Joel Rose http://wgcu.org en Al Sharpton, FBI Informant? New Claims Revive '80s Mob Story http://wgcu.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 20:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 9106 at http://wgcu.org Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It http://wgcu.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 20:12:00 +0000 Joel Rose 8724 at http://wgcu.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria http://wgcu.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 8121 at http://wgcu.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible http://wgcu.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 5383 at http://wgcu.org Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? http://wgcu.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 4200 at http://wgcu.org NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy http://wgcu.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 3906 at http://wgcu.org The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race http://wgcu.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 3314 at http://wgcu.org Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels http://wgcu.org/post/superstorm-sandy-evacuees-face-eviction-hotel-rooms 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 21:12:00 +0000 Joel Rose 3150 at http://wgcu.org Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite http://wgcu.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 2745 at http://wgcu.org New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite Yet Another Democrat Takes The Lead In NYC Mayor Race http://wgcu.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 1957 at http://wgcu.org Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? http://wgcu.org/post/cory-booker-supermayor-or-self-promoter In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.<p>No one on the ballot has more name recognition than Cory Booker, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. But Booker's critics say he's been more focused on his own ambitions than on governing New Jersey's largest city.<p>In the seven years since Booker was elected mayor, he has been ubiquitous on Twitter and on TV. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 1189 at http://wgcu.org Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' http://wgcu.org/post/fast-food-strikers-demand-living-wage At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.<p>Shanell Young held a red strike sign over her head. Young earns the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, at another Wendy's in New York. She says that's not enough to support her and her 5-year-old son.<p>"It's horrible," says Young. "Everything goes up. It's unfair. You can't find an apartment. You can't pay for children's school uniforms. Everything is unfair. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:51:00 +0000 Joel Rose 927 at http://wgcu.org Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries http://wgcu.org/post/new-york-toasts-long-awaited-revival-its-distilleries A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.<p>Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.<p><a href="http://www.tuthilltown.com/">Tuthilltown Spirits</a> is one of the first boutique distilleries to open in New York since Prohibition. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 629 at http://wgcu.org New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries