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And the Grammy Awards go to…New York City

The Grammys are back in New York City this Sunday. Leaving its usual home Los Angeles, the popular music industry awards show is returning to New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first time in more than a decade. Julie Menin, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, stopped by the Slant Podcast to talk about how she lured the show back to New York.

Duration: 00:12:08

New NYC Council Declares Independence

New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres is heading a newly expanded committee that some see as an effort to assert the council’s independence from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Oversight and Investigations Committee plans to hire 10 to 15 new staffers to increase its investigatory reach. Torres dropped by the Slant Podcast to talk about his new role, and how it will be different from other watchdog efforts in New York City.

Duration: 00:19:20

Justice Delayed

During his State of the State address last week, Governor Cuomo spoke at length about his proposal to reform bail and other criminal justice policies in New York. At the center of his pitch on bail reform was Kalief Browder, who committed suicide after spending three years at Riker's Island while awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack. Akeem Browder, Kalief's brother who has become an outspoken criminal justice advocate, was recognized by the Governor during his speech. Akeem...

Duration: 00:24:58

Cuomo Kicks Off Session, and Re-election Campaign

Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2018 State of the State address is in the books. It lasted over 90 minutes and touched on a slew of legislative priorities and hot-button issues. And while we will find out Cuomo's true priorities when he lays out his budget later this month, today's address shows the governor's political positioning as he looks ahead to re-election, and even a potential presidential run in 2020. Long-time Siena College pollster and Albany veteran Steve Greenberg joins us to analyze...

Duration: 00:14:01

The Progressive Picture, with Dr. Christina Greer

From Alabama to New York, progressives in the United States are trying to figure out how to navigate the political landscape in the Trump era. Dr. Christina Greer of Fordham University joins us to talk about the electoral and policy strategies and goals of the progressive movement, and the role of the Democratic party. We also touch on national security in light of the bombing at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and the race for New York City council speaker.

Duration: 00:32:50

Christine Quinn Speaks Her Mind

As the CEO of Win (Women in Need), Christine Quinn is concerned about the impact the pending federal tax bill will have on the families her organization serves. The former city council speaker joins the Slant podcast to talk about how the current political climate is impacting her nonprofit. She also gives her candid take on the state of the national Democratic Party, the race to be the next NYC council speaker, talks to reunite the NYS Senate democrats, and the recent quarrel between...

Duration: 00:34:56

The Never-ending Saga: Ben Kabak Talks Transit

Ben Kabak is the author of the 2nd Ave. Sagas blog, which chronicles the daily developments and drama of New York City’s transportation system and the MTA. He dropped by the Slant podcast, co-hosted by City & State editor-at-large Gerson Borrero and guest host Jon Lentz, City & State editor-in-chief, to talk about the city’s transit woes. Kabak discussed the appointment of the new president of New York City Transit, Andy Byford, and the likelihood of a congestion pricing plan passing the...

Duration: 00:27:59

Finksgiving Part 2: De Blasio’s Second Term Preview and Surveying the 2018 Landscape

In part two of our discussion with NY1 reporter Zack Fink, we look into what the next four years will look like for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who declared a mandate for his agenda after his re-election victory. Zack also surveys the 2018 landscape for competitive House races throughout the state and whether Gov. Cuomo will face a competitive primary.

Duration: 00:19:03

Farewell, Nick Powell!

Our intrepid podcast host and opinion and features editor Nick Powell is leaving City & State for Galveston, Texas where he'll report for the Houston Chronicle. As host, Nick has been instrumental in growing the Slant podcast to what it is now, and we will all surely miss him. In this extra episode, Gerson and Nick reminisce about building the podcast, discuss the state of the media industry, and Nick tells us some of his favorite and not-so-favorite guests. City & State editor-in-chief...

Duration: 00:28:50

Finksgiving Part I: What do 2017 elections say about 2018 in New York?

Zack Fink believes the Democratic victories in the election on Nov. 7 could be a sign of things to come. The Albany reporter for NY1 and frequent podcast guest returned to talk about the election results in the city and state, and what it means for the future of the Democratic Party. Zack also previewed the 2018 statewide races and what the 2017 results could mean for potential primary and Republican challengers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Duration: 00:24:44

Economic Anxiety Takes Hold from Puerto Rico to New York, with NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, New York lawmakers met for a modified version of the 2017 Somos conference -- which was held in Queens this year instead of San Juan. As part of our coverage of Somos, we sat down with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to discuss just how difficult a recovery process this will be economically for Puerto Rico. We also talked about what inaction on the federal level means for New York's budget.

Duration: 00:14:07

Gov. Cuomo Talks Puerto Rico and Lower Manhattan Terror Attack

While this year's normal SOMOS conference was cancelled due to the devastation from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, elected officials instead gathered in Queens to discuss the recovery and the path forward for the island. Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the conference, committing New York's resources to helping Puerto Rico and criticizing the federal response. Cuomo joins us for this podcast to discuss these issues as well as the recent terror attack in lower Manhattan.

Duration: 00:20:40

J.C. Polanco Advocates for Himself

J.C. Polanco wants to redefine what it means to be a Republican in New York City. The long-shot candidate for public advocate dropped by the Slant podcast to talk about how he thinks Republican ideas can improve the community, from using charter schools as a tool for desegregation to his voter reform plan. The son of Dominican immigrants, Polanco discussed his complicated relationship with the state party, and how he hopes to inspire greater diversity in the New York GOP.

Duration: 00:40:18

Gale Brewer’s No-Nonsense Solutions for Manhattan

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer tells it like it is. Whether she’s advocating for more women in government, working with residents on rezoning, or acting as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s conscience, Brewer is one of the rare politicians who governs practically, not politically. Brewer stopped by the Slant podcast to talk about her reaction to de Blasio’s new plan for reducing congestion, the negative side effects of term limits in the City Council, and the importance of borough...

Duration: 00:37:28

Repowering Puerto Rico

Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, it’s difficult to get a clear picture of the storm’s devastation to the island’s power grid. Gil Quiniones, the president of the New York Power Authority, was among a delegation of New York officials that visited the island and has deployed a team of volunteers to help Puerto Rico get back its electricity. Quiniones joins us this week to paint a vivid picture of the damage to Puerto Rico’s power grid. He lays out the island’s...

Duration: 00:30:41

The Doctoroff Is In

Hillary Clinton isn’t the only ex-New York politician on the book circuit. Dan Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined The Slant podcast to discuss his new book, Greater than Ever: New York’s Big Comeback - a manifesto/memoir of the city’s journey to economic revitalization following the devastating September 11 terrorist attacks. Doctoroff explains why the timing was right for a Bloomberg-era retrospective, his...

Duration: 00:35:08

Cheryl Willis Cuts Through the Noise

With all the talking heads shouting over one another on cable news these days, NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills is spearheading a new show with the goal of getting to the bottom of important issues...without all the histrionics. Her program, In Focus, tackles one issue per episode with great depth - from immigration reform to public education to civil war monuments. Wills joins us on this week's podcast to give her thoughts on covering the Puerto Rico crisis, and explain what motivates her to...

Duration: 00:24:43

Sounding the Alarm on Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico last week as a Category 4 storm, devastating the island and leaving millions of Americans without power, possibly for as long as 6 months. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo were both born in and still have family in Puerto Rico, and they visited the territory on Friday with Governor Andrew Cuomo to survey the damage. They told us that the destruction is worse than many people realize, affecting the healthcare and...

Duration: 00:27:10

NY1’s Grace Rauh Just Wants de Blasio to Have Fun

One week after Mayor Bill de Blasio coasted to victory in the Democratic primary election, we’re left questioning whether an election defined by low turnout gives him a “mandate” to continue enacting his agenda. NY1 political reporter Grace Rauh has followed de Blasio since his election in 2013, often literally doorstepping him at various events. She joined the Slant podcast to explain the enthusiasm gap around de Blasio, why he avoids her questions outside of his Park Slope gym, and her...

Duration: 00:40:43

Juan González on De Blasio’s Watershed Mayoralty

New York City has had its share of larger-than-life mayors - from Koch to Giuliani to Bloomberg - but none have transferred power to the working class as aggressively as Bill de Blasio. That’s the argument made by former longtime New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez in his new book, Reclaiming Gotham - an in-depth account of de Blasio’s rise to power as part of the nationwide progressive movement. By Gonzalez’s calculations, the reforms de Blasio has instituted in his first term...

Duration: 00:31:18

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