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The Buffalo Zoo

On a perfect weather day, the Buffalo Zoo reported Monday it has been given another five-year accreditation by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Buffalo Connection: Shep Gordon

Sep 19, 2016
Derek Gee

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve made it to the highest levels of show business and pop culture. Sunday's paper included his latest feature, with a profile of legendary talent manager Shep Gordon. For decades, the University at Buffalo graduate has shaped reality around well-known celebrities, and is now continuing to work on his own.


Happy Curiosity Day, Curious George

Sep 17, 2016

Today is Curiosity Day — the 75th anniversary of the creation of Curious George.

That seems like a good time to talk about the backstory of the mischievous monkey and his illustrious career of curiosity.

Curious George was born of the imaginations of Hans and Margret Rey, a husband and wife duo originally from Hamburg, Germany. Hans drew George, and Margret brought him to life with her narratives.

Chris Thile asked his parents for a mandolin when he was 2 years old. In the decades since, Thile has fronted the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers and, while he was at it, won a MacArthur "genius" grant and sold millions of records. Next month, he will take over as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion.

We've invited Thile, frontman for Nickel Creek, to answer three questions about Nickelback, the Canadian band that some have called the worst rock 'n' roll band of all time. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

Prediction

Sep 17, 2016

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Who's Bill This Time

Sep 17, 2016

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Bluff The Listener

Sep 17, 2016

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Panel Round One

Sep 17, 2016

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Panel Round Two

Sep 17, 2016

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Law enforcement DNA databases draw scrutiny, controversy

Sep 16, 2016
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Imagine you are the victim of a crime: a burglary or a sexual assault.

DNA is taken from the crime scene and compared against a federally regulated FBI-run database used to process DNA evidence, called CODIS. The process can take as long as 18 months before a match is identified. In the meantime, the perpetrator has committed a string of other crimes.

But some local police departments claim they can get faster results — as little as 30 days — by using private labs and local DNA databases.

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One of Buffalo's prominent members of the theater community will be honor Friday night at the 2016 Curtain Up! Actress and director Mary Kate O'Connell will receive a Star in the Theatre District's Plaza of Stars.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with O'Connell to talk about her theater group, O'Connell & Company and her work with area youth.

Mary Kate O’Connell, a vivid presence in the Buffalo theater scene with a magnetic stage presence and a luscious soprano voice, has long been known as Western New York’s First Lady of Musical Theater. The guiding force behind O’Connell & Company, Mary Kate, accompanied by Rosy, her ever-present little dog, will be honored this Friday evening, September 16, with a star in the "Plaza of the Stars."

How #BankBlack could help narrow the US wealth gap

Sep 15, 2016
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Another hashtag revolution is drawing attention to the wealth gap experienced by the African American population: #BankBlack.

#BankBlack encourages those protesting police brutality to move their money to black-owned banks. After trending over the summer, black-owned banks have reported that thousands of new accounts have been opened and that their assets have grown by about $6 million.

The new music you should listen to this fall

Sep 15, 2016

Labor Day is behind us, and with the kids back in school, the days at the beach seem long gone. Luckily, Takeaway culture reporter Melissa Locker is here to lift your spirits with some new music coming out this fall. 

Here, she reviews the latest music from Against Me!, Warpaint, How To Dress Well, M.I.A., Dwight Yoakam, Wilco, Jack White and Angel Olsen. 

Against Me!
Album: "Shape Shift With Me "
Song: “333”

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Over the course of her career, soccer star Abby Wambach scored 184 goals — more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. She won two Olympic gold medals and was named the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year before retiring from the sport in 2015. And yet, she says she never wanted to be known "just as a soccer player."

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There’s been much scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation after reports indicated donors may have been given special treatment from the government while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Handwriting is dying a slow death

Sep 14, 2016

Nuns and school teachers everywhere are cringing at the grave state of handwriting. Are perfectly looped Gs and right-slanted sentences becoming obsolete?

Anne Trubek, author of “The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting,” seems to think our culture is heading in that direction.

Comic Jeff Ross makes his living insulting people. As a producer and performer for Comedy Central's celebrity roasts, Ross has hurled withering punchlines at celebrities like Donald Trump, Justin Bieber and, most recently, Rob Lowe. Dubbed the "roastmaster general," he's also hosted roast specials at a Texas jail and at a Boston police precinct.

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A new mural unveiled Monday by the Albright Knox Gallery was created as an ode to unity between Buffalo's east and west sides.

Do presidential candidates have a right to keep their health private?

Sep 13, 2016
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After Hillary Clinton left a 9/11 memorial ceremony this past Sunday — appearing, on video, to stumble as she did so — it was announced that the Democratic presidential nominee is being treated for pneumonia.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Actress Pamela Adlon Says 'Better Things' Is Dedicated To Her Daughters: Adlon's new FX series is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. Her daughters are "very much a part" of the show, she says.

Panel Round 1

Sep 10, 2016

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Limericks

Sep 10, 2016

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Prediction

Sep 10, 2016

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Bluff The Listener

Sep 10, 2016

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Panel Round 2

Sep 10, 2016

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