Uptown Radio – March 11, 2016 – Full Broadcast


This week on Uptown Radio,black voters went to the polls in record numbers. With the Presidential Primaries in full swing, what can we expect from black voters this year? Evictions in New York are down by almost 20 percent. But nationwide it’s a different story. Experts say the current transit system is not serving Staten Island resident’s needs. Also on today’s show, the true meaning of Holi. And a British Invasion, Rugby comes to north Jersey. All that and more on Uptown Radio.

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Commuters Prepare for Looming NJ Transit Strike

If you’re one of the over 100,000 commuters who rely on New Jersey Transit to get to work or school in the morning, you may already know. Negotiators and representatives from the transit agency and labor unions have been meeting all day. Their goal… to try to prevent a strike that could start as early as 12:01 Sunday morning .. With fewer than 36 hours to go Alison Vicrobeck heads to Secaucus, to find out how commuters are preparing.

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Epidemic of Evictions: The Root of Poverty

Evictions in New York City are down. According to tenant advocacy group Housing Court Answers – almost 20 percent from 2014.That’s the lowest they’ve been in a decade. The mayor credits new city programs aimed at helping low-income tenants. But as Tyler Pratt reports, many feel evictions are still a big problem, even, an epidemic.

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Why Campaign Donors Give Years Before Elections

It’s election season and politicians are traveling the country to raise funds for their campaigns. Cruz. Rubio. Sanders. Clinton. Even Mayor Bill de Blasio has raised over one million dollars… for his OWN re-election. But that election is more than a year and a half away. Reporter Stephan Bisaha went to find out why donors give SO early.

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MAP: Find NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign Donors

Mayor Bill de Blasio has raised over one-million dollars for his re-election. An election more than a year and a half away. Many of his biggest donors stretch from midtown to the southern tip of Manhattan. A few donors are scattered through Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx while little come from the traditionally conservative borough of Staten Island. And hundreds of thousands of dollars come from outside the state, like the nearly five-thousand dollars donated by the CEO of DreamWorks Animation.

To see where the mayor’s donors work – and how much they gave – click on read more and use the map.

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Where Is the Black Vote?

In the last Presidential election the percentage of black voters was higher than the percentage of white….by 2 percent. 66 percent to 64. Celebrities, community influencers and student groups worked to mobilize the black vote. Now…with presidential primaries in full swing again. Black Votes Matter a New York based PAC, is trying to recreate that momentum. Jaki Johnson reports.

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2-Way: Michael Littman on What AlphaGo Means for the Field of Artificial Intelligence

Lee Sedol is having a bad week. Sedol is the world’s reigning GO champion. If you didn’t know, GO is a Chinese board game that’s like chess, but way more complex. The champ is currently losing in a best of five series against a Google computer program AlphaGo. And many experts say a win for AlphaGo would be the biggest thing to happen in the field of artificial intelligence, or A.I., since an IBM’s software program, DeepBlue, beat a world chess grandmaster in 1997. I spoke to Michael Littman, a professor of computer science at Brown University, about what this means for the future of A.I.

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New Bill Proposes Safe Injection Sites


In 2014, New York City saw more deaths by heroin overdose than it did by murder. And it’s left officials wondering what we could do to help lower the number. Just yesterday, New York State Assemblymember — and fellow Upper West Sider — Linda Rosenthal, announced she plans to introduce legislation to make safe injection sites a possibility state-wide. I spoke with the Assemblymember and asked her how they might work.

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Reelabilities Festival Makes Access An Even Bigger Priority


1 in 5 Americans is disabled. That’s about 20% of the country. That’s not news to the folks behind this weekend’s reelability film festival. The event shows films that represent different kinds of ability on the big screen. But the focus this year, is making sure everyone, regardless of ability, can experience them. Isabella Kulkarni reports.

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