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WBFO Brief

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.

  • Theater Talk leads off with topics ranging from Sidney Poitier on Broadway to The Ricardos on TV, and “Waiting for Godot” at Irish Classical. Also questions before confirming a new state health commissioner, Buffalo-area restaurants coping without plastic clamshells, and a lawsuit against Buffalo Schools for not complying with an autistic student’s ADA rights.
  • Get the absolute latest in Williamsville’s anti-mask moves and votes they’ve scheduled tonight to fight an Erie County fine. Hear Dr. Nancy Nielsen MD outline the three times you need to use your new COVID test from the federal government- available via mail now. And hear how Dept. of Defense workers from Walter Reed Medical Center are helping out at Erie County Medical Center, but still taking time to celebrate the Bills and eat wings.
  • Our podcast editor says it’s a loaded baked potato today: lots and lots of stories --including plans to cover the Kensington Expressway, health care funds from Albany, and the latest on anti-masking in Williamsville, with Erie County fining the village for their defiance. Also, staffing levels at nursing homes, disabled community ire at the CDC, and Gov. Hochul’s budget plans. And... trash talk with Kansas City
  • A preview of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first ever budget address with correspondent Karen DeWitt reporting she’s ready to use a surplus to help small business, fight COVID, and increase health care and child care spending. Also today, a look at the state’s environmental goals , and Siena Poll’s annual survey of race relations shows more New Yorkers’ feel the state of race relations, has improved marginally since last year. BTW there was a snowfall record, ( 16.2 inches) at the airport weather station Monday
  • Snow, some Martin Luther King Jr Day observances despite the snow, a look at selfies as a Parkinson's diagnosis tool, and the return to in person school in Ontario.
  • If it’s Friday, It’s Theater Talk— today with Theater of Youth taking the unprecedented step of hiring swings, understudies and others to make sure the show goes on, despite COVID-19. Also Canadian truckers face COVID testing, and there’s an effort in Albany to create a version of the Child Victims Act, that would give adults a one year look-back to file civil lawsuits against their sexual abusers
  • Today, hear Dr. Nancy Nielsen MD say “We are not out of the woods yet. (COVID) Hospitalizations continue to rise… and deaths continue to rise, but not to where they were a year ago, before vaccines.” Also, the battle over preserving the Great Northern grain elevator has prompted a new inspections proposal from the Buffalo Common Council. And the Seneca Nation has agreed to settle it’s dispute with NYS over casino revenue.
  • Hear from a formerly compulsive gambler who has concerns about the state’s new online sports betting. Also The WNY Disability community has hope for Gov. Kathy Hochul, and likes a change in tone they saw in her State of The State address. Hear about a push in Albany for parole reform to help people of color, Ontario recruiting internationally trained nurses to deal with a shortage during COVID, and fears about the end of the eviction moratorium this weekend.
  • A paramedic shortage is rising in Ontario, Williamsville has voted to not impose or enforce any other COVID masking mandates, and the state senate looks at voter access in NYS. Also, freshly counted votes show Starbucks workers have unionized another Buffalo-area location, and the ATF is expected to have a report on the Buffalo grand arson by the end of the week.
  • The Buffalo Bills season ends with the team atop the AFC East, and analyst Matt Sabuda has concerns about a slow to start offense. Also, inside a co-ed boxing program designed to help build community and provide basic physical conditioning. And from Albany, former Gov. Cuomo’s appearance before a city court judge on sexual harassment charges.