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Indy Audio features local, national, and international reporting from The Indypendent - New York's progressive newspaper - read by the journalists themselves. This is the archive for past editions of our weekly news and public affairs radio show that airs Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm on WBAI-99.5 FM or streaming on wbai.org.
 
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Amy Littlefield, abortion access correspondent for The Nation, speaks about her recent coverage of SB 8, Texas legislation that eliminates abortion protections for women and creates a system of citizen bounty hunters who can sue women for getting abortions. She talks about how this affects other states and how soon we might see Roe v. Wade overturn…
 
Priscilla Grim, one of the editors of The Occupy Wall St. Journal, has stayed involved with various OWS-related formations since the 2011. She fills us in on what different OWS and occupy-adjacent groups have been doing since 2011 (how they've been able to change public opinion around capitalism) and what they plan to do for the tenth anniversary o…
 
Priscilla Grim, one of the editors of The Occupy Wall St. Journal, has stayed involved with various OWS-related formations since the 2011. She fills us in on what different OWS and occupy-adjacent groups have been doing since 2011 (how they've been able to change public opinion around capitalism) and what they plan to do for the tenth anniversary o…
 
The latest from East River Park, a 46-acre park running along the East River, the only green space for the Lower East Side’s working class community. The park has been the home to a battle over the last several years over its preservation. The city is very close to being able to go forward with its plan to demolish the recently renovated park and r…
 
New York City public schools are reopening for the new school year. Amid the Delta wave, are the schools ready to do their work while keeping students and teachers safe? MORE (Movement of Rank and File Educators), the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers says that there’s still much the city and department of education need to…
 
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hopes were running high that something profound would emerge at the site where 3,000 people were killed and hundreds more first responders were poisoned and later died of their illnesses. It hasn’t quite turned out that way.Todd Fine talks about what happened at Ground Zero over the past 20 …
 
—Segment One, Todd Fine:In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hopes were running high that something profound would emerge at the site where 3,000 people were killed and hundreds more first responders were poisoned and later died of their illnesses. It hasn’t quite turned out that way. Todd Fine talks about what happened at Grou…
 
Anita Varma leads the Solidarity Journalism Initiative at the Center for Media Engagement. She is also a new assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Media at UT Austin, where her research and teaching focus on how journalists represent marginalized communities and how this reporting can improve.Anita’s family immigrated from Bihar, India …
 
When Joe Biden announced that US troops would pull out of Afghanistan, thousands of people rushed to Hamid Karzai International Airport where many lost their lives in the events that followed. Over 150 people died after a suicide bomber detonated his vest at a U.S. checkpoint just days before U.S. troops departure on August 31. We speak to two peop…
 
NY state lawmakers are expected to Convene in an emergency special session to extend the eviction moratorium. This comes after the Supreme Court slashed down NY eviction moratorium two weeks ago and years of community protest. Tenants rights organizers are demanding that state leaders reconvene the legislature and extend the eviction moratorium. Wo…
 
Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping talks about NYC parks and the fight for the planet. He was part of a failed effort in 2015 to get Monsanto's Roundup pesticide out of the NYC parks system. Billy also just came back from Minnesota where there's a huge battle led by indigenous people over a tar-sands pipeline, the "new Standing Roc…
 
We look at the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan. Two long-time peace activists Kathy Kelly and Medea Benjamin talk about the latest from Afghanistan, why the U.S.-backed regime collapsed so quickly and what the future may hold. Kathy Kelly is the co-founder of Voices for Creative Non-violence. She visited Afghanistan many times over the past decade …
 
—We look at the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan. Two long-time peace activists Kathy Kelly and Medea Benjamin talk about the latest from Afghanistan, why the U.S.-backed regime collapsed so quickly and what the future may hold. Kathy Kelly is the co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She visited Afghanistan many times over the past decade …
 
In North Brooklyn, National Grid has begun construction on a controversial new liquid natural gas pipeline which would bring highly volatile fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York. Its opponents see the $185 million project as both a public health hazard and bad energy policy as it would further lock the city into a dependence on natural gas for…
 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a mushrooming sexual harassment scandal. Kathy Hochul will take his place and become New York’s first female governor. Cuomo was also under investigation for his role in covering up the deaths of thousands of nursing home patients who perished at the height of the pandemic last ye…
 
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a mushrooming sexual harassment scandal. Kathy Hochul will take his place and become New York’s first female governor. Cuomo was also under investigation for his role in covering up the deaths of thousands of nursing home patients who perished at the height of the pandemic last ye…
 
—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a mushrooming sexual harassment scandal. Kathy Hochul will take his place and become New York’s first female governor. Cuomo was also under investigation for his role in covering up the deaths of thousands of nursing home patients who perished at the height of the pandemic last y…
 
—Cea Weaver of Housing Justice 4 All, a statewide coalition of more than 70 organizations fighting for housing for all New Yorkers:A federal eviction moratorium instituted last year lapsed this past Friday at midnight putting an estimated 11 million tenants nationwide at risk of eviction. Here in New York, a statewide eviction moratorium is slated …
 
Charles Lenchner, co-founder of People for Bernie:In Cleveland, a race to fill a vacant congressional seat has brought on a showdown between the progressive and pro-corporate wings of the Democratic Party. Voters are heading to the polls today to choose between former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, a close ally of Bernie Sanders and Cuyahoga Count…
 
Two Saturdays ago, June 25, the NYPD attacked and attempted to displace a mutual aid hub and organizing collective based out of an empty storefront space in a Brooklyn building called the gym. Fourteen reportedly violent arrests were made and one person was hospitalized. Kaitlin Baucom, who has lived in and been doing social activism out of the sam…
 
Cea Weaver of Housing Justice 4 All, a statewide coalition of more than 70 organizations fighting for housing for all New Yorkers: A federal eviction moratorium instituted last year lapsed this past Friday at midnight putting an estimated 11 million tenants nationwide at risk of eviction. Here in New York, a statewide eviction moratorium is slated …
 
—Daniela Alulema, DACA recipient and program director at the Center for Migration Studies of New York. A federal judge in Texas ruled that no more Dreamers as the youths are known can enter the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gives them protections from deportation. —Gail Walker is the Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. We look…
 
Michael Pellagatti, a laid-off double decker tour bus guide, talks about the automation of the bus tour guide. Two hundred tour guides have been laid off since the pandemic and instead of rehiring them, tour companies are switching to automated tours. Pellagotti stresses not only the importance of keeping people employed, but the disparity in the e…
 
NY Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa (D-72) talks about the first-of-its-kind $2.1 billion excluded workers fund included in the fiscal year 2022 New York State Budget. Most undocumented workers and other workers who missed out on COVID-19 relief (unemployment, stimulus checks) will be eligible to receive either $3,200 or $15,600. Rosa explains what…
 
Rita Joseph, NYC City Councilmember-elect for District 40, which mostly encompasses Flatbush, Brooklyn, who emigrated from Haiti when she was two-years-old, gives perspective on the unfolding crisis in her family's country and shares her goals for City Hall, including more just education, healthcare, housing, and police practices.…
 
John Tarleton interviews Imani Oakley, who just announced she is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 10th congressional district which encompasses Newark (primary held next June). Oakley, a socialist running on the Democrat ticket, is taking on one of the machine’s dynastic heirs, Donald Payne, Jr. who inherited the seat from his father in 2012.…
 
John Tarleton interviews Kristin Richardson Jordan, who has pulled into a narrow lead for the NYC city council District 9 seat that covers Central and East Harlem currently held by incumbent Bill Perkins. Richardson talks about running her grassroots campaign centered around the theme of “radical love" as an LGBTQ+ Black woman and democratic social…
 
John Tarleton interviews Todd Fine, a lower Manhattan preservationist and activist, talks about Governor Cuomo’s recently halted plan to build a memorial to essential workers at Battery Park City. Angered that the the construction of the memorial, an eternal flame, would result in bulldozing part of Battery Park, neighborhood locals protested enoug…
 
Editor-in-Chief of The Indypendent newspaper John Tarleton interviews:— Todd Fine, a lower Manhattan preservationist and activist, talks about Governor Cuomo’s recently halted plan to build a memorial to essential workers at Battery Park City. Angered that the the construction of the memorial, an eternal flame, would result in bulldozing part of Ba…
 
Indypendent field reporters Julia Thomas, Amba Guerguerian, Zion DeCoteau and Roman Broszkowski hit the streets on primary day to speak with NYC voters about how they feel about the city elections — an election during with ranked-choice voting is being implemented for the first time and almost every electable city official's seat is up for grabs.…
 
As the city's 2021 primary election day comes to a close, The Indypendent's John Tarleton and Olivia Riggio interview Ben Max, executive editor at the Gotham Gazette and co-host of the Max & Murphy show, which discusses New York politics and airs weekly on WBAI. Max has been reporting on and analyzing the mayoral race on Max & Murphy as well as on …
 
The Indypendent Newspaper hosts a three hour election-coverage show for WBAI as the NYC primary elections come to a close on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Half of the city council seats, the mayor, comptroller, Manhattan DA, Brooklyn borough president, and much more are up for grabs. We talk with journalists, experts, and advocates who are versed in the …
 
As the city's 2021 primary election day comes to a close, The Indypendent's John Tarleton and Olivia Riggio interview Julie Hollar, managing editor at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy & Reporting), who just wrote a piece called “Tabloids Want Crime, Not Rent, on NYC Voters’ Minds.” Outlets like the New York Post and New York Daily News have failed to affo…
 
As the city's 2021 primary election day comes to a close, The Indypendent's EIC John Tarleton interviews Chi Anunwa, co-chair of NYC DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), about the six DSA-endorced city council races. They discuss whether the DSA still has viable grounding in the city after having won five seats in the last state assembly electio…
 
As the city's 2021 primary election day comes to a close, The Indypendent's EIC John Tarleton talks with The Indy’s investigative journalist Ted Hamm, and former editor at Brooklyn Rail, who follows the machinations of local politics quite closely. Hamm talks about the 1% playing dirty in the election and more.…
 
The Indypendent's EIC John Tarleton and co-host Natasha Santos of Brooklyn For Peace interview Pastor Tabatha Holley of New Day Church in the Northwest Bronx, an open and affirming (independent and non denominational) community of organizers, educators, artists, young people and dreamers committed to building the movement of God against the forces …
 
As the city's 2021 primary election day comes to a close, The Indypendent's EIC John Tarleton and co-host Natasha Santos of Brooklyn For Peace talk with Lucas Shapiro of The Jewish Vote, a group that endorsed a number of candidates and encourages alliance forming. Shapiro explains Ranked Choice Voting (implemented for the first time during this ele…
 
The Indypednent's John Tarleton and Julia Thomas interview Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, who was recently in Peru to observe the elections. The daughter of a former dictator is still trying to reverse her apparent defeat in the country’s June 6 presidential run-off election. Keiko Fujimori is alleging fraud and trying to annul 500,000 vot…
 
The Indypendent's John Tarleton and Julia Thomas interview Alexa Avilés, a democratic socialist running for city council seat in District 38. A mother of two teen-age daughters and a member of her local community board, she has been slammed by her detractors as a “danger” to her community for supporting cuts to the NYPD’s $6 billion annual budget. …
 
The Indypendent's John Tarleton and Julia Thomas interview Ross Barkan, author and political columnist who has emerged one of the leading political commentators on state and local politics in New York. Ross gives his latest hot takes on the mayoral race, and his new book, 'The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, The Coronavirus, And The Fall Of New York.'…
 
The Indy's John Tarleton and Julia Thomas intervew:—Alexa Avilés, a democratic socialist running for city council seat in District 38. A mother of two teen-age daughters and a member of her local community board, she has been slammed by her detractors as a “danger” to her community for supporting cuts to the NYPD’s $6 billion annual budget. Some of…
 
The Indypendent's John Tarleton and Amba Guerguerian interview Roberta Pikser and Norm Scott, retired members of the United Federation of Teachers who are fighting back against plans hatched by the City and public sector union leaders to save money by placing them on a privately run version of Medicare known as Medicare Advantage.…
 
The Indypendent's John Tarleton and Amba Guerguerian interview Neelu Shruti, a birth justice advocate, midwifery student, the founder of Love Child and the author of ‘Black mothers Matter’ for The Indypendent. They talk about Black mothers and midwives and how New York State can begin to reverse longstanding racist policies and practices that have …
 
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