Crystal Sarakas

Radio Host/Producer, Artists' Cafe


Crystal is a native Texan who has now lived in the Southern Tier for 17 years. So, you might still hear a bit of twang.  She joined the staff of WSKG in 1998. Over the years, Crystal has produced numerous programs and served as the host of All Things Considered and Community Conversation. Crystal has received several Associated Press awards for her interviews. This year, Crystal was honored by the nation's Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI) for an interview with a D-Day veteran on the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.  In 2009, WSKG and Community Conversation was awarded a "My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement" from the Corporation for the Public Broadcasting.

 

 

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If berries had a popularity contest, chances are the strawberry would be the winner. And there’s no better place to celebrate its popularity than at the 37th annual Strawberry Festival in Owego. 

Here's the full audio for the WSKG News special Safe In Our Arms. Go here for individual segments.

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The technology and tools we use everyday are getting smarter - think self-driving cars and  appliances connected to the internet. Soon, personalized guns may be a way to prevent deaths. 

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Nationally, almost fifty percent of all suicides involve firearms. 

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What happens to your brain on drugs? 

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Hot off the presses - here is the full audio for the WSKG News special The Rush: Digging Into Addiction.

Go here for individual segments, as well as other addiction coverage from WSKG News.

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Tracy Helton Mitchell is a recovering heroin addict. She’s also the author of the book The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin and has been featured in the New York Times and on Fresh Air

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You probably heard about the supervised injection site Ithaca proposed last winter; a place where people could inject heroin more safely. Vancouver, British Columbia has had supervised injection since 2003, although it remains a political hot potato. 

 Crystal Sarakas spoke to John Barry of the Southern Tier AIDS Program. STAP had a  handing in creating the Ithaca Plan. She also spoke to New York State Senator Tom O’Mara, who has opposed the supervised injection site. The group started their conversation (audio below) after listening to a piece from the Vancouver site (you can hear that story if you click here). 

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Did someone say "toga contest?" Maybe.

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Governor Cuomo recently signed into law a legislative package aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic in New York state. The laws passed will help remove some of the barriers that can prevent those in need from getting help, and will ramp up prevention efforts by limiting the number of days a doctor can prescribe opioids and expand community education efforts.

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Wine in New York is big business, generating more than a billion dollars in sales, employing tens of thousands, and serving more than 5 million tourists each year who flock to wine trails across the state. Today, New York wineries are holding their own in competition with the big boys in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, winning gold and double gold medals at competitions across the country.

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If you're not sure what to do this weekend, Crystal Sarakas and Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Papers have a few ideas to keep you busy this weekend.

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Whether it's a Swedish folk concert or a talent show in Binghamton, Crystal Sarakas and Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Papers have a few ideas for how to spend your weekend.

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After the binge of joy and bustle during the holidays, January and February can sometimes feel humdrum. But, Crystal Sarakas and Entertainment Editor for the Gannett papers Chris Kocher say, there's plenty of quirky and even surprising events happening this weekend to help us bounce back.

News to Us features stories from around the web, as recommended by the WSKG News staff. The stories range from investigative reporting to historical features and podcasts. It's what we're reading (and listening to!) this week!

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Hear a 76-year-old Mavis Staples who still sounds like a master at the Corning Museum of Glass or watch a performance of one of the longest-running musicals, "The Fantasticks," at the Cider Mill Playhouse. Crystal Sarakas and the Entertainment Editor of the Gannett papers Chris Kocher have  few more ideas.

News to Us features stories from around the web, as recommended by the WSKG News staff. The stories range from investigative reporting to historical features and podcasts. It's what we're reading (and listening to!) this week!

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Trying to beat the post-holiday blues? Check out Tuesday Bluesday in Ithaca. Crystal Sarakas and the Entertainment Editor for the Gannett papers Chris Kocher have a few more ideas on what to do this weekend.

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News To Us features stories from around the web, as recommended by the WSKG News staff. The stories range from investigative reporting to historical features and podcasts. It's what we're reading (and listening to!) this week.

Check out Joshua Davis' concert Thursday night in Ithaca, and get ready for your chance to be a star in the upcoming first-round auditions for EPAC Idol! Gannett Entertainment Editor Chris Kocher gives us all the details.

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What are you doing this weekend? Not sure? Well, here are some ideas from Chris Kocher - the entertainment editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Star-Gazette and Ithaca Journal. He talks to his wife, WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas.

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As we start 2016, we wanted to share the stories that we remember the most from 2015. We'd love to hear your top stories too - share with us in the comments below! 

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Despite the unseasonable weather, you can still get a holiday rush this weekend. WSKG's Crystal Sarakas brainstorms outing ideas with Chris Kocher, the Entertainment Editor for the Gannett papers.

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1. Warm up at the Ithaca Ice Festival with a cup of chowder. The festival starts today on the Ithaca Commons and the Annual Chowder Cook-off is Saturday afternoon.

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The holiday shopping season is in full swing (unless you’re one of those people who have their shopping all done already). Between now and Christmas, we’ll bring you a series of roundups featuring local stores from places throughout the region, or within easy driving distance. 

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1. Split your sides with Lewis Black at the Forum Theatre Friday at 8pm. The Grammy Award-winning stand up comic is known for his rants on the Daily Show. 

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Crystal Sarakas and Chris Kocher of the regional Gannett papers run down some of your options for fun this weekend.  Here's a sampler:

1. Corning Museum of Glass' Glass Wonderland opens Thursday. A wide variety of holiday-themed glass creation, including a 14-ft Christmas tree decorated with glass ornaments. 

2. Indy-rockers Guster at the State Theatre in Ithaca on Friday night. 

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Something for the eyes, ears and film buffs. WSKG's Crystal Sarakas and Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Papers Chris Kocher have some suggestions for how to get up and get out this weekend.

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