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The New Yorkest Podcast
33: Dirty Data Dystopia
Apr 17 • 36 min
For now we see through a black box, darkly, as Albert Fox Cahn and Liz O'Sullivan of STOP - The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project — visit Bleecker Street to talk about what's happening with algorithms and AI in de Blasio's New York.
32: A Tale of Two Pre-Ks
Apr 11 • 46 min
Within Universal Pre-K, there are two groups of teachers — one that works for the city, and one that works for community groups the city contracts with — that do the same work, for very different salaries. Christina Veiga of Chalkbeat joins us to talk…
31: Just Us episode 1
Apr 4 • 42 min
FAQ presents a new, highly irregular podcast about courts and the justice system with Victoria Bekiempis and Alex Brook Lynn talking with with legendary courts reporter Christina Carrega about the highly irregular trials of Chanel Lewis, convicted this…
30: Ferry Follies
Apr 3 • 51 min
Rosie Goldensohn of The City comes in to explain how the city blew $369 million to save $30 million on a niche transportation system that charges $2.75 per ride that the city pays $13 to provide, state Senator Alessandra Biaggi calls in to discuss how…
29: MacDoodle Street, or, A Pod for Visual Voluptuaries
Mar 28 • 38 min
Mark Alan Stamaty’s great visual novel MacDoodle Street—the story of dishwashing poet Malcolm Frazzle that first appeared in the pages of the Village Voice in the late 1970s—is back in print thanks to the fine nerds of the New York Review of Books. Bill…
28: A New Day for the Oldest Profession?
Mar 22 • 70 min
Harry Siegel and Alex Lynn talk with state Senator Jessica Ramos about sex work and the new push to decriminalize in in New York, and much more. Plus, Emma Whitford runs down her reporting on loitering laws, massage raids, and why the NYPD says we can’t…
27: Prosecutor’s Promise: I’ll Hammer Less
Mar 14 • 50 min
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez talks with Harry and Alex about his Justice 2020 action plan, what happens when prosecutors with legal hammers stop treating people like nails, policing the police, sex crimes and much more. Then Alex and Victoria…
26: The Fusion Explosion
Mar 6 • 39 min
As Cuomo's Democratic Party looks to blow up fusion voting in New York, the Post's Michael Benjamin joins Christina and Harry to discuss the state of the party here and nationally in the shadow of Trump. Plus Victoria and Alex go in the courts to talk…
25: Nefarious Reasons in a Special Election
Feb 27 • 36 min
New Public Advocate-elect Jumaane Williams called Christina Greer just before the polls closed to discuss his vision for the office—and why there needs to be an investigation of how his sealed police records from a decade-old domestic dispute ended up…
24: Amazon’s Prime Decepticon
Feb 14 • 62 min
A double-sized episode with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer explaining to Chrissie and Harry why he isn't interested in negotiating with Amazon, or serving with Ruben Diaz Jr. Plus—deep breath!—Daily Beast special Fashion Week correspondent Sarah Shears on…
23: No Access
Feb 7 • 38 min
With the tragic death of Malaysia Goodson reigniting New Yorkers' fears and concerns about making it into and out of the subway tunnels, we spoke to engineer and advocate Chris Pangilinan about a system that still mostly depends on stairs — and what it's…
22: ICE’s Courthouse Jump Offs
Jan 31 • 42 min
We talk federal arrests inside state courts with Documented NY's Mazin Sidahmed and Felipe de la Hoz. Plus, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera talks with Christina about the blue new day in Albany, and Victoria Bekiempis explains to Harry why Robert de Niro's…
21: El Chapo’s Burgundy Burn
Jan 23 • 44 min
Chrissy and Harry talk with turncoat Azi Paybarah about door knocking Peter Parker in Queens, Timesman Alan Feuer about the madness of the El Chapo trial in Brooklyn, and courts reporter Victoria Bekiempis about Harvey Weinstein's wired new legal team.
20: New York’s Californication
Jan 17 • 45 min
The state of the state is changing fast, for a change. Chris Smith joins Chrissy and Harry to discuss.
19: L-pocalypse Nah
Jan 10 • 47 min
The governor controls the train authority that planned and warned for years that the L train tunnel would need to be shut down for repairs after Hurricane Sandy ravaged it back in 2012. Then Governor Cuomo walked through the tunnel in 2019, and emerged…
18: Our 2018 Kicker
Dec 20, 2018 • 41 min
We talk De Blasio, Cuomo, NYCHA, and more. Plus Alex Brook Lynn on the death of the Cornelia Street Cafe, and Victoria Bekiempis takes you in the courts.
17: Nazis and Street Fights in Victory City
Dec 13, 2018 • 47 min
White supremacists holding rallies with fascists and anti-fascists brawling outside, and war looming. Maybe that sounds like NYC in 2018, but we're talking NYC in WWII and the years around it along with special guests John Strausbaugh, author of "Victory…
16: Albany’s Sex Crimes Horror Show
Dec 6, 2018 • 63 min
“I’m a single woman. I don't come from wealth. How do I survive this experience so I can get a job again? In politics, your loyalty and your network is your value and taking on a member as powerful as Vito, you’re not just taking on that member—you’re…
15: NYCHA’s SOS
Nov 29, 2018 • 46 min
Councilman Ritchie Torres and Daily News investigative reporter Greg B. Smith discuss lead, neglect, private money and public housing. Plus Gwynne Hogan goes to the Andrew Jackson houses in the Bronx to talk with Daniel Barber, the leader of the group of…
14: Ugly Optical Illusion
Nov 15, 2018 • 40 min
Voting in New York is a certified disaster. Michael Benjamin joins the FAQ crew to discuss why that is, and how to fix it. Plus Chirissy Greer, on her way to Georgia, breaks down the unsettled governor's race there, and much more…a including ChapAzon.
13: Fresh From the Election Day Coup
Nov 7, 2018 • 45 min
Ben Max of Gotham Gazette sat down with us in the wee hours of Wednesday morning for a first look at the polls, and a new day in New York where fat cats just might get slapped back. Plus Alex Brook Lynn hits Staten Island and South Brooklyn Tuesday to…
12: The ‘Authentically Effervescent’ Mr. Johnson
Nov 1, 2018 • 34 min
🎶 Corey Johnson may be the City Council speaker, but we've got him singing in our first ever musical episode.
11: Molinaro, the Mooch & the State of the N.Y. GOP
Oct 25, 2018 • 42 min
We talked in person about the sad state of the Republican party here, and on the phone with the Republican who would be governor who evokes some of what the party once was and, he hopes, could be. Alex Lynn reports from her night out partying with Anthony…
10: November Stakes
Oct 11, 2018 • 40 min
With Democrats poised to keep holding every statewide office, FAQ talked with City and State's Rebecca C. Lewis about the high stakes fights for control of the state Senate in Albany and the House in Washington, and the races here that could decide which…
9: Jumaane’s ‘No Inside Dude’
Oct 4, 2018 • 36 min
Councilman Jumaane Williams was thisclose to becoming the Lieutenant Governor Andrew Cuomo dreaded. He fell short, but his political stock has never been higher. He talked with the FAQ crew about the change coming to Albany, the state of New York City and…
8.2 Short: Jumaane Williams
Oct 3, 2018 • 4 min
Here's a taste of Jumaane Williams, on clearing the lieutenant governor's for the Working Families Party with a new "campaign" against state Senator Simcha Felder; full interview up soon.
8.1 Short: Howie Hawkins
Oct 2, 2018 • 3 min
Azi talks with the Green Party gubernatorial hopeful Howie Hawkins, who makes his case and talks some stuff about the Working Families Party.
8: STRINGER
Sep 27, 2018 • 37 min
Scott STRINGER or STRINGER Bell? ——You have any idea what I had to do to get where I am today? When I say I’m ready, you best believe it. (The youngsters?) Look, I’m going to empower this generation.… learning how to work the system. I had to learn it…
7: IDC Heads Roll, and so Does the Cuomo Machine
Sep 14, 2018 • 26 min
New York's Democrats came out in force, to punish local incumbents even as they stood behind Cuomo and helped Tish James, his pick for attorney general, make some history.
6: How Thou Ought to Vote
Sep 6, 2018 • 35 min
A week before primary day — the moment of truth in most New York elections — we pull back the curtain on the voice of the papers in a conversation with editorial board members Mara Gay of the New York Times and Alyssa Katz of the Daily News about how they…
5: AG Hopefuls Talk RE & DJT
Aug 30, 2018 • 51 min
In a supersized episode 5, we ask aspiring Attorneys General Zephyr Teachout, Tish James, Sean Patrick Maloney and Leecia Eve to say whether or not Donald Trump and his crew are emblematic of the New York real estate world, and what would change if each…
4: The Curse of Tom Suozzi
Aug 23, 2018 • 37 min
Are you listening, Cynthia Nixon? The original Democratic underdog has some thoughts on what it’s like to run against the party powers that be for governor of New York.
3: FAQ Meets BdB
Aug 17, 2018 • 47 min
Mayor Bill de Blasio sat down with us at Gracie Mansion to talk about his Murdoch-oriented media critique, how his progressive Democrats have already won the fight for the soul of the party, and why — hey, Cynthia Nixon! — he still he isn't ready to…
2: De Blasio’s Moon Shot Mission to Albany
Aug 8, 2018 • 47 min
New York City is the center of the universe, at least we think so. But what if it turned out that the universe didn’t revolve around us but in fact we revolved around… Albany? If the Democrats finally retake the state Senate and the Empire State turns…
1: The Return of John Liu
Aug 1, 2018 • 28 min
John Liu thought he was on track to be New York City's next mayor in 2013 before a federal investigation overshadowed his run. Now, he says, things have changed and he's trying to get back in the game as one of a group of Democrats running primaries…