WBGO Journal

Saturday 6am - 6:30am

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The WBGO Journal is an award-winning half-hour news magazine that airs Saturdays at 6 am. Reports and analysis, informative interviews and features.

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The Broadway season is underway, but theater critic Michael Bourne is looking back -- way back -- You can listen to Michael Bourne's review by clicking the link above.

Jonterri Gadson
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Bloomfield College's Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/English Jonterri Gadson will be attending the New York Television Festival's Scripts Competition as an Official Artist.

Gadson's half-hour pilot comedy script was named an Official Selection of the festival that runs from October 23rd to October 28th in Manhattan.

Keanna Faircloth

Democrat Phil Murphy says he’d never be in position to run for New Jersey governor if he never knew Barack Obama.

“He’s always had our backs and New Jersey will always have his back,” Murphy said.

Obama kept his focus mostly on the New Jersey Governor’s race.

We’ll be discussing local control of Newark Public Schools during our live broadcast of Newark Today Thursday October 19 at 8PM.  We invite the community to be a part of the audience at Express Newark in the downtown district’s historic Hahne’s building.  Your host, NJTV’s Michael Hill will be joined by city Mayor Ras Baraka and a panel of guests.  Doors open tonight at 7:15. Newark Today live October 19 at 8PM on WBGO and wbgo.org

Now that Newark Public Schools are in position to regain control of governance from the state, parents are asking if the city is ready. 

Eli Yamin
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What a treat for you this Saturday at the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert at Newark Symphony Hall.  Not only will the one-hour event be hosted by WBGO's Gary Walker, but it will feature the work of jazz and blues pianist, composer, singer producer and educator Eli Yamin.

Yamin remembers when he was a teen he worked for WBGO and couldn't resist playing the piano in the station's performance studio.  That same piano is still there today.

Yamin will be joined by many terrific performers including singer and educator Antoinette Montague of Newark. 

Hampton Fancher
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The 1982 motion picture Blade Runner opened to mixed reviews but eventually came to be considered a science fiction masterpiece. It is now included in the Library Of Congress' National Film Registry.

A sequel, Blade Runner 2049, opened in movie theaters Friday.  WBGO's Jon Kalish reports on how the screenwriter Hampton Fancher helped craft both films.

Click above to hear Jon's feature.

Steve Adubato
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Political analyst and television and radio host Steve Adubato, Jr. is giving you a chance to get to know who will be in charge of the Garden State following the November election.

New Jersey's Next Governor with Steve Adubato airs on WBGO Saturday October 14th at 6am.  During the one-hour program, Steve chats individually with Republican candidate Kim Guadagno and Democratic candidate Phil Murphy.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is often associated with military personnel, first responders, and others whose livelihood puts them in dangerous situations.  A US Department of Veterans Affairs study shows one in two people experience a traumatic event that could cause PTSD at some point in their life.

“You can get bit by a dog.  You can be in a car accident or witness a car accident.  You can be the victim of a mugging or watch somebody get mugged.  You can almost drown or work in an ER.  You can be a burn victim.  There’s thousands of ways you can get PTSD.”

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Legendary rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Petty died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. 

Commercial Fishing
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While commercial fishing goes back to the late 17th Century in Cape May, it has been based in Montauk on the very eastern tip of Long Island for nearly that long. Montauk is the largest commercial fishing port in New York State today. WBGO's Jon Kalish recently went out with a commercial fishing vessel to see what the work is like.

A Clockwork Orange
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the off-Broadway production of A Clockwork Orange.

Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick
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George Street Playhouse's new season begins in October with an updated version of the record breaking off-Broadway musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Two of the stars of the show, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick, sat down this week with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about their multiple roles in the musical.

Courtesy of Patty Farmer

Hugh Hefner, who created Playboy magazine and turned it into a media and entertainment giant, has died at the age of 91.


Alexandra Hill

8 year old Deion Searles is a third grader at Camden Street School in Newark’s central ward, one of seven schools in the district to receive a share of the 250 brand new instruments donated through the VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. At Camden Street School, students in grades K-4 will now be able to learn to play the violin.

“I never ever, ever, ever used a real guitar or a violin or a tuba, nothing like tat. It feels one hundred percent good, and plus I’m really really, really, really, really excited.”

Health Conference
Believe in a Healthy Newark

The first annual Building a Culture of Health in Newark Conference will take place Thursday, September 28th at the NJIT Campus Center at 150 Bleeker Street in Newark.

The director of the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, Keri Logosso-Misurell sat down with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about the day-long conference.

The conference will feature a number of breakout sessions that will focus on healthy homes, food and fitness, adverse childhood experiences and other issues related to social determinants of health. 

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The city of Paterson has a rich and well-documented industrial history.   On the site that was once the Rogers Locomotive and Machine works plant, is where the Paterson Museum is today.  Giacomo Destefano is the museum director.  He says revolutions in the silk and firearms industries crossed paths not too far away.

Michael Shannon
Theatermania

Michael Shannon has been a success on stage, screen and television and he has plenty of hardware to prove it.  The Tony and Oscar-nominated actor is bringing his talents to McCarter Theatre in Princeton for the latest performance of Simpatico. 

Buried secrets, blackmail, and false identities race onto the stage in Simpatico, a tragicomedy about the slippery netherworld of thoroughbred racing from the late Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard.

Alexandra Hill

WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with tap master and NJPAC Dance Advisor Savion Glover talks about his latest project, an original song-and-dance piece that salutes the genius of jazz icon John Coltrane, starring 40 kids representing his home city of Newark, his love of jazz, and what's next for the dance phenom. 

TIFF
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The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival concludes this weekend.

Toronto has been the home of big titles for the past two decades, ramping up from a local festival at its inception to becoming the dominant film festival in North America—the other key festival in North America being Sundance -- and one of the three or four key debut festivals in the world. Think American Beauty some 18 years ago and Moonlight last year. That achievement reflects how the business model has changed over the last two or three decades, with the word festival something of a misnomer.

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It’s been over two decades since plundering graduation rates, and overall poor performance forced the state to seize control of Newark Public Schools.  In recent years, a combination of state and city led initiatives changed education in Brick City.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie calls the return of local control a watershed moment.

“In the last six years, the accomplishments of this system are very impressive.  The job is certainly not complete, but we’ve made real progress at times in the face of real emotional opposition.”

Republican New Jersey gubernatorial nominee Kim Guadagno says the goal of her ethics reform plan is to restore the public's faith in state government.

Guadagno believes the most important part of her plan is term limits for elected state officials.

“I think that people need to spend two terms at most serving their state. No one should rely on a state elected position for their job. I don’t think that leads to good government.  I think that in fact leads to bad government. They forget who they serve.”

Alexandra Hill

Alzheimer’s New Jersey kicks off its “Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s” events this fall in Ocean, Hudson, Mercer and Bergen Counties. The walks are the largest events for the organization to raise awareness and fund its local programs that provide support for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. WBGO's Alexandra Hill recently sat down with Vice President of Development and Marketing Julie  Schuldner and this year’s Walk to Fight ambassador Giselle Bellas  to hear about what it’s like to care for a loved one living with the most common form of dementia. 

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Ang Santos:  So Bob, in New York City, which is overwhelmingly Democratic, doesn't the primary carry the weight of the General election?

Bob Hennelly:  Absolutely, with the exception of Staten Island and some pockets in Brooklyn, it’s a sea of blue. And once the candidate gets wins in the primary they can start measuring the drapes for their new offices or old office if they are an incumbent.

AS:  Even though Mayor de Blasio is expected to win handily why is he blitzing the airwaves with commercials? 

Bill May

Dr. Lewis Porter has been busy since penning the biography John Coltrane:  His Life and Music.  Porter, an author, musician, and educator is bringing his extensive knowledge and insight to a new project. 

“What I have are a number of short lessons about individual jazz performers, certain jazz techniques, the origins of be-bop is one of them.”

The first “Deep Dive with Lewis Porter” takes a look at pianist Art Tatum.

Prince of Broadway
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A new show on Broadway not only begins the New York musical theater season, it also celebrates seven decades of the greatest musicals.  Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Prince of Broadway.

Prince of Broadway celebrates the shows produced and directed by Hal Prince.

Home
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While there’s no definitive link between the rainfall that devastated Texas and climate change, climate scientists do agree that global warming is affecting the weather. The need to reduce carbon emissions prompted a nationally acclaimed architect, Dave Sellers, to build an energy efficient house with an unconventional material.

The all-concrete house in Vermont burns no fossil fuel.

It was the worst summer in 25 years in terms of ticket sales. August tickets sales are down 35% from a year ago. The Memorial Day to Labor Day period, which accounts for about two fifths of Hollywood’s annual domestic revenue is on track to fall 16%--worse than the 10% insiders predicted in May. 

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  A pair of industrial fans blow in the gymnasium at West Side High School in Newark.  A yoga instructor introduces the mountain pose to about one-hundred members of the school’s staff.

“We’re going into our ninth year in some city schools,” said Debbie Kaminsky, founder of Newark Yoga Movement.  “We found that after a twenty-minute session of yoga, that 64 percent of students were more peaceful and less stressed.  So with that, we started bringing yoga to more schools in Newark.  It really has traction after we taught over 26,000 students and over 3,000 educators.”

New Jersey Transit's management and culture came in from some blistering criticism at a legislative hearing.

Nancy Erika Smith is a civil rights lawyer. She told state lawmakers there's a toxic, corrupt, sexist, and racist atmosphere at the agency.

"If HR and EEO won't help victims, and they don't at New Jersey Transit, and employees who complain are openly retaliated against, who in their right mind will complain?"

Michael Moore
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Theater critic Michael Bourne gives us his thoughts on Michael Moore On Broadway.  Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, brings his unrivaled powers of provocation and satire to the stage for the first time in The Terms of My Surrender. 

The world premiere one-man play is directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer.

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