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Your Move, 2021

Two things are coming to an end: the year 2020 and this season of AudioFiles. In our final episode, we hear updates from small seasonal businesses and tips for solo holiday celebrations. Later, an infectious disease specialist helps us understand the latest developments on the COVID-19 vaccines and what to expect when the vaccines are finally available.

Also in this episode:
Holly DeMuth takes a peek at how a Netflix series is causing chessboard sales to skyrocket in New York.
Erika Wheless brings us the story of how a yoga studio owner in Queens has adapted her business during the pandemic.

Managing Editor: Jackie Harris
Host: Valen Iricibar
Lead Producer: Ashley Rodriguez
Associate Producer: Megan Burney
Reporting by Erika Wheless, Ali McPherson, Jackie Harris
Engineer: Chad Bernhard
Guest: Dr. Megan Coffee
Editors: Kalli Anderson and Maggie Freleng

Music credits: Doug Maxwell, Charlotte Muller, Albrecht Ihlenburg, Gras Young and Cheel

Answers to the 2020 sounds: Animal Crossing (music and sound effects), Among Us, Cardi B, Tiger King (Carole Baskin and “Tiger Saw Man” by Joe Exotic), Ben Shapiro and “Imagine” as sung by celebrities.

A Thanksgiving in 2020 Like No Other

Thanksgiving is creeping around the corner, and Ashley Rodriguez reports on how Native Americans across the country are pushing back against the way Thanksgiving is taught in American schools. Also, a turkey farmer who is struggling to sell turkeys on Thanksgiving now that COVID-19 has forced people to downsize their family gatherings. And producer Megan Burney asks an epidemiologist’s advice on staying safe with family during the holidays.

Also in this episode:

We observe Transgender Day of Rememberance, a time to honor the memory of transgender and non-binary people who lost their lives to anti-trans violence. Reporter Valen Iricibar brings two generations of trans folks together to talk about what it means to be trans right now and the road ahead.

Tre’vell Anderson, a gender non-conforming journalist and advocate for Black trans people, on the presidential election and what work needs to be done to ensure that all trans folks are able to live, survive and thrive no matter who is in office.

Managing Editor: Jackie Harris
Host/Lead Producer: Holly DeMuth
Associate Producer: Ali McPherson
Reporting by Valen Iricibar, Megan Burney, and Erika Wheless.
Engineer: Chad Bernhard
Guest: Tre’vell Anderson
Editors: Kalli Anderson and Maggie Freleng

Music credits: Dan Lebowitz, Jason Chaw, and Kai Farr.

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#ENDSARS Gains Ground in NYC

#ENDSARS is more than a hashtag, it is a social justice movement. Young people in Nigeria say the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS has been terrorizing citizens for far too long. SARS has since been disbanded but protesters are now fighting for better governance and are seeking justice after the Lekki Massacre. Ayoinmotion who self-identifies as an “Artivist,” a combination of an activist, and artist, co-founded ENDSARSNYC to bring awareness to what is going on in Nigeria. Brooklyn-based photographer APM is using his lens to stand in solidarity. Reporter Ali McPherson speaks with Ayoinmotion and Photographer APM about the importance of these demonstrations happening right here and right now.

Protest Audio footage provided by APM Worldwide
Music credit: The Westerlies on Youtube Audio Library.
Photo credit: APM Worldwide
Reporting by Ali McPherson

Activist Chi Osse Is Running For for City Council

After a summer of protesting and organizing, youth activist and Co-Founder of the group Warriors in the Garden, Chi Osse is making plans for a political future. At just 22-years-old, Chi plans to run in next year’s City Council race to represent District 36. He says that the City Council represents the branch of local government that has the ability to affect and implement real change in the city due to their control over the city budget. As a leader in the movement against police brutality, Chi hopes to address important issues surrounding police reform if elected to office.

Produced by Megan Burney
Music credit: Sarah, the Instrumentalist
Photo credit: Chi Osse

All Bets Are Off

The tension of the 2020 presidential election is getting to us all, so take a breath and stop the doom scrolling. In this episode we look at the stories you’re not hearing about this election cycle: from illegal election betting on the results to a Brazilian journalist’s take on the similarities between Trump and Boslonaro. Also in this episode:
Chi Osse, an activist and co-founder of the youth civil rights group Warriors in the Garden, on his bid for city council in 2021
Ali McPherson reports on the #ENDSARS protests in Manhattan condemning police brutality in Nigeria
Erika Wheless updates us on how the stock market is reacting to the election
Holly DeMuth describes a moment of unrest in Park Slope on Tuesday during an otherwise peaceful Election Day

Managing Editor: Jackie Harris
Host/Lead Producer: Megan Burney
Associate Producer: Ashley Rodriguez
Reporting by Holly DeMuth, Valen Iricibar, Ali McPherson, and Erika Wheless.
Engineer: Chad Bernhard
Guest: Leticia Duarte
Editors: Kalli Anderson and Maggie Freleng

Music credits: Jason Shaw, Sarah the Instrumentalist, and The Westerlies

#ENDSARS protest audio provided by APM Worldwide

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After The War

David Aukland, 80, grew up during the London Blitz, the 1940 Nazi bombing campaign in England. Aukland, now living out his retirement in Irvington, New York, didn’t know a life without war. He was a baby when his father left England to join the airforce. When the war ended, his father’s return revealed a family forever changed by the war.

Produced by Jackie Harris
Music credit: Dream Escape by The Tides
Photo credit: Cleo Aukland

Millions of Federal Student Loan Borrowers Don’t Have To Make Payments

With unemployment levels soaring this year due to coronavirus shutdowns, many people with student loan debt were concerned about how they would make monthly payments. The CARES Act, that big stimulus bill that was passed back in March, helped by automatically deferring monthly payments on direct federal student loans, and setting federal loan interest rates to 0%. Erika Wheless checked in on some folks who benefitted from the loan deferments about what it’s been like without the payments, and what they’ve been able to purchase instead.

Music Credit: Creative Commons Music is Second Nature by Jason Shaw on
Photo Credit: Katy Ryan
Reporting by Erika Wheless

2020 Is Giving Us the Creepy Crawlies

For this special spooky episode we bring real world nightmares to the spotlight: bed bugs and student loans. Also in this episode:

How are haunted houses staying scary during the pandemic? Holly DeMuth reports on businesses keeping the Halloween spirit alive.

COVID-19 cases spiked in some Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods in October. WNYC Reporter Gwynne Hogan gives an update on how these communities are responding to the latest restrictions in place to stop the spread.

Westchester resident David Aukland was a baby when his father left England to serve in the air force during World War II. Growing up during the London Blitz — Nazi Germany’s bombing, Aukland couldn’t know that the war would take a toll on his family long after it was over.

Managing Editor: Jackie Harris
Host/Lead Producer: Ashley Rodriguez
Associate Producer: Megan Burney
Reporting by Holly DeMuth, Valen Iricibar, Ali McPherson, and Erika Wheless.
Engineer: Chad Bernhard
Guest: Gwynne Hogan
Editors: Kalli Anderson and Maggie Freleng

No Wifi + No Service = No School

The internet is essential for students returning to school this semester, with the majority of learning happening remotely. But without wifi access, New York students living in shelters are falling behind their peers. Reporter Megan Burney speaks with affected families and an advocate leading a campaign for free public wifi in shelters.

Music credits: Jason Shaw and
Photo credit: Megan Burney

Gay Men Still Can’t Donate Blood Despite Shortage Concerns

As New York City sees new surges in COVID-19 cases, there are renewed concerns about blood shortages. But Ryan Manuel Koerber was turned away from the New York Blood Center in April due to his sexuality. FDA guidelines still specifically bar men who have sex with men (commonly referred to as “MSM”) from donating blood unless they have been celibate for three months. That rule, which was initially a lifelong ban from donating blood, was established in the 1980s at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, singling out MSM when screening for HIV has consistently been protested as homophobic and in the context of the pandemic, many consider that lifting the ban is long overdue.

Music credit: statusq

Photo credit: Ryan Manuel Koerber