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Jose Garza talks business and microloans in East Harlem...

In an interview with Tristan Hallman, Jose Garza, the executive director of the East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, talks about business and microlending.
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New Yorkers talk about their lowest wages...

New York state legislators are debating whether to increase the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour from $7.25. Some groups have suggested that $8.25 is still not enough for New York City, where it costs more for a person to live. I talked to a few New Yorkers in Times Square and asked them how they lived off of the lowest-paying job they ever had. [audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/447/files/2012/03/HallmanVoxPopMinWagemp3.mp3|titles=Hallman Minimum Wage Vox...
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Comedian discusses how to tell a story

  “Drawn Out Storytelling” producer Nisse Greenberg discusses how to tell a successful comedic story. [audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/447/files/2012/02/NisseComedyMP3.mp3|titles=NisseComedyMP3]
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An aggressive interview with Gloria Allred...

In 2010, I was looking at the Drudge Report when I came across a like to an interview between celebrity attorney Gloria Allred and conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin. I was immediately interested because the two go together like vinegar and baking soda. At the time, Allred was representing an illegal immigrant formerly employed by Meg Whitman, the then-Republican nominee for California governor. The interview instantly turned agressive. When Allred said she was happy to be invited on the show, Levin responded by saying, “Now, you don’t really mean that, do you?” Levin, an attorney who worked in the Reagan administration, began grilling Allred immediately over her client. Many of Allred’s answers are inaudible over Levin’s rants. Levin asks to lower her volume several times so he can speak. Allred becomes so flustered that she spends most of the time arguing about why she should speak instead of actually speaking. She also ignores many of Levin’s questions and just tries to make her own points about her client. It becomes an argument and shouting match rather than an interview. Levin makes a few salient legal points about how Allred is exposing her client to a federal felony, but the interview is overly hostile. Here is the interview on YouTube. Part 1 Part...
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Listening Assignment Feb. 15

BBC NewsHour — BBC NewsHour was primarily news analysis. Tuning in felt like listening to an international cable news show. Of course, there were no debates between pundits, just news and conversations with a variety of sources. Less emphasis is put on actually reporting stories than on analysis of the issues. Focus is given to only a few lengthy stories. The show’s story selection is the big world news of the day rather than exclusively British content. There was also a vox pop feature in the middle of the show. The host recapped the news stories periodically. I enjoyed the show and it was great to listen to something in-depth, but the segments went on for too long for my taste. NPR Morning Edition – Morning Edition was a more traditional, scripted newscast. The show, which focused primarily on national news, used hard-news hooks and reporting to get into lengthier features relating to the previous topic. There were several actualities for each feature, and many of them were several minutes long. I found myself somewhat bored by the slow pace. There was one guest on the show — Wat Misaka, the first Asian-American player in NBA history. He was there to talk about himself and about New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. I enjoyed listening to this show, but an hour of the slow pace was a little too much. 1010 WINS — 1010 Wins moves quickly. The news is mostly New York-based. The ticker-tape that plays in the background gives the listener a sense of urgency. The stories move so quickly at times that I am almost positive that I missed half of them. But I felt I came away with a better sense of what is going on out there by listening to this show than I did the other shows. A good number of the stories were more pop culture than hard news. If NPR is like the radio version of the New York Times, 1010 Wins is the New York Post or the New York Daily News. WBAP Dallas/Fort Worth — I grew up listening to Texas’s flagship talk radio station in the mornings when I woke up or on those rare occasions when my dad would drive us to school. WBAP Morning News is closer to the Today Show than to the three New York news stations. The show is on for several hours with recognizable personalities. Traffic and weather are the most important things, and serious news is provided periodically through the hour by ABC News. Hal Jay, the main host, will talk about the news and banter with his co-hosts. The show also does comedy bits. Stories are usually Dallas-based or feature-based, such as “Creepy things in your fast food.” Of all the shows, this one is the least informative, but the most fun to listen to. Here is the link to BBC NewsHour, which featured memorable reports about Syria’s possible transition to a more Democratic...