This week on Uptown Radio, New Yorkers are starting to take composting seriously, scientists are hoping to repopulate the city with oysters, and New York State universities are making it difficult for ex-convicts to apply for college. Also in the show, New Yorkers commemorate the Armenian genocide, bikers’ deaths in the city are on the rise, and college students talk about losing their religious faith.
Ex-convicts who get a college degree are less likely to go back to prison. But many former prisoners encounter a big obstacle in the college application process. That’s because some colleges are worried about the effects of having felons on campus. Not all universities ask about a criminal records, but all 64 institutions in the State University of New York system do.
April 24, 2015 marks the 100 year anniversary for the Armenian genocide. Many countries including the United States do not consider the mass killing a genocide. Today, Armenians still fight for the recognition of what happened a century ago.
Americans without any organized religion are called ‘nones’ – but not the Catholic kind. They’re called ‘nones’ because they mark ‘none’ when asked which religion they belong to. A Pew Center study shows that Asian Americans are becoming ‘nones’ – faster than any other racial or ethnic group.