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

 

More young people in New Jersey might be able to vote in primary elections if a bill advancing in the legislature becomes law.

 

What’s called the ‘New Voter Empowerment Act’ would allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if they’d turn 18 by the general election.

 

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Politics is always in the news, and from time to time is also on the stage.  So says theatre critic Michael Bourne.  Click above to hear his review on the WBGO Journal.  

When you think of France, sure you think of cheese and berets, baguettes and love--or at least adultery--and what else? Wine. You think of the Bordeaux you can’t afford, snapped up by those pesky Russian oligarchs and Chinese financiers. Or the Rhones that are earthy, or the Rosés that, while not fine wines are runaway must-have now on the American Left and Right Coasts to augment their Mediterranean diets.

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For much of the 20th Century some public libraries in New York had apartments on the premises for custodians who needed to keep the coal furnaces running 24/7. A new play has opened by a woman who grew up in one of these apartments. You can hear a report from WBGO’s Jon Kalish above.

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Ang Santos:  For Devin first, this is based on a true story.  How did you get your hands on it?

Devin Hume:  I moved to Colorado when I was nineteen.  The first job I had in Colorado was painting a mortuary for two morticians.  I got to know those guys.  Soon after that I went to film school and studies cinematography.  Anytime it was time to make a film I would go back to that town.

AS:  These people you worked for were the people in this film?

More than two billion Christians around the world are marking what they feel is the most important week in human history.  Holy week. It started with Palm Sunday, marking Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. The last supper with his disciples is known as Holy Thursday.  The following day, Good Friday, Jesus was crucified and then according to Christian gospels rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Cardinal Timothy Dolan says these are not only impactful historic events to Christians centered around Jesus, but they have meaning in our lives today. 

After ordering a 60-day review of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, Governor Phil Murphy is making changes to expand it dramatically.

Murphy says bureaucratic conditions have stifled the eight-year-old program's ability to help.

"The days of making residents jump through hoops are coming to an end. We will have a medical marijuana program that is compassionate, that is progressive, and that at long last meets the needs of patients."

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Philip Goodwin and Carly Zien star in George Street Playhouse's latest production Trying, based on playwright Joanna McClelland Glass' real life experience as Judge Francis Biddle's secretary.

Goodwin and Zien sat down recently with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about the play and their careers.  Goodwin plays Judge Biddle and Zien plays Sarah, Biddle's young new secretary.

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The theme of the 9th annual Women In Media-Newark Women's History Month film festival is Passages: Women In Transition and kicks of March 27th at the Newark Museum.  

One of the films to be screened there is acclaimed filmmaker, producer and actor Ebbe Bassey's Saving Father.  Bassey says she was introduced to the festival's producer Pamela Morgan by fellow filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu.

Nguvu's latest work, Myself When I Am Real, will screen on Saturday March 31st at the Paul Robeson Student Center on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy makes his Ask Governor Murphy debut.

The one-hour call-in show is produced by WBGO News, in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC. 

The governor and host Nancy Solomon  of WNYC, discuss everything from medical marijuana, to taxes climate change, and gun violence in schools.

Governor Murphy is also joined by special guest Matt Arco, Statehouse reporter for NJ Advance Media. 

At Home At The Zoo
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the revival of Edward Albee's At Home At The Zoo.

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Oliver Street Elementary is among a handful of schools in and around Newark that is performing musicals based on Disney cartoon movies, funded by a 100-thousand dollar Disney grant to NJPAC.

Earlier this week, Oliver Street School Music Teacher Ashley DeWitt was directing students as they prepare for next week’s performance of Aladdin.

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  Over five-hundred Union High School students walk out of the building and line up shoulder to shoulder on a football field.  Dozens of parents are on the bleachers supporting their kids.  Regina Edwards of Union says she gave her daughter a choice to participate. 

“But she had to explain to me why she wanted to do it.  If she couldn’t come up with a good reason, I was not going to allow her to do it,” Edwards said.  “I didn’t want her to do it just to follow the others.  She was able to state her case and I allowed her to do it.”

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Anybody with a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any number of social media sites have mindlessly scrolled the feed.  Sometimes a post with a picture or video catches your attention. 

“The macro trend we’re seeing is video is the way people prefer these days to consume information,” says Jason Hsiao,  a former TV production professional, and a co-founder of Animoto.

“[It's] an online tool that allows you to create professional looking videos very simply.”

Hsiao says corporations caught on to the social media video trend quickly.

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An ongoing exhibition at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan is giving new meaning to the word “protest”. 

WBGO’s Molly Fichter takes us on a tour of the exhibition that has prompted many visitors to pause and reflect on the various forms of protest.

The Whitney Museum is located at 99 Gansevoort Street in Manhattan.

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I’ve known Bernie Williams since his early playing days with the New York Yankees.  He was just another young man trying to make his way in the demanding world of Major League Baseball.  What was different about Bernie the ballplayer was the acoustic guitar that he kept in his locker.  Media might hear him play it on the odd occasion they arrived at the ballpark really early on a game night.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is directing the Board of Public Utilities to investigate the power companies’ response to the recent winter storms that knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers.

“We’re going to examine what went wrong and whether the improvements to protect and strengthen our grid devised post Sandy have been implemented.  We will look to see if all preparedness measures were taken before last Friday knowing a major event was coming. My gut tells me they were not, and if they’ve not been, that is entirely inexcusable.”

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Community Access Unlimited was founded over 35 years ago through a one-year grant to take people out of developmental institutions and put them into the community, says CAU Assistant Executive Director of Business Development Joanne Oppelt. 

“Whatever they needed.  Supported housing, supported employment, getting people jobs, recreational trips, and advocacy trips in terms of speaking up for the rights of people with disabilities.  There are a lot of civil rights issues involved for people with disabilities who are not perceived as being equal to people with disabilities.”

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Thousands of young men from the city of Newark descended on the Prudential center earlier this week for the pathways to success summit. Mayor Ras Baraka in partnership with the my brothers keeper initiative and prudential hosted the summit that provided mentorship opportunities, social services, on the spot hiring but the real goal of the summit was to change the paths of the city’s most disenfranchised and underserved demographic, young black men.

“A lot of us young black males we don’t have a lot of things to look up to.”

David Greenspan
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Veteran writer and actor David Greenspan, the winner of five Obie Awards, brings his adaptation of Thornton Wilder 's The Bridge of San Luis Rey to Two River Theater through March 18th.  This production is directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

This literary masterpiece which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928 deals with the nature of love.

David Greenspan also stars in the new production as the narrator and  portrays the character Uncle Pio.

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The Truth, Racial, Healing, and Transformation Campus Center, TRHT, is a grant program awarded by The Association of American Colleges and Universities to ten institutions of higher learning across the country. Dr. Sheri-Ann Butterfield is the Executive Vice Chancellor of Rutgers University Newark. 

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Birdman was the first film drummer Antonio Sanchez scored.  A great challenge presented to him by director Alejandro G. Inarritu.

“In the beginning I had no idea how to approach it,” Sanchez said.  “But when Inarritu told me that what he wanted was me improvising, being really free, expressive and emotional like the way I try to be when I’m playing drums, then I understood.  It was very easy once we figured out the approach.”

Sanchez will perform a live set to Birdman as its projected on a screen at Wilkins Theater on Kean University’s campus in Union. 

Lamoureux Twins
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The United States women's hockey team has claimed its first Olympic gold medal in 20 years by downing Canada, 3-2 in a shootout.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the shootout after her twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, tied it with six minutes left in regulation.

The Lamoureux Twins from Grand Forks, North Dakota come from an amazing family of athletes.

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There was a somber feeling in the auditorium at Rafael Hernandez Elementary as Principal Patricia Goyce read names of the seventeen killed in a Parkland, Florida high school last week.  Students held photographs of each victim as their names were called, lighting a candle in honor of them.

“The eighteenth candle that we have there, and the empty picture frame is for all of those in Newark who have lost their lives to a senseless crime through shooting.  Our babies, our students, their students, their family members.”

Patrik Elias
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This Saturday night Patrik Elias will become fifth New Jersey Devil to have his number retired. Elias' number 26 jersey banner will be raised to the rafters of Prudential Center prior to the Devils' game with the Islanders.

After his Thursday news conference, I had a brief chat with Patrik about his big night and his thoughts on playing in Newark.

The governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are forming a regional 'States for Gun Safety' coalition.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says more than 80 percent of the gun crimes in New Jersey are committed with guns from out of state.   He says the four states already have tough gun laws but believes they can be stronger.

“We’re working with the legislature to enact a whole series of steps, but it has to accept the reality that getting engaged with other like-minded states and hopefully beyond, we can mitigate this awful scourge.”

The NAACP's Great Debate America is reviving the art of debate with some of the nation's leading institutions of higher learning. The Debate recently made a stop in Newark New Jersey for black history month, where Newark Public School children got to see and participate in a debate between Rutgers Newark and Harvard University inspiring a new generation of scholars.

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Essex County has launched a pilot program, one week after a woman was gunned down in Newark, that will help determine whether a domestic violence suspect is freed or remains in jail. The county assigned one judge to handle all domestic violence cases instead of letting other judges rule on the cases at random. The man suspected of killing 28 year old Tiffany Wilson was released twice on domestic violence charges pending trial.

Black Panther
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The good guys, the bad guys, the good women, the bad women and the missing link in the form of a long, lost son who lays claim to the throne of the fictional, all black Central African, Brigadoon-style republic of Wakanda, are all black.

An all black super hero movie? That’s great—if you’re 13. It’s even great if you’re 8 and have figured out how to sneak into a PG-13 film. And no review should tamper with how those age groups see the film. In fact, I’d say it will do any and all kids good to see Black Panther.

Parents for Change
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Parents for Change started in 2014 in Union Township.  Paul Casey was one of the founders of the grassroots group who was not happy with the direction the school board was headed at the time.

Parents for Change would eventually get several of their candidates on the school board with a goal of keeping politics out of the classroom.

Casey, and two former Union Board of Education members Nancy Zuena and Ronnie McDowell spoke to WBGO's Doug Doyle about how they were able to succeed in achieving their goals.

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