New Yorkers Make Their Voices Heard (S12-E3) 11/1/2023 – Full Episode

November 1, 2023

On this episode of AudioFiles season 12, we hear from New Yorkers affected by the Israel and Palestine conflict and hear from union actors who are still protesting for better contracts and livable wages. Then we head to the Bronx, where we visit the last ever Bronx night market, and hear from a local artist making therapeutic art accessible for her community. We also learn about the growing popularity of the ancient board game Weiqi or Go. Later in the show, Host Aaliyah Fisher sits down with Reporter Elias Guerra about what government officials are doing to prevent severe flooding and the effects of major storms as we approach the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Managing Producer: Ashley Reed
Producer: Christian Nazario
Host: Aaliyah Fisher
Assistant Producer: Nicolas Magrino

Reporters: Rachel Goldman, Kimberly Izar, Amanda Kari McHugh, Alex Krales, Safiyah Riddle, Sajina Shrestha

Editors: Maggie Freleng and Richard Yeh

Sound Engineers: Amber Watson and Chad Bernhard.

Guests: Graham Rayman, Elias Guerra, Samuel Turvey And Cezar Nicolescu.

Music credits: Jason Shaw on, Benjamin Tissot on, Infraction, and Komiku on



Clear the Runway: Comic Con’s Best Dressed Ascend

October 18, 2023

Despite ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes, Barbies, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Marvel superheroes ascended onto Javits Center for this year’s New York Comic Con. The event is where thousands of people geek out on all things comics and pop culture, and prepare a runway for devoted cosplayers. Reporter Kimberly Izar stopped by the convention and kept her eyes peeled for the most fashionable designs.

Keeping Up With Kleztronica

October 18, 2023

Jewish artist and DJ Chaia Berman Peters is preparing for her next installment of Kleztronica. It’s an event she created combining traditional Jewish music with rave culture. AudioFiles reporter Rachel Goldman spoke to Berman Peters and other performers about the traditional Jewish music they are breathing new life into.

Music: Chaia Berman Peters –  Hofn Stantsye: Taitch  , Chaia Berman Peters Utzu Eitza 

Momos As a Form of Resistance

October 18, 2023

Momo Crawl is a yearly food festival in Jackson Heights, Queens that supports local businesses. Reporter Sajina Shrestha visited the festival to find out how its organizers also use momos to resist and advocate for the Free Tibet Movement.

Music by Jason Shaw

Momos, Music, and More- Full Episode

october 18, 2023

On this episode of AudioFiles season 12, we bring you stories about Tibetan organizers using momos to shed light on an independence movement and a local DJ breathing new life into traditional jewish music. Then, we talk to health reporter Sarah Luft to learn about Long Covid and its impact on New Yorkers. Later in the show, host Amanda Kari McHugh sits down with journalist and audio producer Austin Cope to talk about new regulations enforced by New York City’s Department of Sanitation to tackle the ongoing trash problem.

Managing Producer: Ashley Reed
Producer: Aaliyah Fisher
Host: Amanda Kari McHugh
Assistant Producer: Christian Nazario
Reporters: Sajina Shrestha, Rachel Goldman, Kimberly Izar, Alex Krales, and Safiyah Riddle
Guests: Austin Cope, Sarah Luft, Dr. Kevin Nadal and Samantha Maldonado.
Editors: Maggie Freleng and Richard Yeh
Sound Engineers: Chad Bernhard and Amber Watson

Music Credits: Jason Shaw on, Benjamin Tissot on, Chaia Berman Peters, Eleanore Weill, Monplaisir on

A Compassionate Push Against Industrial Chocolate

October 4, 2023

In the past two years there has been a push for chocolate outside of the big companies. Joy Batashoff Thaler founded her company Cocoa Compassion, with a vision of passion, purpose, and economic independence. AudioFiles’s Rachel Goldman recently visited Thaler’s chocolate shop in Dobbs Ferry, and has this report.

Music: Action” by Monplaisir, American Dreams Soundtrack, 2018

Community advocates call on Governor Hochul to Sign the Wrongful Conviction Act

October 4, 2023

Advocates and lawmakers in New York are pushing governor Hochul to sign a bill that allows innocent people who’ve pleaded guilty to challenge their convictions. New York has the third highest count of wrongful convictions in the country. Reporter Alex Krales went to a rally at city hall where activists, exonerees and other advocates are still fighting for their innocence.

Crown Heights Residents Open Their Doors For Hasidic Walking Tours In Brooklyn

October 4, 2023

The NYPD is on alert after the high holidays as concerns about anti-semitic hate crimes lingers. some New Yorkers have taken combating anti-semitism into their own hands. We go on a tour with Mayer Friedman of the Lubavitch Hasidic community, who does walking tours of the Crown Heights neighborhood to help educate people on Hasidic life. Reported by Amanda Kari McHugh

Music by Moisei Productions

Queens Dancers say Space and City Funding Falls Short

October 4, 2023

Dancers hit the stage for the Queensboro Dance Festival last month, with over two dozen companies performing from all corners of Queens. But bringing together dancers in the biggest borough isn’t so easy. Reporter Kimberly Izar has more on why.

Music Credits:
Soran Bushi – The Fisherman’s Dance by Takio Ito
Yocchore composed for the Yosakoi Soran Festival
Live performance music from the Ayazamana Dance Group
Closer to Jazz by Jason Shaw

To Touch or To Not Touch: An Art Exhibit in Jamaica, Queens Raises The Question

October 4, 2023

An art exhibit opening in Jamaica, Queens allows its viewers to touch the art pieces. We hear from artists and gallery goers on the topic of touching the art, creating art to touch, and what that means for the art viewing, and the pieces themselves. Reported by Sajina Shrestha

Music Credit: Alison by Jason Shaw,

Counting strokes: A World Class Athlete Completes The NYC Triathlon

October 4, 2023

One of New York City’s annual summer traditions, the New York City triathlon, made its debut as a fall event this year. Athletes and their able-bodied guides are part of an international organization called Achilles that helps people with disabilities participate in competitive sporting events. Reporter Safiyah Riddle spent time with an Achilles athlete as he trained for this year’s triathlon.

Music: Chasin’ It by Jason Shaw

New Yorkers Want Arts Accessibility – FULL EPISODE

October 4,2023

In this episode, we hear from one of New York’s fastest triathletes, who just happens to be blind. Then we visit Queens, where there is an exhibit that raises questions about touching art and a dance festival where the performers are advocating for resources.

Our host sits down with journalist Nick Morgan, who has been following the crypto case closely. Then, we go on a tour to learn how some members of the Crown Heights neighborhood are combating Jewish hate. Later in the show, we take a look at prison reform and hear from Darren Mack, a formerly incarcerated activist and spokesperson for the freedom agenda.

Managing Producer: Ashley Reed
Producer: Amanda Kari McHugh
Host: Nicolas Magrino
Assistant Producer: Aaliyah Fisher
Reporters: Christian Nazario, Rachel Goldman, Safiyah Riddle, Sajina Shrestha, Kimberly Izar, Amanda Kari McHugh, and Alex Krales
Guest: Nicholas Morgan, Fae Weichsel and Darren Mack
Editors: Maggie Freleng and Richard Yeh
Sound Engineers: Chad Bernhard and Amber Watson
Music:,Takio ItoYocchore composed for the Yosakoi Soran Festival, Live music from the Ayazamana Dance Group, Moisei Productions