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The WBFO Brief podcast brings you the award-winning reporting from the newsroom of WBFO, Buffalo Toronto Public Media's NPR station, each weekday morning. To get up to the minute news, tune into WBFO on your radio (88.7 in Buffalo, 88.1 in Jamestown, 91.3 Olean), stream us online at wbfo.org, with the WBFO mobile app or with your smart speaker.

  • In a special weekend bonus edition of the WBFO Brief, mayoral candidate Byron Brown answers questions from seven WBFO reporters in one of our two hourlong election specials.
  • In a special weekend bonus edition of the WBFO Brief, mayoral candidate India Walton answers questions from seven WBFO reporters in this first of two one hour election specials.
  • On today’s WBFO Brief, If it’s Friday, it’s Theater Talk, with Peter Hall and Anthony Chase, today looking at AMERICAN SON, at the newly named Lorna C. Hill theater. Also, the latest grow at home proposals being considered by the state, and both Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt and WBFO’s Thomas O’Neil-White look at the propositions on the New York State ballot on election day. And from Canada, Correspondent Dan Karpenchuk looks at vaccination of children
  • On today’s WBFO Brief, “Stonebush Blues”-- internationally known transgendered writer Leslie Feinberg’s look at Buffalo, celebrated by preservationists tonight. Also a new market-rate apartment complex in downtown Buffalo and former Gov. Cuomo is still pushing back on the report of his sexual harassment charges.
  • On today’s WBFO Brief, hear a lot of pushback and reaction to state Democratic party chair Jay Jacobs—after he compared the tough choice of possibly endorsing Democratic Mayoral candidate India Walton to what it was like when Ku Klax Klan Wizard David Duke ran for US Senate and other offices. Also a look at a new playground at Ellicott Elementary in Orchard Park- with an emphasis on disabilities.
  • In today’s WBFO Brief , UB’s new vice president in charge of all the medical schools stresses diversity. And hear a school superintendent say that using federal COVID aid to hire staff, is kind of like using scratch-off lottery ticket winnings to pay your rent. Also, the NYC board of health has proclaimed racism as a public health issue, Gov. Kathy Hochul gets some good poll results, and Congressman Higgins is pressing against testing requirements for Canadians to come into the US
  • In today’s WBFO Brief, Tom Dinki looks at the push to have more school buses in New York State go electric. Also hear WBFO’s Jay Moran in conversation with SUNY Buffalo State Artist -in-Residence Deborah Oppenheimer, an Academy award winning producer from Buffalo, with a career that ranges from a documentary about Nazi Germany, to The Drew Carey Show. Also, what the opening of the US/Canadian border means in Ellicottville where many homes are Canadian owned, and a look at the return of the Children’s Charity Ball post-COVID.
  • On today’s WBFO Brief, if it’s Friday, it’s Theater Talk- today with news and reviews of Tootsie, and taaa-daaa--- the Arties awards will be held Monday Nov. 1. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt has a look at education funding after a new court order on equity. And Marian Hetherly chats about women referees now finally joining the Premier Hockey Federation ( formerly the NWHL) .
  • In today’s WBFO Brief, hear Dr. Nancy Nielsen MD tell WBFO's Jay Moran more health care workers need to get vaccines, especially as the Mercy Hospital strike has an effect on COVID related hospital capacity. Also today, the city of Buffalo has reached a $2.75 million settlement with the family of deceased police diver Craig Lehner and Councilmember Rashid Wyatt calls it one of the most difficult payouts he’s ever had to vote on. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports Gov. Kathy Hochul has apologized for nursing home deaths that were attributed to her predecessor’s policies of re-integrating infected residents back into their facility.And hear Emyle Watkins report on the 13th annual Anne Frank Social Justice Festival at SUNY Buffalo State
  • On today’s WBFO Brief, Ontario correspondent Dan Karpenchuk looks at the Maple Leafs season opener tonight with capacity limits lifted, while Toronto restaurants are still under restrictions on how many customers they can host. And the October surprise storm of 2006 - and the sudden drop of 2 feet of thunder snow-- is remembered on its 15th anniversary today. Also a new poll for Governor Kathy Hochul, a new challenge to her vaccination rules, the US border reopening to Canadians, and a look at poverty as an issue in the Buffalo Mayor's race.