Audio by year 2013

Justine Blau (Re: Scattered), Hosted by Mahima Chablani


23:47 minutes (21.78 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Mon, 11 Mar 2013

Justine Blau joins us to discuss her new memoir "Scattered." The memoir follows Blau during her childhood and preteen years, as she weaves through apartments and hotels in Manhattan with her chronically homeless family and bipolar mother. From sleeping in a movie theater to stealing a fur coat, the moments in this memoir are both colorful and deeply tragic.

Punderdome Interview


43:13 minutes (49.47 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sun, 31 Mar 2013

The dynamic father-daughter duo Fred and Jo Firestone join Frances Mayo to discuss the Punderdome 3000, a wordplay tournament that is the talk (or pun) of the town. At the Punderdome, people change their identities. They eat entire cakes in 90 seconds. There are matching Hawaiian shirts, Human Clap-o-Meters, Rodney Dangerfield impersonations, and PayDay candy bars flying through the room. The interview is interspersed with live recordings from the Punderdome. The Punderdome is hosted monthly at Littlefield in Brooklyn. For more information, please visit www.punderdome.com

Adam Leon (Re: Gimme the Loot), Hosted by Zoe Flood Tardino


38:33 minutes (35.29 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Thu, 18 Apr 2013

Filmmaker Adam Leon joins Zoë Flood Tardino to discuss his first feature film, "Gimme the Loot." The film follows Malcolm and Sofia, two teenage graffiti-writers from the Bronx, on their quest to find $500 so that they can tag the Mets' home run apple. They commit petty crimes and travel through rough sections of New York, but ultimately explore the joys of youth and friendship. For more information, visit http://gimmethelootmovie.com/

Laura Garcia Lorca, Christopher Maurer, Andres Soria Olmedo (Re: Lorca in New York), hosted by Mahima Chablani


35:28 minutes (32.48 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Thu, 2 May 2013

A three-person interview in honor of Lorca in New York: A Celebration, the largest-ever festival celebrating Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Laura García Lorca, the niece of Lorca, tells the fascinating story of Lorca’s arrival to NYC, where he stayed from 1929 – 1930 and enrolled at Columbia University. As scholars of Lorca, Christopher Maurer and Andrés Soria Omledo share insight on the poet’s influence on English and Spanish literature and read letters and poems from “Poet in New York.” A list of festival events can be found at lorcanyc.com. Hosted by Mahima Chablani.

Asghar Farhadi (Re: A Separation), Hosted by Blair McClendon


20:00 minutes (18.31 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sun, 30 Oct 2011

Interview with Genes and Machines


60:44 minutes (55.61 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sun, 27 Oct 2013

An hour-long live interview with Genes and Machines, a New York-based electronic group that’s always in costume and always spinning with spontaneity.  From funk to ambient, their music is charged with dreamy, warm, and sometimes jarring electronics.  During the interview we discuss their new album “Heart Shaped Ass,” listen to cuts from their vinyl release, and hear a demo of group member Leon Gruenbaum’s patented keyboard invention, the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee.

Jia Zhangke re: A Touch of Sin, hosted by Xueli Wang


34:08 minutes (39.06 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Fri, 4 Oct 2013

Interview with director Jia Zhangke regarding his film A Touch of Sin. Hosted by Xueli Wang

Maria Guleghina Interview


23:03 minutes (26.39 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Tue, 8 Oct 2013

Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast celebration. For the past twenty-five years, Maria Guleghina has sung on all the world's leading stages and has made dramatic Verdi roles such as Lady Macbeth and Abigaille her specialty. In this particular interview, she speaks about her views on some of the most punishing roles of the repertoire. Interview conducted by Stepan Atamian via Skype (Ms. Guleghina was in Russia) on September 21, 2013.

Dolora Zajick Interview


25:22 minutes (29.03 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Wed, 9 Oct 2013

Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with Dolora Zajick. Since her Met debut in 1988, Ms. Zajick has sung over 150 performances of four Verdi roles: Amneris; Azucena; Eboli; and Ulrica. What is more remarkable is that, now in her 60's she still manages to sing them with the same vocal health and authority as when she first started singing. In this exclusive interview, Zajick speaks about technique and nurturing the next generation of dramatic voices. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian via phone on September 27, 2013.

Sondra Radvanovsky Interview


26:14 minutes (24.02 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Wed, 9 Oct 2013

Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Often considered today's great Verdi singer, Radvanovsky has made her mark in roles from Leonora to Aida. Now today's great Norma, the multifaceted diva speaks about balancing her career between Verdi, verismo, and bel canto. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at Lincoln Center on October 6, 2013.  

George M. Martin Interview


18:17 minutes (20.92 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Tue, 8 Oct 2013

Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with George M. Martin. Author of the recent book Verdi In America, Martin is one of the foremost American scholars of the great Italian composer. He speaks here about the US performance history of Verdi's operas and how Verdi became the most popular opera composer in the US during the second half of the twentieth century. Interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at WKCR on September 18, 2013.

CU vs. St. John's at Barclays Center Part 1


13:06 minutes (6 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 28 Dec 2013

Condensed version of Columbia basketball's first half against St. John's at Barclays Center on December 28, 2013. Announcers: Ryan Young and Peter Andrews

CU vs. St. John's at Barclays Center Part 2


12:48 minutes (5.86 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 28 Dec 2013

Condensed version of Columbia's second-half comeback against St. John's at Barclays Center on December 28, 2013. Announcers: Ryan Young and Peter Andrews

CU vs. St. John's at Barclays Center Part 3


13:19 minutes (6.1 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 28 Dec 2013

Condensed version of the final eight minutes of Columbia basketball vs. St. John's at Barclays Center on December 28, 2013. Announcers: Ryan Young and Peter Andrews

John Templon Interview 12.28.13


8:56 minutes (4.09 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 28 Dec 2013

John Templon from nycbuckets.com joined Peter Andrews and Ryan Young at halftime of Columbia's game at the Barclays Center to discuss the Lions, St. John's, and the rest of NYC college basketball. 

Dario Pizzano Interview (2013)


23:09 minutes (10.6 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Wed, 11 Sep 2013

Columbia baseball alumus Dario Pizzano joined us in studio to discuss his year with the Seattle Mariners' minor league team, the Clinton Lumberkings.

After Tiller


18:57 minutes (21.69 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Wed, 18 Sep 2013

For this Late City Edition, check out our coverage on After Tiller, an award-winning documentary on late-term abortions.  The film follows the only four doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions; the fifth, George Tiller, was assassinated in 2009.

Naira Musallam, Complexity Science


30:52 minutes (35.33 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Tue, 17 Jun 2014

Researcher and conflict educator Naira Musallam discusses conflict dynamics in Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and Syria, and explains how chaos theory can help mediators better understand conflict zones.