• Activist Lawyer Tackles Tough Political, Human Rights Issues

    February 6, 2008 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    Brian O’Dwyer, a longtime champion of human rights who helped President Bill Clinton establish a framework for peace in Northern Ireland, sees the U.S. entering a xenophobic period similar to those that Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants faced here generations ago. Just substitute the word “Latinos” and we’re getting close to that, he says. O’Dwyer, son of a legendary defender of progressive causes, discusses hot-button issues from America’s immigration situation to achieving Middle East peace. As for the presidential race, can Hillary Clinton win? Can she lose?
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  • CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein Talks Education Reform

    January 10, 2008 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    The New York State Commission on Higher Education released its preliminary report calling for changes to state public universities, including the creation of a state Compact that would create more revenue for SUNY and CUNY. CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, a member of the Commission, discusses the goals of the state Compact – modeled after the successful CUNY Compact – and describes the need for sustained investment in public higher education.
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  • Professors Analyze New Political Survey of Gays, Lesbians

    December 12, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    Gays don’t always learn from their families how to vote, as other segments of the population usually do. Is that why gays and lesbians are much more politically engaged? Why do the overwhelming majority vote Democratic? Kenneth Sherrill, professor of political science at Hunter College, and Patrick Egan, an assistant professor at New York University, discuss unexpected findings of a recent political survey delving into the backgrounds of lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
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  • Authority on Polling Explains How Much Can Go Wrong

    December 4, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    Can the openness of Iowa’s Democratic caucus system affect voting results (if your boss is standing in one candidate’s corner, do you want to march across the room to another’s)? How do polls influence a candidate’s campaign strategies (a candidate may have a large youthful following, but historically more older citizens actually vote). Micheline Blum, director of the Baruch College Survey Research Unit, discusses these and many other thought-provoking election topics, including what’s the most reliable polling method (it’s not the Internet).
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  • Portly City Councilman and Nutritionist Talk Healthy Diets

    October 31, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    Health is just one reason New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie recently began a weight-loss program to slim down his 350-plus-pound frame. Comrie, who represents Southeast Queens, wants to be a role model for his constituency, and others, as he considers seeking higher office. He and city nutrition expert Cathy Nonas discuss what’s being done to stem the obesity epidemic in New York and nationwide. Salad bars are appearing in schools, fresh produce in bodegas and farmers markets in low-income areas to provide healthier alternatives to fatty, sugary, carb-loaded convenience foods. What’s the best diet? What bad habits besides overeating contribute to weight gain? How much exercise is enough?
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  • Civic Leader Diana Taylor Stresses the Importance of Parks

    October 24, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    She’s been praised as one of the most powerful – and best dressed — women in New York City. Now international investment expert and civic activist Diana Taylor is focusing on improving the West Side waterfront, as chair of the Hudson River Park Trust. She discusses how the city can ensure its spot as a […]

  • Transportation Expert Provides a View of the City in 2030

    October 17, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    New York City has an ambitious plan for what it will look like in 2030. But how do we get there, what are the priorities and how do we pay for it? Robert E. Paaswell knows. Affordable housing and better transportation are keys to growth, as is infrastructure; new or improved power and water systems also are long overdue, says Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center at City College who helped prepare a report on smart growth for the metro area. He discusses the problems and innovative solutions including congestion pricing and “bus rapid transit.”
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  • Education Consultant Assesses City Schools Reorganization

    June 13, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    The Department of Education did well in producing positive outcomes during the first year of a reorganization of city schools, says Seymour Fliegel, who heads a nonprofit organization that’s helping schools improve. Reading scores went up, and resources were added so there can be real accountability, continues Fliegel, president of CEI-PEA. Hear why he thinks partnering with support organizations that provide expert consultants will continue to benefit students, teachers and principals — as well as his views on what still needs improvement.
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  • Bronx President Discusses the Borough’s Progress, Problems

    June 6, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    The reason the Bronx has come back in ways no one ever imagined an inner city area could is that local people rolled up their sleeves and made it happen, says Borough President Adolfo Carrion. What are the biggest remaining challenges, now that streets are safer? Ensuring residents quality education and health, he says. As for attractions, Yankee Stadium is a success story. The revitalized Hunts Point fish and produce markets are drawing shoppers. Next on the tourist front: Why not a museum celebrating the Bronx as the birthplace of hip-hop, Carrion says.
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  • Citizens Union Head Outlines Most-Needed State Reforms

    April 18, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    The level of disappointment in Gov. Spitzer’s first budget discussions shows how difficult it is to change Albany, Dick Dadey says. He adds that the governor tried to accomplish some major reforms but ran into a brick wall. The top two priorities needing to be addressed, Dadey says, are gerrymandering and campaign financing. Dadey suggests ways the state can solve these and other problems, plus accomplish voting and judicial reform. He also identifies New York City issues that his nonprofit watchdog organization feels are in need of reform.
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