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We galvanize conversations around the life, arts and politics of our city and our world through live journalism and performance.

We galvanize conversations around the life, arts and politics of our city and our world through live journalism and performance.

Mission: The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space is WNYC and WQXR's lab for new ideas, an incubator of fresh talent, our living room-meets-public square convening honest, inspired conversations about the life, art and politics of our city and our world. Our deliberately eclectic programming includes live broadcasts of WNYC shows, classical concerts and festivals from WQXR, live tapings of the best podcasts produced in and out of public media, and original series like How I Got Over, Micropolis Live, 44 Charlton, Political Party with Keli Goff, and Encores! Unscripted. Be a part of our intimate audiences in studio or join the millions we reach across the world through our broadcasts, podcasts, and video.

12/23/2020
Yuletide Tales

Yuletide Tales is a storytelling show on a holiday theme. It’s about that most jolly time of the year, except when it isn’t.

Hosted by WNYC’s Jim O’Grady, host of Blindspot, a podcast by WNYC Studios and The History Channel.

Join the fun — and share in the schadenfreude — as our stellar lineup of New York City comedy and storytelling veterans wax holiday hilarity.

Featuring:

Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, who asks the question, “Who brings Jewish kids presents?”
Adam Wade, Twenty time Moth StorySLAM winner, whose Christmas festivities in 1998 consisted of going to work at Rockefeller Plaza and eating cold chicken fingers from TGI Friday’s.
Andy Christie, host of the legendary Liar Show, with a story about how his dad expropriated presents for his sons from dead residents of his boarding-house on 14th Street.
Angel Yau, a UCB comedian, sketch actor, storyteller and filmmaker from Queens, NY previously featured on Netflix and the BBC.
And others!
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12/19/2020

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties during our Yo La Tengo livestreams, please email [email protected] with the order number and we will get back to you. Thank you and enjoy!

12/17/2020
Yuletide Tales

Yuletide Tales is a storytelling show on a holiday theme. It’s about that most jolly time of the year, except when it isn’t.

Hosted by WNYC’s Jim O’Grady, host of Blindspot, a podcast by WNYC Studios and The History Channel.

Join the fun — and share in the schadenfreude — as our stellar lineup of New York City comedy and storytelling veterans wax holiday hilarity.

Featuring:

Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, who asks the question, “Who brings Jewish kids presents?”
Adam Wade, Twenty time Moth StorySLAM winner, whose Christmas festivities in 1998 consisted of going to work at Rockefeller Plaza and eating cold chicken fingers from TGI Friday’s.
Andy Christie, host of the legendary Liar Show, with a story about how his dad expropriated presents for his sons from dead residents of his boarding-house on 14th Street.
And others!

12/17/2020
Shop Trans This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and Journalist-in-Residence Imara Jones is here with trans-led businesses and shops where you can get your gifts and more. Imara will be joined by entrepreneurs Armani Dae, Jayla Roxx and Devin-Norelle to discuss the path towards starting one’s own business and the importance of shopping ethically and supporting trans-led businesses when holiday shopping.

Lives at Stake is a series of frank conversations by and for trans people about the issues affecting their communities, hosted by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Imara Jones, The Greene Space’s first-ever Journalist-in-Residence. Building off Jones’ storytelling project TransLash, these online gatherings will also highlight the resilience, creativity and artistry that are critical ingredients to trans life, showcasing trans creatives performing their craft.

ASL interpretation will be available during the show.

The trans community, allies and those who wish to learn more are all welcome to join us to share experiences, insights, questions and celebrations by tweeting @TheGreeneSpace and using the hashtags #translash #livesatstake.

Yuletide Tales on Dec 22nd at 7PM ET, is a storytelling show on a holiday theme. It’s about that most jolly time of the ...
12/15/2020

Yuletide Tales on Dec 22nd at 7PM ET, is a storytelling show on a holiday theme. It’s about that most jolly time of the year, except when it isn’t.

Hosted by WNYC’s Jim O’Grady, host of Blindspot, a podcast by WNYC Studios and The History Channel as well as Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s Ask Me Another), Adam Wade (Twenty time Moth StorySLAM winner), Andy Christie (host of the legendary Liar Show) and more.

Join the fun — and share in the schadenfreude — as our stellar lineup of New York City comedy and storytelling veterans wax holiday hilarity.

FREE tickets with RSVP at greenespace.org

What if a gang of comedians, puppets, and animators teamed up with WNYC to spread some all-age Holiday Cheer? What if YO...
12/10/2020

What if a gang of comedians, puppets, and animators teamed up with WNYC to spread some all-age Holiday Cheer? What if YOU could get a taste of the laughs???

These questions are answered on Dec 14 at The Greene Space! Performers and creators from Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Sesame Street, and more share some special holiday material designed to delight kids & grownups alike.

Guests include Patti Harrison (Shrill), Ike Ufomadu (Tooning Out the News) and Francesca D’Uva (Three Busy Debras).

Get your tickets now at https://thegreenespace.org/event/a-cartoon-monsoon-holiday-spectacular/

12/09/2020
The Inaugural Lehrer Prize for Community Well-Being

Join us as we look back on a notable year and honor the nominees of the first annual Lehrer Prize for Community Well-Being. This award aims to recognize a standout idea, individual, effort or group that has contributed meaningfully in the past year to improving quality of life in New York City and nearby areas.

The event will feature Brian Lehrer in conversation with the three Lehrer Prize nominees, along with a special conversation between Brian and Chef José Andrés of World Central Kitchen, along with a performance from violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. The evening will be emceed by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight.

12/08/2020

Climb into our joy machine for 30 minutes and you’ll see what a few local musicians, comedians, dancers and animators can do with nothing but their talents and whatever gear they’ve got in their apartments.

Your esteemed MC Adam Hamway is very much LIVE, and all the videos he’ll introduce to you were curated by The Greene Space team and created by New York City artists while the city has been on pause for social distancing. This week’s program is full of music from Brooklyn with Indie Rock duo Gold Electric, Contemporary Mexican ensemble The Villalobos Brothers, Christmas boy Tommy McNamara, as well as Flute soloist Brandon Patrick George and from Inwood with Mandolinist and Composer Joseph Brent and Grammy-Award violinist Curtis Stewart.

Talk to Us!
We’re taking comments as we stream on YouTube and Facebook Live, so tell us what you think or send an old-school shout-out and you may hear it on air!

12/07/2020
The Inaugural Lehrer Prize for Community Well-Being

Join us as we look back on a notable year and honor the nominees of the first annual Lehrer Prize for Community Well-Being. This award aims to recognize a standout idea, individual, effort or group that has contributed meaningfully in the past year to improving quality of life in New York City and nearby areas.

The event will feature Brian Lehrer in conversation with the three Lehrer Prize nominees, along with a special conversation between Brian and Chef José Andrés of World Central Kitchen, along with a performance from violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. The evening will be emceed by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight.

12/04/2020
Reporter’s Notebook: Gasping For Justice

While most Americans contend with the risks of gathering with loved ones this holiday season, the over two million people confined in America’s jails and prisons find themselves fighting for survival and to be heard by a largely unaware and preoccupied public — and unconcerned judicial system.

COVID-19 ravaging jails and prisons doesn’t just affect the people incarcerated, approximately 500,000 of whom are jailed only because they can’t afford bail; it’s catastrophic for corrections staff, including officers, chaplains, doctors, nurses and their lawyers. And this is to say nothing of the neighboring communities, which have seen their COVID-19 case and death rates increase in outsize proportions.

WNYC’s Jami Floyd hosts WNYC reporter Karen Yi and Assistant Public Defender from Prince George’s County, Claire Glenn, with special live performances of real sworn testimonies from Prince George’s County Jail by GRAMMY-winner Fiona Apple and award-winning poet and lawyer Dwayne Betts.

Hear how COVID is affecting more than just those behind the bars, and learn what tools you have at your disposal to make positive change happen.

For this Reporter’s Notebook, we team up with the Gasping for Justice initiative led by public defenders, organizers, civil rights lawyers, and people currently jailed in Prince George’s County, MD, to explore the current conditions inside of courts, jails, and prisons, and the indifference by people with the power to do more throughout the country.

12/03/2020
Reporter’s Notebook: Gasping For Justice

While most Americans contend with the risks of gathering with loved ones this holiday season, the over two million people confined in America’s jails and prisons find themselves fighting for survival and to be heard by a largely unaware and preoccupied public — and unconcerned judicial system.

COVID-19 ravaging jails and prisons doesn’t just affect the people incarcerated, approximately 500,000 of whom are jailed only because they can’t afford bail; it’s catastrophic for corrections staff, including officers, chaplains, doctors, nurses and their lawyers. And this is to say nothing of the neighboring communities, which have seen their COVID-19 case and death rates increase in outsize proportions.

WNYC’s Jami Floyd hosts WNYC reporter Karen Yi and Assistant Public Defender from Prince George’s County, Claire Glenn, with special live performances of real sworn testimonies from Prince George’s County Jail by GRAMMY-winner Fiona Apple and award-winning poet and lawyer Dwayne Betts.

Hear how COVID is affecting more than just those behind the bars, and learn what tools you have at your disposal to make positive change happen.

For this Reporter’s Notebook, we team up with the Gasping for Justice initiative led by public defenders, organizers, civil rights lawyers, and people currently jailed in Prince George’s County, MD, to explore the current conditions inside of courts, jails, and prisons, and the indifference by people with the power to do more throughout the country.

12/02/2020

Watch a live video stream as Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s All of It, continues her virtual book club series with National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich. They’ll discuss her new novel, The Night Watchman, a story centered for the first time on her family’s home reservation, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Viewers are encouraged to submit their questions for the author on Twitter and Instagram.

This event will also feature a performance by singer-songwriter and activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Once again, All Of It teams up for this event with the New York Public Library so that New Yorkers can access the book for free through the NYPL app.

11/20/2020
Lives at Stake: Trans Day of Remembrance

During this Trans Awareness Month, in the wake of the election, trans politicians are celebrating historic victories, winning elections from Delaware to Oklahoma. New legislation around the LGBTQ+ community could change the lives of transgender people across the country. At the same time, November 20th marks Trans Day of Remembrance, in which we commemorate all of those lost to violence. Sadly, 2020 marks the year when more trans people have been killed than any other year on record. These deaths leave behind loved ones often overlooked by the media.

This month, Jones talks with GLAAD-Award winning journalist Samantha Allen and Melania Brown, sister of Layleen Polanco Extravaganza who died in custody at Rikers Island yesterday due to neglect. We will also be sharing a special, spoken word performance by artist Mojo Disco.

11/19/2020
Lives at Stake: Trans Day of Remembrance

During this Trans Awareness Month, in the wake of the election, trans politicians are celebrating historic victories, winning elections from Delaware to Oklahoma. New legislation around the LGBTQ+ community could change the lives of transgender people across the country. At the same time, November 20th marks Trans Day of Remembrance, in which we commemorate all of those lost to violence. Sadly, 2020 marks the year when more trans people have been killed than any other year on record. These deaths leave behind loved ones often overlooked by the media.

This month, Jones talks with GLAAD-Award winning journalist Samantha Allen and Melania Brown, sister of Layleen Polanco Extravaganza who died in custody at Rikers Island yesterday due to neglect. We will also be sharing a special, spoken word performance by artist Mojo Disco.

11/19/2020
Digital Verse: Nuyorican Poets Cafe x TGS

For almost 50 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has been a vanguard in the world of spoken word poetry and an iconic Lower East Side institution. Now, they join forces with The Greene Space to present a showcase of performers, both established and up-and-coming. Hosted by Caridad de la Luz a.k.a. La Bruja, this show brings together poetry, stories and solo work. Poets include Shanelle Gabriel, Andre “Chulisi” Rodriguez, Tanaya Winder, Tricia DeJesus-Gutierrez aka Phynne, Rich Glinnen, Paul la Torre, Jani Rose, Suzen Baraka.

11/17/2020
Digital Verse: Nuyorican Poets Cafe x TGS

For almost 50 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has been a vanguard in the world of spoken word poetry and an iconic Lower East Side institution. Now, they join forces with The Greene Space to present a showcase of performers, both established and up-and-coming. Hosted by Caridad de la Luz a.k.a. La Bruja, this show brings together poetry, stories and solo work. Poets include Shanelle Gabriel, Andre “Chulisi” Rodriguez, Tanaya Winder, Tricia DeJesus-Gutierrez aka Phynne, Rich Glinnen, Paul la Torre, Jani Rose, Suzen Baraka.

11/12/2020

Mike Doughty isn’t dead—he’s become a ghost. Enter Ghost of Vroom, the veteran singer-songwriter’s new band with bassist and longtime collaborator Andrew “Scrap” Livingston. The project melds of-the-moment lyrics written in isolation with a beat-driven, hip-hop influenced sound.

Doughty and Livingston sit down with New Sounds’ John Schaefer for a live interview about the duo’s new project and Doughty’s genre-defying career. Plus, an intimate performance from Doughty’s home in Memphis and the world premiere of their new music video “Chief of Police.”

11/09/2020

Climb into our joy machine for 30 minutes and you’ll see what a few local musicians, comedians, dancers and animators can do with nothing but their talents and whatever gear they’ve got in their apartments.

Your esteemed MC Adam Hamway is very much LIVE, and all the videos he’ll introduce to you were curated by The Greene Space team and created by New York City artists while the city has been on pause for social distancing.

Talk to Us!
We’re taking comments as we stream on YouTube and Facebook Live, so tell us what you think or send an old-school shout-out and you may hear it on air!

11/05/2020
Podcast Mixtape: How to Citizen with Baratunde Thurston

After deconstructing racism with his 2019 TED talk and exploring black identity in his NY Times bestselling memoir How to Be Black, Baratunde Thurston is breaking down civic engagement with his new iHeartRadio podcast How to Citizen.

WNYC’s Jami Floyd (Senior Editor, Race and Justice) joins Baratunde to discuss his wide-ranging career and what he’s learned from sitting down with activists, revolutionaries and experts about the responsibilities we all have to our country. Special guest Farai Chideya (creator and host of Our Body Politic) also sits down with Baratunde.

11/05/2020
Podcast Mixtape: How to Citizen with Baratunde Thurston

After deconstructing racism with his 2019 TED talk and exploring black identity in his NY Times bestselling memoir How to Be Black, Baratunde Thurston is breaking down civic engagement with his new iHeartRadio podcast How to Citizen.

WNYC’s Jami Floyd (Senior Editor, Race and Justice) joins Baratunde to discuss his wide-ranging career and what he’s learned from sitting down with activists, revolutionaries and experts about the responsibilities we all have to our country. Special guest Farai Chideya (creator and host of Our Body Politic) also sits down with Baratunde.

11/03/2020

Join On The Media hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield for OTM’s first-ever live election night show, featuring expert interviews, music, comedy, and reflections and reactions from the OTM crew. Whether you’re a fan of the show or just need a safe space to hang out, open up a tab and join us for the evening. Guests include host of The Gist Mike Pesca, host of WNYC’s United States of Anxiety, Kai Wright, comedian Jessica Kirson, actor Alec Baldwin, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show host, Brian Lehrer, Buzzfeed reporter Jane Lytvynenko, writer Mychal Denzel Smith and WNYC producer Amy Pearl. They will also be joined by musicians Meah Pace and Randy Ingram as well as Cécile McLorant Savant.

10/30/2020
To America: A Live Performance in Green-Wood Cemetery

How would you have us, as we are?
Or sinking ‘neath the load we bear?
– James Weldon Johnson, To America

Join us in Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery for a night of performance inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Curated by Death of Classical and Green-Wood, it will blend music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night.

Featuring poetry by Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes and Terrance Hayes; stories from the lives of Margaret Pine, the last enslaved person in New York State, a young drummer boy killed in the Civil War, former NY Governor DeWitt Clinton, and others; and music by The Harlem Chamber Players, violinist Lady Jess, singers Danielle Buonaiuto, Freddie June, Paul Grosvenor and many more talented souls. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be.

Join us after the performance for a discussion about the creation of “To America” with Liz Player, Executive Director and Artistic Director of The Harlem Chamber Players and Death of Classical Founder and General & Artistic Director Andrew Ousley. Hosted by WQXR’s James Bennett.

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