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Newark, NJ

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WBGO's award-winning half-hour news magazine. Hard-hitting, informative and fun.

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English

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Carolee Carmello Stars In Two River Theater's World Premiere of "Pamela's First Musical"

9/14/2018
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What a way to celebrate the 25 th anniversary season at Two River Theater in Red Bank with world premiere of Pamela’s First Musica l. There’s a combined total of more than 25 Tony Award nominations and 7 wins between the amazing cast and creative team. One of the stars of the show is three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello. Carmello, who has appeared in 14 Broadway musicals, gets to sing and have fun in the role of Aunt Louise. WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke with Carmello about the...

Duration:00:30:22

Theater Critic Michale Bourne Reviews "Heartbreak House"

9/14/2018
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the off-Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House . Click above to hear the review.

Duration:00:01:42

Film Critic Harlan Jacobson at TIFF 2018

9/14/2018
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The serious fun season of movies kicks off just after Labor Day with the Toronto International Film Festival that closes this weekend. Now in its 43rd year, Toronto, or TIFF, as it’s known has become increasingly one of the most important sales and marketing conventions in the film industry. With nearly 260 films, that’s pared down from as recently as two years ago when there were some 350—Toronto is the dominant festival in North America and quite possibly the world. I’ve seen my share, but...

Duration:00:08:56

Ringo, Yoko and Friends Host NYC 'Bed-In' for Music Education

9/14/2018
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The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour was created by Brian Rothschild and Lennon’s life partner Yoko Ono. Rothschild says it’s a non-profit mobile recording studio that provides young people with free hands on opportunities to record. “Original music, songs, videos, short films, documentaries, and live stream events. This our twenty-first year in the United States. There’s another Lennon Bus in Europe that we started in 2013 with Yoko as well. It’s out about ten and a half months a year....

Duration:00:05:44

UNCF New Jersey 1st Annual 5K Walk/Run For Education is September 22nd

9/7/2018
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A big fundraiser for UNCF on Saturday, September 22nd at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. It’s the first annual UNCF New Jersey 5K Walk/Run for Education in partnership with the KAT Team foundation. Joining WBGO Journa l host Doug Doyle in the studio was UNCF Development Director Ngozi Emenyeonu and Karl Towns, long-time educator and coach who runs the KAT Team Foundation. Karl is the father of NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves who will be attending the event. KAT Team's...

Duration:00:21:48

WBGO Investigates: 17 Years Later WTC Health Crisis Deepens

9/7/2018
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It has been seventeen years since the September 11th attack and from all outward signs it appears that lower Manhattan, the physical place, has fully rebounded and that history has moved on. But thousands of 9-11 first responders and survivors are battling WTC related diseases in a daily struggle that all too often is fought in isolation. On the outdoor plaza of the fully re-constructed One World Trade Center tourists from all over the world stroll through a festive green market stopping to...

Duration:00:09:02

When Sea Turtles Come Marching Home

9/7/2018
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Before the non-profit Sea Turtle Recovery hospital opened at the Turtle Back Zoo, there was no long-term care available for sick and injured sea turtles in New Jersey. Bill Deerr and Brandi Biehl are the dynamic duo that run the operation. “All sea turtles in the world are either threatened or endangered. That means there’s not many left and we have to do everything we can to save them,” Deerr said. Taking a tour of the treatment facility with Deerr and Biehl, they talk about the rehab tanks...

Duration:00:04:45

SportsJam with Doug Doyle: Boxing Great Andre Ward and "The Contender" Contestant John Thompson IV

8/27/2018
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2004 Olympic Boxing Gold Medalist and former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion of the world Andre Ward is the new host the reality boxing series The Contender which started its first episode last week on EPIX. Andre “Son of God” Ward retired in 2017 after a professional boxing career record of 32-and-0, that’s right he never lost a pro bout. He's joined on this edition of SportsJam with Doug Doyle by one of the 16 contestants on the show, Newark boxer and artist John Thompson...

Duration:00:37:41

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews Broadway's "Pretty Woman"

8/24/2018
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Another new musical on Broadway comes from screen to stage. Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Pretty Woman. The musical is based on the 1990 film of the same name written by J. F. Lawton and starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The film captured in many people's opinion one of the most beloved romances of all time . Broadway's Pretty Woman stars Samantha Barks and Andy Karl. The musical features direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell ( Kinky Boots,...

Duration:00:03:09

The Kleinmann Family Story Told in the Holocaust Book "The Stone Crusher"

8/24/2018
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Kurt Kleinmann lives in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and has been married for 61 years. The military veteran had a very successful career in pharmacy and was a long-time ski instructor. But how Kurt got to the United States and what his family went through is the subject of the new book from Jeremy Dronfield, The Stone Crusher: The True Story of a Father and Son's Fight for Survival in Auschwitz. Now 88, Kurt Kleinmann is reading about his family in The Stone Crusher. I visited Kurt and his...

Duration:00:51:58

Film Critic Harlan Jacobson Reviews "The Wife"

8/17/2018
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Just when we’re getting used to the noir-like crime stories from Sweden that started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by writer Stieg Larsson about his alter ego Michael Blomqvist, the hard-bitten reporter swept up in murder, along comes a new film, The Wife , from Sweden also about a writer. You’re trying to sleep. Next to your wife. (Or, just to cover our bases, whomever.) It’s the middle of the night. And you get a phone call. It’s the phone call of your life. This is no neo-noir...

Duration:00:08:23

Commentator Mildred Antenor Blames Bronx Community for Teen's Machete Death

8/17/2018
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The bodega, where 15 year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was killed, has been sold. The new owners opened earlier this month and although they received pushback from some local residents, business continues as usual. People come in to buy their leche evaporada, platanitos, macarrones. Like nothing ever happened. The video of Lesandro’s death by machete went global. And in order to get a better understanding of what happened, I watched the video and honestly, it made me sick to my stomach. The...

Duration:00:03:13

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews "Straight White Men" and Mike Birbiglia’s "The New One"

8/17/2018
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Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Straight White Men and Mike Birbiglia's The New One . Can you guess which one Michael doesn't get? Click above to hear his review.

Duration:00:03:31

Share Your Aretha Franklin Story, and Hear Testimonials From Artists in Jazz and Blues

8/17/2018
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Tributes continue to pour in from around the world following the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died in Detroit last Thursday at 76. The music and message of The Queen of Soul touched so many in the jazz and blues community; some of their voices are captured in this edition of the WBGO Journal. WBGO will rebroadcast our four-hour Aretha Franklin special on Friday, Aug. 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight. We'd also like to hear YOUR Aretha Franklin story. In the comments below, let...

Duration:00:08:48

Does A Blind High School Wrestler Have A Shot In The Dark?

8/15/2018
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Anthony Ferraro was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease at a very young age. His quest to be just another kid, led by his supportive family, set the stage for A Shot In The Dark , a new film documenting Anthony’s run at a state championship. “Listen, I grew up blind and never let that stop me. I was denied to a school I was never able to go to. I used wrestling as an outlet to grow and learn things about myself,” Ferraro said. Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft is the school...

Duration:00:03:17

Taking a Ride with Girls on Bikes

8/14/2018
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Imagine a crowd of young women and girls riding through your Newark street, in style. I met the Girls on Bikes crew on a Newark First Friday. They had yellow bicycles, green bicycles, pink bicycles with the baskets in the front. They had helmets too tight for Afro-girls and almost right for the loose curls. They showed up ready to pedal their brown girl joy through the Newark streets all the way from Military to Weequahic Park. The girls had an extra bike just for me. And so we rode off into...

Duration:00:07:08

Leaders Create Leaders Live at the Grammy Museum

8/14/2018
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Leaders Create Leaders, a business leadership podcast, just concluded its four part live miniseries, at the Grammy museum in Newark. Podcast production house ABF Creative and Prudential Financial teamed up with the show's creator, Gerard Adams, for four special episodes of Leaders Create Leaders. “We all have that leader within us. We all can understand struggle, we all come from different stories, we all come from different backgrounds. So for me what’s really special about this podcast is...

Duration:00:06:49

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews "Twelfth Night" in Central Park

8/13/2018
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"If music be the food of love, play on" is the opening line of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", and Theater Critic Michael Bourne loved what's playing on in Central Park.

Duration:00:03:03

Task Force Recommends Government Changes To Make NJ More Affordable

8/9/2018
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A panel of economists and tax experts put together by the leader of the New Jersey Senate is recommending a variety of governmental changes to make the state more affordable. The task force is suggesting new state and local public employees be shifted from the current defined benefit pension plan to a 401k-type plan and that all government workers get a less-expensive health care plan. Among other proposed changes: merging school districts into regional systems that go from kindergarten to...

Duration:00:00:52

Theater Critic Michael Bourne Reviews "My Life on a Diet"

8/3/2018
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Theater critic Michael Bourne was super impressed by Renee Taylor's memoir performance of My Life on a Diet now playing Off-Broadway. Click above to hear the review.

Duration:00:03:42