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The Pixies : New Sounds-Style

wnyc.org — For this New Sounds, hear songs of the Pixies as arranged "New Sounds-Style" by everyone from the Asphalt Orchestra (the punkass marching band from Bang on a Can) to the Polaris Prize winner, Tanya Tagaq, along with the not-gonna-be-pigeonholed-into-just-jazz trio The Bad Plus, and the multi-instrumentalist "indie" eclectics TV on the Radio.

Apps Make Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

wnyc.org — One night last fall, I was walking through Chinatown in Washington, D.C., with my friend Terryn. We were not far from a dude who was in his mid-20s - slim, with neat, shoulder length locks, skinny chinos, loafers, and a leather briefcase slung across his torso - standing on the corner, his arm raised skyward.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @WNYC: Ride-sharing apps pitch themselves as alternatives to taxis that often pass by passengers of color. bit.ly/1opNPMC

'Twin Peaks' Is Returning To Television, But What About The Music?

soundcheck.wnyc.org — In April 1990, television viewers were welcomed into the distinctive and eerie town of Twin Peaks. The show, created by auteur David Lynch ( Blue Velvet, Eraserhead) and Mark Frost ( Hill Street Blues, Fantastic Four) immediately captivated fans with its unique blend of superficial wholesomeness of small-town America and unsettling peeks into the dark-side of humanity with a mystery centered on the murder of a young woman named Laura Palmer.
Oct 21, 2014

Thanks, @soundcheck, for letting me talk TWIN PEAKS and the role music played in the show's success. soundcheck.wnyc.org/story/twin-pea…

Revisit 'WKRP', Now With Its Original Songs

soundcheck.wnyc.org — Back on one of his first days at WNYC in 2007, longtime Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer scheduled an interview with Hugh Wilson, the creator and executive producer of WKRP In Cincinnati -- the TV show that inspired him to work at a radio station in the first place.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @soundcheck: Hugh Wilson, creator of WKRP In Cincinnati, looks back at the beloved rock sitcom and music. bit.ly/1oqSHAX pic.twitter.com/e4TX3ME1gz

DiNapoli: More MTA Debt Would Cause Fare and Toll Spike

wnyc.org — State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says simply borrowing the money to pay for the MTA's upcoming Capital Plan could be costly for riders. The $32 billion plan covers a slew of repairs and new projects, including the extension of the Second Avenue Subway, new stops for Metro North in the Bronx and at Penn Station, and access to Grand Central Terminal for the Long Island Rail Road.

Overcrowded and Overwhelmed: Inside P.S. 176

wnyc.org — (Beth Fertig/WNYC) More than half of the city's public school students attend classes in buildings that are overcrowded. Despite plans to build close to 40,000 new seats over the next five years, the city acknowledges it still won't meet the demand.
Oct 21, 2014

P.S. 176 in Brooklyn has 1,400 students – the city says it's supposed to hold 808 bit.ly/1rpRGDV pic.twitter.com/X8l7NAVLzH

Oct 21, 2014

RT @kathleenhoran: It's Getting Mighty Crowded at P.S. 176 in Brooklyn wnyc.org/2Cd1V via @bethfertig

Oct 21, 2014

Imagine a studio apt. filled with 20+ third graders. Overcrowded and overwhelmed at P.S. 176 wnyc.org/2Cd1V pic.twitter.com/ryQiVXlx3v

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Azar Nafisi on Why Fiction Matters in America

wnyc.org — (Photo by Stanley Staniski/Courtesy of the publisher) Azar Nafisi's book Reading Lolita in Tehran told the story of teaching The Great Gatsby and other classics to her students in Iran, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions.
Oct 21, 2014

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is America's "Literary Declaration of Independence," says @azarnafisi bit.ly/1wil5Fr

Cuomo's No-$-Limit Support

wnyc.org — (Jennifer Hsu/WNYC) Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, looks at the ads paid for out of the New York State Democratic Committee "housekeeping account"-- and how closely they skirt the line between Cuomo campaigning and "party building."
Oct 21, 2014

.@AndreaWNYC breaks down NYS campaign finance law "loophole", and how Gov. Cuomo is using it: wnyc.org/story/cuomos-n…

25 Years in 25 Days (2005): Transit Strike

wnyc.org — This fall, the Brian Lehrer Show is marking 25 years of Brian at WNYC with a year-by-year look at stories that mattered from 1989 to 2014. Find the full schedule and lots more here. The TWU went out on strike right before Christmas in 2005.
Oct 21, 2014

#BL25 We look back at the #MTA transit strike of 2005 w/ @greenhousenyt. What did the strike teach us about labor?: wnyc.org/story/25-years…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @TransportNation: How have labor unions fared since the 2005 NYC transit strike? Tune into @BrianLehrer this morning and find out. bit.ly/1pwS3Ne

What Sayreville Football Players Say They Saw

wnyc.org — (Sarah Gonzalez/WNYC) Members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team recounted the hazing rituals that have resulted in seven players' arrests on sexual assault charges and the suspension of the team's coaching staff. The players told the New York Times that hazing included freshman being held down while they were punched and kicked by upperclassmen.
Oct 21, 2014

What Sayreville Football Players in NJ Say They Saw of Alleged Assaults wnyc.org/2CfJg via @WNYC