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.

On this month's Newark Today, hosted by NJTV's Michael Hill, we are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, State Senator Ron Rice, and Founder of Salvation and Social Justice Rev. Charles Boyer to discuss New Jersey's push to legalize recreational marijuana and how it could affect the state's largest city. 

Mummenschanz
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Theater critic Michael Bourne says he enjoyed the return of a show off-Broadway, he just doesn’t know what it is. 

Click above to hear Michael's review of Mummenschanz.

Newark Police Department

Two rookie police officers in Newark are being hailed as heroes for jumping into action and saving a toddler's life, earlier this week. 

The call came in Sunday after a 2-year-old girl was unresponsive after nearly drowning  in a pool in the city's North Ward. 

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Restructuring New Jersey’s school funding formula has been a longtime plan for Senate President Steve Sweeney.  His plan increases the total amount of state aid to schools, but also changes the amount of aid districts receive.  

“Trying to find a solution to end the unfairness going on in this state.  Actually, the injustice where you have two classes of kids; the haves and the have nots,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney Todd
Barrow Street Theatre

While he didn't eat the meat pies available for theater guests, theater critic Michael Bourne loved the experience of  Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Theatre in NYC.

Click above to hear Michael's review of Sweeney Todd.

Club Soccer 101
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The popularity of soccer continues to grow in the U.S., and this most recent World Cup is heightening even more interest about the sport. 

Luke Dempsey, the author of Club Soccer 101: The Essential Guide to the Stars, Stats and Stories of the 101 of the Greatest Teams in the World, chats with WBGO's Doug Doyle.

Dempsey was also a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.

Click above to hear the WBGO Journal interview with Dempsey.

In 2016, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Newark Public Schools sent out a joint statement calling for additional testing, monitoring and remediation of Newark's water supply in schools after discovering levels of lead that exceed the allowable state and federal levels. The city says they are complying with recommendations to address lead in Newark's water. Two groups have filed a lawsuit against the city claiming enough hasn't been done.  

Mildred Antenor
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WBGO commentator Mildred Antenor thinks the guidelines for hiring teachers needs a detailed review.

Antenor is an author and a professor at Seton Hall University.

Click above to hear her thoughts.

Carmen Jones
Michael Bourne for WBGO

The 2018-2019 theatre season is underway, and WBGO's theater critic Michael Bourne is back, off-Broadway, with a long-overdue revival of a classic inspired by a classic "Carmen Jones".

New York Sports Tours
Doug Doyle for WBGO

With New York having such a rich sports history, one wonders why the idea of a sports tour hasn’t ever developed until now.

This week marked the launching of New York Sports Tours, an intimate, multimedia ride in a luxury vehicle throughout Midtown Manhattan.

Percussionist Chief Baba Neil Clarke is performing on Sunday July 1 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn as part of the International African Arts Festival, a celebration that kicks off Saturday June 30 and goes until the 4thof July.  

First Reformed
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While writer-director Paul Schrader gets serious from the first minute of First Reformed, Schrader lets the full first act unfurl before he ups the ante in his new film, First Reformed by showing us at the 35-minute mark a suicide vest packed with TNT. That’s a long slow fuse, and the mark of a filmmaker who either has faith in his audience or has stopped caring whether anyone out there is watching. Well, I am.

Schrader has written 24 films and directed 20. It’s been mostly glorious, and always aspirational. His is a terrific filmography.

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2018 marks the 153rd celebration of the holiday known as Juneteenth,  a day that many regard as the African-American Independence Day. WBGO's Alexandra Hill sits down with Seton Hall professor, historian, and longtime activist, the Reverend Dr. Forrest Pritchett.  Pritchett who was honored with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 by then President Barak Obama, is one of many who are working to make the annual celebration a federal holiday.   

Mildred Antenor
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Earlier this month, a high school student in California was not allowed to talk about her sexual assault when addressing her classmates at graduation. The incident has prompted outrage across the country. WBGO commentator Mildred Antenor gives us her thoughts.

Mildred Antenor is an author and professor at Seton Hall University.

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Community Access Unlimited provides support services for individuals with special needs.  Organization Assistant Executive Director Joanne Oppelt says the CAU Community Players program gives everyone involved a fun opportunity to work together.

Legalized sports betting is now underway in New Jersey.

Governor Phil Murphy made the first wager at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.

“I’m betting $20 on Germany to win the World Cup and $20 on the Devils to win Lord Stanley’s Cup. Let’s go.”

Several state lawmakers then joined hundreds of sports fans in placing their wagers.

Spring Lake resident Peter Kizenko was one of them.

“I’ve been looking forward to it for years. When you win now you don’t have to worry about people disappearing to get your money. Always a good thing.”

Anne Donovan
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Not only was Anne Donovan a legendary and pioneering figure in women's basketball, she was also one of the kindest and thoughtful people I have ever met. 

Donovan, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey who dominated play at Paramus Catholic High school, won Olympic gold as a player and as a coach for the United States.  

Donovan died Wednesday of heart failure.  She was 56.

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Nearly 1,000 artifacts connected to the life of Count Basie life will eventually be available to view at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers Newark.


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Lorraine Gordon will always be remembered for her indefatigable stewardship of The Village Vanguard, where she maintained the highest of standards. She was also a terrific storyteller — and had more than a few terrific stories to tell.

Hamilton Education Program
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Living history at its best.  On October 2015, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation and the New York City Department of Education announced an educational partnership that will provide 20,000 NYC Title I public school students with the opportunity to see Hamilton on Broadway,

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This Sunday, more than a million spectators will turn out for the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. This year the celebration of culture and history will take on profound meaning in the wake of hurricane Maria which devastated the island. Puerto Rican Television Journalist Julio 'Gaby' Acevedo is this year's parade Ambassador, Acevedo has been covering the crisis in Puerto Rico for WNBC and Telemundo 47, since the hurricane hit back in September of last year.

Paradise Blue
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Theater critic Michael Bourne goes off Broadway to review Paradise Blue, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Click above to hear Michael's review of the new jazz play.

Barbara Kukla
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Barbara Kukla has written seven books about the people of Newark including the latest, Newark Women: From Suffragettes to the Statehouse.

Before her retirment from newspaper writing in 2004, Kukla spent 43 years as a journalist, most of the that at The Star-Ledger, where she first served as a general assingment reporter and Sunday city editor.

Many of her books have been focused on the jazz scene in Newark.

Lauren Pritchard
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Songbird premiered Off-Broadway in 2015 to much critical acclaim, earning a New York Times Critic's Pick. 

Now the musical, written by Michael Kimmel along with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard, is gearing up for its run at Two River Theater in Red Bank.

Pritchard, who starred as Ilse in the original cast of Spring Awakening on Broadway in 2006 and performs now as LOLO, sat down recently with WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle to talk about Songbird and her career. 

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Of the hundreds of thousands of American student-athletes that hope to break into professional sports, about one-percent make a living out of it.  

“Out of all of the people in here, how many do you think will actually make it to the pros?” asked a student from West Side High School. 

New York Giants safety Michael Thomas told students it starts with a strong work ethic on the field and in the classroom.

Paul Schrade
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We recently told you about an archive in Massachusetts dedicated to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the authors who relied on it. Their books are being published to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, which will be marked early next month. 

A labor activist in Los Angeles who was wounded during the assassination remains a skeptic that Sirhan Sirhan was the sole assassin.

Click above to hear WBGO's Jon Kalish's feature on Paul Schrade.

Solo
Harlan Jacobson for WBGO

WBGO film critic Harlan Jacobson has just returned from the 71st Cannes Film. It’s the highest platform for film art on Planet Earth.  One of the films he saw there had some familiarity to it to say the least.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the 10th installment in George Lucas’ saga begun in 1977.

Even the title is generic: Solo: A Star Wars Story. That’s like “Memorial Day Sale at General Motors: A Sedan!”

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New York City is ranked 9th on The Trust for Public Land annual ParkScore index.  They rate park systems based on access, size, investment, amenities.

“How many residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park, spending per resident, and a bunch of what we call amenities, basketball hoops, dog parks, playgrounds, recreation and senior centers, and splash pads,” said Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President with The Trust For Public Land.

Jersey City fell 13 spots to 53rd.

Ang Santos / WBGO

New Jersey State Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal says check for ticks after being out in wooded areas.  Tick-borne illness is on the rise. 

“Ticks that transmit Lyme disease are active during the spring, summer, and the fall.  But May, June, and July are the peak seasons, the peak months rather for transmission of tick-borne illness,” said Elnahal.  “5,000 cases of Lyme disease were diagnosed in New Jersey last year.  The highest total since the year 2000.  Morris and Hunterdon County top the list in terms of the number of cases.”

Saint Joan
Michael Bourne for WBGO

Theater Critic Michael Bourne has enjoyed this year's jam-packed revival display on and off Broadway.

Click above to hear Michael's full rundown of shows that are worth your time and money.

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