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DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 675 consecutive shows. This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical ...
 
Bird news airs on Wednesdays at 8:35am, Thursday at 12:35pm and Fridays at 4:30pm.E. Vernon Laux is an author and ornithologist who's been birding the Cape and Islands for nearly 40 years. He's the resident naturalist and land manager for the Linda Loring Foundation on Nantucket.
 
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An unknown number of New Yorkers receiving unemployment benefits may have to pay some of that money back to the state after they were overpaid a year ago. Sydney Pereira of Gothamist has more.The state's Department of Labor says a "small" number of people received double payments in April and May of 2020...back when the state's unemployment system …
 
In 2017, Congress capped the amount of state and local taxes that could be deducted to $10,000. Before that, there was no limit. The provision has been an item of contention for elected officials in high tax states like New Jersey and New York ever since. New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer has gathered a bipartisan group of 30 colleagues to cal…
 
In Brooklyn, construction is underway for a 7-mile pipeline meant to reinforce the city’s natural gas system. Environmental activists have waged countless protests against the project run by National Grid—gaining political allies, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced opposition in December. Groups fighting the plan want to end all construc…
 
The primary elections are just two months away when voters will pick their candidates for mayor, comptroller, members of the City Council and more. For most voters this will be the first time they use a new system called ranked choice voting which allows them to select up to five candidates in order of preference. A small number of voters recently …
 
The Biden Administration is in court fighting for the power to deport about two dozen Christian Indonesians in Central Jersey who were protected by the Obama Administration and then targeted for removal under President Donald Trump. The Indonesians, who have lived in the United States for decades and fear religious-based persecution in their home c…
 
Airing LIVE Thursday, April 15th, 8-9pm ET. Join the national conversation with host Brian Lehrer of WNYC as the Biden/Harris administration starts its work. This week: Brian is joined by co-host Rose Scott of Atlanta's WABE to discuss voting rights following the 2020 elections. First, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talks about the n…
 
The legalization laws for recreational marijuana also clears the criminal records of people with certain-cannabis related offenses. But for people on parole or individuals going through a federal immigration process the automatic expungements may impact them differently. WNYC's Sean Carlson spoke with Legal Aid attorney, Emma Goodman.…
 
During the height of the ongoing global pandemic Corona, Queens was the epicenter of the epicenter. The community has many unmet needs. In terms of who can help, it’s a mix of volunteers, churches, and all levels of government, including the local city council member. Francisco Moya has represented the area for the past four years. Several people a…
 
The $16 billion program that Congress approved late last year to support theaters, music clubs, museums and other venues is having trouble getting off the ground. Applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant - formerly known as Save Our Stages - were meant to be submitted beginning last Thursday, but unspecified website issues led the Small…
 
President Biden has so far admitted far fewer refugees into the country than he promised, resulting in just a trickle of people fleeing persecution resettling in our area. Forty refugees arrived in New York, and only one in New Jersey, in February and March. That’s about a third of the rate of admissions during former President Trump’s final fiscal…
 
Empty storefronts were a blight on the city long before the coronavirus pandemic forced so many restaurants and other businesses to close. Now, with thousands more businesses shuttered for good, including big chains, Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos has introduced new legislation aimed at pressuring anonymous building owners to accept new tena…
 
Recent reports of vaccinated people being diagnosed with COVID-19 have caused alarm in places like Michigan, where a recent headline blared: “246 vaccinated residents diagnosed with COVID; 3 dead.” Breakthrough infections—cases where the coronavirus takes hold in a fully inoculated person—will always raise worries about whether the vaccines are act…
 
New Jersey's new marijuana regulatory panel met for the first time on Monday, saying that social and racial justice would play a central role in the creation of a framework for marijuana legalization in state. Vice Chairman Sam Delgado said his work will be informed by the four nights he spent in jail 46 years ago after he was arrested for marijuan…
 
New Jersey voters approved a legal marijuana referendum in November, and Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law creating a marijuana marketplace in February. On Monday, the state takes another step toward cannabis sales when the five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission holds its first meeting at 2 pm. The commission must adopt regulations for growing, pro…
 
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has said he wants to provide funds for undocumented New Jerseyans left out of COVID stimulus funding. But activists aren't letting up on the pressure. WNYC's Matt Katz reports that about three dozen undocumented workers and their allies are continuing to fast to highlight the fact that they're not eligible for unemployme…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a rise in anti-Asian bias incidents across the country and in New York City. But the NYPD hasn't been consistently designating those attacks as racially-motivated. Instead, the department has categorized some of those incidents as anti-disability attacks because the suspects, they say, assumed their Asian victims h…
 
On January 6th, Edward Durfee donned a radio earpiece and an “Oath Keepers New Jersey” cap as he worked a security detail outside the U.S. Capitol for the far-right Oath Keepers, whose members are fingered by the feds for conspiring to violently stop the Electoral College vote count that would certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Three…
 
April is poetry month, and we're marking the occasion with a poetry challenge. We want you to send us your poems on the theme "emerge," and we will read some of them on our air. 88 year-old Evelyn Kandel is the Nassau County Poet Laureate. She's a Marine veteran and teaches poetry at adult education classes at the local library in Great Neck. She's…
 
In May 2015, Roberto Grant had pleaded guilty to taking part in a series of luxury watch store heists. He was awaiting sentencing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal jail in Lower Manhattan, when he died a violent death. An autopsy released a year and a half later listed his cause of death as “undetermined.” But experts say it was …
 
Federal monitors will likely begin overseeing New Jersey's only women's prison following years of allegations by inmates that they were sexually abused by corrections officers. It comes after several inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility were brutally beaten and pepper sprayed by guards in a Jan. 11 incident that remains under investigati…
 
New York City’s ultra-rich are lining up behind a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney, dumping piles of cash into the crowded race for one of the nation’s top law enforcement jobs. With the Democratic primary less than three months away, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, has amassed a $2.2 million war chest—more than twic…
 
Airing LIVE Thursday, April 8th, 8-9pm ET. Join the national conversation with host Brian Lehrer as the Biden/Harris administration starts its work. This week: With his 2-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal, is President Biden aiming to be this generation’s FDR or LBJ -- using government to tackle systemic poverty, inequality, and environmental…
 
Mylinda Hull is one of thousands of musical theater professionals who have seen their careers come to a halt for the last year. However, when she was introduced to a new initiative, A Generous Act, that pays people like her to perform singing telegrams over the phone, she was initially wary. “You know, when you think of a traditional singing telegr…
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers plan to give undocumented workers direct cash assistance in their latest budget deal. And now advocates in New Jersey are pressuring their leaders to do the same. "We are the backbone of this pandemic and have seen zero dollars and zero cents," said Deya Aldana, a lead organizer with Make the Road New Jersey…
 
Nearly 160 MTA employees have died of COVID -- more than workers at any other agency in the city. Early in the pandemic, the MTA agreed to a generous death benefit for their families -- a one-time payment of $500,000. But now that it’s tax season, the beneficiaries are getting an unwelcome surprise. For more, go to Gothamist.com.…
 
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