The WPPB St. Patrick's Day Party - Irish Soul at Its Best!

On Friday evening St. Patrick's Day the WPPB Hosts, Staff and Supporters all gathered together to support Long Island's Only NPR Station during a live broadcast of Friday Night Soul. Hosted by Ed German. The station was live fundraising during the event and it was a unique opportunity for listeners to see the behind the scenes activities at the station. All of the local WPPB hosts were in attendance including: Bonnie Grice, Ed German, Brian Cosgrove and Michael Mackey. Wally Smith made...

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Media Mavens Merci Bouquet Honoree

Minerva Perez is one of those people who will not only go out of her way to help someone in need, she's an advocate and activist who works tirelessly every single day to give voice to the voiceless.

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GOP Lawmaker On The Defeat Of Health Plan

Mar 25, 2017

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Now to a Republican congressman who supported the health care bill - Tom Reed. He represents the 23rd district in the Finger Lakes District of New York. Mr. Reed, thanks for being with us.

TOM REED: Well, thank you for having me on, Scott.

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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The African Global Economic and Development Summit took place at the University of Southern California from March 16th to 18th.

None of the approximately 60 invited guests from Africa were able to attend.

The problem was that none of the African delegates were able to get U.S. visas.

Humphrey Mutaasa from the mayor's office in Kampala, Uganda, had organized a delegation of 11 business leaders from Uganda to attend the African Global Economic and Development Summit at the University of Southern California.

'Girl In Disguise' Is A Spunky Spy Saga

Mar 25, 2017

Pluck. Kate Warne, the heroine of Greer Macallister's detective romp, Girl in Disguise, personifies the attribute (I hear an echo here of Mr. Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, informing Mary she has "spunk," before dropping the other shoe. "I hate spunk.") Warne was in real life the first woman hired by the famed Pinkerton National Detective Agency, back in 1856 — and in this historical novel, she sets herself immediately to solving the crime of what took them so long.

The House Intelligence Committee's investigation into the Trump campaign's potential connections to Russia's election meddling isn't dead — but it's not exactly dancing a jig, either.

Sixteen-year-old Na Da Laing struggled in elementary school.

"I was different from other students," she remembers. "I couldn't speak English at all."

Now, eight years later, she's reading George Orwell's Animal Farm.

In the U.S., roughly one in 10 students is an English language learner.
Many schools struggle to help them feel comfortable with their new language. Helping them get ahead and to college is another challenge entirely.

No rest for the weary in our weekly roundup of national education news.

Supreme Court rules on special education case

"I'm thrilled," said Amanda Morin, a parent and advocate with the web site Understood.org, after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in a case that could affect 6.5 million special education students. "Now I can actually go into a school system and say 'The Supreme Court has said, based on my child's abilities, he is legally entitled to make progress.'"

Twitter and other social media platforms often seem anti-social: mean, ugly avenues where people bash, blame and fulminate. But this week, just a couple of hours after the terrorist in front of the British Parliament killed four people and wounded scores of others from all over the world, the official U.K. Parliament Twitter account posted a short note of simple nobility:

It was a quiet message of defiance; an understated, eloquent way to say: We're still here. Business as usual. The show of democracy goes on.

It's hardly unusual for athletes, both amateur and professional, to have pregame rituals. But the NBA's peculiar commitment to one grade-school snack goes deep: ESPN Magazine calls the PB&J sandwich the league's "secret addiction."

"In every NBA locker room, you'll see a variety of different foods on the table, but PB&J — if there's a locker room that doesn't have it, I haven't seen it," ESPN reporter Baxter Holmes tells Scott Simon.

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Bonnie in the Morning

Join Bonnie for a hip, authentic perspective on our community, events on our planet, and rockin’ musical sets.

The Afternoon Ramble

Join Brian for a celebration of American music mixing Blues, Folk, Gospel, Standards, Country, Soul, Jazz, Americana and R & B.

Long Island Morning Edition

Join Michael as he provides frequent local weather updates as well as regional news stories, urgent traffic reports, and his Throwback Thursday feature.

Friday Night Soul & The Urban Jazz Experience

Join Ed for a mixture of dance and romance music from the 50s to the 80s, including Soul, Disco, Latin and Old-School hip hop.