WFUV's Cityscape

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What are We Touching and Eating, Exactly?

Each and every day we touch and eat things often without giving it a second thought. We hold on to the handrail walking down the stairs to catch a subway train. We top a cup of pudding with a little cool whip. On this edition of Cityscape, we're talking with folks who've actually given a lot of thought to what we touch and eat — from subway turnstiles to spray cheese. The show features: Chris Mason, a geneticist at the Weill Cornell Medical Center. He and a team of research assistants collected DNA throughout the New York City subway system to identify germs. Writer Patrick DiJusto took a good hard look at what's inside everyday products. His new book is called This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Egg Nog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products.

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Just Kids from the Bronx

What do Al Pacino, Regis Philbin, Mary Higgins Clark and Colin Powell all have in common? They're all Bronx natives. And all of them are featured in a new book called Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling it the Way it Was: An Oral History. The book includes the stories of more than 60 native Bronxites who have gone on to make important contributions in nearly every field imaginable, from acting to science to athletics. Author Arlene Alda, who happens to be the wife of television and film star Alan Alda, is our guest on this edition of Cityscape.

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Digging into Pizza

New York-style pizza tops "best of" lists across the web. A google search turns up images of mostly big, hearty cheese slices. The kind of photos that make your mouth water. Pizza has a long history in the Big Apple. In fact, Lombardi's in Manhattan is said to be the first pizzeria in America. Brooklyn resident Scott Weiner is an expert on all things pizza. He turned his love for the food into a career. Scott runs tours of significant pizzerias in New York City. We recently visited with him at his apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, where he keeps a super large collection of pizza boxes. You'll hear that interview on this week's Cityscape. Also on this week's show, we'll visit a pizza school on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and talk with a co-owner of a Staten Island pizza joint that's been around since 1937.

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Strike a Chord: Access for All

This coming July marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But, just how far have we come in securing equal access and equal opportunity for all, and what more needs to be done? As part of WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign focused on efforts to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, we teamed up with Bronxnet for a special panel discussion. Our guests included: James Weisman. James is an ADA pioneer and civil rights advocate. He's been involved in the disability rights movement since the beginning. James currently serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of United Spinal Association. Edith Prentiss, chair of the Taxis for All Campaign. And... Miranda Appelbaum. Miranda is Senior Manager of Accessibility and Visitor Services at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She's also the chair of the steering committee for the Museum Access Consortium. The Consortium works to improve access to cultural resources throughout New York City, including museums and botanical gardens.

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Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

Since spring won’t officially arrive until March 20th, and we’re bound to still have some cold days to contend with, we’ve decided to do a show focused on bringing the outdoors indoors, where it’s still warm and cozy.  We’ll pay a visit to the New York Earth Room, a SoHo loft filled with 280,000 pounds of dirt, get our hands dirty with the owner of a plant store in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn who will give us tips on how best to grow and care for indoor plants, and meet a commercial taxidermist in Middle Village, Queens. 

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Tawking the Tawk

The New York City accent is distinct and unmistakable.  From James Cagney to Woody Allen to Rosie Perez, you know they’re from New York as soon as they open their mouths.  On this week’s Cityscape, we’ll talk with a filmmaker who made a documentary that tells the story of the New York City accent. We'll also take you to an accent slam where New Yorkers competed for the best New York City accent, and we'll talk with an accent-elimination coach who helps people rid themselves of their "fuhgettaboutits."

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Love is in the Air

Saturday is Valentine’s Day and love might be in the air.  But, why is it that we fall in love in the first place?  On this week's Cityscape, renowned anthropologist and love expert Helen Fisher talks about the science of falling in love. We'll also hear from a couple of dating coaches about how they help people find love in the Big Apple, a German-born photographer will join us to talk about his love affair with New York City, and we’ll find out why business is coming up roses for florists courting millennials.

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From Drug Kingpin to Fitness Entrepreneur

New York City resident Coss Marte went from being a drug kingpin to a fitness entrepreneur. While serving time in prison he lost 70 pounds thanks to an exercise routine he worked up in his cell. Marte is now out from behind bars and operating a fitness bootcamp in Manhattan based on his prison workout routine.  Marte joins us on this week's Cityscape to talk about he how reinvented himself.

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The Knish

In New York City everything is at your finger tips. With so many options for food, music, and culture, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. But instead of taking the classic New Yorker approach by kvetching, this week, we’re settling down to dig into a classic Yiddish tradition: the knish.  Our guest is Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food. We'll also pay a visit to the famed Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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"Comfort Food"

On this week's Cityscape, we're revisiting some of our favorite segments related to cooking and baking as part of WFUV's winter membership drive.  We'll revisit our interview with the makers of the legendary baked goods at Levain Bakery in Manhattan, as well as head back to the iconic Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop in Brooklyn.  We'll also make other stops as we ask you to do your part for member-supported, commercial-free WFUV.

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