Columbia Radio News with Ariel Ritchin.
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.
After school programming has been credited with keeping kids off the streets and teaching them skills they can’t just learn in the classroom. But most of the time, the organizations that provide it are so busy working with kids, there’s little time to find resources. Pola Lem reports from today’s Cultivating Curiosity Resource Expo.
New York is the only state in the country to ban professional mixed martial arts events. New York fighters have to travel out of state to compete and gain national recognition in the increasingly popular sport. Charlotte Gibson reports that momentum is growing in Albany to legalize the violent fight club events in New York.
Last week, police in Malawi received orders to shoot on sight anyone they see assaulting an albino. There and in other African countries, albinos’ lives are at risk. To help them, the UN made a move by declaring June 13 international albinism day.
In light of a number of unarmed black men being killed by police, human rights watchers are asking are these deaths the U.S. human rights records. Nardos Mesmer reports.
In the last month, four candidates have announced they are running for president. That’s three republicans: senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. And one democrat: former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Arianna Skibell spoke with Reid Epstein from the Wall Street Journal, who is on the ground in New Hampshire, to get a feel for what’s at stake for both parities. Epstein spoke to why Clinton announced her candidacy so early. What’s she going to do for the next year and a half before the primary?
Forty-two people were arrested in New York earlier this week in a march to end police brutality. While the focus is on police brutality, the conversation is about race.
In the past, many white people have found these conversations difficult, often avoiding them altogether. But now, from New Orleans to New York, white people, young and old, are steeling themselves to talk about race.
In the last ten years, the price of commercial space in Manhattan has almost doubled. Now, some politicians and an advocacy group are pushing to pass long-stalled legislation to protect small businesses from rising rents.
More than 35 years ago, Etan Patz, a six-year old child, disappeared on his way to school and was never seen again. Arianna Skibell interviewed Lisa Cohen, who wrote the book “After Etan: The Missing Child that Held America Captive.” Cohen first talks about the evidence presented to the jury.
Technology companies in the US hire hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled foreign workers every year to work on what is called an H1B visa. They bring their spouses here too, who can’t work at all. Highly skilled workers usually have highly skilled sources.