Host Intro: This week, doctors at John Hopkins University successfully performed an organ transplant between HIV-positive patients. It’s the first time such a procedure is performed in the United States. Up until 2013 people who were HIV-positive were banned from donating their organs. To get more details on the importance of this operation, I […]
Normally, tourists hoping to get an ariel view of the city skyline can catch a ride on a helicopter tour. But starting this weekend, the choppers will be barred from flying on Sundays. It’s part of deal the city struck with tour operators to cut flights in half by next year. And while the city says it’s a compromise between local residents and business, Adrian Ma explains why no party involved is buzzing with enthusiasm over the deal.
While doctors celebrate the first HIV organ transplant, HIV activist groups rallied in cities around the world to protest what they say is a critical issue for people with chronic health issues – high drug costs. They marched to Pfizer headquarters in New York. Daniel Rostas stopped by the protest to find out more about their demands.
If you’ve got a hoverboard, the list of places where you can ride it is getting shorter – The PATH, MTA and more than 30 universities have recently announced a ban on the boards. As Isabella Kulkarni reports, the motorized scooters have been both under fire and ON fire lately.
Thousands will stream into the Javitz Center this week for the New York International Auto Show, which begins today. It’s the oldest and largest show of its kind in the country. And as Adrian Ma explains, the big takeaway from the show is that the SUV is making a comeback.
North Carolina is making headlines this week for a new bill signed into law which discriminates against the LGBT community. Equality North Carolina is an organization dedicated to securing rights for LGBT individuals. Shandukani Mulaudzy asked executive director Chris Sgro what led up to the vote.
Comic books have taken over the entertainment world. It started with blockbuster hits like “Iron Man” and “Captain America.” Then Netflix teamed up with Marvel to create “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.” New shows are being added to this world, but Suzie Xie says it’s not getting more diverse.
Two years ago, President Obama made the decision to fast-track deportation cases. It has forced many unaccompanied child migrants — some as young as four — to face immigration court without an attorney. New York City is unique, because a coalition of nonprofits called ICARE has been working together since then to provide legal services for free. But with the Department of Homeland Security doubling down on arrest and raids since early March, is ICARE a sufficient solution to the humanitarian crisis? Henriette Chacar reports.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced yesterday it will spend tens of billions of dollars to upgrade LaGuardia and Newark airports. It also committed to upgrading the city’s main bus terminal at Port Authority– even before it knows how much it will cost. Katie Ferguson has more.
Several hours from now, the Rolling Stones will take the stage – in Havana, Cuba. It will be the biggest rock show the country’s seen since communists took over in 1959. More than a half-million people are expected to attend and it’ll be projected on 10 jumbo screens. All a big deal in a country that once banned Rock ‘n Roll. The concert marks the end of a historic week for U.S.- Cuba relations. Tim Padgett covers Latin America for WLRN, a public radio station in Miami. He just got back from Cuba.
Last month the City’s Department of Education found that 40% of the its over 100,000 special needs students are not getting services that are required by state law. And now… a lawsuit filed by Public Advocate Letitia James argues that part of the blame lies with SESIS, the DOE’s 130 million dollar data system. Gilda Di Carli reports.
Cluster regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – CRISPR. It’s a mouthful, and a new scientific technique. In English, it’s like a new kind of scissor one that allows scientists to precisely correct mutations in a genome – like a cut and paste tool for DNA. Now, two big labs – one from Harvard and MIT and another from Berkeley – are fighting over the patent for the technology. But in the meantime, it’s already being used by the do-it-yourself community. And as Åsa Secher reports, that raises concerns about putting powerful scientific tools in the hands of lay people.
It’s been less than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. That decision marked a major milestone for the LGBT community.
But as commentator Daniel Rostas argues, the country has a long way to go in terms of accepting its non-straight citizens.