COMMUNITY EVENTS

Partnering With Others

The Apollo
On Sunday, January 17, 2016, WNYC hosted the 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. This was the third year WNYC partnered with the Apollo Theater and presented the program as part of the Apollo Uptown Hall Series. The event, entitled "Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK's Two Americas," was moderated by Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of All Things Considered on WNYC. The discussion focused on disparity in America, looking at the persistence of institutional racism and how individuals can combat racism every day on multiple fronts. Participants included former Attorney General Eric Holder, filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Race Forward Executive Director Rinku Sen, and Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson. The March on Washington Film Festival was a partner in the event.


Brooklyn Academy of Music
From March 10 through March 12, 2016, WNYC and BAM collaborated on the 3rd annual RadioLoveFest. The festival brings the most popular programs in public radio to live audiences. This year, Brian Lehrer hosted a conversation about the intersection of human rights, privacy, and national security with former intelligence officer Edward Snowden and filmmaker Laura Poitras. Snowden is the subject of Poitras’ Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour. The festival also featured live tapings of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, WNYC Studios’ Death, Sex & Money and The Moth. The Garrison Keillor: Radio Revue and Selected Shorts rounded out the festival, along with curated film screenings and live music.


NJPAC, Newark Museum, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Project

In July, Brian Lehrer held a public meeting at NJPAC, “Obamacare:  A Report Card from New Jersey.” This frank discussion (including live interviews from Washington with Reps. Frank Pallone and Donald Payne Jr.) offered our audience and listeners a chance to interact directly with policy experts and politicians making the decisions.