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WKCR Late City Edition: Andrew Cote, New York City’s Most Prominent Beekeeper


Originally airing in October 2014 on WKCR 89.9 FM, which covers the New York metropolitan area, this is my half-hour interview with Andrew Cote, New York City’s most prominent beekeeper and founder of Bees Without Borders, a charity which teaches beekeeping in some of the world’s poorest countries.

NPR: The Renovation of Yale’s Brutalist Paul Rudolph Art & Architecture Building

Yale's Art and Architecture Building, designed by master brutalist Paul Rudolph

Two versions of this broadcast originally aired: one, for the local news, and one for the national. It’s a challenge to describe architecture — especially complicated, unusual architecture — on the radio. What follows is both scripts.

Original air dates: August 8 and September 5, 2008.

Yale University is in the last stages of renovating one of its most important pieces of architectural history: the Rudolph Building, formerly called the Art and Architecture Building, on the corner of Chapel and York Streets. The protective sheeting has come off the exterior, to reveal, once again, its large, tall slabs of concrete, its blocky structure, its giant windows. The building is the work of Paul Rudolph, who headed up the university’s architecture department in the late 50s and early 60s, and it is considered just about the first example in America of the style of architecture known as “brutalism”. WSHU’s Erik Campano looked at the building, inside and out.

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Patheos: Series on Global Health and Humanitarian Aid

carHealth crises in the Global South cannot be underreported. In the United States, they get far, far too little media attention, proportionate to the amount of coverage of the latest fad diet or cosmetic surgery trend. For example, 780 million people do not have access to clean water. 3.4 million die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene related causes. How many stories have you seen in the last year in American media about water in the developing world? You can probably count them on one hand.

Health care is a moral issue. That’s what makes it, by nature, a religious issue. So I’ve made global health and humanitarian aid the focus of an ongoing series of articles as part of my work on journalism of religion at Stories Untold.

“People become the poem” – Interview with Syrian-American Poet Amal Kassir

Central African Republic Needs Humanitarian Help Urgently

Religion, Healing, and Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea

How a 19th Century Sufi Inspires Algerian Youth to Write about Human Rights


Kathy Boudin

In April 2013, a number of media outlets pounced on Columbia University for employing Kathy Boudin. She’s a former member of the Weather Underground, a radical leftist group, and she participated in a 1981 botched robbery that left three people dead. In 1984 she was convicted of murder, and was released on parole in 2003. In 2008, Columbia’s School of Social Work hired her as an adjunct professor. Robert Redford’s film The Company You Keep  triggered happened to be being released in April 2013 while these media outlets began to focus their lasers on Boudin.

Since I’m a Columbia student, I have unusually good source access to this case. So I took it upon myself to try to separate the truth from the fiction in the press about Kathy Boudin. The following series of articles was the result:

Kathy Boudin: An Analysis from the Columbia Campus

Nine Columbia Students Interviewed About Kathy Boudin I

Nine Columbia Students Interviewed About Kathy Boudin II



Over a century ago, James O’Rourke made the first base hit in the National League. He played major league ball until the age of 54 — all the while a practicing lawyer with his LL.B. from Yale University. Later, as president of the Connecticut League, he hired the first minor league African-American player in baseball history.

O’Rourke is a proud son of Bridgeport, Connecticut, a once-booming city which now is among the poorest in the nation. An unfinished urban planning project had the entire neighborhood surrounding O’Rourke’s house destroyed in the 1990s — but preservationists managed to keep it up. It sat prominently, alone, among acres of weeds, and was viewable both from Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard ballpark, completed in 1998, and from I-95, the super-highway which split the city into two parts in the mid-20th century.

This 2008 radio piece for WSHU won first prize in the enterprise category from the Connecticut Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association. I created a version with still pictures so people could have a visual experience of the house and the people who fought — unsuccessfully — for its existence. It was demolished in 2009.

The script is pasted below.



Next to I-95 in Bridgeport sits a single, abandoned house surrounded by vacant lots. It’s fenced off, and it’s left legions of drivers – and Bridgeporters – wondering what it’s doing there. WSHU’s Erik Campano got a rare look inside that house – and learned how from, one day to the next, it risks disappearing into history.

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