Behind The Headlines Behind the Headlines is a new one-hour, weekly public radio program featuring conversations about the local and regional news of the week. Providing analysis of the latest local and regional and cultural issues, Behind the Headlines is hosted by Express News Group editors Bill Sutton and Joseph P. Shaw. To bring listeners a diversity of perspectives, voices and views, each week Sutton and Shaw will host a rotating panel of esteemed guest journalists and colleagues, from a robust collection of East End, Long Island, and regional news and public affairs outlets.
Behind The Headlines

Behind The Headlines

From 88.3 WLIW-FM

Behind the Headlines is a new one-hour, weekly public radio program featuring conversations about the local and regional news of the week. Providing analysis of the latest local and regional and cultural issues, Behind the Headlines is hosted by Express News Group editors Bill Sutton and Joseph P. Shaw. To bring listeners a diversity of perspectives, voices and views, each week Sutton and Shaw will host a rotating panel of esteemed guest journalists and colleagues, from a robust collection of East End, Long Island, and regional news and public affairs outlets.

Most Recent Episodes

June 12th, 2021 - Calverton Enterprise Park, US Navy on Grumman pollution, Truck Beach, ke...

This week on Behind The Headlines, the panel discusses a number of issues, including the Calverton Enterprise Park; a survey by the U.S. Navy regarding pollution at the former Grumman property in Calverton; beach access at Truck Beach in East Hampton; kelp farming on the East End; the horseshoe crab population; village elections next week; and the lack of restrictions on house sizes in Southold. This week's panel: Joseph P. Shaw, Executive Editor, The Express News Group Bill Sutton, Managing Editor, The Express News Group Beth Young, editor/publisher of the East End Beacon Denise Civiletti, Editor/Publisher, Riverhead Local Vera Chinese, Reporter, Newsday

June 12th, 2021 - Calverton Enterprise Park, US Navy on Grumman pollution, Truck Beach, ke...

June 5th, 2021 - parking in East Hampton, summer employees for local businesses, affordabl...

This week on Behind The Headlines, the panel discusses a number of issues, including the ongoing parking saga in East Hampton Village; difficulty businesses are facing finding summer employees on the East End; affordable housing concerns; businesses closing in the wake of the pandemic; a Times-Review column on the In Plain Sight project and the Tulsa Massacre; history of the Shinnecock Nation; and Democratic candidates seeking the nomination to run for the 1st District congressional seat. Joseph P. Shaw, Executive Editor, The Express News Group, https://www.facebook.com/shaw11946 Bill Sutton, Managing Editor, The Express News Group, https://www.facebook.com/wpsutton Carissa Katz, Managing Editor, The East Hampton Star, https://www.facebook.com/carissa.katz.9 Steve Wick, Executive Editor of The Times-Review News Group, https://www.facebook.com/steve.wick.359

June 5th, 2021 - parking in East Hampton, summer employees for local businesses, affordabl...

May 29th, 2021 - businesses facing difficulty with filling open positions, parking initiat...

This week on Behind The Headlines, the panel discusses a number of issues, including the difficulty many businesses are facing filling vacant positions for the summer; parking initiatives in Sag Harbor and East Hampton Village; Amanda M. Fairbanks' new book, "The Lost Boys Of Montauk"; the controversy surrounding the Duryea Lobster Deck in Montauk; preservation of the Sugar Loaf Hill property in Southampton; and a Riverhead High School musical production.

May 29th, 2021 - businesses facing difficulty with filling open positions, parking initiat...

May 22nd 2021 - a 2020 unmasked police retirement party, Southampton Village police dept f...

This week on Behind The Headlines, the panel discusses The Suffolk Times' ongoing investigation into a retirement party for an outgoing Southold Town Police sergeant held last May without masks and with no social distancing; fallout this week regarding a study of the Southampton Village Police Department; the passage this week of a Congressional commission to look into the January 6 insurrection, and U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin's opposition to it; and the new CDC mask guidance and New York's easing of restrictions. Joseph P. Shaw, Executive Editor, The Express News Group, Bill Sutton, Managing Editor, The Express News Group Grant Parpan, Content Director, Times-Review Media Group Brian Cosgrove, Host of The Afternoon Ramble, WLIW-FM 88.3

May 22nd 2021 - a 2020 unmasked police retirement party, Southampton Village police dept f...

May 15th, 2021 - new CDC mask guidance, rising drug use rates, towns' responses to legaliz...

This week on Behind The Headlines, the panel discusses new CDC guidance on mask wearing for vaccinated people, a rise in overdoses and addiction rates during the pandemic, local towns' response to legalized recreational cannabis, and rumors in Riverhead about migrant children being "dumped" in the town and their potential effect on the upcoming school budget vote. Bill Sutton, Managing Editor, The Express News Group Annette Hinkle, Arts and Living Editor and host of 27Speaks, The Express News Group Denise Civiletti, Editor/Publisher, Riverhead Local Steve Wick, Executive Editor of The Times-Review News Group Beth Young, editor/publisher of the East End Beacon

May 15th, 2021 - new CDC mask guidance, rising drug use rates, towns' responses to legaliz...

May 8th, 2021 - frustration with local officials, public meeting accessibility, affordable...

This week, the panel discusses a number of topics, including a column Ms. Civiletti wrote demonstrating her frustration with some local officials; access to public meetings; affordable housing; public transportation; solar developments in Calverton; and the planned opening of the Southampton African American Museum.

May 8th, 2021 - frustration with local officials, public meeting accessibility, affordable...

May 1st, 2021 - Post-vaccine life, accused Catholic priests, Pine Barrens controlled burni...

This week, the panel discusses a number of topics, including life after vaccines; a recently released list of Catholic priests accused in the church's abuse scandal; the first controlled burn in the Long Island Pine Barrens; a new home for Community Action Southold Town, which provides food to the needy; and the ongoing development pressure in Sag Harbor.

May 1st, 2021 - Post-vaccine life, accused Catholic priests, Pine Barrens controlled burni...

April 25th, 2021 - Town and village reactions to legalized recreational marijuana, beach a...

This week, the panel discusses local town and village reaction to legalized recreational marijuana and whether the municipalities plan to "opt-out" of allowing sales; issues surrounding beach access on Shelter Island and around the East End in general; and development issues in Sag Harbor and the Bay Street Theater's plans to build a new home in the village. Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor, The Express News Group Bill Sutton, Managing Editor, The Express News Group Stephen J. Kotz, Staff Writer, The Express News Group Ambrose Clancy, Editor, The Shelter Island Reporter Steve Wick, Executive Editor, Times-Review Media Group

April 25th, 2021 - Town and village reactions to legalized recreational marijuana, beach a...

April 17th, 2021 - Reponse of local governments to recreational marijuana, Stony Brook Uni...

This week, the panel discusses the latest advances in the story about the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York State and how local governments are responding; a report by Stony Brook University scientist Dr. Chris Gobler on the horrific quality of waterbodies in East Hampton Town and the general state of water quality on the East End; and an ethics complaint filed against a Riverhead planner for his work on a proposal to build a proposed 7-Eleven in Riverside, in the Town of Southampton. Bill Sutton, Managing Editor, The Express News Group Annette Hinkle, Arts & Living Editor, Express News Group Grant Parpan, Content Director, Times-Review Media Group David Rattray, Editor, The East Hampton Star Denise Civiletti, Editor/Publisher, Riverhead Local

April 17th, 2021 - Reponse of local governments to recreational marijuana, Stony Brook Uni...

April 10th, 2021 - Zeldin announcement, state budget impacts, Mattituck high school senior...

This week, the panel discusses U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin's announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination to run for governor in 2022, the passage of the state's $212 billion budget and what that will mean for local school districts and the undocumented population, a Mattituck School senior who gained quite a bit of attention for dressing in "goth" for her senior picture, the return of outdoor dining this summer, and the legalization of recreational marijuana and what that might mean for the Shinnecock Nation in Southampton. Bill Sutton, Managing Editor, The Express News Group Annnette Hinkle, Arts & Living Editor, Express News Group Joe Werkmeister, Editor: The Suffolk Times/Riverhead News-Review Michael Mackey, Local Host For Long Island Morning Edition, WLIW-FM Beth Young, Publisher/Editor, East End Beacon

April 10th, 2021 - Zeldin announcement, state budget impacts, Mattituck high school senior...

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