Janelle Monae, a genre-defying singer and songwriter is coming out with a new album today, Dirty Computer. And it’s making a huge splash. Following up on her 2010 debut album The ArchAndroid and her highly-acclaimed 2013 The Electric Lady, this is the first piece of music from Monae in 5 years. She’s been pretty busy since. She starred in the films Moonlight and Hidden Figures, and been an outspoken activist about racial justice and feminism.
Senator Chuck Schumer recently announced a bill to decriminalize marijuana across the country. And in New York, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, public advocate Letitia James and other politicians are calling for legalization. At the core of their position is the idea that marijuana prohibition mainly hurts communities of color. That’s something activists have been claiming for a long time.
Scientists say they are under attack. By a president who has proposed drastic cuts to federal science programs. A president who has withdrawn from an international climate agreement. Who appointed an Environmental Protection Agency director that believes climate change is a hoax. And now, those scientists are taking off their lab coats and heading for the streets.
Invasive species. Destructive plants and animals that hitched rides here on boats, planes and even people. Then multiplied, and in some cases, took over. And like other states, New York has had little success fighting them. But ground-breaking new technology might change that.
New York City has a lot of waste. And most of it, is food waste. Last year, the Department of Sanitation collected nearly 30,000 tons of banana peels, coffee grounds and expired lettuce. And the city is expanding its composting program. But not mandating it. If it did, it could be collecting 40 times that. As the program stands now, few people are participating. And environmentalists are hoping to get that number up. Meira Gebel reports.
New wireless technologies are poised to reshape the internet yet again. In labs, researchers are clocking internet speeds ten times faster than current cellular connections. But just because it works in a lab, doesn’t mean it will work in the real world. Academics are launching a new wireless test bed to work out some of these technical challenges. But to get 5G working cities also requires leaping some political hurdles.
There’s a new plan coming to overhaul New York’s ailing subway system. Andy Byford, head of the New York City Transit authority, announced this morning that he’ll have a radical transformation for New York’s subways ready to announce by the end of the May. Augusta Anthony was at the annual assembly of the Regional Plan Association this morning, where Byford addressed a crowd of around 1,000 transit experts.
Every New Yorker dreams of living in a rent stabilized apartment. But the price is going up. The New York City Rent Guidelines Board met last night to propose the second increase in four years. Sarah Stefanski of the Independent Budget Office talks about why the city believes the increases are justified.
Thousands of Sikhs are set to march down the streets of Manhattan in the annual New York City Sikh Parade. The parade celebrates the Sikh New Year, or Vaisakhi. On the same day tens of thousands of free vegetarian meals will be given out. But the parade isn’t only about good music and free meals. It’s also about changing perceptions of a community long plagued by suspicion and bias in America.