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A weekly dive into the big questions about this city of ours, hosted by Christina Greer, Azi Paybarah and Harry Siegel, and produced by Alex Brook Lynn.
||CleanEpisode 16: Albany's Sex Crimes Horror Show||“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||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: NYCHA's SOS||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 o||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Ugly Optical Illusion||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.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Fresh From the Election Day Coup||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.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The ‘Authentically Effervescent’ Mr. Johnson||🎶 Corey Johnson may be the City Council speaker, but we've got him singing in our first ever musical episode.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Molinaro, the Mooch & the State of the N.Y. GOP||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 Antho||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: November Stakes||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 whic||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Jumaane's 'No Inside Dude'||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 a||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8-2-short: 8.2 Short: Jumaane Williams||Here's a taste of Jumaane Williams, on clearing the lieutenant governor's line for the Working Families Party with a new "campaign" against state Senator Simcha Felder; full interview up soon.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8-1-short: 8.1 Short: Howie Hawkins||Azi talks with the Green Party gubernatorial hopeful Howie Hawkins, who makes his case and talks some stuff about the Working Families Party.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: STRINGER||New York City Comptroller Scott STRINGER or Barksdale Organization Boss STRINGER Bell? We talked to a STRINGER, who said "This wasn’t my first rodeo. I was paroled after 13 years from a place where hope dies in the middle of the night or is never hear||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: IDC Heads Roll, and so Does the Cuomo Machine||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.||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: How Thou Ought to Vote||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 ho||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: AG Hopefuls Talk RE & DJT||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||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Curse of Tom Suozzi||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.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: FAQ Meets BdB||Mayor Bill de Blasio sat down with us at Gracie Mansion to talk about his Murdoch-oriented media critique, how 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 en||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Moonshot: De Blasio’s Moon Shot Mission to Albany||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 tur||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Return of John Liu||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 aga||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great show but please reconsider the sound FX
I love this show and I think it earns the 5 stars. But I would ask you to reconsider the sound effects that interrupt interviews and make things sound like morning commercial radio. Your knowledgeable and passionate hosts bring all the energy the show needs. And those drop-ins, sometimes put in the middle of an interviewees thought, can make things hard to follow. (And given that the interviews are often done in a non traditional setting, the levels of the conversation ends up being softer than the loud sound effect that drops in). I think you have an excellent show, please don’t make it difficult to follow the intelligent and needed conversations you are having.
Great, even if you're not in NYC
Thanks to the perspective this team brings to their coverage, I have never cared so much about an AG race in a state I haven't lived for more than a decade. I used to be a political reporter (in a much smaller place than New York City, but with a hyper-local focus), and the conversations my coworkers and I would have in the newsroom had a passion and specificity that we couldn't really include in our daily reporting. This podcast feels like listening in on these types of uncensored newsroom debates. It is a wonderful reminder of the intrinsic relationship reporters have to their beats, and how vital that relationship is to our democracy -- especially now, as newsroom budgets are slashed and this weird, post-truth fervor consumes so many. It's a great listen, even if you're not in New York.
Fun and smart, from experts who know their stuff
Azi, Christina, and Harry are all veterans on the NY politics scene, and their institutional knowledge shines through in this fun, fast-paced podcast. Producer Alex weaves it all together beautifully. Am interested to see if it shapes up to be more for political novices looking to get informed or junkies who can't get enough of the roadshow that is NY politics. Looking forward to more great content!