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Hillsdale's Hot Dog hot spot

10/18/2018
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Delores Santucci has been a fixture for 17 years in downtown Hillsdale where the 92-year-old works a hot dog stand in front of her son's meat store. In this episode of On the Record we visit with Delores, her son Michael, their customers and with Record Food Editor Esther Davidowitz. Record photo by Amy Newman.

Duration:00:09:24

When Sears was the Amazon of 1908

10/16/2018
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News of Sears filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week prompted Record reporter Jim Beckerman to search for his replica edition of a Sears Roebuck & Co. 1908 catalog. The contents tell a story of what American was like at a time when Sears was on the cutting edge of the retail business.

Duration:00:07:05

Candidates for battleground congressional district make their case

10/16/2018
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Republican Jay Webber and Democrat Mikey Sherrill made their case to The Record's editorial board on Tuesday, three weeks before the election in the crucial battleground 11th Congressional District in North Jersey. In this episode of On the Record, listen to excerpt from their separate interviews with the editorial board.

Duration:00:06:57

The history of beer in New Jersey

10/15/2018
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The history of beer in New Jersey is older than the state itself. It's a story of innovation, violence, entrepreneurial spirit and suds. In this episode of On the Record, Michael Pellegrino, author of "Jersey Brew - the Story of Beer in New Jersey," talks about some of the more colorful tales from that history. Record photo by Amy Newman.

Duration:00:15:56

New Jersey is about to declare war on plastics with stringent ban. But will it work?

10/9/2018
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New Jersey is considering a plastic bag and straw ban that would make it one of the strictest in the nation. In this episode of On the Record, reporters Scott Fallon and Bill Ervolino discuss their series on the problems posed by plastic pollution. Record photo by Marko Georgiev.

Duration:00:22:47

Inside the Toufayan Bakeries - 50 years of making pita bread

10/8/2018
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The Toufayan Bakeries will mark their 50th year of doing business in North Jersey in November. The company helped popularize the round flat bread known as pita in the United States. The third-generation family-run business bakes about 1 million loaves of pita bread each day. In this episode of On the Record, we get a behind-the-scenes tour of the bakery and talk with Karen Toufayan, who oversees sales and marketing for the bakery. Record photo by Mitsu Yasukawa.

Duration:00:20:35

Record journalists retrace tour through Trump Country

10/3/2018
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Record columnist Mike Kelly and photojournalist Chris Pedota recently retraced a tour through rust-belt towns that went big for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. In this episode of On the Record, Kelly talks about the five-part series that resulted from their trip. Record photo by Chris Pedota.

Duration:00:23:33

New York Yankees gear up for "do or die" wildcard game

10/2/2018
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The New York Yankees face a "win or go home" game Wednesday night when they square off against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium in the American League wild card game. In this episode of On the Record, Yankees beat writer sizes up the team as it heads into the playoffs. AP photo by Frank Franklin II.

Duration:00:06:21

Maxwell's - the history behind Hoboken's legendary music venue

9/30/2018
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Maxwell's was once a legendary venue for alternative rock and punk music in Hoboken. Record reporter Nicholas Katzban examines the rise and fall of the bar and what it meant to Hoboken in this episode of On the Record. Photo by Ann Marie Caruso.

Duration:00:17:33

David Wright suits up for last game with the New York Mets

9/26/2018
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New York Mets' third basemen and team captain David Wright is scheduled to play his last game for the team on Saturday Sept. 29 after battling to recover from injury and surgery. In this episode of On the Record, Matt Ehalt, the Record's Mets beat writer, talks about what Wright has meant to the team over the course of his career. AP photo by Andrew Harnik.

Duration:00:06:53

Episode 2: We McDonald's painful childhood secret

9/25/2018
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Wé McDonald began singing at age 12 and rose to fame on NBC's "The Voice" show. But she was harboring a painful childhood secret: she was being bullied in middle school. That experience would later become part of her first children's book, "The Little Girl with the Big Voice." (Photo by Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com.) Listen to all 8 episodes at soundcloud.com/we-mcdonald-podcast/

Duration:00:10:35

How We McDonald discovered her singing voice

9/24/2018
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Long before We McDonald became a finalist on "The Voice," her friends and family discovered she had an amazing singing voice. Learn how they made that discovery in the first episode of our podcast "Head Held High - The We McDonald story." Record photo by Kevin R. Wexler. Listen to all 8 episodes at https://soundcloud.com/we-mcdonald-podcast/

Duration:00:09:18

From the archives: our interview with Matthew Whitaker

9/21/2018
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In advance of our podcast with singer We McDonald, On the Record is reprising earlier episodes featuring New Jersey musicians. In his episode, first aired in April 2017, Record entertainment writerJim Beckerman talks about piano playing prodigy Matthew Whitaker of Hackensack.

Duration:00:08:37

From the archives: our interview with Max Weinberg

9/20/2018
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In advance of our upcoming podcast on singer We McDonald, On the Record is reprising some of our earlier interviews with New Jersey musicians. In this episode, originally aired in July 2017, drummer Max Weinberg talks about his musical education playing with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band.

Duration:00:16:57

Weird N.J. turns 25

8/25/2018
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Weird N.J., the magazine devoted to strange tales from the Garden State, recently turned 25 with the publication of its 50th issue. In this episode of On the Record, the magazine's co-founders Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran talk about what a long weird road it's been. Record photo by Marko Georgiev.

Duration:00:27:52

Jersey City teacher facing death sentence in Egypt wins asylum

8/23/2018
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Record reporter Hannan Adely discusses the case of Ahmed Abdel-Basit, a Jersey City teacher who won asylum this week. He was facing a death sentence if returned to Egypt on charges that his supporters say was related to his political activism. Record photo by Marko Georgiev.

Duration:00:05:38

A Clifton business afloat on parades

8/23/2018
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If you've seen a parade in New Jersey or New York City, chances are you've seen the work of Rob DeVito, owner of Bond Parade Floats in Clifton. Chris Maag talks about his visit with DeVito in this episode of On the Record. Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso.

Duration:00:08:28

Hackensack's budding hip hop scene

8/22/2018
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Hackensack may be seeing the early stages of a hip hop scene. There are now three recording studios within a mile of downtown. In this episode of On the Record, entertainment writer Jim Beckerman talks about the people behind those studios. He also interviews entertainment lawyer and public defender Navarro Gray, who has been a recurring character on the reality TV show, "Love and Hip Hop in New York." Record photo by Michael Karas.

Duration:00:06:31

Touring the Tiki bars of North Jersey

8/22/2018
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Record entertainment writer Jim Beckerman talks about his recent tour of Tiki bars in North Jersey in this episode of On the Record. File photo by Ellie Markovitch.

Duration:00:06:58

How to make the perfect mojito

8/21/2018
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Record entertainment writer Jim Beckerman talks about his search for the perfect mojito in this episode of On The Record, originally aired in August 2017. He also discusses the history of the drink and its resurgent popularity.

Duration:03:40:28