Ben Abrams
Benjamin H. Abrams is an independent radio journalist and undergraduate student at Hofstra University, where he is currently pursuing a bachelor of arts in radio production. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, he currently serves as a producer and co-host of Getting To The Root, an audio documentary & public affairs program on WRHU-FM, and available on Required Radio. He also serves as a producer, anchor and reporter for the WRHU News Department, Long Island’s largest radio news team. Outside of his academic career, Ben has worked with organizations like WPPM-LP, the community radio station wing of PhillyCAM (Philadelphia Public Access Corporation). Ben is an accomplished musician, with over 17 years of experience on guitar and over 7 years of songwriting experience. Ben’s work and contact info are available on SoundCloud, Mixcloud, AIRmedia.org and PRX.org.

Getting To The Root – 2nd Global Workshop for Indigenous Leaders, Pt. 1

This week, faculty advisor Mario A. Murillo brings us the first of four audio pieces from the Second Global Workshop for Indigenous Leaders in Ecuador. Mario explains the origins of the workshop, how he helped facilitate it, and the significance of the gathering to native leaders from all over the globe.

Series episode #20.

Music featured in this piece:
Ryan Little: “West Coast” – https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle

Getting to The Root – The Plan to Close Rikers

On this episode of Getting To The Root Nailah Andre investigates New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio’s plan to close the third biggest jail in America Rikers Island.

Originally aired on 12/11/18

Musicians featured in this episode:
Ryan Little “West Coast” – https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle/west-coast
Broke For Free “As Colorful As Ever” – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/Layers/As_Colorful_As_Ever
Safir Nou “Land-escape” – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Safir_Nu/Groundless/Safir_Nou_-_Groundless_-_05_Land-escape

Getting to The Root – Oscar Lopez Rivera

This week, the producers sit down for an exclusive interview with controversial Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera. During the discussion, Rivera talks about his commutation under President Obama, Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, and more. For every other episode of Getting to the Root, check out their show page here.

Originally aired on WRHU-FM on 11/13/2018.
Series episode #18.

Music featured in this piece:
Ryan Little: “West Coast” – https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle

Getting To The Root – Episode 3

In our post-Thanksgiving episode of 2017, Ben Abrams interviews Eli Cane, co-creator and producer of the film “On A Knife Edge”, the coming-of-age tale of a young Native American activist.
Reporter Tommy O’Connor then explores local farming and food insecurity on Long Island.
Originally aired on 11/28/17 on WRHU-FM.

Getting To The Root – Episode 2

In our sophomore episode, Nailah Andre explores a Long Island writing program tailored for formerly incarcerated women, and faculty contributor Mario A. Murillo explores the effects of the recent Colombian peace deal on the country’s coca growers.
Originally aired on 11/21/17 on WRHU-FM.

Getting To The Root – Episode 1

On the inaugural episode of Getting To The Root, Ben Abrams speaks with community journalists and explores a quirky new idea for space exploration. Nailah Andre sits down with Raquel Willis to talk about issues facing the transgender community under the shadow of the Trump administration. For more keep it locked in to Required Radio at requiredradio.com. Also if you have any content submissions, please use the Content Submissions tab.

Originally aired on 11/14/17 on WRHU-FM.