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Politics. Policy. The truth matters - so co-hosts Celeste Katz and Jeff Simmons get to heart of the stories that are making news, with guests on a city, state and national level. Heard weekly Thursdays at 5pm on WBAI 99.5 FM New York.

Politics. Policy. The truth matters - so co-hosts Celeste Katz and Jeff Simmons get to heart of the stories that are making news, with guests on a city, state and national level. Heard weekly Thursdays at 5pm on WBAI 99.5 FM New York.
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Politics. Policy. The truth matters - so co-hosts Celeste Katz and Jeff Simmons get to heart of the stories that are making news, with guests on a city, state and national level. Heard weekly Thursdays at 5pm on WBAI 99.5 FM New York.

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Episodes

A Very Special WBAI Buddy

8/15/2019
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Celeste gets a very special caller on her last in-studio day (for now) at WBAI FM New York...

Duration:00:02:28

Andrew Gounardes In Studio... And A Special (But Not Total) Farewell

8/15/2019
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Jeff and Celeste host NYS Sen. Andrew Gounardes in studio -- and Celeste thanks the entire WBAI family as she moves on to the next big chapter in her life and career.

Duration:01:00:04

City Watch Yusuf Hawkins Special

8/13/2019
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Jeff Simmons hosts a special two-hour edition of City Watch with special guests commemorating the passing of 30 years since the death of Yusuf Hawkins, a major flashpoint in the history of race relations New York City.

Duration:02:00:04

White Supremacy, Hate Speech, and the Age of Trump

8/8/2019
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Jeff and Celeste discuss white nationalism, social media, and more in the wake of the recent mass murders in El Paso, Dayton and elsewhere with Michael Edison Hayden, senior investigative reporter with the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Prof. Candace McCoy of the Graduate Center, CUNY / John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Plus, we take your calls.

Duration:01:00:04

Democratic Debates In (2020) Hindsight, Melinda Katz on Queens DA, and LOTS of calls

8/1/2019
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Celeste and Jeff talk to D and R strategists Bruce Gyory and Rina Shah about the latest Democratic presidential primary debates, check in with Melinda Katz on the Queens DA race, and take (a ton) of your calls.

Duration:01:00:04

Bill de Blasio For President? Some New Yorkers Aren't So Sure

7/25/2019
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Celeste Katz reports for WBAI FM New York on what real New Yorkers really think of their mayor, Bill de Blasio, seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Thanks to the Des Moines Register, CNN, and NBC for sound clips. Assistance with audio engineering, and everything else, by Jonathan Marston.

Duration:00:09:28

Mueller Mania, Bill de Blasio 2020, Great Debates... AND A SURPRISE!

7/25/2019
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Jeff and Celeste break down the latest in national politics, from Robert Mueller's testimony to the upcoming Democratic debates with The Bulwark's Tim Miller and the NY Post's Michael Benjamin. Plus, Celeste asks New Yorkers what they really think of Bill de Blasio's run for president in a special segment -- and makes news of her own. Thanks to the Des Moines Register, CNN, and NBC for the sound.

Duration:01:00:04

Tales of Trump Double-Header

7/11/2019
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Jeff is joined in studio by Alex Nazaryan, author of "The Best People, Trump’s Cabinet and the Siege on Washington," and Allen Salkin, co-author with Aaron Short of "The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated." The trio takes your calls.

Duration:00:59:56

Democratic Debate Deconstruction, Round 1

6/27/2019
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Jeff and Celeste break down the first televised Democratic presidential primary debates and take your calls. Special guests: Hunter College Political Science Professor Emeritus Ken Sherrill and New York Post Washington Bureau Reporter Nikki Schwab.

Duration:00:59:57

Rep. Pete King Talks 9/11; Jumaane Williams Talks Central Park Five

6/20/2019
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U.S. Rep. Peter King speaks to Jeff and Celeste about the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and assistance for survivors of the World Trade Center attack. Then NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams discusses the latest on the Central Park Five case, followed by your calls.

Duration:00:59:55

Mandatory vaccines, questionable herbicides, and more

6/13/2019
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NYS Sen. John Liu discusses religious exemptions for vaccinations, specialized high school admissions and the Asian-American "model minority myth," and more. Then NYC Councilman Ben Kallos delves into the controversy over the use of Roundup and similar herbicides in city green spaces and reforming "zombie" campaign finance committees. We round up the show with YOUR calls.

Duration:00:59:56

The Future of Cuomo; The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

6/6/2019
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Jeff and Celeste open with a talk about New York politics and Election 2020 with veteran strategist Hank Sheinkopf, discuss the 75th anniversary of D-Day with National Medal of Honor Museum President Joe Daniels, and take your calls. Support our program by becoming a WBAI Buddy: www.give2wbai.org

Duration:00:59:57

Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall

6/2/2019
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On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Driving Forces cohost Jeff Simmons anchored WBAI's special four-hour show, Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall. Guests during the fourth hour were: activist Melissa Sklarz, Heritage of Pride's Julian Sanjivan, former US Congressman Barney Frank, and former NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Duration:00:59:58

Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall

6/2/2019
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On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Driving Forces cohost Jeff Simmons led WBAI's special coverage, Pride, Progress, and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall. Guests during the third hour of the show were: Columbia professor Tanya Domi, ACT UP's Ron Goldberg, author Andrew Tobias, and New-York Historical Society curators Rebecca Klassen and Rachel Corbman.

Duration:00:59:54

Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall

6/2/2019
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On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Driving Forces cohost Jeff Simmons anchored WBAI's special four-hour show, Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall. Guests during the first two hours were: former New York State Senator Thomas Duane, author Karla Jay, AFT President Randi Weingarten, author Eric Marcus, Freedom to Marry Founder Evan Wolfson, Stonewall Inn Gives Back's Stacy Lentz, and Center for Black Equity President/CEO Earl Fowlkes.

Duration:02:00:00

Waking Up Special 05312019 Part 2

5/31/2019
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In a special double edition of WBAI New York's "Waking Up," Celeste Katz talks Stonewall, money in politics, mass transit, the week in Washington, and Election 2020 with Jeff Simmons of WBAI, Anna Massoglia of the Center for Responsive Politics, Jose Martinez of The City, Elaine Quijano of CBS News, and Michael Gormley of Newsday. Show your support! www.give2wbai.org

Duration:01:00:00

Waking Up Special 05312019 Part 1

5/31/2019
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In a special double edition of WBAI New York's "Waking Up," Celeste Katz talks Stonewall, money in politics, mass transit, the week in Washington, and Election 2020 with Jeff Simmons of WBAI, Anna Massoglia of the Center for Responsive Politics, Jose Martinez of The City, Elaine Quijano of CBS News, and Michael Gormley of Newsday. Show your support! www.give2wbai.org

Duration:01:06:57

Tribalization of Politics and a Woman's Right to Choose

5/30/2019
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Jeff and Celeste speak to scholar Ian Reifowitz about his new book, "The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric On The Obama Presidency Paved The Way For Trump." Up next is Dr. Diane Horvath, ob-gyn, with the latest updates on threats to abortion rights in America. Please consider a gift to listener-supported WBAI: www.give2wbai.org

Duration:00:59:56

Memorial Day Waking Up Part 2

5/27/2019
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In a special Memorial Day edition of WBAI's "Waking Up," Celeste Katz speaks with Jeremy Butler of IAVA; documentarians Danielle Bernstein and Jason Maris; Kristen Rouse of the NYC Veterans Alliance; Gold Star Mom Cyndy Jones of Heroes in Transition; and USAF veteran and radio host Stacy Washington.

Duration:01:00:00

Memorial Day Waking Up Part 1

5/27/2019
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In a special Memorial Day edition of WBAI's "Waking Up," Celeste Katz speaks with Jeremy Butler of IAVA; documentarians Danielle Bernstein and Jason Maris; Kristen Rouse of the NYC Veterans Alliance; Gold Star Mom Cyndy Jones of Heroes in Transition; and USAF veteran and radio host Stacy Washington.

Duration:00:59:54