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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 Jon...

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

Pollsters Pick Apart Cuomo

Pundits and pollsters alike are assuming that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make a run for the White House in the 2020 election. But according to Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, and Steve Greenberg of the Siena College Research Institute, if Cuomo does want to be president, he should give up on his goal of becoming a third term governor. In the second part of our conversation with Miringoff and Greenberg, we talked about how Cuomo's transit troubles...

Duration: 00:24:46

Pollsters Review the Tape on Trump’s Election

Donald Trump’s election shocked many across the country - but did pollsters really get it wrong? The answer is a resounding no, according to Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, and Steve Greenberg of Siena College Research Institute, two longtime polling experts who note the clear distinction between the accuracy of pre-election polls and forecasting aggregators like FiveThirtyEight that promoted a misleading narrative. The Slant podcast traveled...

Duration: 00:31:43

Discrimination from Charlottesville to Albany, with Dr. Christina Greer

Following this weekend’s Neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University, told us that the violent events are a direct side effect of the toxic political environment encouraged by President Donald Trump. Dr. Greer spoke with us about the president who she calls the “boy king” and the Republicans in Congress who have enabled him to this point. She also addressed some local issues, like why she believes Nicole...

Duration: 00:42:31

Staten Island Fever with Jimmy Oddo

Few New York City elected officials speak with as much candor and passion as Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo. From examining the mistakes made nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy wrecked parts of his borough, to drilling down on the failures of the New York City “perma-government", Oddo certainly does not pull any punches. We ventured to Staten Island this week to chat with Oddo on a wide range of topics, from Sandy recovery to the borough’s infrastructure needs. Oddo also...

Duration: 00:42:22

Best of Slant: Highlights from the First Half of 2017

We're off this week at the NY Slant podcast, so we thought we'd bring you a short compilation of some of our favorite interviews that we've done so far this year. Guests on this podcast include: Assemblyman Charles Barron, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, NY1 political anchor Errol Louis, and Ben Kabak of the 2nd Avenue Sagas blog. We'll be back next week with a new podcast interview.

Duration: 00:26:09

Broken Windows, Broken Promises with Bob Gangi

Before Mayor Bill de Blasio can face presumptive Republican nominee Nicole Malliotakis in the November general election, he has to get through the September Democratic primary. Bob Gangi, an activist and co-founder of the Police Reform Organizing Project, is challenging de Blasio to be the Democratic nominee, running on a progressive platform, with a focus on reforming the criminal justice system in New York City. He talks about the institutional problems in the NYPD, how de Blasio let...

Duration: 00:33:58

Single-Payer Showdown

Did you think the presidential debates were low on substance? We've got substance AND style today with a debate on creating a single-payer health care system here in New York. Assemblyman Dick Gottfried has been pushing the idea for years, but Bill Hammond, a healthcare expert with the Empire Center, is skeptical it will work as advertised. Both joined the podcast to explain what exactly we mean when we say "single-payer," the cost of such a system in terms of new taxes and their thoughts...

Duration: 00:48:40

DeBlasio’s Staten Island Conundrum

Staten Island has long been a Republican stronghold in an otherwise overwhelmingly Democratic political landscape in New York City. And with a conservative Staten Island politician running for mayor against the liberal incumbent Bill de Blasio, that political contrast will be on full display in the coming months. Anna Sanders, the City Hall reporter for the Staten Island Advance, joins the Slant podcast to explain why Staten Islanders disapprove of the mayor, the appeal of Nicole...

Duration: 00:30:25

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