Reaching Out Into The Communities

Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK

On Sunday, January 19, 2014, WNYC hosted its eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. event. The event was produced in partnership with the Apollo Theater in Harlem, expanding the annual conversation and programming into a new borough. Dreams for NYC Inspired by MLK brought together scholars, community leaders and activists to engage in conversation with host Brian Lehrer and journalist Farai Chideya about the legacy of King’s dream, and how his teachings can still inform our society today. Mama’s Foundation’s Gospel for Teens closed the program with an uplifting version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” More than 1,500 people attended, filling every seat in the Apollo. Excerpts from the event aired on The Brian Lehrer Show.

1 Grammy Award-winning guitarist Vernon Reid
2 WQXR host Terrance McKnight
3 WNYC’s Brian Lehrer with panelists Peniel Joseph, Christina Greer and Farai Chideya
4 Brian Lehrer with panelists Gadadhara Pandit Dasa and Reverend Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
5 Panelists Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Pedro Noguera, Brett Wright, Nelson George and Farai Chideya



From June 4 through June 8, two iconic New York institutions joined in a celebration of radio. WNYC took up residence in BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) to reimagine some of public radio’s most treasured programs as live, contemporary theatrical engagements. Fourteen events were produced, including special presentations of Radiolab, Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Studio 360, Soundcheck and Ask Me Another! Members of WNYC, WQXR and BAM had early access to tickets, and many shows sold out within days. RadioLoveFest will be returning to Brooklyn in Fiscal Year 2015.

1 Brown Rice Family Band performs at the BAMCafe
2 Comedian Wyatt Cenac for Soundcheck Live at BAM
3 Brown Rice Family Band
4 Radiolab hosts Robert Krulwish and Jad Abumrad
5 This American Life host Ira Glass and dancers from the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company
6 Radiolab® Trusts No One
7 This American Life: One Night Only at BAM