All posts in November 2016

Episode 6 – Access Denied


Air Date: Nov 23, 2016
Episode: Access Denied

Have you ever been rejected? Turned down? Forgotten? This week on AudioFiles we explore the repercussions of systems and circles that ignore and deny people. We’ll talk to undocumented immigrants living in a post-election world, disabled New Yorkers navigating the city’s public transportation, female comic book writers struggling with a male-dominated fanbase, and more. Our special guest this week will be Irene Pease, physics teacher at York College.

Producer: W. Harry Fortuna
Assistant Producer: Raul Hernandez
Hosts: Nomin Ujiyediin, Chis Inoa
Stories By: Meaghan Lee Callaghan, Joanna Purpich, Jaja Gray, Mike O’Brien, Raul Hernandez, Chris Inoa

Contributors: Brandon Nix, KalaLea, Guglielmo Mattioli

Special Guest: Irene Pease

Musical Guest: Melanie JB Charles


Colony decline continues to ravage bee populations
by Meaghan Lee Callaghan

Agriculture relies on free pollinators to help fertilize crops, like the honey bee. While bee populations in the U.S. and abroad have been in decline, reporter Meaghan Lee Callaghan finds out that its not just the dreaded colony collapse disorder, but a complex mix of causes hurting bees.


Davin Larson, beekeeper at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn. Photos by Maria Perez.


How accessible is New York’s subway for disable people? Not much.
by Joanna Purpich

New York is easy to get around. Subways zip around the city, and there’s buses on almost every corner. If those don’t work, hop off and walk or hail a cab. But for disabled New Yorkers, public transit turns into a nightmare.


Bleeding all the time
By Michael O’Brien

The rush of athletic competition can be addictive. Some athletes experience cravings so intense, psychologists compare it to drug withdrawal. Jared Gordon is a mixed martial arts fighter willing to push himself to the brink in order to get his fix.


Apocalypse Show – Photos by Nomin Ujiyediin

Episode 5 – Apocalypse


Air Date: Nov 16, 2016
Episode: Apocalypse

This week on AudioFiles, we face the end of the world. We explore stories on those preparing for the end, or just the next natural disaster, in the big city, along with reports from protesters who think current political and environmental events are signs of impending catastrophe. And we hear from a science communicator on the likelihood of different doomsday scenarios.

Producer: Meaghan Lee Callaghan
Assistant Producer: Joanna Purpich
Hosts: Stephanie Daniel and Michael O’Brien
Stories By: Victoria Edwards, KalaLea, Angely Mercado, and Nomin Ujiyediin

Contributors: Devin Holt, Anna Roberts, and Zach Ripple

Special Guest: Ariel Conn

Musical Guest: Jen Nascimento

Photo Gallery

Episode 4 – Two Weeks’ Notice


Air Date: Nov 9, 2016
Episode: Two Weeks’ Notice

In Two Weeks’ Notice, Audiofiles examines transition. Life is a collection of
transitions, from one phase to another, year after year. Not all transitions are from one job to another, and certainly very few of them take only two weeks. But most of us, on any given day, are in the process of ending one stage of our journey to begin another. This episode we look at that process and see how change affects us all.

Producer: Raul Hernandez
Assistant Producer: W. Harry Fortuna
Hosts: Christopher Inoa and Nomin Ujiyediin
Stories By: Stephanie Daniel, Victoria Edwards, KalaLea, Joaquin Cotler, Brandon Nix

Contributors: Zachary Ripple, Michael O’Brien, Joanna Purpich, Meaghan Lee Callaghan and KalaLea

Special Guest: Punit Arora, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York

Musical Guest: Nicole Weiss


Music: more than a gateway to memories
By Stephanie Daniel

Brooklyn – Chester and Charla sing patriotic songs, doo-wop and Irish tunes during music therapy session. (Credit: S. Daniel)

Music often defines major life events: like the first school dance, a college road trip or wedding celebration. But for a man in the twilight of life, music is more than just a gateway to great memories. It’s his voice. Reporter Stephanie Daniel has more.

Curtain Closes for Iconic Piano Bar
By Victoria Edwards


The Manhattan Inn has hosted countless shows over the last seven years and welcomed personalities from Katy Perry to the Grizzly Bears – but this week the iconic Brooklyn piano bar is closing its curtains for good.

“This place is such a home — home to so many people and artists. It’s a family here. I was sad to lose that. It’s special and only comes around once in a blue moon,” said Rachel Pazadan, who books the musical guests at the venue.

Pazdan is not a musician, but she’s been in a big part in the musical creation that’s taken place at the venue. She hosts sessions called the “Hum” twice a week, where women rockers who don’t know each other – rock out for the first time together at the Manhattan Inn.

The Manhattan Inn is playing live music every day until it closes on November 13th.