Monthly Archives: April, 2024


Syracuse (On)Stage, Episode 18 – “Once” with Ana Marcu & Pearl Rhein

Published - April 30, 2024

Syracuse Stage closes out its 50th anniversary season with the heartwarming musical “Once.” Syracuse (On)Stage Host, and the director of this production, Melissa Crespo, sits down with cast members Ana Marcu and Pearl Rhein. Marcu is also an SU Drama alum class of 2016, and Rhein also serves as music director. Performances run May 1 – 19.  

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Innovate to Educate, Episode 20 – Esports in Our Schools

Published - April 30, 2024

In just the past few years, Esports have exploded in popularity. 40-percent of the world’s population considers themselves gamers, high school courses in gaming are regularly offered, colleges including Syracuse University now offer four-year degrees in e-sports management, and it’s even becoming a Division 1 sport, with $25-million in scholarships being offered to Esports students. On this edition of Innovate to Educate, host Jody Manning welcomes two men on the forefront of the Esports revolution. Matt Guernsey and Rob O’Connor are co-founders of Elite Gaming. They talk about how in the school setting, gaming has become critical for student engagement

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Checkup From the Neck-Up, Episode 17 – Climate Change and Climate Anxiety

Published - April 29, 2024

Our summers are getting hotter, the winters warmer and less snowy. If you’re worried about the future of the planet you’re not alone. In this month’s Check from the Neck-up, Dr. Rich O’Neill explores the topic of climate anxiety with psychologist and climate activist Dr. Martha Viglietta. They also offer tips on how we can all help reduce our personal carbon footprint. And for answers to specific climate anxiety question, ask The Climate Therapist at Gen Dread | Substack.  

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Check It Out: Spring Break is Over but the Fun is Not!

Published - April 27, 2024

Host Tom is joined by guest host Yona this week. They recap their favorite Spring Break events, like robot camp and a stuffy sleep over. And, now that you’re going back to school, don’t worry — there’s plenty to do at the Onondaga County Public Libraries.

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Funky Foodies Episode 206: The Funkies Deliver a Lesson in Urban Ecology

Published - April 27, 2024

The Funky Foodies visit Mayor Muskrat to convince him of their idea to turn the vacant lot into a nature center and community garden instead of a commercial mini mall. The Funkies trade Mayor Muskrat’s donut for a healthier soft oat and nut bar. Kid-friendly recipe: Soft Oat and Nut Bar. Funky Foodies is a podcast for kids, and it’s produced right here in Central New York. Tween foodies Frankie, Fern, and Zara share a passion for food and its impacts on the environment. Adventures follow after they form an alliance called Funky Foodies, Inc., pledging to, “Save the Planet,

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S08 Ep35: Too Many Keyboards, Part 3

Published - April 27, 2024

“The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius.” – Honore de Balzac   The pipe organ is a marvelous instrument.  More accurately, pipe organs are marvelous instruments.  Because each one is unique.  Each is custom built to fit the space in which it resides.  Today we have wonderful works and performances by women for the organ.   “Too Many Keyboards, Part 3” Libby Larsen:  Tambourines Ji-yoen Choi, organ “Laureate Series – Organ” Naxos 555367 Florence Price:  An Elf on a Moonbeam Anna Lapwood, organ “Luna” Sony Classical Hans Zimmer:  Stay (from

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April 26, 2024: Pam Murchison, Exec. Director – Syracuse Orchestra

Published - April 26, 2024

    Always innovative, the Syracuse Orchestra is continually searching out new ways to bring more music to more people.  Executive Director Pam Murchison stopped by the studios to tell us about a new partnership with Destiny USA, a 4-month residency with the orchestra in this very new venue, and the amazing team that has pulled together to make this happen.   All this and more is available on the Syracuse Orchestra website.

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CNY Heroes, Episode 19 – The Newhouse School’s Military Visual Journalism Program

Published - April 26, 2024

For more than 60 years, Syracuse University has offered members of the active military specialized training in visual journalism. Today, the Advanced Military Visual Journalism Program offers an intensive 10-month course of study, in three different concentrations. In this edition of CNY Heroes, Dan Cummings introduces us to the program’s Deputy Director Nancy Austin, who has worked with the military students at Newhouse for more than 30 years.  

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April 25, 2024: Chris Cresswell, 315 Ensemble/CMM

Published - April 25, 2024

    Coming up this weekend, a portrait concert – “This is where I am right now:  The Music of Chris Cresswell.”  Chris came to the studios to talk about the concert, the music, and the inspiration for the music featured on the concert.   This concert is part of the Civic Morning Musicals Recital series.  More about CMM is available here. More about Chris and the 315 Ensemble is available here.  

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April 24, 2024: Kids’ Stuff with Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

Published - April 24, 2024

    The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble shares music for the whole family in two performances this weekend.  SVE Artistic Director Julie Pretzat spoke to mid-day host Diane Jones about the concert, finding music that presents children’s music in an interesting and engaging way for the singers, and talked about the commissioned work “What Is Real?” using excerpts from “The Velveteen Rabbit.”   The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble website is available here.  

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Funky Foodies Episode 205: Dr. B Inspires a Mission

Published - April 20, 2024

The Funkies come to the rescue after Dr. Beaker shares his dismay over plans to convert his childhood playground into a Wango Tango Taco drive-thru and commercial mini mall. Kid-friendly recipe: Crispy Baked Beef Tacos. Funky Foodies is a podcast for kids, and it’s produced right here in Central New York. Tween foodies Frankie, Fern, and Zara share a passion for food and its impacts on the environment. Adventures follow after they form an alliance called Funky Foodies, Inc., pledging to, “Save the Planet, One Veggie Burger at a Time.” Kid-friendly recipes reflecting the theme of each episode are included.

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S08 Ep34: Elemental Music, Part 4

Published - April 20, 2024

“I hope the OCEAN CALLING series will help renew our connection with this vital life source and its vast, mysterious realms, and that we will hear the calls from the sea that we are one.”  – Meira Warshauer   Earth, air, fire, and water.  Our understanding of the four elements has changed over the centuries.  And still, they touch the artists’ heart, inspiring awe and creativity.   “Elemental Music, Part 4”   Judith Lang Zaimont:  falling drops (Rainshower) Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra; Neils Muus, conductor “Pure Cool (Water)” Sorel Classics 003 Meredith Monk:  Return to Earth, from ATLAS Musica Sacra; Richard Westenburg, director

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April 17, 2024: CCO Ithaca Chamber Series Finale

Published - April 17, 2024

    The final chamber concert of the season for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is coming up this weekend, and it was a great conversation with Grant Cooper (Acting Music Director), Wendy Hebener Mehne (Principal Flute/Music Advisory Committee), and Sarah Chandler (Clarinet/Managing Director).  We talked about the concert, the music – including Grant’s inspiration for “Octagon” – and the joys of playing in a chamber setting.   More about the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra is available here.  

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Central Current Radio – Preventing Lead Poisoning in Our Children!

Published - April 17, 2024

Syracuse has suffered from consistently high levels of lead exposure in children, a critical issue that severely impacts childhood development and endangers those young lives. In this edition of Central Current Radio, host Rick Wright talks with J.B. McCampbell, Chief Communications Officer for 100 Black Men of Syracuse; and Kiara Van Brackle, a clinical neuroscientist studying medical sociology at Syracuse University. They talk about the causes and effects of lead exposure and lead poisoning, and a free lead testing event that will be held in Syracuse on Saturday, April 27.  

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CNY Latino Podcast, Episode 45 – Hispanic/Bluegrass Fusion Artists and More on the Eclipse!

Published - April 17, 2024

(#45, 4/18/24) In this episode of CNY Latino Podcast, we have an interview with a duet musicians Joe Troop & Larry Bellorin, who play a unique music style of Hispanic and Bluegrass Fusion. They play an array of different instruments, including harps, cuatros, and other folkloric apparatuses. Then, we have another presentation about the full Solar Eclipse, with the interpretation of another Hispanic astronomist Rolando Escobar. En este episodio tenemos una entrevista con un dúo de músicos Joe Troop y Larry Bellorín, que tocan un estilo musical hispano único con Bluegrass Fusión, tocando una variedad de instrumentos diferentes, incluidos Harpas,

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