Joel Rose http://wutc.org en Al Sharpton, FBI Informant? New Claims Revive '80s Mob Story http://wutc.org/post/al-sharpton-fbi-informant-new-claims-revive-80s-mob-story Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Reverend Al Sharpton has admitted to working with the FBI and recording conversations with alleged mobsters. The website The Smoking Gun published documents detailing Sharpton's involvement, saying he's the guy referred to in the document as Confidential Informant 7. This was back in the 1980s during some of the bureau's biggest mafia investigations.<p>As NPR's Joe Rose reports, Sharpton denies any wrongdoing.<p>JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Today, Al Sharpton is a host on MSNBC, an establishment figure who rubs elbows with the president and attorney general. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Joel Rose 35884 at http://wutc.org Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It http://wutc.org/post/internal-report-clears-christie-bridgegate-dems-dont-buy-it Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We now have the results of an internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Today's report was commissioned by the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and it finds the governor did nothing wrong. It won't be the last word. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Joel Rose 35391 at http://wutc.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions http://wutc.org/post/face-disaster-pritzker-winner-shigeru-ban-designs-solutions Each year the Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to a star architect with a long list of glamorous commissions around the globe. This year's winner is a little different.<p><a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/works.html">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed museums, homes and concert halls. But Ban is best known for a more humble kind of work: The temporary structures he's built for refugees and evacuees all over the world.<p>Ban may be the only architect in the world who makes buildings out of paper — cardboard paper tubes, to be precise.<p>"It's very inexpensive. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Joel Rose 35247 at http://wutc.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria http://wutc.org/post/turning-food-waste-fuel-takes-gumption-and-trillions-bacteria Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_education/newtown_wwtp.shtml">Newtown Creek</a> Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.<p>The plant's longtime superintendent, Jimmy Pynn, shows off the plant's crown jewels: eight huge, shiny, oval-shaped steel tanks known as digester eggs. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Joel Rose 34625 at http://wutc.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands http://wutc.org/post/frustrated-cities-take-high-speed-internet-their-own-hands College Station is right in the middle of Texas — a few hours by car from Austin, Dallas and Houston and home to Texas A&M, a major research university. But if you're in the market for high-speed Internet access, College Station can feel like the middle of nowhere.<p>"It's been pretty bleak. You get too far from the university, and it's nothing," says Andrew Duggleby, co-founder of Exosent Engineering, a company that designs and builds tanker trucks for the oil industry.<p>"We're doing three-dimensional computer-aided design, big 3-D models," he says. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:47:50 +0000 Joel Rose 34403 at http://wutc.org Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible http://wutc.org/post/shifting-gears-make-bike-sharing-more-accessible <em><em>This story is part of a project on commuting in America.</em></em><p>Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They're supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.<p>These bike-sharing systems have a lot of different names: Divvy, Hubway, Nice Ride. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Joel Rose 31189 at http://wutc.org Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? http://wutc.org/post/nyc-race-focuses-income-gap-how-much-can-mayor-do Voters in New York City go to the polls Tuesday to choose their next mayor, and it appears all but certain that they'll elect Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate.<p>The Democrat has built a wide lead in the polls by distancing himself from the incumbent mayor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Joel Rose 29629 at http://wutc.org NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy http://wutc.org/post/slow-uneven-rebuilding-after-superstorm-sandy After Hurricane Sandy, the south shore of Staten Island looked like it had been hit by a tsunami. The storm surge devastated whole neighborhoods suddenly, in a matter of hours. In the year since the storm, some families have been rebuilding their homes and their lives. Others are ready to sell their flood-damaged properties and move on.<p>Joe Salluzzo lives in a neighborhood called New Dorp Beach, a few blocks from the ocean. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:41:00 +0000 Joel Rose 29270 at http://wutc.org The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race http://wutc.org/post/booker-gets-run-his-money-nj-senate-race Cory Booker, the celebrity mayor of Newark, N.J., was expected to cruise to victory in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. But just a week before voters go to the polls, he's facing a surprisingly strong challenge from Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan.<p>The race was supposed to be a mismatch: Booker, the Democrat, and his 1.4 million Twitter followers versus the Republican former mayor of Bogota, N.J. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Joel Rose 28483 at http://wutc.org Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels http://wutc.org/post/time-superstorm-sandy-evacuees-check-out-hotels Almost 300 Sandy victims are still living in hotel rooms on the taxpayers' dime — but not for long. City officials say the program is expensive, and it's time for those remaining Sandy evacuees to move out.<p>This week, the displaced families living in hotels got a letter from New York City officials telling them they will not pay for those rooms after Friday.<p>This was the message they sent back on Wednesday: <em>Heck no, we won't go! Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Joel Rose 28274 at http://wutc.org Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite http://wutc.org/post/new-yorks-next-mayor-bound-be-brooklynite This week, the center of New York City's political universe was downtown Brooklyn.<p>With the dust settling from the mayoral primary, the two candidates who will be on the ballot to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg both live in the city's biggest borough.<p>On Thursday, Republican candidate Joe Lhota shook hands with voters pouring out of the subway a few blocks from his home in Brooklyn Heights.<p>"When I first moved here 25 years ago, no one wanted to come visit me in Brooklyn," Lhota says. "Now they all live here as well. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Joel Rose 27735 at http://wutc.org New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite Taking Back 'Funkytown': Songwriters Prepare For A Custody Battle http://wutc.org/post/taking-back-funkytown-songwriters-prepare-custody-battle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwtBqamUNJw</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Joel Rose 27339 at http://wutc.org Taking Back 'Funkytown': Songwriters Prepare For A Custody Battle Yet Another Democrat Takes The Lead In NYC Mayor Race http://wutc.org/post/yet-another-democrat-takes-lead-nyc-mayor-race <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgvXniTz7D8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URVZbOs2W-k</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Joel Rose 26680 at http://wutc.org Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets http://wutc.org/post/atheists-take-old-hymns-out-chapel-and-streets <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr4raP3NBaA</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Joel Rose 26504 at http://wutc.org Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets New York City Council To Vote On Tough Police Oversight Laws http://wutc.org/post/new-york-city-council-vote-tough-police-oversight-laws Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In New York, the city council is poised to vote today on some of the toughest police oversight laws in decades. The vote comes just weeks after a judge ruled that the NYPD violated the civil rights of minorities with its practice of stopping mostly young men of color on the streets.<p>Mayor Michael Bloomberg is appealing the judge's ruling and refusing to back down on a policing program he has championed. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:01:00 +0000 Joel Rose 26362 at http://wutc.org