WBGO Journal

Saturday 6:30am - 7am

Hosted by Doug Doyle

The WBGO Journal is an award-winning half-hour news magazine that airs Saturdays at 6 am. Reports and analysis, informative interviews and features.

Torch Song
Michael Bourne for WBGO

It’s more of a renewal than a revival.  WBGO theater critic Michael Bourne  reviews the Second Stage production of Torch Song, now back on Broadway.

Click above to hear the review.

Jerry Gant
WBGO archive

A memorial service is set for Monday morning at 9 o’clock at Newark Symphony Hall for renowned Newark visual artist, poet and educator Jerry Gant.

Gant’s friend and business partner Linda Street, who calls herself the chief chick at Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate in East Orange, says Gant lost his battle with liver cancer last Sunday.

Ian O'Connor
Chris Tobin for WBGO News

Ian O'Connor grew up in Englewood, New Jersey as a Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Roger Staubach fan.  He also graduated from St. Cecilia High School, the same school where the legendary Vince Lombardi coached.

O'Connor is a senior writer at ESPN.com, a nationally-acclaimed columnist and the author of three New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent one is the definitive biography of the NFL's most controversial but successful coach, Bill Belicheck.

Girl from the North Country
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Dysfunctional families have been a mainstay of playwrights since the Greeks. Parents and children, Husband and wives, and even communities at odds. All of the above are on stage lately.

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Apologia, The Ferryman, Mother of the Maid, Girl from the North Country.

Andy Biskin
Anja Hitzenberger

The late Alan Lomax was an ethnomusicologist, record producer, radio host and academic. Lomax is credited with bringing Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lead Belly to a wider audience. 

Andy Biskin, a New York clarinetist who worked for him in the 1970's has taken some of the classic folk songs Lomax documented and re-interpreted them for a brass and woodwind ensemble.  Theresult is something jazz fans will appreciate.

Click above to hear the feature on Andy Biskin.

King Hedley II
Two River Theater for WBGO

The year is 1985. King Hedley II has returned from prison looking to rebuild his life, save some money, plant a backyard garden, and start a family.  This production is the halfway mark of Two River Theater presenting the 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle chats with two of the stars of King Hedley II, Harvy Blanks (Elmore) and Charlie Hudson III (Mister).

Obie Award-winner Brandon J. Dirden (A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s Jitney) directs.

Senate.gov

When the federal corruption trial surrounding Democratic Senator Bob Menendez ended in a hung jury, he sent a shot out against those seeking his seat.

“To those who were digging my political grave so they can jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you,” he said during a press briefing after the trial.

Republican Bob Hugin has spent close to 30 million dollars to remind voters that Menendez was on trial.  Still the democrat says that a jury of his peers didn’t find him guilty.

Michael Bourne
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Theater critic Michael Bourne checked out two new Broadway plays this week, The Lifespan of a Fact and The Waverly Gallery.

Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale of Third Watch and Boardwalk Empire fame, return to Broadway to star in the world premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact,

Click above to hear his review of both shows.

Flor De Liz Perez
T. Charles Erickson

Flor De Liz Perez makes her George Street Playhouse debut in the world premiere of The Trial of Donna Caine. Perez plays the role of Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine.

Perez came into the WBGO studios to talk to News Director Doug Doyle about the show and her career.

Carmen Balentine
Carmen Balentine for WBGO News

Former WBGO employee Carmen Balentine is running his first NYC Marathon this Sunday, November 4th.

Balentine now works as a Major Gifts Officer at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research in New York City.  He came into the WBGO studios to talk to News Director Doug Doyle about his training and passion.  Balentine is running in support of the New York Urban League.

Balentine says his goal is to simply cross the finish line.

Balentine is also a big music fan who loves to dance.

Click above to hear the entire interview.

Popcorn Falls
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Theater critic Michael Bourne thoroughly enjoyed the new off-Broadway comedy Popcorn Falls.

James Hindman's new play makes its off-Broadway debut, directed by Christian Borle.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

Ezequiel Garcia
Doug Doyle for WBGO

72-year old Ezequiel Garcia is running in the New York City Marathon in November.  Garcia has been a donor family member since his son passed in 2011 and became a tissue donor.  He will run his third marathon in support of NJ Sharing Network and in honor of his late son Rey. 

Ezequiel Garcia and the President and CEO of the NJ Sharing Network Joe Roth joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle for an interview about Garcia's love for his family and his new passion for running.

Dr. Indira Etwaroo
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Dr. Indira Etwaroo is the Executive Director of the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn.  The newly renovated theatre at RestorationArt has launched its new season with the Colman Domingo play Dot.

WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle sat down with Dr. Etwaroo recently at the Billie Holiday Theatre to talk about her amazing career as a producer, educator, artist and scholar.

Click above to hear the entire interview.

Ezequiel Garcia
Doug Doyle for WBGO

72-year old Ezequiel Garcia is running in the New York City Marathon in November.  Garcia has been a donor family member since his son passed in 2011 and became a tissue donor.  He will run his third marathon in support of NJ Sharing Network and in honor of his late son Rey. 

Ezequiel Garcia and the President and CEO of the NJ Sharing Network Joe Roth joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle for an interview about Garcia's love for his family and his new passion for running.

94 Percent
Ryan Haygood of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

A noon-time rally is planned for this Saturday at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Newark with hopes of getting Governor Phil Murphy to focus more on the racial disparities in wealth, in access to the ballot box and in criminal justice.

Now that the Governor has been in office for nearly 10 months, the head of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Ryan Haygood wants to see action. Haygood others are organizing the “Rally for the 94 Percent.  Haygood came into the WBGO studios to chat with News Director Doug Doyle.

Alexandra Hill / News

Fans can now celebrate the life and legacy of Whitney Houston in her hometown. The Grammy Museum at the Prudential Center has a new exhibition called "Whitney!" that features never-before-seen artifacts that tell the story of Houston from her childhood in Newark to her rise to stardom.

 

Dot
Billie Holiday Theatre

The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART in Brooklyn, in association with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, is presenting a new adaptation of Colman Domingo’s much heralded Dot

Dot is directed by Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon and stars Emmy Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre alumna Denise Burse as the lead character Dot.  Burse is best known for portraying  Claretha on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

Bernhardt/Hamlet
Roundabout Theatre Company

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews three new shows about an actor, an author and a scientist. 

Bernhardt/Hamlet is about Sarah Bernhardt and is a Roundabout Theatre Company production.  The Winning Side about Werner von Braun is at the Acorn Theatre.  Bill Irwin's On Beckett is at the Irish Repertory Theatre. 

Click above to hear Michael's review of the three shows.

Ang Santos / WBGO

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was at Rowan University to talk about his vision for the future of the Republican Party.  He hasn’t taken his eyes and ears off of Garden State politics since leaving office, taking shots at current Democratic Governor Phil Murphy.

“I have not spoken about my successor for nine months.  My successor can’t stop talking about me.  Other than Tammy, I’m the second most popular name that comes out of his mouth over the course of the last nine months,” Christie said.

Ang Santos / WBGO

New Jersey Transit, in partnership with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris unveiled a public art project at Newark Penn Station to bring awareness to the impacts mental illness has on families.  

Five black and white portraits makeup the new public art space on track one at Newark Penn Station. 

Michael Bourne
Michael Bourne for WBGO

One difference between shows On and OFF Broadway is that off-Broadway shows frequently have short runs.

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Final Follies by A.R. Gurney and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams, a couple of shows he enjoyed -- and are closing soon.

Click above to hear Michael's full review.

First Man
Harlan Jacobson for WBGO

It’s the last hurrah for the mid-century WASP, those men born before WWII, come of age after it, and built or dodged the System, the Death Star of the Military Industrial Complex Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address in 1960. Time to consider the corporate white male who pre-dated the rise of the Boomers, my crowd, who inherited much, did little but resisted BS in all its manifold guises and forms.

Gloria Davy
Doug Doyle for WBGO

When doing research papers students do not necessarily consider the fact that representation on Wikipedia affects the way cultures and people can be viewed.  And that's probably the case for the general public as well.

As part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Berkeley College, the Berkeley College librarians in Newark have started Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons with select faculty and students in courses such as Gender, Race and Class, taught by Professor Gloria Davy, and Introduction to Ethics by Professor Gregory Hotchkiss.

Steve Turre
Steve Turre for WBGO News

WBGO's Gary Walker chats with trombonist Steve Turre about playing for the Emmy's as part of the Saturday Night Live Band and Turre's new album The Very Thought of You.

Click above to hear the interview.

The Nap
Variety

Theater critic Michael Bourne returns to Broadway to review the new comedy "The Nap."

Richard Bean is the playwright.

Click above to hear the review.

Dr. Katz
NYC H+H Press Office

In the first 21 months of President Donald Trump's term he has made good on his pledge to crack down on immigration. Now, some public health officials are warning his policy poses a significant risk to the public health of all Americans because immigrants are now avoiding seeing the doctor. That, experts warn, sets the stage for outbreaks of communicable diseases like tuberculosis that would impact the entire population.

WBGO's Alexandra Hill chats with Associate Program Officer with Greater Newark LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation) Tenisha Malcolm, about this weekend's 6th Annual Growing Leadership Building Community Conference, taking place this Saturday October 6th at Rutgers Newark. The annual day long conference gives participants the opportunity to attend two of six concurrent ninety-minute workshops. Workshop topics to be covered include: environmental justice, how to become a citizen journalist, empowering the next generation of leaders, and tapping your leadership potential. 

Ang Santos / WBGO

  

A report from New Jersey Policy Perspective is urging state lawmakers to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

Brandon McKoy with New Jersey Policy Perspective is encouraged by Governor Phil Murphy's economic plan to increase the minimum wage, but he says it should happen this year.

This sunday a Funeral will take place throughout New Jersey's largest city.....A funeral for violence and anger in Newark. WBGO's Alexandra Hill sat down with Dupre Kelly, one third of legendary hip-hop group Lords of The Underground and the founder of 211 community impact group, to talk about how he hopes the event will impact not only the the victims of violent crime, but those who are committing acts of violence within their own communities. 

Sunday, September 30

Hearses begin parade: 11 a.m.

Funeral Service: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Edie Falco
Playbill

Theater critic Michael Bourne stays off-Broadway this week to review the new play about the drama that is politics, The True.  Edie Falco stars in the new production.

Click above to hear Michael's review on the WBGO Journal.

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