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Voxpop assignment

On February 2nd, police officers from the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit chased a young man whom they suspected of dealing drugs into his Bronx apartment.  The pursuit lead into the bathroom.  One of the officers, thinking the young man was armed, shot the young man in the chest. The young man’s death, 18-year-old Ramarley Graham, caused public outrage and call for an investigation of his wrongful death.  Here are some reactions from residents in Harlem, NY. Voxpop: reactions to shooting of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in the...
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Radio How To: The Perfect Margarita

February 22nd was National Margarita Day.  April Dawn from B.B King Blues Club & Grill describes how they make their Memphis Margarita. How to Make the Perfect Margarita.  Told by April Dawn, sales manager for B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, located at 237 W 42 St., New York.        
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Example of an evasive interview: Kanye West on Mojo in the Morning...

On November 5th, 2010, Kanye West did a radio interview with Mojo in the Morning, a radio show based in Detroit.  The interview covered several controversial issues that were in the news at the time, including Kanye’s statement that President Bush did “not care about black people.” Kanye  willingly answered all of Mojo’s questions, that is until the end (9 minutes and 30 seconds in) when Mojo brought up the rumor that Kanye was in a relationship with Kim Kardashian.  Kanye’s answers from that moment on were vague and indirect. When Mojo asked Kanye to comment on a picture he saw of the two of them together at a restaurant, Kanye replied “There’s a picture of us hanging out?”  Instead of dismissing the subject, Mojo asked Kanye about it again, suggesting the two look intimate and that he found the picture on the internet.  Kanye gave another evasive reply: “I need to get on the internet more.”  Mojo eventually dropped the subject after repeatedly asking Kanye about it. Kaye never admitted or denied he was in a relationship with Kim Kardashian. I think this is a primary example of an evasive interview.  Despite the journalist’s attempts to get Kanye to address the rumor, Kanye acted aloof and feigned ignorance of what Mojo was asking...
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Listening assignment: The BBC, 1010WINS and WCBS Newsradio on 2/15...

I rarely listen to 1010 wins when I’m not in the car, so listening to it while sitting still in a room was a bit jarring.  The pace was extremely fast, and it was a hard for me to keep up with each headline. For me, 1010 wins is best to listen to when traveling.  If I am rushing to get somewhere, my fast movement matches the speed of each story.  The sound of the typewriter in the background makes it seem as if everything is happening right now, at that exact moment. The stories are simple and too the point.  There is no time to interview experts, or present any in depth analysis like the BBC.  For example, when a spot was done on the White House’ reaction to Iran’s reports about its nuclear program, I learned the bare essential facts- that the White House dismissed Iran’s reports of upgrading their nuclear program. There was barely any commentary as to why, nor was there any soundbite. On the other hand, I learned more listening to the same story on WCBS Newsradio 880.  As the host introduced the headline there was ambi in the background of the Iranian president speaking.  I learned that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that the country’s “nuclear path will continue.” I also learned that President Obama wants to expel Iran from SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication).  There was also an expert who gave analysis on the credibility of Iran’s nuclear program. While listening to the BBC, one of the first things I noticed was how drastically different it is from listening to 1010wins.  The BBC is the complete opposite.  The stories were given at a very even pace, and the broadcast was taped.  When a story was given, such as the prison fire in Honduras that left more than 300 people dead, I felt as if I was given every single possible detail about the story. More than 10 minutes were spent on the story.  During that time numerous experts spoke, including Dinah Shelton, chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  The discussion between the host and the experts about ways the fire could have started sounded more like a conversation instead of a simple dictation of current events. Although I enjoyed the slow pace the BBC has when reporting their stories, I admit at times I stopped paying attention to what was being said.  After only 20 minutes, it felt like I was listening for an hour. Story I found interesting while listening to 1010WINS: Lack of Public Memorial Upsets Fans; Funeral to be Streamed Online...
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New York Street Corner

New York street corner, 42nd: You look up and see bright neon blue on a billboard.  It flashes to green, then red, then back to blue.  At the same time you hear a bus’s wheel’s screeching to a halt at a red traffic light.  “Can you tell me how to get to Eighth Avenue?” a woman yells to the hotdog vendor next to you.  Steam from the vendor’s cart clogs up your nostrils; for a moment your eyes water because the steam is so thick.  The light turns green.  A woman jumps back up on the sidewalk as a mustard yellow cab comes flying down the road.  The sound of the horn, stings your...