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Cityscape

An inside look at the people, places and spirit of New York City and its surroundings, with host George Bodarky, Sundays at 6:30am.
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Grandpa Had a Long One

A native Lower East Sider best known for his quirky hit song, "Shaving Cream."

Over the years, Manhattan's Lower East Side has produced a number of famous artists, including Luther Vandross. But, little is heard about those who made it only to the fringe of success. Benny Bell was born and raised on the Lower East Side and dreamed of being the next Irving Berlin. He wrote and sung hundreds of songs, many of them novelty tunes. But, Bell's music career never fully took off.

The Plight of the Jobless

Stories of the unemployed and the efforts to help them.

A couple of years ago, when the economy took a turn for the worse, a lot of people found themselves out of work. Today, the unemployment numbers are a bit rosier. But, while some people are saying the worst of the recession is over, the jobless have an entirely different story to tell.

High School Newspapers and Off the Beaten (Subway Track)

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Over the past few years we’ve heard a lot of talk about the sorry state of the newspaper industry. A lot of talk has been focused on the big dailies. But, what’s the state of high school newspapers. On this edition of Cityscape, the author of a new study on New York City’s high school newspapers.

Teens in Trouble

Stories of runaway and homeless youth in New York City.

It’s not uncommon for a teenager to experience growing pains, an awkward phase where everything just feels wrong. But, they ride it out, sometimes with the help of their parents. But, not all kids have a support system, and home is the last place they’ll turn to for help.

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