All posts in October 2017

Episode 2 – Watershed


Air Date: Oct. 25, 2017
Episode: Watershed

Today, we’re talking about the effects of watershed. From water-related events and moments that bring water to your eyes. We’ll take a look at how natural disasters impact society and how families respond to displacement. Also, we will discuss the current state of water here in New York. Our musical guest, Britanny Foushee, joins us for a live set in the studio.

Producer: Oscar Gonzalez   

Assistant Producer: Stefan Anderson

Host: Lucy Huang

Stories by: Vicki Adame, Samia Bouzid, Molly Nugent, Nicole Rothwell

Special Guest: Daisy Rosario – the host of a digital series called Future Present for the millennial news site (which explores overlooked health issues by featuring new technologies meant to address those issues), radio reporter on health, science, issues of race and identity and “geek culture”

Musical Guest: Britanny Foushee (Live, on-air performance here)




Following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans Stateside Help New Arrivals

By Samia Bouzid

In Puerto Rico, daily routines came to an abrupt halt after Hurricane Maria tore apart the island. In the aftermath, many people decided to leave. Thousands will likely come to NYC. The process of resettlement — for many, indefinite — is long and complicated. But some Puerto Ricans already established in New York are trying to soften their landing.


The Rebuilding of Mexico City After Its Latest Earthquake

By Vicki Adame

While Puerto Rico was preparing for a category four storm last month, Mexico City was experiencing one of the worst earthquakes since 1985. On September 19, residents of the city were sent running for their lives as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake demolished 38 buildings in the region. Today, most of the rubble has been cleared. But aid centers are still passing out food and supplies. Several of these centers are managed by people in their 20s. Reporter Vicki Adame visited Mexico City and has the story on how young people are stepping up during a time of need.


100 Years of NYC Drinking the Catskills’ Water

By Nicole Rothwell

As some of the best tasting tap water in the country, New York City’s water has been dubbed the champagne of water. While New Yorkers drink this water daily, they often don’t think about where it comes from, or what was sacrificed to flow from the taps. Our reporter Nicole Rothwell looks back at the Catskills region that was uprooted, leaving 6,000 people displaced, to build part of the New York City water system.

New York City Department of Environmental Protection sign at Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills. (AudioFiles/Nicole Rothwell)


Locals watching the premiere performance of “City That Drinks the Mountain Sky Part II” honoring the 100 year anniversary of NYC using the Catskill water system. (AudioFiles/Nicole Rothwell)


Scene from the premiere performance of “City That Drinks the Mountain Sky Part II” honoring the 100 year anniversary of NYC using the Catskill water system. (AudioFiles/Nicole Rothwell)


Art Therapy and Overcoming Trauma

By Molly Nugent

Hurricanes, earthquakes, these are all traumatic events. And one way to help overcome trauma is art therapy.  A study published by the American Public Health association shows that art therapy can improve mood, anxiety, anger and even physical health.  Our reporter Molly Nugent has the story about one woman in the Bronx using art therapy to do just that.

Sally DeJesus, a poetry teacher who has been teaching poetry workshops at the Concourse House homeless shelter [Bronx, NY] for more than a decade. {Photo by Molly Nugent}

Episode 1 – Hearing Voices

Air Date: Oct. 11, 2017
Episode: Hearing Voices

Today, we’re talking about voices real and imagined. From the ones we hear in our heads to the ones left behind as memories. We’ll discuss the science of sub-vocalization (when we hear the voice in our head while reading a sentence) and we’ll give you a behind the scenes look at the Lower East Side comedy competition known as the “Roast Wars.” And, our musical guest Ladama joins us for a live set in the studio.

Producer: Molly Nugent  

Assistant Producer: Stefan Anderson

Host: Vicki Adame

Stories by: Samia Bouzid, Erin DeGregorio, Oscar Gonzalez, Lucy Huang

Special Guests: Bahar Gholipour, a freelance science journalist based in New York who covers neuroscience and AI; Peter Stastny, a psychiatrist who works on alternative approaches to mental health

Musical Guest: Ladama (Live, on-air performance here)

Photo by Sea Robin Studios



Hearing Voices Network

By Samia Bouzid

People who hear voices often struggle to find quiet in their heads. But sometimes people find ways to explore the relationship with these voices. They choose to live with them, instead of silencing them.


Hearing Deceased Loves’ Voices Through Voicemails

By Erin DeGregorio

The death of a loved one or friend is never easy. Reporter Erin DeGregorio lost her grandmother to cancer last year. Like a lot of people, Erin used old photographs to remember her grandmother and to grieve. She also found that listening to her grandmother’s voice through old voicemails was really helpful. So Erin started to wonder how other people are using their personal devices to preserve memories of lost loved ones.



By Lucy Huang

We all do it. When we’re reading, we hear our voice in our head going through the sentence. Experts call this subvocalization and we do it to help us remember or comprehend things better. That’s not the only times we hear it either.


New York City Roast Battles (Comedy)

By Oscar Gonzalez

Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld have a few things in common. They’re hilarious. They’re rich. And they started developing their comedic voice in New York City. Comedy is big business in New York. It is home to more stand-up shows than any city in the world. But not every show is about jokes directed at the Kardashians or President Trump. One of these is “The Roast Masters.” Instead of famous people poking fun at each other, relatively unknown comics skewer one another. The jokes can be pretty offensive…but also pretty funny.