Category: 2015

Radio Through the Decades – LIVE

AudioFiles hosted its annual LIVE SHOW at UnionDocs in Brooklyn. It featured stories inspired by the good old days of radio drama all the way to the current podcast boom.

Date & Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on December 11, 2015

Location: Union Docs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The audience will be able to participate in the evolution of radio by touring through a well-curated visual and audio experience based on significant moments in radio history. Come and step back in time. There will be a live band, swing dancers, games, and beer too!

The show is free for CUNY J-School students, alums, faculty and staff.

More info on Facebook and Eventbrite.

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The Hidden Costs of Food Delivery




They ring our apartment buzzer, hand over our order, and after an exchange of a few dollars, we never see them again. New Yorkers rely on bicycle delivery people every day, but the risks of their job are mostly hidden. Online services like Seamless and GrubHub are getting bigger, putting more workers on the road while regulations and safety measures lag behind.

Delivery riders for Dabah Restaurant, Lexington Avenue, NYC, photo by Eric Parker

Delivery riders for Dabah Restaurant, Lexington Avenue, NYC, photo by Eric Parker

Navigating Black Friday




Joseph Altobelli guides us through how different people spend their Black Fridays and Thanksgiving weekends on Staten Island.

The Staten Island Mall gets ready for the holiday season and the gift buying rush soon to come on Black Friday.

The Staten Island Mall gets ready for the holiday season and the gift buying rush soon to come on Black Friday.

Dad Challenges the System to Prevent Tragedies Like His




For families struggling to prevent a crisis instead of picking up the pieces after the fact, the mental health care system can be incredibly difficult to navigate. Each state and county has different guidelines and laws. However, as of last month, a bill that was introduced in 2013 will finally move forward in the house. Many people believe this could be the answer they have been waiting for. In the meantime, some families have taken matters into their own hands. Maggie Freleng reports.

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Anthony and Cynthia Hernandez hold a photo of their son Aaron.

18: Labyrinth




Your heart is racing. You’re lost. You feel trapped and you’re wondering which way to turn. You have to get out.
From navigating complex institutions to struggling to stay alive when the system is not on your side. This episode explores stories about labyrinths of all kinds.

Puzzle and maze expert Christopher Berg joins us live from California to discuss the history and fascination with labyrinths. And the band A Deer A Horse joins us in the studio for a live set.

Producer: Maggie Freleng
Assistant Producer: Lilly Knoepp
Host: Gabriela Sierra Alonso
Stories by: Joseph Altobelli, Karen Shakerdge, Emrys Eller, Jack D’Isidoro, and Maggie Freleng

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by Kevin Gessner, 2009, France

LGBT Parents Struggle to Adopt in Some States




In 2013, Chad Hollis and Philip Chan couldn’t figure out the best way to start a family. The young newlyweds, like many others, faced a maze of restrictive state adoption laws. Marriage equality upended some hurdles, but LGBT people still face discrimination from individual social workers. Emrys Eller reports.

Philip Chan and Chad Hollis pose with their daughter, Madelyn, outside a church in Cleveland. by Heather Neu, 2015.

Philip Chan and Chad Hollis pose with their daughter, Madelyn, outside a church in Cleveland. by Heather Neu, 2015.

Holding on to the Nuyorican Sound




The Nuyorican identity is unique to New York City and echoes the rhythms of funk and salsa music. This culture was born out of a certain time, place, and demographic that is likely to never repeat itself. As the South Bronx faces the pressures of gentrification Bobby Sanabria, a world renowned Latin percussionist, is doing his part to save the sound of an identity that was born there. Gabriela Sierra Alonso reports.

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Bobby Sanabria leads his Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble at the band’s winter concert, entitled “The funk stops here!”

Pay for Play




College sports. They’re one of this country’s most valued past times, especially in cities without professional teams. Student athletes asking for pay is not new, but a recent study that calculated the dollars made off a winning game has reinvigorated the conversation. Ryan Wallerson reports.

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St. John’s point guard Federico Mussini attempts a foul shot during a 75-53 win over UMBC at Carnesecca Arena.

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African Music in Brooklyn




Roger Francis and his brother have been running Africa Record Centre since 1968 from the same building in Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn. They have grown up with the store, witnessed times and technologies evolve. With the threat facing record store businesses, Africa Record Centre is about more than just making a profit. What has been the secret of their mainstay? Audio Files reporter Tinashe Mushakavanhu went to find out the rituals and beliefs that sustain them.

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