Uptown Radio – Full Broadcast – February 19, 2016

This week on Uptown Radio, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing initiatives are failing to gain support in some of New York City’s most impoverished neighborhoods. An LGBT church yearns for a home in Harlem. A new kind of WiFi hotspot hits the streets of Manhattan. And one of our reporters asks the age-old question: Is it possible to get good sleep on the subway? Also on the show, we discuss the legacy Harper Lee, the iconic American author who died today at 89.

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NYU Holds Hack-A-Thon To Increase Access To Dental Care

Health officials say one in three New Yorkers have not had their teeth checked out in the past year. Yet going to the dentist regularly is the best way to make sure you don’t develop oral diseases. Increasing access to dental care is one of the challenges that 700 students are tackling tonight at the NYU Global Hackathon. Åsa Secher went to NYU ahead of tonight’s event.

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Can You Get Good Quality Sleep On The Subway?

The NYPD says crime on the subways is up almost thirty percent this year compared to last – that number includes slashings, sexual assault and robberies. And half of those crimes happened to sleeping passengers. That has cops asking riders to stay awake on the subway – and in some cases, threatening to wake them up. So if police get serious about stopping subway snoozing, will New Yorkers lose a real source of restful sleep? Daniel Rostas reports.

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LGBT Inclusive Church Struggles To Find A Home

In 2014, Atlah Church in Harlem began posting words on its marquee like “All Churches that support homos, cursed be thou with cancer,” and “Harlem is a sodomite free zone.” And Atlah’s pastor, James David Manning, has been preaching those words for years. The church is about a million dollars behind on its bills and next week it is scheduled to be up for foreclosure auction – which Atlah says their non-profit status prohibits. The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT Youth started a crowdfunding campaign to buy the church, and has already reached its goal. But that’s not the only group trying to reclaim that space for LGBT people. Erin Golackson spent time with an inclusive church called Rivers of Living Water that’s also trying to buy Atlah.

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Remembering Harper Lee

Harper Lee, the author of the seminal American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird died today at 89. That novel, a groundbreaking examination of race in the Deep South, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1961, and won the Pulitzer Prize that same year. Isabella Kulkarni spoke with Lisa Lucas, the incoming Executive Director of the National Book Foundation about Harper Lee and her lasting influence on American writing.

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“Tech-fugees” Seek Hi-Tech Solutions To Migrant Crisis

While much of Europe is struggling with the current Syrian refugee crisis, Calais – a city in Northern France – has been dealing with a migrant population since the late 1990s. Now, a group of civic minded technology and design people are using this community as a way to try out some ideas of how to make lives for refugees a little safer. Adele Humbert reports.

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