Category: 2015

15: Apolitical America




According to some voting statistics, millennials are apathetic when in comes to politics. On today’s AudioFiles we explore how millennials ARE participating in the issues of our time. We visit a bacon festival (and animal rights rally!) in Williamsburg and a “watch party” of the second GOP debate for 20 to 30-somethings. Our special guest Q&A is journalist Jere Van Dyke. And, Brooklyn band “Workman Song” joins us in the studio for a live set.

Hosted by Gabriela Sierra Alonso
Stories by Jack D’Isidoro, Emrys Eller, and Lilly Knoepp
Produced by Gabriela Sierra Alonso, Joseph Altobelli, and Lilly Knoepp

Animal welfare activist group Collectively Free stages a "human bacon" protest outside a bacon festival in Brooklyn. Photo by Mia Garchitorena 2015.

Animal welfare activist group Collectively Free stages a “human bacon” protest outside a bacon festival in Brooklyn. Photo by Mia Garchitorena 2015.

Tagging the Freedom Tunnel




The Freedom Tunnel, the alias of the of Amtrak tunnel that runs up Manhattan’s west side, is one of New York City’s graffiti havens. The tracks, just steps away from eateries and grocery stores on 125th street and 12th ave, lead to artwork contributed by generations of cities taggers. For today’s artists, it’s an experience unlike any other. Reporter Ryan Wallerson made the trip with rookie tagger Resa for her first illegal bomb to see for himself exactly was it is like inside
the mouth of the Freedom Tunnel.

Resa's completed "throw up," a tag of her name. Many times in the graffiti subculture, one's name is the art.

Resa’s completed “throw up,” a tag of her name. Many times in the graffiti subculture, one’s name is the art.

Green Lanterns




Walking the bustling streets of New York City is an adventure in and of itself. While we navigate traffic, or dodge an umbrella or maneuver around somebody’s pit bull, it’s easy to miss out on the rich history surrounding us. Levi Sharpe explores a city fixture that you may have passed by every single day and never noticed, even when it was hitting you in the face with its green glow.

The NYPD Traffic Control Division in Midtown Manhattan on Sept. 17, 2015. "This precinct is one of the only ones I know of that looks like a castle, the only thing that’s missing is the moat and the crocodiles." says Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD officer.

The NYPD Traffic Control Division in Midtown Manhattan on Sept. 17, 2015. “This precinct is one of the only ones I know of that looks like a castle, the only thing that’s missing is the moat and the crocodiles.” says Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD officer.

Breast density notification–for better or worse?




Most of us have either gotten a mammogram or know someone who has–that uncomfortable yet important checkup to make sure we’re breast cancer free. But in recent years it’s become clear that mammography might not be enough.

This is especially true for women with dense breasts–meaning they have densely fibrous tissue–which makes it hard to see tumors on mammogram slides.

Six years ago Connecticut became the first state requiring doctors to notify women if they have dense breasts. And since then almost half the country has followed.

But experts are divided about whether mandatory notification laws are saving lives or prompting unnecessary tests. And now, with federal legislation on the table, the debate is heating up.

Cindy Olmstead with her husband Bill celebrating her 5 year mark of being cancer free. Courtesy of Cindy Olmstead.

Cindy Olmstead with her husband Bill celebrating her 5 year mark of being cancer free. Courtesy of Cindy Olmstead.

Hide and Seek History




Do you remember your first secret hiding place?
Reporter Lilly Knoepp explored the history of the game we all played as kids, a game where the fun is all about secrecy: Hide and Seek.

14: Hidden in Plain Sight




Today on AudioFiles, we make the invisible visible and explore the untold–often historically laden side–of things hidden in plain sight. We’ll take you to the storied Freedom Tunnel in upper Manhattan and investigate some NYC street lore found outside every police precinct in the five boroughs. Banjo picker Bennet Sullivan joins us for a live set in the studio.

Producer: Maggie Freleng
Assistant Producer: Lilly Knoepp
Host: Emrys Eller
Stories by Lilly Knoepp, Karen Shakerdge, Levi Sharpe, Ryan Wallerson

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