Living in a city like New York, we sometimes forget that nature is all around us. And the tension between the hustle and bustle of urban life and the plants and animals that surround us can sometimes boil over in unexpected ways. One of the places this is most evident is at JFK Airport, which sits on nearly five thousand acres of land, right next to a wildlife refuge.
This week on Uptown Radio, residents of the housing project where Akai Gurley lived react to news that police officer Peter Liang was found guilty of manslaughter. A new initiative by Mayor Bill Di Blasio may help senior citizens facing a housing shortage, and the Department of Cultural Affairs is making a diversity push. Also on the show, we hear from one of the scientists who helped confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity.
From the tech industry to college campuses, the issue of diversity in hiring is on a lot of people’s minds. New York City recently announced $3 million in new initiatives to push some of the city’s best known arts organizations to diversify their staffs. But as Katie Ferguson reports, how exactly to fix this isn’t so clear.
America has become more obese over the years because people stopped smoking – this is according to a new study from Georgia State University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Since the 1960s the percentage of smokers has declined by more than 20%. But over the same time period, obesity in the U.S. has increased by about the same percentage. Shandukani Mulaudzi reports.
The Zika virus is rapidly spreading throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean. Health authorities in NYC are figuring out how to prepare – and New York may have a couple of things going for it. Laura Gamba reports.
It’s not easy finding housing in New York — everyone knows that. It’s even harder if you’re a senior citizen, living on a fixed income. A new plan proposed by Mayor De Blasio would address the senior housing shortage head on. But not everyone is convinced it will work.
This week on Uptown Radio, new jobs numbers are out, the city’s annual homeless count is coming up, and the City Council plans to vote on pay raises for members. Also on the show, universities attempt to address diversity issues on campus, an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History explores bacteria in the human gut, and an arts program helps keep women out of the criminal justice system.
This weekend, over 2000 high school kids will take part in an annual robotice competition in midtown Manhattan. They’re hoping to be crowned robot king…or queen.
Men outnumbered women aroudn 3 to 1 in Science and Techology degrees. But Joe Sykes found one team that isn’t paying attention to gender disparity.