Going Deep (E5, S8) – 12/04/19

On the last Audio Files episode of the decade, we’re going deep.

1. Harsha Nahata and Jaime Longoria explore the intersection between legal weed and immigration.
2. Ethan Stark-Miller digs into the MTA’s long-delayed efforts to make subway station design more useful to people with disabilities.
3. Maria Robins-Somerville talks to a woman about finding god…in her leg.
4. Natalia Keogan asks, who controls music, the musician or their label?
5. Dig Nitty plays live in the studio.

Producer: Jacob Kaye
Assistant Producer: Ethan Stark-Miller
Host: Shira Feder
Reporters: Harsha Nahata, Jaime Longoria, Ethan Stark-Miller, Maria Robins-Somerville and Natalia Keogan.
Editors: Curtis Fox and Maggie Freleng
Engineers: Amber Watson and Chad Bernhardt
Music: Blue Dot Sessions

Episode 4 – Fear Itself

Dying without dignity, a creepy sexual encounter, the fear of using your home. These are the things we fear.

In this episode:

1. Shira Feder investigates a neglectful nursing home
2. Chris Polansky explores how cyclists use technology to stay safe from reckless drivers.
3. Former public defender Rebecca Kavanagh joins us in studio to discuss increased police presence in the subways.
4. Jacob Kaye reports on the opposition to a homeless shelter in Glendale Queens
5. A woman has a creepy encounter in the sex shop where she works.
6. Elise Okusami of Oceanator is our musical guest.

Host: Jacob Kaye
Producer: Maria Robins-Somerville
Assistant Producer: Ethan Stark-Miller
Reporting: Shira Feder, Chris Polansky, Natalia Keogan, Harsha Nahata, Ethan Stark-Miller,
Editors: Curtis Fox and Maggie Freleng
Audio Engineers: Chad Bernhard and Amber Watson

Episode 3 – App-y Hour

In this episode:
1. Jacob Kaye asks people for their best and worst app ideas.
2. Harsha Nahata and Maria Robins-Somerville test out an app that tells you when to go to the bathroom during a movie.
3. Benjamin Powers introduces us to Prick, an insta-famous hedgehog
4. Ethan Stark-Miller explores an app working to make the subway more accessible.
5. Aagya Martha joins us in the studio to tell us about the app that she created that reminds you to take your birth control.
6. Benjamin Powers jumps into the world of some…unconventional online dating practices.
7. Musical guest ELIANA and Cairo Marquez-Neto

Producer: Benjamin Powers
Host: Harsha Nahata
Assistant Producer: Ethan Stark-Miller
Music Producer: Natalia Keogan
Stories by: Harsha Nahata, Jacob Kaye, Benjamin Powers
Engineers: Chad Bernhardt and Amber Watson
Editors: Maggie Freeleng and Curtis Fox
Music by: Blue Dot Sessions and Ketso

Episode 2 – The Ghosts of New York

In this spooky episode –
1. Jacob Kaye visits a haunted house and gets scared for you.
2. Chris Polansky finds out if New Yorkers believe in ghosts.
3. Harsha Nahata and Natalia Keogan explore ghosting and a break-up funeral.
4. Shira Feder takes us into the mind of the woman who ran one of New York’s most well-known death cafes.
5. Jacob Kaye talks with a young mortician in training.
6. Maria Robins-Somervile tours Brooklyn’s beautiful Green-Wood Cemetery.
7. Jacob Kaye hunts down the ghost that haunts him.
8. Music by Castle Black.

Producer: Maria Robins-Somervile
Host: Jacob Kaye
Assistant Producer: Ethan Stark-Miller
Music Producer: Natalia Keogan
Stories by: Natalia Keogan, Harsha Nahata, Maria Robins-Somervile, Chris Polansky, Shira Feder and Jacob Kaye.
Engineers: Chad Bernhardt and Amber Watson
Editors: Maggie Freeleng and Curtis Fox
Music by: Blue Dot Sessions, Loyalty Freak Music, Zapslpat.com

Episode 1 – How We Get Around – Or Don’t

1. Shira Feder explores the crackdown on fare beaters in the MTA and speaks to activists who are pushing back.

2. A young man recounts his memory of the beginning of a cross-country road trip.

3. Host Shira Feder interviews Quemuel Arroyo, head of accessibility for the DOT.

4. A visually impaired woman describes her strategies for navigating inaccessibility in the subway and bus systems.

5. Chris Polansky reports on how those with wheelchairs have trouble navigating the streetscape because of illegal parking and lack of accessible curb cuts.

6. The Rizzos play music.

Producers: Ben Powers & Maria Robins-Somerville
Host: Shira Feder
Assistant Producer: Ethan Stark-Miller
Music Producer: Natalia Keogan
Stories: Shira Feder, Chris Polansky, Jacob Kaye and Ethan Stark-Miller