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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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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Chelsea Art Exhibit Explores Trans Feminism

Feminism over the years has covered issues and injustices of women. However, in recent years, trans women have become more and more visible in society. With that rise, comes the same dynamic and issues that women face which are equality, respect and justice. Trans liberation is a new movement taking form even in artistic ways. Jaki Johnson 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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