All posts in October 2016

Episode 3 – Now You See It


Air Date: Oct 26, 2016
Episode: Now You See It

In this episode, we explore things that were overlooked at one time and brought to light because of random events. Featuring stories about the lengthy AirBnB legal battle in New York state, hidden plus-size fashion, the lost city of new Manhattan plus good clowns against bad.

Producer: Joanna Purpich
Assistant Producer: Meaghan Lee Callaghan
Music Producer: Joaquin Cotler
Hosts: Stephanie Daniel and Michael O’Brien
Stories By: Devin Holt, Nomin Ujiyediin and Jaja Grays

Contributors: W. Harry Fortuna and Guglielmo Mattioli

Musical Guest: Johnnito Cienfuegos DeLaCeiba


Red noses, politics and big shoes: The Great Clown Scare of 2016
By Devin Holt



Episode 2 – Gray Matters


Air Date: Oct 19, 2016
Episode: Gray Matters

Whether talking about the stuff between our ears, the indecision on who to vote for, or how much of our privacy we must sacrifice in order to feel safe, the areas in between the extremes are where most of life is lived, the gray areas definitely matter. This episode of Audiofiles is not about the white, nor the black, not the right or the wrong. We dig into the Gray Matters and how the things that live in the middle sometimes have unexpected consequences.

Producer: Raul Hernandez
Assistant Producer: W. Harry Fortuna
Music Producer: Jaja Grays
Hosts: Christopher Inoa and Nomin Ujiyediin
Stories By: Devin Holt, Anna Roberts, Joanna Purpich, Brandon Nix and Zachary Ripple

Contributors: Devin Holt, Anna Roberts, Joanna Purpich, Brandon Nix, Zachary Ripple, Guglielmo Mattioli and Angely Mercado

Musical Guest: Grey Reverend with Brian Baker on Trumpet


Zone out with the ‘get-high headphones’; New tech pushes out your brain’s happy juice
By Devin Holt

Your longest cranial nerve, that’s a nerve that originates in the brain instead of the spine, runs from your brain to your heart, stomach, lungs and other internal organs. It’s called the vagus nerve and controls various unconscious body functions like heart rate and digestion (if you’ve ever passed out at the sight of blood, that’s the vagus nerve).

Photos: Devin Holt

Sade Spence demonstrates headphones at Audio46 in Midtown Manhattan. Photos: Devin Holt

Doctors have used the vagus nerve for decades to treat depression, epilepsy and other disorders. The nerve is stimulated with small bursts of electricity, which increases production of the chemicals in your brain that regulate mood. But a wellness company called Nervana has released a headset that uses vagus nerve stimulation in a new way: to help regular people unwind after a tough day. Sound enthusiast and headphone expert Sade Spence calls them “the high headphones.”

Headphones at Audio46 in Midtown Manhattan.

Music credits: and Tame Impala



Episode 1 – Revival


Air Date: Oct 5, 2016
Episode: Revival

What does shellfish in the New York harbor, an ancient arch and bees have in common?They are all surprising signs of revival. In this episode, hear about pollution eating oysters, broken iPhones and why it’s so hard to catch a movie in the Bronx. After that, learn how 3D printing can save Syrian antiquity. We’ll also celebrate the return of one of the city’s most beloved hotdogs.

Producer: Meaghan Lee Callaghan
Assistant Producer: Joanna Purpich
Music Producer: Joaquin Cotler
Hosts: Stephanie Daniel and Brandon Nix
Stories By: Joaquin Cotler, Michael O’Brien, Christopher Inoa, Victoria Edwards and W. Harry Fortuna

Musical Guest: Hubby Jenkins


Reporter: Joaquin Cotler

The Billion Oyster Project recycles 4 tons of discarded oyster shells every week. Their efforts help to reduce waste and restore the water quality in New York harbor. They also are instrumental in the construction of “oyster reefs” to protect the coastline. These reefs also provide a habitat for hundreds of species of marine life. But their construction has been halted in New Jersey, just ten miles south, because of the condition of the water–and the fragility of the state’s $790 million seafood market.

Reporter: Michael O’Brien

Last September, if you happened by City Hall Park, you might have noticed a two thousand year old imperial Roman ruin. Or at least what looked a lot like a Roman Ruin. The 25-foot-tall stone arch was a replica, created using 3D printing technology. The original was destroyed by ISIS last year after they captured the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria. It was placed downtown to raise awareness of cultural destruction. But the recreation itself raises questions for conservationists about how world heritage is preserved.

New York Foodie Almost Loses Her Son To Harrowing Hot Dog Meal
by Victoria Edwards
Air Date: October 5, 2016

Native New Yorker Annie Hauck-Lawson has built her career around her culinary passion – she was a professor of health and nutrition scientists at CUNY and co-authored the book “Gastropolis: Food and New York City” – which is why it’s especially ironic that her son, Phillip, almost lost his life choking on a hotdog.


Annie recounts the harrowing experience that rushed her and her family to Methodist Hospital 19 years ago. It’s an experience that Phillip, who was 2-years- old at the time, can no longer remember, but the rest of the family can never forget.

Still, Annie said there was a silver lining to that fateful meal: Her family became friends with the emergency team that saved her son’s life. And every year since then, Annie has had them over for dinner to show her appreciation through the one thing she knows better than anyone else – food.