Category: Stories

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The Plight of Polish Asbestos Workers at Ground Zero: FI2W’s Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on WNYC

In “Ground Zero May Be Making Even Well-Protected Workers Sick,” Feet in Two Worlds reporter Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska describes the plight of Polish asbestos workers who participated in the cleanup after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Ewa reports that toxic chemicals at the site are suspected of killing an alarming number of these workers, and that many others have lost their jobs due to illness or changes in immigration laws that were implemented after 9/11.

Ewa’s story aired on September 11, 2007, during Morning Edition, as part of WNYC’s coverage of the 6th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Press play to hear the story.

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Globetrotting Indian Workers: FI2W’s Aswini Anburajan on public radio’s Marketplace

Air India - Photo: phinalanji/Flickr

In her first nationally broadcast radio story, FI2W’s Aswini Anburajan explores how H1-B visas issued by the government are being used in surprising new ways by high-tech companies and their Indian employees in the U.S.

Instead of keeping to the traditional purpose of these visas —as the first step to getting a green card, which allows permanent residence in the U.S.— these workers are now using them to move around the world in search of adventure, corporate advancement and higher pay.

Aswini’s story aired on July 30, 2007. You can listen to it on the Marketplace website.

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Indian Immigrants: FI2W’s Aswini Anburajan on WNYC, New York Public Radio

Feet in 2 Worlds reporter Aswini Anburajan’s story, Feet in Two Worlds: Indian Immigrants aired on May 31, 2007, on WNYC, New York Public Radio.

The story, where she explores some of the challenges faced by South Asian information technology professionals managing transnational work lives, quickly moved to the #8 spot on WNYC.org’s most emailed list. Here’s WNYC’s introduction:

“Many immigrants dream of returning to their home country after they’ve made their fortune in the US. But, for a growing number of highly educated Indian immigrants, the scales of opportunity have shifted. They’re leaving the US and going back to India to make their fortune.”

Press play below to listen to the story.

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Feet in Two Worlds Town Hall Focuses on Proposed Immigration Bill in Washington

At a May 24, 2007, event, Same News Different Views, Bridging the Gap Between Ethnic and Mainstream Media, co-sponsored by the Center for New York City Affairs and WNYC, New York Public Radio, leading ethnic and mainstream media journalists brought new perspectives to the immigration policy debate in Washington.

You can listen to the radio broadcast of the town hall on WNYC’s website or you can press play for the two segments below.

[audio:http://audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl052507a.mp3] [audio:http://audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl052507b.mp3] More than 200 journalists, community organizers and members of the public attended the event hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer.

Speakers included: Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, executive editor of El Diario/LA PRENSA; Sree Sreenivasan, dean of students at Columbia Journalism School, tech reporter for WNBC-TV and co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA); Ti-Hua Chang, reporter for WCBS-TV; and Elaine Rivera, reporter for WNYC; Julia Preston, national immigration reporter for the New York Times; Roberto Lovato, writer for New America Media; Leon Wynter, writer and author of American Skin: Big Business, Pop Culture and the End of White America; and Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at the NYU School of Law.

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Gentrification Hits Greenpoint: FI2W’s Ewa Kern Jedrychowska on WNYC, New York Public Radio

Polish stores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn -- Anna Majkowska

Polish stores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Anna Majkowska/Flickr)

Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska’s recent story on WNYC focused on long-time Polish residents of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, who are being forced out of their apartments by high rents and landlord harassment. She also reported that many in Greenpoint’s Polish community welcome the recent changes to their neighborhood, including new businesses and a major infusion of city funds to revitalize McCarren Park.

Click here to see the story on WNYC’s website or press play below to listen.

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Ewa’s story aired on May 23, 2007, and was WNYC’s #1 most emailed story for the week of May 28, 2007. You can also read Ewa’s article about the making of her story here.

To read what other websites are saying about the Greenpoint story and the issues it raises, click on the links below.

http://www.gothamgazette.com/blogs/wonkster/2007/05/24/waiting-for-help-in-greenpoint/

http://www.gothamcityinsider.com/2007/05/feet-in-two-worlds-greenpoint-brooklyn.html

http://nycslav.blogspot.com/2007/05/polish-greenpoint-endangered-cultural.html

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Some Sleep, Others Tango: FI2W’s Diego Graglia on WNYC, New York Public Radio

While most of the city sleeps, a growing number of New Yorkers get together late at night to dance tango.

The tango parties are known as milongas, the Argentinean slang name for social tango dances born in Buenos Aires in the late 1800s. Two decades ago, only a couple of milongas existed in Queens. But today New York hosts up to five milongas any night of the week.

Feet in Two Worlds reporter Diego Graglia’s story on the city’s growing tango scene aired on WNYC, New York Public Radio on May 04, 2007. Click here or press play below to listen.

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