India had the largest election in global history to select its new Prime Minister: conservative Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi. Chris Mathias spoke with Harvard fellow Ronak Desai, who says India’s new Prime Minister could be good for security in South Asia and business abroad.
HOST INTRO: The remains of over one thousand people killed in the World Trade Center attacks have never been identified. For over a decade, the city has struggled to identify the remains it does have. Tomorrow those remains will be moved to a room in the new 9/11 museum, which opens next week. As Chris […]
For Columbia Radio News, I’m Chris Mathias. 31 people are dead in Odessa, Ukraine after a building caught fire during a clash between Pro-Russia demonstrators and supporters of the Ukranian government. Earlier today, Pro -Russian forces shot down two Ukrainian helicopters as Ukraine launched its first major offensive to take back government buildings in the […]
HOST INTRO: Nearly one million New Yorkers are buried in mass graves on Hart Island. Just off the Bronx, it’s where the city has sent its unclaimed dead and many of its stillborn babies for over a century. The Department of Corrections runs the island, ferrying inmates there to dig mass graves. For years, the […]
HOST INTRO: Every couple has a story about how they met. For Chris Mathias’ parents, their story involves the Catholic Church, laxatives, and John Denver. — AMBI: Bring up “Sunshine On My Shoulders.” Fade under narration. If it weren’t for this song, I might not be here. AMBI: Bring up “Sunshine” again, until “Sunshine on […]
HOST INTRO: Food carts are an iconic part New York City. Police, however, arrest food cart owners and other street vendors nearly 10,000 times every year for operating without a permit. Chris Mathias reports on why so many street cart vendors have to operate without a permit in order to make a profit. ———————————————————————————– Mohammed […]
New York City’s public e-cigarette ban goes into effect at the end of this month and some city e-cigarette users are outraged. One user has filed a lawsuit to stop the ban. Chris Mathias reports on how the jury is still out on e-cigarettes.
As prescription pills are becoming harder and harder to get, many drug users in New York are turning to heroin. Lawmakers are looking for ways to stem the tide of a new epidemic. One bill would increase access to naloxone, a life-saving drug for people who’ve overdosed. Another bill would increase access to treatment centers. And perhaps most controversially, a planned bill from State Senator Marty Golden would make harsher sentences for heroin possession.
For over a decade, New York has been the marijuana arrest capital of the United States. Brooklyn’s new district attorney wants to change that. He announced that possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer be prosecuted. Uptown Radio’s Chris Mathias has more.