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.