Searching for Community in a Bingo Hall

 

Searching for community is what brings one group of senior citizens in Brooklyn to what might be the likeliest of places: a bingo hall. Call them old-fashioned, but that’s where they go, sometimes as often as six nights a week. They meet friends, gossip, eat, and play game after game. As Nina Agrawal reports, having a place to do that is still important in our technology-driven world.

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Sweet Home NOLA

 

When you think of home, what does it mean to you? Take a second. What does “home” look like in your mind? Are you headed there right now or is “home,” someplace in your past? Maybe you’re still searching for it. Uptown Radio producer Tyler Pratt has been searching for home for years. And he finally found it.

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The National Action Network Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The National Action Network, or NAN, celebrated its 25th anniversary today. The organization, founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, opened its national convention in Midtown, bringing together veteran civil rights activists from all over the city and as far away as South Carolina and Texas. But just how relevant is quarter-century old civil rights organization in the age of Black Lives Matter and Twitter activism?

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Reddit Announces New Feature To Tackle Online Harassment

Reddit — one of the most popular social news sites is also, one of the biggest playgrounds for trolls. Harassers and bullies can post with little consequence and their targets haven’t been able to do much about it. Until now. Reddit announced last week a new feature to curb online harassment. It would allow one user to block another if they’re being bothered. Sounds simple, but as Isabella Kulkarni reports blocking users may not be enough to tackle harassment.

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National Action Network Questions Relevancy On 25th Anniversary


The National Action Network, or NAN, celebrated its 25th anniversary today. The organization, founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, opened its national convention in Midtown, bringing together veteran civil rights activists from all over the city and as far away as South Carolina and Texas. But just how relevant is quarter-century old civil rights organization in the age of Black Lives Matter and Twitter activism? Jaki Johnson reports

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City Officials And Advocacy Groups Disagree On School Safety

Student safety is measured in numbers of violent incidents. But the problem is what numbers do you use? An advocacy group is taking the Department of Education to court. It says because it claims the city is not doing enough to keep students safe. They city says schools are safer. On some level, the disagreement comes down to which sets of numbers you’re looking at. Gilda Di Carli reports.

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All In The Genes

New research shows a rare genetic disorder may have more serious implications than previously thought. 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is usually associated with heart defects and learning disabilities, but a recent study supports previous findings that it’s closely connected to Parkinson’s disease. Suzie Xie spoke with one New York family affected by the disorder.

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Advocates Petition for Science to be part of Presidential Debate

Counting last night’s debate in Brooklyn, there have been a total of 22 debates this campaign season. And there is one area that has hardly been talked about at all: science. To remedy that, a group of science enthusiasts are trying, for the third election in a row, to organize a science debate. As Åsa Secher reports, 50,000 people have signed their petition so far – among them are Nobel laureates as well as celebrities like Johnny Depp. So will this be the year it actually happens?

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Two-Way: Tuesday’s New York Primary Election


When it comes to presidential election, the New York primary rarely gets much attention. But Richard Born, a political science professor at Vassar College, says this year is different. Host Stephan Bisaha spoke with Born about to why this Tuesday’s primary election is suddenly a factor in the presidential race, and what’s at stake for the candidates going forward.

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