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Interviews

December 14, 2014: Darnell Thompson

News Director Sara McCloskey spoke with Darnell Thompson, the Residence Director of East Tower at Ithaca College, about diversity training for student staff members and how that can help spark conversations on social justice issues.

November 16, 2014: Melissa Kemp

Our host Aisling Brennan met up with Melissa Kemp, the Program Director of Solar Tompkins during a conference on fracking collateral damage at Ithaca College. They spoke about how the solar scheme is helping over 300 families reduce their annual energy consumption.

November 9, 2014: Joslyn Brenton

Ithaca College Assistant Professor Joslyn Brenton was a part of a research group for a study on the numerous difficulties surrounding food and nutrition for low income families. WICB’s Jamie Swinnerton spoke with her about what the study found.

October 12, 2014: Peter King Steinhaus and Rick Sommers Steinhaus

In their new book, “Ithaca Radio,” Ithaca College alumni Peter King Steinhaus and Rick Sommers Steinhaus explore the roots of radio in Tompkins County. WICB News Director Sara McCloskey sat down with the pair to find out more the area’s rich radio history.

October 23, 2014: Joshua Lafazan

Noreyana Fernando spoke with Cornell University junior Joshua Lafazan, who is also one of New York state’s youngest elected officials. At the age of 18, Joshua was elected to the Syawsset School Board of Education in Long Island. He spoke to us about why he decided to run for office and the inspiration behind his new SafeRide program.

September 14, 2014: Betty Medsger

News Director Sara McCloskey spoke with Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins about his campaign and initiatives.

September 7, 2014: Betty Medsger

Betty Medsger is the author of The Burglary: the discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. News Director Sara McCloskey had a chance to speak with Medsger about her experiences that led to the events in the book.

April 13, 2014: Bob Riter

News Director Kyle Robertson spoke with Bob Riter, Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. The Center, located in downtown Ithaca, helps people from around the area find resources and support to deal with their cancer. Riter spoke about his experiences as a cancer survivor and about his recently published book, “When Your Life is Touched by Cancer.”

April 6, 2014: Five Mualimmak

Ithaca Now spoke with Five Mualimmak, Program Director for the Incarcerated Nation Campaign. As a former prison inmate, Mualimmak explains the cruel treatment of prisoners that can take place within the system, as well as unfair systems of incarceration, including abuse of solitary confinement.

March 30, 2014: Frank Kruppa

Ithaca Now spoke with Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County’s Director of Public Health, about a recent study that shows Tompkins County as one of the overall healthiest places in New York state. Kruppa discusses what factors went into creating this study and what this says about the local community.

March 23, 2014: Donathan Brown

ICB’s Ben Tillem speaks with Ithaca College professor Donathan Brown, who recently co-authored a book on the problems and issues surrounding immigration reform in the United States. Brown discusses what needs to be done, both politically and practically, to make immigration reform a reality.

March 2, 2014: Martha Gioumousis

News Director Kyle Robertson sits down with Martha Gioumousis, a member of Cornell Cooperative Extension and head of the City of Ithaca’s Beautification Program. Gioumousis talks about her work, the group’s upcoming projects, and what it takes to keep Ithaca looking “gorges.”

February 23, 2014: Tina Nilson-Hodges

Superintendent and principal of Ithaca’s New Roots Charter School, Tina Nilson-Hodges, speaks with Assistant News Director Sara McCloskey about her school’s charter renewal process, why the subject has the local educational community up in arms, and what she believes the future of New Roots will be.

February 16, 2014: Amie Hendrix

Director of Tompkins County Youth Services Amie Hendrix stops by to talk about rising employment rates for youth in Tompkins County, as well as new efforts and a collaborative venture by Youth Services to help young people keep up in the highly competitive job market.

February 9, 2014: Carmen Guidi

Newfield resident Carmen Guidi is the founder of Second Wind Cottages, a venture started out of funds from his own pocket to house members of the Ithaca homeless population in cottages he built on his own property. Ithaca Now catches up with Guidi after a busy winter season and asks where his mission of mercy will go from here.

February 2, 2014: Baruch Whitehead

Ithaca College professor of music Baruch Whitehead received an MLK Peacemaker award from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance this past Martin Luther King Day for his activism, both locally and internationally, in the fields of peace and music. ICB’s Jamie Swinnerton has the story.

December 15, 2013: Carl Haynes and James Turner

Ithaca Now correspondent Patrick Feeney spoke with the President and Director of Facilities at Tompkins Cortland Community College about the school’s plans to go green with a new solar farm.

November 10, 2013: Shawn Davis

Ithaca Now spoke with Shawn Davis, a sophomore at Ithaca College, about how he is using the college’s meal plans and “Grab and Go” options to help feed the homeless around Ithaca.

November 3, 2013: Robert Freeman

Ithaca Now spoke with Robert Freeman, director of the New York State Committee for Open Government, on the state’s freedom of information laws and what citizens are entitled to know, especially in areas of concern like hydraulic fracturing.

October 27, 2013: Dennis Hartley and Kevin Sutherland

WICB’s Kelli Kyle and Alexa Levy spoke with Dennis Hartley, co-owner of Newfield’s Little Tree Orchards, about how he is preparing for the winter and the ups and downs of this year’s business. Also, Ben Tillem spoke with Tompkins County administrative assistant Kevin Sutherland, who will become Ithaca’s first chief of staff.

October 13, 2013: Herb Engman

WICB correspondent Ben Tillem spoke with Herb Engman, Ithaca Town Supervisor, about Ithaca’s dire financial straights and the need for institutions such as Cornell University to lend a helping hand.

October 7, 2013: Robert McChesney

News Director Kyle Robertson spoke with Robert McChesney, a professor, author and media critic who has written numerous books on the subjects of politics, media, the Internet and the corporatization of all three.

Mar. 31, 2013: FLEFF Co-Director Tom Shevory on 16th Annual Film Festival: Ithaca Now spoke with Tom Shevory, politics professor at Ithaca College and co-director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. “There is a huge history of art practice in this area,” Shevory says. “Upstate New York is very rich in terms of all kinds of artistic practices.” Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, the festival features more than 100 films, lectures, music and art performances on the Ithaca College campus and at Cinemapolis from April 1-7.

Mar. 24, 2013: Tompkins County Workers Center’s Pete Meyers on Living Wage Debate: As Tompkins County begins to reexamine its living wage policy, Ithaca Now spoke with Pete Meyers, the coordinator of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center. The TWCW works with about 350 cases in the county each year, and now, the organization is pushing the County legislature to require that all of its contractors pay employees a living wage.

Mar. 3, 2013: Democracy Now’s Juan Gonzalez on Immigration Reform: Juan Gonzalez, co-host of “Democracy Now!” and author of “Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America,” spoke at Ithaca College last week. Ithaca Now had the opportunity to speak with Gonzalez about the recent debate surrounding the DREAM Act and Congress’ push to develop immigration reform. To read more about his visit, check out the Ithacan.

Mar. 3, 2013: Barry Segal on Ithaca’s New Court Street Transitional House: Ithaca Now spoke with Barry Segal, a local contractor who helped establish Ithaca’s new transitional home for men coming out of homelessness, incarceration and drug addiction. The project has been in the works for about a year — in partnership with the Syracuse Rescue Mission. Residents have moved into the Court Street House about one week ago.

Feb. 24, 2013: Victor Tiffany on Ithaca’s Move to Amend Teach-in: Ithaca Now spoke with Victor Tiffany, the coordinator of Ithaca’s Move to Amend affiliate. The group is planning a teach-in to educate others about the controversial Citizens’ United case on Sunday, Mar. 3rd at the First Unitarian Church in Ithaca from 2-5 p.m.

Feb. 17, 2013: Ithaca College Professor Patricia Rodriguez on DREAM Act: Debate over a potential reform to the U.S. immigration policy has sparked new conversation nationally and at the state level. Ithaca Now spoke with Patricia Rodriguez, an Ithaca College politics professor, on what the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act could mean for undocumented students who are looking to earn a college degree in the United States

Feb. 10, 2013: Keystone XL Pipeline Documentary Makers: Ithaca Now spoke with Drew Bastien, Alexandra Evans and Molly Petrie, three Ithaca College students who are producing a documentary, “Line in the Sand,” about the resistance to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Landowners and activists are speaking out against TransCanada Corp., the company planning the pipeline’s installation, which would run from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas.

Jan. 27, 2013: Deb Mohlenhoff on City Report Card: The City of Ithaca recently released its “report card” — a survey that measured and compiled residents’ thoughts on everything from public safety and road conditions to the productivity and transparency of city government. Ithaca Now spoke with Deb Mohlenhoff, chair of the Government Performance and Accountability committee on how the report card will guide the City’s actions for 2013.

Dec. 9, 2012: Mike Ellis on Tompkins County Hurricane Sandy Relief: Ithaca Now spoke with Mike Ellis, executive director of local non-profit Love Knows No Bounds, who is leading volunteer and donation efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Dec. 2, 2012: Ithaca College Environmental Leadership Actions Network Discuss Divestment Campaign: Environmental Leadership Actions Network is a student organization at Ithaca College that is encouraging members of the IC administration to “divest” or remove their investment holdings from 16 large corporations. The group has joined about 100 other colleges — including Cornell University —  to spread awareness about the national divestment campaign and promote a similar initiative, DivestIC, on IC’s campus. Ithaca Now spoke with Ren Ostry and Kat Pongrace, members of Ithaca College’s Environmental Leadership Actions Network who are actively involved with the group’s divestment campaign.

Nov. 11, 2012: Mayor Svante Myrick on Approved 2013 City Budget: In the wake of the Common Council’s 8-2 vote on the City’s 2013 budget, Ithaca Now spoke with Mayor Svante Myrick, who explained what this budget will mean for Ithaca in the coming years.

Oct. 28, 2012: Jim Dennis on Changes to County Budget: In the aftermath of a crippling economic recession 2008, Tompkins County is looking to slowly rebuild and stabilize the local economy with its 2013 budget. Ithaca Now spoke with Jim Dennis, chair of the budget committee for Tompkins County, on a few changes the Legislature will consider before voting on the final budget Nov. 20.

Oct. 14, 2012: Stephen Smith on City Commons Council Race: Rochester native Stephen Smith was chosen to fill as interim City of Ithaca 4th Ward alderman on the Common Council after Eddie Rooker left the position earlier this fall. After a few short months in office, Smith is running against Cornell University student and Republican Misha Checkovich to reclaim the seat in November and serve for a year in the position before running again for a full four-year term.

Oct. 7, 2012: Howard Leib on 51st State Senate Campaign: Howard Leib is running for the 51st state Senate district in New York this Nov. 6th. Leib is an entertainment lawyer and teacher who hopes to unseat 26-year Republican incumbent James Seward. Ithaca Now spoke with Leib about his campaign, how his previous experience could serve him in the New York State Senate and the biggest issues affecting New York and the 51st district.

Sept. 30, 2012: Tompkins County Democratic Party and Tompkins County Republican Party Counsel on upcoming November election: As Election Day inches closer, both local Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for November 6th. Ithaca Now spoke with Jim Gustafson, representative from the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, and Henry Kramer, representative from the Tompkins County Republican Party Counsel, on how both parties are preparing for state and national elections this November.

Sept. 23, 2012: Ithaca College Democrats and Republicans on their campus efforts this election season: As both presidential candidates focus their attention on the youth vote this election season, student organizations on the Ithaca College campus are promoting the Obama and Romney campaigns this fall. Ithaca Now speaks with Rob Flaherty, president of the Ithaca College Democrats, and Rob Oliver, president of the IC Republicans. They discuss the difficulties they face when vying for student support for both presidential and Congressional campaigns and their plans to raise awareness on campus this November.

Sept. 16, 2012: Democrat House candidate Nate Shinagawa on his Congressional campaignTwenty-eight-year-old Democrat Nate Shinagawa is vying for several “firsts” this November. He’s running to unseat incumbent Republican Tom Reed from his Congressional seat in New York’s 23rd District. If elected, Shinagawa will become the youngest member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Asian-American from a northeastern state to serve in Congress. Ithaca Now spoke with Shinagawa, a Cornell University graduate, Tompkins County legislator and former administrator at Guthrie Health Systems, on his congressional campaign and plans on the economy to the environment for New York’s newly reformed 23rd District.

Sept. 9, 2012: Tompkins County Administrator Joe Mareane on the proposed 2013 budget: After  a crippling recession forced Tompkins County to raise taxes and cut both government positions and programs in 2008, 2013 may be the start of a more stable economic environment. Ithaca Now spoke with Tompkins County administrator Joe Mareane, author of the proposed 2013 Budget. As the County makes strides to balance its finances and preserve its notable programs, Mareane said the County aimed to settle tax rates and find resources to repair government “cracks and fissures” — or departments where the legislature has cut too deeply in the past.

Sept. 9, 2012: Ithaca College student Ryan Sharpstene discusses his experience at the Democratic National Convention: Sharpstene joined Mayor Svante Myrick, Tompkins County Democratic Party Chair Irene Stein and about 5,000 other delegates at the DNC. “The energy was electrifying in the arena every night, even  [in] the bleacher seats at the very top of the Time Warner Center,” he said. “For all that the Democratic Party has endured in the past four years, you had in 2008 the excitement and energy surrounding candidate Obama, which propelled him on obviously to his victory. Then between the rise of the Tea Party movement, the Republican thumping, as the President said in the 2010 midterm elections, and then everything that has been going on with this horse race between Governor Romney and President Obama, you would think that you might have a kind of demurred Democratic Party gathering in Charlotte. Every single night — and we were in the arena both Wednesday and Thursday — the crowd was wild.”

Sept. 2, 2012: Vicki Taylor, Associate Director of Downtown Ithaca Alliance: Taylor spoke of the changes that are coming to the Commons, previewed the City’s 30th annual Applefest and described how new students can integrate themselves into the Ithaca community.

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