How A Black Theater Thrived In Manhattan 200 Years Ago
This month marks the 200th anniversary of the first all-Black production of Shakespeare in the United States. The performance from the African Theater took place in Lower Manhattan. Maya Philips, critic-at-large for The New York Times, spoke with WNYC host Sean Carlson about the history of the theater company and what it means for Black theater today.
Pet Owners Are Dealing With A Vet Shortage, But The "Pandemic Puppy Boom" Isn't Solely To Blame
Veterinarian appointments were up by more than 6 percent in the first half of the year, but that's not being driven solely by new pet owners.
Federal Monitor Calls For Outside Support To Address Growing Assaults, Deaths At Rikers
The federal monitor overseeing Rikers Island is calling for outside help to address the growing number of assaults and deaths at the complex. WNYC's Katherine Fung reports.
Ticonderoga + Star Trek = Trekonderoga 2021
James Cawley is a Star Trek superfan who painstakingly recreated sets from the original Enterprise in a large building that formerly housed a grocery store in Ticonderoga. His creation has won over fans — and some actors from the original series, like William Shatner. "When he got here," said Cawley, "he walked in the door and he said: take me to the bridge."
Cawley's annual festival of all things Trek is taking place this weekend. To hear David Furst's conversation with Cawley, click the play button.