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Vigil Remembering Keith Shumway, Ithaca resident killed by Ithaca Police on 8/25/2011
 
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On Tuesday, August 26th, more than 40 people gathered at the corner of State Street and Corn street in the parking lot of Diane's auto repair, to remember the life of Keith Shumway. On August 25th, 2011 Keith Shumway was killed by the Ithaca Police Department after an altercation with an officer. He had a history of mental illness, and he was a man of color. He was 20 years old. He was walking to the State Street Diner to meet his girlfriend. He almost made it. His family said that he was having a bad day. He was stopped by a police officer after someone reported a suspicious person acting erratically. The police say he reached through the window of a police vehicle, unholstered the officer's gun and fired a shot that "grazed the officer's leg." when backup officers arrived, he was shot dead in the parking lot. Community members still dispute the official story. Many ask how he was able to reach into the vehicle unholster the officer's weapon, and fire a shot. While others wonder how the situation would have unfolded if unarmed mental health professionals responded to the scene instead of an armed police force. Every year since 2011, members of Keith's family and members of the community gather here to remember Keith's life. The event has since transformed into an organizing event focused on discussion about how to improve the relationship between the police and the community, so that the people like Keith, who are the most vulnerable, are protected by those public servants who have sworn to protect them. The anniversary of the police killing of Keith Shumway comes as we are in the midst of a local as well as national conversation about interactions between the criminal justice system and communities of color. As we stood there, the parents of the teens who were stalked, chased, detained, and held at gunpoint by an un-uniformed ithaca police officer driving his personal vehicle,had just sopken to an audience at GIAC about their concerns for the safety of their children, and at the same time, the nation continues to mourn the death of Michael Brown in Furgeson, Missouri. Chris Knight attended the rally and vigil, and spoke to some of the attendees about why they remember Keith Shumway.
Revving up Ithaca's startup incubator - September 25th, 2014
 
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Earlier this week, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works opened its doors. Rev is a joint-effort of Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), and everyone involved says the incubator will help boost the local economy by supporting up-and-coming entrepreneurs. To get a better sense of how Rev might make this happen, Producer Samuel Whitehead called Executive Director of the Center for Regional Economic Advancement at Cornell University Tom Schryver, who helped make Rev a reality. Schryver started their conversation by explaining what a business incubator actually is. This interview originally aired on the September 25th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
January 16th, 2014 - Wadie Said - An Interview with WRFI's Chantal Thomas
 
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Wadie Said, Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, speaks with WRFI's Chantal Thomas about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the government's failure to close the facility, and the challenges the government faces in repatriating those detainees cleared for release.
Developing a new local currency for Ithaca - July 21st, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Ithacash founder Scott Morris about his work to bring a new local currency to the Ithaca area. This interview originally aired on the July 21st, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
part 2 - Public Safety Committee on Jail Expansion and Alternatives to Incarceration 12-9-2013
 
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Meeting of the Tompkins County Public Safety Committee on December 9th, 2013 regarding Alternatives to Incarceration and Jail Expansion Plan. Part 2 of 2
Streets Alive! Ithaca - Tom Knipe - May 1st, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Tom Knipe about the origins of Streets Alive! Ithaca and what's in store for this year's event. This interview originally aired on the May 1st, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
Parents speak about sons chased by ununiformed Ithaca Police officer.  GIAC 8/26/2014 Ithaca, NY
 
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Statements from parents and concerned community members regarding young men chased, detained, and held at gunpoint by ununiformed Ithaca Police officer. GIAC 8/26/2014 Ithaca, NY Recording By Felix Titelbaum
Interview with Danny Schechter, the News Dissector
 
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Hear WRFI's Maura Stephens speak with Danny Schechter, the News Dissector. They discuss the state of media in the US and Danny's work as a student journalist and activist during his time at Cornell. Shechter graduated from Cornell in 1964. He is a journalist, author, television producer and independent filmmaker who also writes and speaks about economic and media issues. He is the executive editor of MediaChannel.org, the world's largest online media issues online network, and recipient of many awards including four Emmy Awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists' 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism.
100+ Citizens Gather in Ithaca to Show Gov. Cuomo Their Support for Renewable Energy for New York
 
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GOVERNOR CUOMO CAME TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY THIS AFTERNOON TO PROMOTE HIS START-UP NEW YORK INITIATIVE. THE INITIATIVE WOULD CREATE TAX-FREE ZONES AROUND CAMPUSES TO PROMOTE CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT. CUOMO'S EVENT WAS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ANTI-FRACKING PROTEST ORGANIZED BY SHALESHOCK, THE FINGER LAKES ACTION NETWORK AND OTHER CONCERNED NEW YORKERS. MORE THAN 125 PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO PRESSURE CUOMO TO REJECT FRACKING IN NEW YORK AND INVEST IN RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTEAD. SAM LAW, A PARTICIPANT IN THE PROTEST, SAID, "WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY TO GIVE CUOMO A FORESHADOWING OF THE RESISTANCE THAT FRACKING, IF APPROVED, WILL FACE IN NEW YORK STATE. IF HE IS WISE, HE WILL LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE AND NOT ALLOW FRACKING IN NEW YORK STATE." THE DEMONSTRATION IN ITHACA IS THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF PROTESTS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED CUOMO TO EVENTS ACROSS NEW YORK STATE.
An interview with Ithaca Times reporter Kerri Blakinger--July 1st, 2014
 
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WRFI Producer Katelyn Harrop interviews Ithaca Times reporter Kerri Blakinger on her article, " 'No Question it's Gotten Worse': A Look Inside Ithaca's Heroin Epidemic". This interview originally aired on the July 1st, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
A Look Back at Community Action Against the Tompkins County Jail Expansion Project
 
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Producer Maya Cueva covers the progress of community action against the proposed $900,000 expansion of the Tompkins County Jail. This story originally aired on the May 26th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Revising Ithaca's snow-season parking rules - July 7th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Kevin Sutherland, the City of Ithaca's Chief of Staff, about the city's effort to update it's current snow-season parking rules. This interview originally aired on the July 7th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Bringing Shakespeare to the Arboretum - July 14th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Michael Donato of the Ithaca Shakespeare Company about bringing the work of the Bard to the green setting of the Cornell Plantations Arboretum. This conversation originally aired on the July 14th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
George Sapio - Ithaca Fringe Festival - April 17th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with George Sapio of the Ithaca Fringe Festival about the event's inaugural year. This interview originally aired on the April 17th, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
Gino Bush on the Tompkins County Jail Expansion, Poverty, Criminality, and Racism in Our Community
 
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WRFI Speaks to Gino Bush about the Tompkins County jail expansion, poverty, criminality, and racism. Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) - http://www.oartompkins.com Stop the Jail Expansion Coalition, Tompkins County - https://www.facebook.com/StopTCJailExpansion Tompkins County Workerss' Center - http://www.tcworkerscenter.org/
How a single burglary changed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI - September 30th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger about her book The Burglary, which tells the story of the theft of secret documents from an FBI office in Media, PA and how the information found in those documents changed the face of the FBI. This interview originally aired on the September 30th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Chris Knight Speaks to Jeremy Veverka, Jesse Veverka and Tom Dimock about Passfire
 
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Chris Knight speaks to two Ithaca filmmakers and a local pyrotechnician about Passfire, a new film that explores the global culture of fireworks. Recorded 8/4/2013 Featuring: Jeremy Veverka, Jesse Veverka, and Tom Dimock wrfiradionews.wordpress.com wrfi.org passfiremovie.com
Small maple syrup producers and NY's untapped potential
 
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Josh Dolan, a local maple syrup producer, believes that New York can become king of U.S. maple syrup production, and he's not alone. This report originally aired on the April 14th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Farmers Market Day
 
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Recorded by Stephanie Colombo on May 5, 2013 Produced by Stephanie Colombo and Chris Knight
Developing a bike sharing program for Ithaca - July 24th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with the Ithaca Times' Michael Nocella about the group trying to bring a city-wide bike sharing program to Ithaca. This conversation originally aired on the July 24th, 2014 interview of WRFI Community Radio News.
An Interview with Anti-Drone Activist Mary Anne Grady Flores--July 25th, 2014
 
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Ithaca peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores was released from the Jamesville Correctional Facility last week -- just one week after DeWitt Town Court Judge David Gideon sentenced her to a year behind bars for her drone protest activities outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse. The decision to release Grady Flores was made by Judge Thomas Miller in the Onondaga County Court. Miller ordered a stay of her sentence while her case is on appeal. She was required to post $5,000 in bail. In May, Grady Flores was convicted of violating an order of protection that required her to keep away from Colonel Earl A. Evans, the Mission Support Commander for the 174th Attack Wing at the Hancock base. Until her trial earlier this year, Grady Flores had never met him. WRFI Producer Lori Sonken spoke with Mary Anne Grady Flores. They discussed why Flores protests the use of drones that target terrorists and kill innocent victims. This interview originally aired on the July 25th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Preserving land with natural burial - October 2nd, 2014
 
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Among the rolling the hills of Newfield sits the Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve. Greensprings is a green--or natural--cemetery, which means they work to make sure a burial has as little negative environmental impact as possible. But Greensprings is also a nature preserve--by burying people in select portions of their hundred acres, they’re working to ensure the land remains forever undisturbed. Their motto pretty much says it all: save a tree...plant yourself. Recently, Producer Samuel Whitehead drove up the partially-paved roads to Greensprings and met with Burial Coordinator Jennifer Johnson. This is what he found. This interview originally aired on the October 2nd, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
John Spence - Executive Director of the Community Arts Partnership
 
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Samuel Whitehead interviews John Spence, the Executive Director of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. Originally aired on WRFI Community Radio News on February 14th, 2014.
Greening up the holidays - December 9th, 2014
 
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Lori Sonken and Nicholas Katz talk with Anna Kelles of the Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes about how to reduce the environmental impacts of celebrating the holidays. This interview originally aired on the December 9th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Community reaction to IPD Homeland Security grant - August 21st, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with the Ithaca Times' Michael Nocella about the community's changing reaction to the the Ithaca Police Department's application for a Homeland Security grant. This conversation originally aired on the August 21st, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Local peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores Sentencing—July 11th, 2014
 
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Local activist Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to one year in jail for for violating an order of protection requiring her to stay away from Colonel Earl Evans, a man she never met until her trial this past January. An Ithaca resident, Grady Flores was also ordered to pay $1,255 in court fines. The 57-year-old woman and other activists have participated in protests outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse where drones targeting terrorists are remotely piloted into Afghanistan. Ordered by President Obama and key military officials, the drone strikes have also reportedly killed innocent victims with no connection to terrorism. WRFI Producer Lori Sonken recorded the sentencing. This piece originally aired on the July 11th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Caring for Ithaca's wintry roads - November 18th, 2014
 
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Felix Teitelbaum talks to Ithaca's Assistant Superintendent of Streets and Facilities Ray Benjamin about what it takes to maintains the City of Ithaca's streets in winter. This interview originally aired on the November 18th, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
Susan Currie - TCPL's Sesquicentennial Celebration - April 3rd, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Susan Currie, the Director of the Tompkins County Public Library, about the library's 150th birthday. This interview originally aired on the April 3rd, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
From parking lots to "hip" hotels - November 13th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with the Ithaca Times’ Michael Nocella about how Ithaca's transfer of one of its parking lots essentially gives a developer the go-ahead to build new "hip" hotel in the city. This conversation originally aired on the November 13th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Managing Tompkins County's waste - December 2nd, 2014
 
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Lori Sonken and Nicholas Katz talk with Tompkins County Solid Waste Manager Barb Eckstrom about the county's solid waste management program and how it's changed in the 25 years she's worked there. This interview originally aired on the December 2nd, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Evaluating charter schools - December 3rd, 2014
 
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Aryeal Jackson talks with Tina Nilsen-Hodges, Principal of New Roots Charter School, about what the school's recent graduation rates say about the school's performance and the kind of education it offers. This interview originally aired on the December 3rd, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Ithaca's Common Council OKs PUDs - July 10th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with the Ithaca Times' Michael Nocella about the Ithaca Common Council's approval of planned unit developments--otherwise known as PUDs. This conversation originally aired on the July 10th, 2014 interview of WRFI Community Radio News.
An update on the Dryden and Middlefield home rule tracking cases - June 5th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead speaks with Helen Slottje, a recent winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize and a co-founder of the Community Environmental Defense Council, about the oral arguments before the New York Court of Appeals in the Dryden and Middlefield home rule tracking cases. This conversation originally aired on the June 5th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Fighting blood-borne infections using syringe exchanges - August 28th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with John Barry, Executive Director of the Southern Tier AIDS Program, about the group's syringe exchanges in Tompkins and Broome Counties. This conversation originally aired on the August 28th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
31st Annual Labor Day Picnic
 
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Full audio from the 31st Annual labor Day Picnic - Stewart Park, Ithaca
Mental Health Services in the wake of local tragedy--June, 27th, 2014
 
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Producer Maya Cueva interviews Emily Nowels from The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County on the aftermath of the tragic crash in Simeon's Restaurant in Ithaca. This interview originally aired on the June 27th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp Protest in Washington, D.C.
 
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On Saturday, January 11th, activists gathered in Washington, D.C. in the pouring rain to mark the twelfth anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. WRFI's Ute Ritz-Deutch was there to record the event; the following are excerpts from that recording. Production assistance provided by John Illingworth.
Passing a new comprehensive plan for the Town of Ithaca - September 11th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Senior Planner Dan Tasman about developing and passing a new comprehensive plan for the Town of Ithaca. This conversation originally aired on the September 11th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
On giant hogweed and other invasive plants - August 11th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Pat Curran of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County about giant hogweed and some of the other invasive plant species found in Tompkins County. This conversation originally aired on the August 11th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
TC Legislator Dooley Kiefer on the Cayuga Power Plant Repowering Plan- July 2013
 
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Recorded July 24th, 2013, Broadcast on WRFI Community Radio July 25th, 2013. WRFI's Chris Knight speaks to Tompkins County Legislator Dooley Kiefer (D) District 10, Village of Lansing; part of the Village of Cayuga Heights, about plans to repower the Cayuga Power Plant with natural gas, taxes, jobs, global climate change, and New York's energy future. Informational session with the Public Service Commission about the Cayuga Operating plant repowering case will be held Monday, July 29th, 2013, 6PM at the Lansing Middle School Auditorium, 6 Ludlowville road.
Ithaca City Court Judge Candidates Forum - 9/3/2013
 
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Ithaca City Court Judge Candidates Forum at the Tompkins County Public Library. Recorded september 3rd, 2014 by Felix Tietelbaum
January 13th, 2014 - Sandra Steingraber and Krys Cail - An Interview with WRFI's Theresa Alt
 
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WRFI's Theresa Alt talks with Sandra Steingraber and Krys Cail en route to the anti-fracking, pro-renewables rally in Albany last week. The rally was held on the occasion of Governor Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address
Tom Shevory and Patricia Zimmerman - FLEFF - March 26th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Tom Shevory and Patricia Zimmerman of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival about the event's history and what's in store for its 17th iteration. This interview originally aired on the March 26th, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
Ithaca Fixers Collective - March 13th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Diane Cohen, Executive Director of Finger Lakes ReUse, and other members of the Ithaca Fixers Collective. This interview originally aired on the March 13th, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
Debating tax breaks for a local developer - December 4th, 2014
 
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Cory Cochrane and Samuel Whitehead speak with the Ithaca Voice’s Jeff Stein about the community's response to a local developer's request for tax abatement. This interview originally aired on the December 4th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Finger Lakes Weather - Drew Montreuil - June 26th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with Drew Montreuil of FL-Weather.com about his work to make weather forecasts for the Finger Lakes more local. This interview originally aired on the June 26th, 2014 broadcast of WRFI Community Radio News.
Community impacts of the August 9th Incident – September 4th, 2014
 
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Samuel Whitehead talks with the Ithaca Times’ Michael Nocella about the community’s reaction to the August 9th Incident. This conversation originally aired on the September 4th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
Preventing domestic violence by standing up - December 5th, 2014
 
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Charles Dunaway speaks with Pete Navratil--a social worker and co-founder of Stand-Up Guys--about some of the causes of domestic violence and how to prevent it. This interview originally aired on the December 5th, 2014 edition of WRFI Community Radio News.
NBC and Snowden: Brian Williams' Interview Yields Praise and Criticism
 
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Producer Katelyn Harrop covers the progress of the media's coverage of Edward Snowden with a focus on NBC's recent interview conducted by Brian Williams. This story originally aired on the June 6th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

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