the city. But, it’s also the latest refuge for arts organizations and artists fleeing high rents in Manhattan.

WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports on a group of international artists who are making the neighborhood ...


Growtime at the Apollo

Thursday, May 01, 2008

WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter explains the new zoning plan for 125th Street and what it means for residents of the area.

Are you happy with the new zoning for 125 Street? How do you expect the neighborhood to change? Sound off below!

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Harlem Development Plan Moves Forward

Thursday, May 01, 2008

A major plan to bring new development to 125th Street is going forward after the City Council overwhelmingly approved a new zoning plan for the whole length of Harlem's main artery. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter reports.

MITTER: Council members called the rezoning a big victory, especially members ...


A Walk Down 125th Street

Friday, April 25, 2008

Changes are coming to 125th Street. Plans to rezone Harlem’s main artery look headed for approval in the city council, after a compromise to limit the height of new buildings to 19 stories. The amount of affordable housing in the plan has also been increased. ...


New York's Clergy Talk Politics

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Today is Easter Sunday and many New Yorkers are headed to Church. Last Tuesday Democratic Candidate Barack Obama talked about the conflicts he as a congregant has had with some of what his pastor, the Rev Jeremiah Wright has said in the past. WNYC’s Siddhartha ...


Iraqi Musician in New York

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Five years after the US invasion of Iraq, an Iraqi-American musician is preserving the classical music of Baghdad here in New York. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

REPORTER: In late 2002, just before the invasion, Amir ElSaffar was in Baghdad on an investigative mission of his own. ...


Arab Music Thrives in New York

Monday, March 10, 2008

A major festival of Arab music is taking place in Brooklyn all this month. After 9/11 there were fears that funding and opportunities for Arab artists would dry up. Siddhartha Mitter reports on the thriving scene for Arab music in New York.

The ...


Campaign Theme Songs: A Tough Balance

Saturday, February 02, 2008

It’s not exactly the Grammys, but as the presidential field winnows down, so does the list of campaign theme songs that might – come November – be crowned the Winning Presidential Anthem of 2008. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter evaluates the contenders.

REPORTER: They say one way we ...


Activists Fight Major Changes to 125th St.

Friday, January 25, 2008

REPORTER: The plan currently under city review would allow new commercial and residential development along the east-west artery running through Harlem.

The city wants to bring development to 125th Street, while protecting the brownstone character of the side streets.

Critics say the plan threatens to displace longtime ...


Dr. King's Impact on Political Oratory

Sunday, January 20, 2008

In this election year, political oratory is back in the spotlight. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter sat down with one of New York's best known orators to talk about the art of the speech forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King.


The Art of the Speech 40 Years After Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 20, 2008

In this election year, political oratory is back in the spotlight. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter sat down with one of New York's best known orators to talk about the art of the speech forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King.

KING: We refuse to believe that there ...


Residents Fight to Save Alleged Birthplace of Hip Hop

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Some say it's where Hip Hop was born: a modest rent-stabilized apartment building off the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. Now, tenant groups from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue say they are planning to step in and buy the building themselves -- with help from the ...


A Gangs-Eye-View of the Bronx Streets

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Street gangs have always been a part of life in New York City; in some neighborhoods they’re a constant fact of life. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter spent time in the Bronx with a teenager to get a street level view.

RICH: Like right here, the four buildings ...

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World Music: The Best of 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Boston Globe contributor and WNYC reporter Siddhartha Mitter shares his best of the year in world music.

Siddhartha Mitter's favorite albums of 2007

Various artists, What’s Happening in Pernambuco (Luaka Bop)

Erol Josué, Régleman (Mi5)

Andy Palacio, Watina (Cumbancha)

DJ ...

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From the Philippines to Upstate

Friday, December 14, 2007

Two percussionists, making a life together and building a family to the rhythm of dozens of drums. She is Filipino-American, he is Cuban-American and they make music that combines both their cultures - and many others. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter spent time with Susie Ibarra and ...


World AIDS Day

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Today marks World AIDS Day. It’s a time to commemorate victims of the epidemic and take stock of the fight against it around the world. Here in New York, the city estimates that over 100,000 people are living with HIV, and there are 4,000 new ...


Youth Court Allows Kids to Judge Their Peers

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Youth courts are expanding across New York City and state, according to educators and officials who met today at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn.

REPORTER: Teenagers in the programs help decide sanctions like community service for other teens who have admitted to minor ...