Uptown Radio

This week, Katie Ferguson and I co-hosted Uptown Radio.

You can listen to the full broadcast here.

Or you can listen to the two-way (interview) I did with Dr. David Klassen, the Chief Medical Officer at UNOS, on the first successful organ transplant between two HIV positive patients in the United States.

Chronique Élections Américaines [Choq-FM]

Cette semaine j’étais encore sur les ondes de CHOQ-FM pour parler des derniers dénouements des élections américaines. Les points marquants:

  • Merrick Garland, le nouveau nominé d’Obama à la Cour Suprême des États-Unis
  • Marco Rubio se retire sa candidature des primaires républicaines
  • Une convention contestée pour les Républicains?

Vous pouvez trouver ma chronique ici.

NJ Transit Strike [Uptown Radio]

I worked on a day story for Uptown Radio covering the looming NJ Transit strike. I asked commuters how they were preparing for the strike, but I also asked people who work in transportation (taxis, uber, independent bus companies) how the strike would affect them.

You can find the full story and script on Uptown Radio’s website.

New Found Democracy in Myanmar Does Not Apply to Rohingya Population

(Originally published in The World Room)

As the world acclaims the victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, a minority Muslim group is still the victim of severe human rights violations that cast a shadow on the newfound democracy in Myanmar.

The Rohingyas, who are based in the southwestern Arakan State of Myanmar, have historically been denied citizenship and have been faced with violent attacks from Buddhist, which hit their highest point in 2012. Earlier this year, their right to vote was revoked and they continue to live in inhumane conditions without access to proper food, health care or shelter.

Many Rohingyas acknowledge that the National League for Democracy’s victory is a good step for Myanmar, but it is not a victory for them. They feel as though their own plight is far from being resolved. The violence they face along with the violation of many of their basic human rights have led Rohingyas and many experts and to conclude that the Rohingyas are experiencing a genocide, one that is not recognized by local Burmese officials or by the international community. This has caused the Rohingyas to feel uncertain of their future, regardless of the outcome of these elections.

“I am cautiously optimistic,” said Dr. Wakar Uddin, the director general of Arakan Rohingya Union, an association that claims to represent the approximately 2.6 millions Rohingyas in the world: half of them in Myanmar, and the other half living abroad…Read More

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Location Matters to Clinton Hill Homeless Community

(Originally published in New York Beat)

On a recent sunny Thursday afternoon, Tony was sitting alone on a park bench, surrounded by the white plastic bags that hold his belongings. He was playing chess with a hand made set, carved out of scraps of wood, and it was hard to distinguish the pieces. They weren’t the traditional black and white, but rather different shades of blue on one side and a mix of green, brown and orange pieces on the other.

The park was full of children playing, laughing and screaming, but Tony seemed lost in his game, completely unbothered by their excitement. Of course he could have picked any park to practice his chess skills, but everything about this scene suggested that this one was his home.

“I’ve been living here most of my life,” he said, referring to the neighborhood of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. The fact that Tony, despite not having a house, chose to live in Clinton Hill was no fluke. It was a neighborhood he knew and loved.

Homeless people, just as much as the general population, have preferences for certain neighborhoods and their decision to stay in a specific area can be influenced by a number of factors, from safety, to the presence of services, to a sense of home. But that doesn’t mean homeless people necessarily want to stay in the most peaceful residential neighborhoods…Read More

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