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September 4, 2019  

The Hypsochromic Hypothesis (with Melanie D’Arrigo)

A couple weeks ago, we aired the explosive episode On Your Left, featuring Michael Weinstock, a progressive primary challenger to the Democratic incumbent from NY's 3rd Congressional District, Tom Suozzi. But Weinstock's not alone in taking the self-styled centrist to task over his self-styled centrism.

Today we're joined by another 3rd District Democratic hopeful, Melanie D'Arrigo, who aims to prove that in the era of Trump and AOC, machine-backed moderate Democrats - even in purple, suburban districts - have vulnerable left flanks.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

August 28, 2019  

Anyone Left In Mount Vernon Who Isn’t Mayor? (with Mayor Andre Wallace)

If you remember our July 15 episode, The Supernumerary Mayors of Mount Vernon, you know that city just north of NYC was experiencing a remarkable power struggle between two men, Richard Thomas and Andre Wallace, both of whom claimed to be mayor. Department heads, city employees, and citizens didn't know quite what to make of it. At one point, the newly appointed (though naturally contested) chief of police was arrested when he arrived for work. After a few weeks, a judge's ruling seemed to quell the crisis. And then it got suddenly worse.

Today, actual mayor Andre Wallace joins us to discuss.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

August 16, 2019  

How Epstein Cheated the Hangman (with Wardens Catherine Linaweaver and Cameron Lindsay)

Today we’re probing the ignominious end of Jeffrey Epstein’s ignominious life. The circumstances of Epstein’s death are suspicious, whether or not you subscribe to the more fantastical conspiracy theories. While the details of timelines and security lapses remain sketchy and incomplete, what we know is that the highest profile prisoner in the federal prison system died of unnatural causes, in the special housing unit of a facility used to incarcerating mob bosses, drug kingpins, and terrorists - a facility that hasn’t seen a suicide in over 20 years.

Here to help us make sense of it are two fantastic guests - Catherine Linaweaver, the former warden of NY’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (the facility in question) and 2012 Warden of the Year; and Cameron Lindsay, the former warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, that borough’s 3x larger equivalent to Manhattan’s MCC.

Lindsay and Linaweaver of course have uniquely well informed perspectives about what happened here, where and why the breakdowns occurred, what to do about it, and where the investigation goes next.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

August 13, 2019  

On Your Left! (with Michael Weinstock)

In the era of AOC, NY's Democratic incumbents are sleeping with one eye open, even in the suburbs. Congressman Tom Suozzi (Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens) has attracted at least two challengers from his left flank.

Today, we sit down with former sex crimes prosecutor Michael Weinstock (weinstockforcongress.com), one of those progressive Democrats looking to snatch the 3rd District nomination from Suozzi.

Weinstock blasts Suozzi not only for being a "fake Democrat," but over his support for a convicted felon and political ally, who Weinstock alleges criminally sexually harassed him.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

July 30, 2019  

NY’s Finest Crisis (with Assemblyman Mike LiPetri)

A crisis is brewing in the NYPD, with implications far graver than a few cops getting doused by bucket-wielding miscreants.

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July 18, 2019  

Queens DA: The Never-Ending Primary (with Craig Burnett)

It's been 25 days since Queens Democrats went to the polls to pick their nominee for District Attorney, a primary and proxy war that pitted borough president Melinda Katz against the AOC/Sanders/Warren-backed upstart Tiffany Cabán.

The borough of over 2 million people wound up with the candidates separated by just 16 votes, sparking an overtime battle being waged at the Board of Elections, in court, and naturally all over social media.

Assuming it ever ends, will the losing side accept the result or cry foul? And what does it mean for the establishment vs. far left divide in the Democratic Party?

Here to help us sort through it is our first-ever returning guest, Hofstra University's Dr. Craig Burnett.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

July 15, 2019  

The Supernumerary Mayors of Mount Vernon

Think your local government is dysfunctional? If you don't live in Mount Vernon, you don't know the meaning of the word.

Last week, a year after being indicted, their mayor pled guilty to pilfering campaign funds. So the city swore in a new mayor. But they both keep showing up to work.

Also, there's now a third mayor. It's complicated.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

July 3, 2019  

The Most Important Pointless Office In New York (with Joe Borelli)

The NYC Public Advocate is a heartbeat from the mayoralty. Yet the position (formerly held by current mayor and quixotic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio) is virtually powerless. Councilman Joe Borelli wants the gig anyway. Let's find out why.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

June 24, 2019  

Primary Pick’em

What do a man indicted on felony federal corruption charges, a Gen Z named Hercules, a state senator who took office about 15 seconds ago, and the socialist party's favorite public defender have in common? New Yorkers have the chance to vote for all of them. Tomorrow.

Today, we're breaking down all the big primary races, and politely pretending you didn't just realize tomorrow was primary day.

Elections featured:

- Cohoes Mayor (D)
- Yonkers Mayor (D)
- NYC Council District 45 (D)
- Queens District Attorney (D)
- State Senate District 57 (R)
- Erie County Executive (I)

Find out whether and where you vote tomorrow at elections.ny.gov or in NYC at nyccfb.info/voterguide.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

June 14, 2019  

Fixing the Unfixable (with Jack Schnirman)

Put on your green eye shades and get ready to count some beans. Because today we're talking with Jack Schnirman, the comptroller of Nassau County, that perennial fiscal basket case that's the suburban home to over a million New Yorkers and the site of some of our state's most egregious corruption and mismanagement.

Over the past 18 number-crunching months, Jack's taken on the challenge to fish Nassau County out of the financial and ethical toilet. Let's see how he's doing so far.

Follow Jack at twitter.com/NCComptroller and send your tips about county waste, abuse, and inefficiency to reportitreformit@nassaucountyny.gov.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)