Jim Kent is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. A freelance writer and radio journalist who currently lives in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Jim can be heard on a variety of radio programs including National Public Radio, South Dakota Public Radio, and National Native News Radio. He is also a columnist for the Rapid City Journal and a guest columnist for the Lakota Country Times.

Former editor of The New Lakota Times, and a correspondent with a variety of Native American newspapers, Jimâ

Social Justice
10:21 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Syracuse's "Justice for Trayvon" Vigil Attracts More Than 100 Activists

Activists against gun violence listen to speakers outside the James M. Hanley Federal Building in Syracuse, NY on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Valerie Crowder, WAER News

The George Zimmerman verdict has sparked a local conversation about disproportionate jury representation, racial disparities in school suspensions and gang-related gun violence.  

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Frannie Kelley is an Editor for NPR Music.

In this position, Kelley is responsible for editing, producing and reporting NPR Music's coverage of hip-hop, R&B and the ways the music industry affects the music we hear, on the radio and online. She is co-editor of NPR's music news blog, The Record, and co-host of NPR's rap stream Microphone Check, with Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Larkin got her start in radio as a newsroom volunteer in 2006. She went on to work for 90.5 as a reporter, Weekend Edition host, and Morning Edition producer, before taking on her current role as the All Things Considered host in 2009. Larkin also curates a public radio news blog www.pfeffernews.org, which highlights great reporting from local stations around the country. She has won regional and statewide awards for her reporting, including stories on art, criminal justice, domestic violence, and breaking news. Her work has been featured across Pennsylvania and nationally on NPR.

Twitter: @wesaLarkin

Sarah Hulett became Michigan Radio's assistant news director in August 2011. For five years she was the station's Detroit reporter, and contributed to several reporting projects that won state and national awards.

Sarah considers Detroit to be a perfect laboratory for great radio stories, because of its energy, its struggles, and its unique place in America's industrial and cultural landscape.

Before coming to Michigan Radio, Sarah spent five years as state Capitol correspondent for Michigan Public Radio. She's a graduate of Michigan State University.

Arts & Culture
10:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Jazz Pioneer Carline Ray Passes Away at 88

Jazz guitarist and activist Carline Ray died Thursday at Isabella House in New York City, according to a statement from her publicist. No cause of death was given. She was 88.

In the 1940s, Ray was a member of the pioneering all-female band, The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. Ray, who was born in New York City, joined the group with fellow Juilliard School of Music student Edna Smith after the pair graduated in 1946. Ray played guitar and sang with the band.

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2:58 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

State Comptroller Wants the Term 'Same Sex Spouses' Added in Federal Benefits and Programs

Credit NPR file photo.

The Defense of Marriage Act was recently overturned. Now, New York State’s Comptroller is calling for more transparency for equal federal benefits for Same Sex Spouses.  Tom Dinapoli is urging President Obama to change a provision in the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

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Mandela Day
1:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Local Refugees From Africa Honor Nelson Mandela with Community Service

Bhutanese Refugees tend a community garden in Syracuse as a tribute to the service Nelson Mandela displayed in his life.
Credit Atlantic States Legal Foundation

Nelson Mandela turned 95 today (Thursday), and as part of International Nelson Mandela day, people in Syracuse are joining a worldwide effort to serve their fellow man.  One group of local Bhutanese refugees are using this day to make a difference.

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