Sometimes old dogs learn new tricks. On this week’s show, we have stories of NYC video rental stores staying alive in the age of on-demand streaming, struggles to maintain the old, like finding enough pilots to fly aircraft,s and the downsides to preserving historic buildings. All that and more on Uptown Radio.
Bonnie Jean Morris found this out the hard way. More than ten years ago, she tried riding a bike for the first time. But get this — she was in her 60s. Now, Jean recently passed away, but her granddaughter, Sara Smith, remembers that sunny afternoon in San Diego when her grandmother tried to grab life by the handlebars.
This week marks the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916, the bloody rebellion, in which Irish nationalists, including poets and writers, fought against the British. While the uprising only lasted a week, it marks a significant moment in Irish independence. This weekend’s celebrations will kick off with a night of poetry and music honoring Irish poets. Shandukani Mulaudzi met with two contemporary poets who will be paying homage to their predecessors.
People often say they like to read, but if you ask them to name the past few books they’ve finished, they’re usually less quick to answer. Commentator Alison Vicrobeck, on the other hand? She’d give you a long list of books. With her stats.
Some New Yorkers are finding gospel on the dance floor. Club life in the city in the 80s and 90s was often defined by queer culture — a portion of the LGBT community that pushed back against mainstream society. Their late-night parties were full of costumes, gender bending, sexual liberation….and lots of dancing. These parties are making a comeback. And, as Tyler Pratt reports, the old spirit of Queer nightlife is being reclaimed by one new Sunday night party.
On Wednesday, federal law enforcement authorities charged one hundred twenty people on counts of racketeering and narcotics conspiracies under the Rico Act. This federal law aims at controlling organized crime in the United States. David Botherton is a professor of sociology at John Jay College of criminal justice in New York. He says these arrests are an example of authorities using that legislation to justify sweeping action against gang violence.
The American aviation industry is facing a big problem: a shortage of pilots. The big airlines alone expect they’ll need more than ten thousand new pilots in the next few years, and thousands more will be needed to fly for regional airlines, and the military. Erin Golackson set out to learn why that is. And to see how tough it would be to become a pilot herself.
Engineers in Brooklyn are doing… what engineers do… trying to make new versions of these machines that are faster, lighter, smaller, and smarter. And they’re drawing inspiration from insects. Adele Humbert looked into this new research to see how far the technology has come.
A new exhibit about Paul Robeson, a performer and civil rights activist, opens today at the Whitney. The exhibit was designed by Academy-Award winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. Gilda Di Carli has the story.
With the rise of Uber, TaskRabbit and other on-demand services, more people are working in the “gig” economy – stringing freelance jobs to make ends meet. There’s a whole category of people who are way ahead of the game. Actors. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, less than a quarter of actors are employed full-time in their profession. Many have learned to make ends meet by taking freelance jobs that fit around audition schedules and shoots.
So freelance work becomes more common, Daniel Rostas asked a number of New York actors how they’ve learned to make ends meet.
Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, video rental stores have become all but extinct. Just 15 years ago, there were over thirty thousand video rental stores in the United States. Reporter Elizabeth Brockway went to see if there are any survivors left in New York City.