WBGO Journal

Saturday 6:30am - 7am

Hosted by Doug Doyle

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

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.

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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.

Alexandra Hill

As the debate over the removal of confederate monuments continues  across the country following the violent race riots in Charlottesville Virginia earlier this month. WBGO’s Alexandra Hill recently visited Monmouth Battlefield State Park to talk with military historian Dr. David Martin about New Jersey’s ties to the confederacy and how the removal of confederate monuments could affect American history.

 

Carl Cofield
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The latest production of Lorraine Hansberry's iconic play A Raisin In The Sun runs from September 9th through October 8th at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Several stars of the show including Brandon J. Dirden, Crystal A. Dickinson and Brenda Pressley and the play's director Carl Cofield joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle on the stage at the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater for a live audience panel discussion to talk about the relevance of the play in today's world.

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Scott Hancock is an associate professor of History and Africana studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He has some strong opinions on whether or not Confederate monuments and memorials should remain on the Gettysburg battlefield.

He chats with WBGO Journal host and news director Doug Doyle in this in-depth interview.

Hancock came to Gettysburg College in 2001. His scholarly interests focus on the African American experience from the mid-seventeenth century to just before the Civil War.

Van Gogh's Ear
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Theater Critic reviews the off-Broadway production of Van Gogh's Ear at Pershing Square Signature Center. The show is presented by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century.

UWF
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Back in 2014, the City of New York settled a $100 million landmark discrimination lawsuit with the Vulcan Society, the African-American fraternal organization for the FDNY. In that settlement, it committed to a major outreach to achieve diversity in its ranks. As a consequence, the department has had success in hiring more men of color.  Adding women to the ranks remains an even greater challenge.

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The magic number so to speak for New Jersey candidates running for Governor is 430,000.  Raising that many dollars is the only way their message will get the exposure brought along with upcoming televised debates.  It’s an uphill climb from the start for third party candidates, fighting for name recognition.

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Jazz House Kids is a grassroots jazz school for young people which has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent arts education and performance organizations.

“We use jazz, America’s home grown music, as a teaching tool to develop who we are as people,” said Jazz House Kids founder Melissa Walker

Jazz House Kids was created to provide young people with guidance and a positive influence while teaching them how to play and create music.

Bring the Kids, WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series

Aug 11, 2017
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  Drummer Jerome Jennings was the featured artist at Saturday’s WBGO Kids Concert Series.

“What I love about performing for kids is their honesty in terms of how they feel.  They don’t withhold their feelings of whether they disagree, bored or tired,” said Jennings.

Jennings, originally from Cleveland, Ohio graduated in 2004 from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School for the Performing Arts. Later on, Jennings became the first jazz studies recipient of the Morse Fellowship at the Juilliard School. Jennings' first album, ‘The Beast’, was released last November.

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Think of summer and you think of escape. It’s built into the architecture. Hot sun, summer in the city, escape to the beach, escape to the Cape. And go to the movies to escape the escape.

How about escape the cops? Traditional summer escape movies have crashed and burned by the dozens this summer. 

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Michael Bourne has off-broadway reviews from 'The Government Inspector' and 'Curvy Widow'.  To hear the review, click the link above.

Rafi Kohan
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Author Rafi Kohan spent a year traveling all over the U.S. to give readers a detailed look at the lives of sports arenas.  His new book The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport is published by Liveright.

Kohan talks to SportsJam host Doug Doyle about his fascination with fans and stadiums, as well as what he learned during his trips to places like Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Beaver Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Prudential Center, Barclays Center and many more.

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Fado is rooted in Portugal.  Its tales are vast, with the power to reduce people to tears.  Nathalie Pires is the first American fado singer to tour internationally, and subject of a new short film, ‘Echoes of Fado’, from Newark based film makers Yuri and Igor Alves.

Bryce Millington
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West Orange High School graduate and soccer star Bryce Millington is headed to the University of Chicago to major in pre-med and to play for the soccer team. 

Millington, a Write On Sports alum, returned to a WOS summer camp at Montclair State University to talk to the kids.

The All State soccer player wants to be a doctor in the future, possibly a neurosurgeon.

Mildred Antenor
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WBGO Journal commentator Mildred Antenor wonders why black women are so hostile to each other.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Theater critic Michael Bourne heads back to Shakespeare in the Park for the latest production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

New Community Corporation

 After the civil unrest in the summer of 1967, Newark’s public housing outlook was bleak…it was at that time that New Community Corporation was founded by Monsignor William Linder with hopes of creating affordable housing. Hear Linder recall the days following that summer of 1967.

 

Monsignor Linder’s new memoir is titled Out of The Ashes Came Hope. 

Foreclosure
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Listening to Wall Street based business reporting you would believe that the nation’s foreclosure crisis is in the nation’s rear view mirror. But a WBGO investigation has found that here in New Jersey in places like Newark and East Orange foreclosures are hollowing out entire neighborhoods.

A recent meeting in East Orange brought out  local activists committed to helping their neighbors hold on to their homes.

Zeno Mountain Farm
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Every July developmentally disabled adults spend a month at a unique summer camp in Lincoln, Vermont. Some of them get to live in wheelchair accessible treehouses.  Campers are raving about Zeno Mountain Farm.

Toshi Widoff-Woodson

WBGO Reporter Naomi Brauner spoke with critically acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson to discuss life as an author, parenting, jazz, and her most recent book, Another Brooklyn.

Woodson spoke to the importance of representation in literature: representing black fatherhood, black Muslims, and Bushwick in the 1970s.

Listen below to Naomi’s extended web interview with Woodson. Warning: book spoilers in the interview.

Money Talks
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WBGO Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Money Talks.  The musical comedy is playing Off-Broadway.

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