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Conversations with news makers and Record journalists






Boxing and politics - a conversation with former New Jersey Governor James Florio

Record political columnist Charles Stile recently interviewed former New Jersey Governor James Florio before an audience at the Princeton Public Library. Florio talked about his new book, "Standing on Principal - Lessons Learned in Public LIfe." In this episode of On the Record, Stile talks with Florio about how his early life as a boxer influenced his political career.


Mike Piazza offers advice to North Jersey high school athletes

Hall of Famer and former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza was the guest speaker Thursday as North Jersey's best high school athletes were honored at the Northjersey.com Sports Awards. There were some emotional moments during the event held at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood. Record photo by Danielle Parhizkaran.


Superman turns 80 - tracing the Man of Steel's cultural roots

Superman turns 80 this month. Record entertainment writer JIm Beckerman talks about how the man of steel's root trace back to many more places than Krypton. Beckerman also talks about the superhero's enduring appeal in this episode of On the Record.


A new tick arrives during a busy tick season

Amid an active tick season, New Jersey has a new arrival: the long-horned tick from northeast Asia. Record environmental reporter Scott Fallon talks about the development in this episode of On the Record. We also hear from Dina Fonseca, director of the Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University, who talks about a recent effort to track ticks in New Jersey. Photo courtesy Rutgers University.


Exploring New Jersey's abandoned underground mines

Explore a hidden side of New Jersey; the state's 600 abandoned underground mines. Record reporters David Zimmer and Jai Agnish discuss their three-part series on the mines in this episode of On the Record. The series delves into the safety hazards, history and occasional beauty of the mines. Photo courtesy of Dan Lopez.


How a rediscovered Nazi flag posed a family dilemma

Record entertainment reporter Jim Beckerman's family has been dealing with an unexpected dilemma: what to do with a recently re-discovered Nazi flag that his uncle brought home after WWII. In this episode of On the Record, Beckerman talks about his efforts to dispose of the flag.


Sizing up the Mets and the Yankees as the baseball season begins

Record sports columnist Steve Popper sizes up the Mets and Yankees as their season begins in this episode of On the Record. Record photo by Chris Pedota.


Teaneck High School nearly empties out for gun violence protest

About 1,000 of Teaneck High School's 1,200 students took part in a protest Wednesday morning against gun violence in school shootings. In this episode of On the Record, we hear from the students, their principal and a state lawmaker who has advocated for gun control. Record photo by Danielle Parhizkaran.


North Jersey students walk out to honor Florida shooting victims

Students from throughout North Jersey take part in a nationwide 17-minute walkout in memory of the 17 people who were killed in a Florida high school shooting on month ago. Record education reporter Hannan Adely talks about her conversations with students in this episode of On the Record. Photo by Michael Karas.


Toys "R" Us heads toward decisive crossroad in bankrupty court

Events are moving swiftly for Toy "R" Us, the financially-troubled retailer. The Wayne, N.J. - based company is heading toward a bankruptcy court hearing this week amid speculation on a possible liquidation. Record retail reporter Joan Verdon talks about the forces that led to the toy retailer's troubles in this episode of On the Record.


Celebrating Saint Patrick's day - a conversation with Tommy O'Reilly

Saint Patrick's Day is almost here and many towns have already held their parade. Here's my conversation with Tommy O'Reilly, grand marshal of Bergenfield's 2018 parade. Also here are 7 things to know in New Jersey this week. Record photo by Kevin Wexler.


Special needs students perform "Voices in Harmony" at Bergen PAC

Special needs students from 16 New Jersey schools performed "Voices in Harmony" at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood on Sunday. In this episode of On the Record, we talk with some of the students, parents and educators about the show. Record photo by Mitsu Yasukawa.


Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco talks about gun control, school shootings and hospital care

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco talked about gun control, the county hospital, taxes and new zoo exhibits in his fourth "state of the county" speech on Tuesday. Record reporter Richard Cowan interviews Tedesco following his speech in this episode of On the Record. Photo by Anne Marie Caruso.


Why are we so exhausted?

If you're feeling tired all the time, you're not the only one. In this episode of On the Record, three journalists who contributed to a 16-part series called "Everybody is exhausted" talk about how social media, a barrage of troubling news and long work hours has left many people feeling so tired.


A piece of Paterson's industrial past comes crashing down

A piece of Paterson's industrial past came crashing down Wednesday as work crews began demolishing the Leader Dye factory. The 103-year-old structure had been abandoned for several years. In this episode of On the Record, we talk with city officials, the demolition contractor and a local historian. Record photo by Amy Newman.


Sen. Frank Launtenberg papers open to the public at Rutgers

An exhibit from the papers of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg opened recently at the Alexander Library at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. In this episode of On the Record, we talk with Sheridan Sayles, the archivist responsible for organizing the Lautenberg collection. Record photo by Kevin Wexler.


Mother facing deportation wins two month reprieve

Rojina Akter - an Elizabeth woman facing deportation - was granted a two month reprieve Thursday after meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Newark. The move came after about 15 activists had gathered outside the Peter Rodino Federal Building to show their support. In this episode of On the Record, we talk to Monsy Alvarado, who has been covering the story. Record photo by Michael Karas.


The Rudy Van Gelder studios - where jazz history happened

Stepping inside the Rudy Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs is a bit like setting foot in a cathedral. It inspires awe to think of all the famous jazz musicians whose most memorable performances were recorded there. In this episode of On the Record, Van Gelder's long-time assistant Maureen Sickler talks about some of her memories of the studio. Her husband Don talks about what it was like to record there. And jazz librarian Vincent Pelote talks about the role that Van Gelder, who died...


Hot Stove League: Record baseball writers talk about spring training

Record baseball writers Matt Ehalt and Pete Caldera spoke to a group of fans recently about how spring training is shaping up for the Mets and the Yankees. In this episode of On the Record, Matt and Pete talk give a talk that is one part inside baseball, one part Florida travelogue and one part season preview for 2018.


Of Eruvs, traffic bans and adoption - a Record reporters' rountable

Eruvs, Adoption and traffic laws are the topics for a Record reporters' roundtable discussion. In this episode of On the Record, Lindy Washburn talks about her two-part series on adoptees finding their biological parents. Tom Nobile talks about the settlement between Mahwah and an Orthodox Jewish group over boundary markers called eruvs. And Steve Janoski discusses the legal clash over Leonia's attempt to close off some of its streets to out-of-town commuters.