Don Kirshner is not exactly a household name, but if you’ve listened to popular music in the last 50 years or so, you’ve probably heard his influence. Who Put the Bomp was one of about 200 songs the music producer helped turn into hits in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Don Kirshner, a Bronx native, died in January of last year of heart failure at the age of 76. A new book explores the career of this pop-music hit maker. It’s called Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear. Author Rich Podolsky is our guest on this week's Cityscape.

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No doubt there are a lot of political junkies out there who spend a good deal of time flipping between cable news channels. But, you also have people who are deeply concerned about issues like the economy and education who don't follow the political process too closely. Getting people more engaged is critical to ensuring candidates address the issues facing ALL Americans. With the November elections inching closer, many organizations are in overdrive working to get people more excited to head to the polls and have their voices heard. And they have their work cut out for them. Voter turnout here in New York City is low with a capital "L". WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign on electoral engagement continues this weekend on Cityscape with a look at various efforts to boost political consciousness in New York City and beyond.

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Inspired by the furry friends they work with every day, the New York City-based band Pet-Rox is made up of pet professionals of all stripes. The group was founded by a veterinarian, but also includes a cat rescuer and a whole host of others in the animal welfare community. Pet-Rox has just completed their first album called "Just Sniffing Around.” The group’s founder, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Doctor Jeffery Levy, as well as two members of the band, Jackie Krim and Leslie Hughs, recently joined us in WFUV’s very own studio A.

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For a lot of people, especially young, single people, the only way to afford to live in New York City is to get a roommate. On this week’s Cityscape, "Roommating 101."  We'll explore how to find a roommate, your rights as a roommate, and how to make a roommate situation work even in a tiny studio apartment.

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On this week's Cityscape, author Andrew Goldstein talks about his debut novel, The Bookie’s Son. The coming of age tale draws on Goldstein’s own childhood in the Bronx in the 1960s. It's told through the eyes of 12-year-old Ricky Davis, who wants to rescue his parents from themselves -- and from the ravages his father's gambling habit threatens to wreak on his family.

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