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MWW
A quasi-Londoner from New York
Interests: travel, food, choral singing, politics, culture, drink, faith and the lack of it; art, film. the usual.
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The reality of small-town life in colonial New England is being laid bare by a group of history detectives in Massachusetts. The Congregational Library in Boston will store, digitize and hopefully transcribe them all, allowing anyone to see how the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Vindaloo
Rochester in the UK is likely to vote in an ultra-nationalist defector from the Tory party due to anger over immigration later this month. So what's the take on it in Rochester, New York? That was the assignment care of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Vindaloo
The 30th anniversary looms of the world's worst ever industrial disaster, a totally preventable horror of mass-poisoning, that nobody - to this day - has taken real responsibility for. Now comes a conscience-pricking movie from a native son of Bhopal,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Vindaloo
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Can positive signs on sidewalks lift hearts, and foster powerful new hope? Killy Killford and Newark's wordsmith of a new mayor, think they can. Listen to the extraordinary story of how young people put their faith in words, aided by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Vindaloo
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My radio documentary looking at the faith groups who put compassion ahead of politics, along the febrile border of southern Arizona, for the BBC's Heart and Soul show. This summer's wave of child migration from Central America exposed the failure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Vindaloo
BuyPartisan, lets you know what political contributions lie behind the label of thousands of products. It's a scan-based data base, basically, which has researched the political backgrounds of company directors, and employees, so you have some idea where they stand... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Vindaloo
Archbishop Fulton Sheen was the first televangelist, and a giant of C20th American religious life. Now New York and Illinois are in an unseemly tug of war over the body. There's even a miracle baby in the mix. Take a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Vindaloo
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It's an awful month to be working in the casino business in Atlantic City. Thousands unemployed with three big players gone by September 16, on top of a January closure and rumors swirling of bankruptcy soon for Trump Taj Mahal.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Vindaloo
There's no more historic national link between Africa and America than Liberia. The health crisis that the Ebola epidemic represents has special resonance for the Staten Island leadership here in NYC - most of them are refugees from the recent... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Vindaloo
I agonized over, and discussed with friends at length, WHO exactly is even similar to Jeter in the world of sport. There's nobody quite like him. Tenduklar is as close as you get, but he's married of course. So, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Vindaloo
Woodlawn Cemetery is where many of New York's finest jazz musicians go to rest in peace. Now adjacent plots are for sale, and many are being reserved by die-hard fans of the genre. I talked to them, and Woodlawn's wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Vindaloo
Miscreant Superheroes have been running amok in Times Square of late, and now the city's going to regulate them, to identify the men and women behind the masks... What you maybe didn't know, is that the Times Square alliance wants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Vindaloo
Levis still sells $4.5 billion-worth of clothes each year, but that's half the number of pants it used to shift a decade and a half ago. Some say it's the marketing, some say the market, but what's up with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Vindaloo
It's the (allegedly) best-paid opera musicians, singers and stage hands (these guys REALLY know how to move stuff around a stage) in the world, vs the man who says he only wants to save a dying art form. Someone should... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Vindaloo
One from the vaults, ie, a few weeks ago, but it's a ripping yarn, no? American tax payers should be proud, and Mongolia might soon have it's own dinosaur museum. Mongolian dinosaurs Matt Wells BBC Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Vindaloo
He says himself, he's not sure how he got there, but The Realistic Joneses did very well, and just might foreshadow a return to darkly comic serious theater on the Great White Way. My take aired on BBC Radio 4's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Vindaloo
The strangely under-reported saga of Brooklyn's wrongfully-imprisoned men continues. Here's my pull-together of the story so far, for BBC Radio 4. Exonerate Brooklyn Matt Wells BBC Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Vindaloo
The glory days of Chrissie, Jimmy, John, Pete and Andre, are over. Only Serena flies the flag, and not for much longer it seems. So what went wrong with the tennis superpower? This for PM on BBC Radio 4. Tennis... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Vindaloo
Some surprising push back on how far America goes to help bring back the stolen young women. A fast turnaround commission from the Africa-centric Newsday show, at BBC World Service. Nigeria in New York Matt Wells BBC Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Vindaloo
The press preview day, ahead of the beginning of the official unveiling by President Obama. It's a haunting, visceral place, and it's a shame that T-shirts have to be sold. Bloomberg says they have no choice. This ran on BBC... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Vindaloo
The sad, frustrating story of how - as one interviewee put it - a theocracy is enabled by a democracy. My BBC World Service documentary that aired a few days ago. Heartsoul_ Betraying the Faith_ Abuse in Jewish Brooklyn Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Vindaloo
The politics of the Garden State have become a national tragi-comedy. Imagine how you'd feel if you are elected, or more lucrative still, nominated to a fat job you don't deserve. I crossed the river for a cold hard taste... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Vindaloo
New York scientists largely agree that the dazzling white Mute Swan, is doing a lot more harm than good to the environment and the people of the state. So they're now undesirable aliens which are due to be culled slowly,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Vindaloo
I tried to get a sense of what Harlem residents feel about the gentrification issue at it's most famous cultural institution, the beloved Apollo Theater. This aired on BBC World Service this weekend. The place had been tranformed into a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Vindaloo
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That's the glib tabloid headline that belies an interesting and genuinely life-or-death saga of politics, big pharma, weed growing and medical breakthrough. The tentative New York move into medical marijuana use, is frustrating hundreds of parents across the state who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Vindaloo