AudioFiles: Water World

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

What do gourmet ice cubes, the human microbiome and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge have in common? Water.

On this edition of AudioFiles, we explore how co-operative businesses helped the Rockaways get back on its feet after Sandy. We look at how plastic bags and other trash from the Bronx River ends up in our food, and how rogue scientists and engineers are designing infrastructure that can protect cities from rising tides. We’ll also hear music from our in-studio guest, Selam.

Producer: Gwynne HoganAssistant Producer: Julia Alsop
Host: Reem Nasr
Stories by: Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Caroline Lewis, Danny Lewis, Roxanne Scott, Minda Smiley and Steve Trader

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Brooklyn Boy Races Against Time

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

On the outside, Pietro Joseph Scarso looks like an ordinary kid.

On the inside, though, the 5-year-old Brooklyn boy is deteriorating.

That’s because Pietro is one of 3,500 boys worldwide born annually with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal degenerative disease that weakens muscles at an aggressive pace.


Mold’s Still a Growing Problem

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx.

And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time.

His parents say his asthma has grown worse with the spread of dark mold across the bathroom ceiling caused by a leaky pipe in the family’s three-bedroom apartment at the Castle Hill Houses.


This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.

Winning Outside the Ring

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Boxing is a tough sport but it can be ever more difficult for boxers once they leave the profession. Many fighters put higher education on the sidelines while they pursue a career in the ring. CUNY has teamed up with the New York State Athletic Commission and other groups to help change that with the new “Fight for Your Future” campaign.

From Wedded Miss to Bliss

Friday, November 7th, 2014


Friday, October 31st, 2014

Church Repairs Lag Post-Sandy

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Artists Share Prayer for Peace

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

NYC Street Signs

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014