Singer, pianist, composer and Brooklyn native Neil Sedaka is famous for writing songs like the 1962 hit, Breaking Up is Hard to Do. But his career stalled when the Beatles shot to prominence, and for 12 years Sedaka struggled to get back on the charts. On this week's Cityscape we'll talk with author Rich Podolsky about his new book Neil Sedaka: Rock’n’Roll Survivor: The Inside Story of His Incredible Comeback.

Direct download: cs131130.mp3
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If you notice more men growing facial hair this month, it may be because of Movember, a movement to raise awareness about men’s health in November. With that in mind, this week's Cityscape is all about facial hair. We'll talk with playwright and circus performer Jennifer Miller, who has lived most of her life as a woman with a beard. We'll also check in with the president of Gotham City Beard Alliance. And, for those who want to lose the facial hair, we'll visit a Manhattan barber shop that's always ready to provide a good old fashioned shave.

Direct download: cs131116.mp3
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Food pantries and soup kitchens provide a lifeline to countless individuals and families in need of assistance. They often get a ton of volunteers around the holidays, but food pantries and soup kitchens need help all year long.  As part of WFUV’s Strike a Chord Campaign, this episode of Cityscape takes a look at the demand for emergency food assistance in New York City, and the efforts of food pantries and soup kitchens to meet that demand. 

Direct download: cs131109.mp3
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The big city is full of bright lights, but since daylight saving ends this weekend, it’s time to turn back the clocks and extend darkness a little longer. With that in mind, we're focusing on clocks and darkness on this week's Cityscape. We'll pay a visit to a good old-fashioned clock repair shop in Manhattan. We’re also talking about how the invention of artificial lighting influenced the work of writers and artists in early New York City, and attending a dance party in the dark in Brooklyn.

Direct download: cs131102.mp3
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