WBGO Blog
  • WBGO Kids Jazz: Elio Villafranca

    November 3, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

  • Newark Stories: Sakina Pitts

    November 2, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    We're wrapping up our celebration of Newark's 350th Anniversary with a story from Sakina Pitts.

    In 1990, Pitts was an 8th grader at Chancellor Elementary School in Newark.

    And for most 8th graders, graduating elementary school is the beginning of their journey in figuring out what they want to be when they grow up.

    This was definitely the case for Pitts, whose path paved its way back to her elementary school as its principal.

  • The Brubeck Songbook on Singers Unlimited

    November 1, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    It's not often that a host gets to be a guest on their own program, but this Singers Unlimited session honoring the songbook of Dave and Iola Brubeck is a special event. Michael Bourne takes a turn as an interviewee along with the composer's son, bassist and trombonist Chris Brubeck, singer Hilary Kole, and pianist Adam Birnbaum as Gary Walker guides us through stories and performances captured in our studio - a taste of what's to come this Sunday, November 6th at NJPAC at 3pm.

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  • Newark Stories: Bina Lourenco and Margaret Pereira

    October 31, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In the heart of the Ironbound section of Newark, in an old brick factory building, sits the Shifman Mattress Company. Shifman has been making mattresses by hand at that location for the past 123 years.

    The work of hand-stitching mattresses is physically challenging, but many employees are loyal to the company and stay for decades.

    Two of those employees are Bina Lourenco and Margaret Pereira. They're sisters who were born and raised on a farm in their native Portugal. They emigrated to the US two years apart from one another, more than 30 years ago. They've been working at Shifman in the sewing department for nearly as long.

    Over a break at the factory, Bina and Margaret remember how they came to Newark, their work at Shifman, and what a difference a sister can make.

  • Newark Stories: Dwight Washington

    October 27, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The history of Newark is full of stories of the many housing projects that came to define the city. It's actually where the city got it's beloved nickname -- Brick City. Most of the projects are now a distant memory, either torn down or boarded up and abandoned. However, the people and the stories remain engrained in the fabric of the city.

    Dwight Washington is one of those people. He grew up in Baxter Terrace, one of the first housing projects -- not just in Newark, but in the country. Built in 1941, BT was at one point the height of WC housing in Newark. It became so much a part of housing history in this country that several parts of the original structure are now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

    This is Dwight Washington's story of what life was like in the now infamous housing projects known as Baxter Terrace.