New York Schools on the Chopping Block

This is Uptown Radio. I’m Eileen Grench. Yesterday, the Panel for Education Policy voted to close 10 of the 13 underperforming New York City schools it had on the chopping block. Dr. Aaron Pallas, the Chair of the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis at Columbia University’s Teachers College thinks that the process for closing schools is opaque, confusing the communities impacted by these closures.

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New Study Finds High Levels of Pharmaceuticals in Hudson

HOST INTRO: The Hudson River is a stew of dissolved pharmaceuticals. That’s according to a new study from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Sixteen common pharmaceuticals were detected — including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, drugs for treating high blood pressure, epilepsy. A plan to reduce the contamination is in the works, but as Bo Hamby reports, there’s already quite a bit of medication in the water.

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Next Issue for Women’s March Activists? Gun Control

March is Women’s History Month. This morning, New York’s most prominent progressive women gathered in a midtown ballroom to celebrate their accomplishments.
But as they toasted the past, they also looked to the future. Gun control is at the top of their agenda. The group is organizing a nation-wide walkout of high school students to demand stricter firearm regulations. But these same leaders also say they want to credit the diverse voices who they say were fighting gun violence long before Parkland

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Spring in New York?

INTRO: Last week, it looked like spring might be coming early to New York City. But today… snow and rain are turning the streets into a slushy mess. As producer Sarah Wyman found out, if you’re struggling to make the call between sandals and snow boots, you’re not alone.

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