New York Times city hall reporter Jeff Mays talks with Chrissy and Katie about what life after city hall could look like for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Documented engagement reporter Rommel H Ojeda talks with Harry about New York’s tapped-out $2.1 excluded worker fund, and Low Life author Lucy Sante reads an epitaph for the cities that were.
"If it were deliberate, it could not have been done more efficiently... you couldn't design a more efficient system to choke press freedom."
New York Is Dead. Long live New York City.
We talked with Robert Sullivan, the author of Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, for a wide-ranging conversation that began with the news that Central Park’s beloved owl Barry had consumed rat poison that may have made impaired her ability to fly before she was hit and killed by a Conservancy truck inside the park.
From unvaccinated teachers to the challenges for a new Chancellor, a conversation with Chalkbeat New York reporter Christina Veiga on the city’s chaotic first week of school.
Katie Honan and Harry Siegel talk with George Joseph of WNYC about the spate of deaths at Rikers, and with Maurizio Guerrero about his reporting for Documented NY on the secret price of a construction worker’s life.
A huge holiday weekend show with Reuven Blau of the City talking about Rikers, Assemblyman Ron Kim talking about Albany’s extraordinary session, rent relief and why he’s not done with Andrew Cuomo yet, and David Brand of City Limits talking about the new eviction moratorium.
Documentarians Steven Rosenbaum and Pamela Yoder discuss their new film, The Outsider, about the construction of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial and why it feels so cut off from New York City and from the last 20 years.
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who ran a tough race for lieutenant governor against Kathy Hochul in 2018 and now says he might run against her for governor in 2022, rejoins the pod.
PODCAST! Long-ago Cuomo employee and long-time Cuomo critic Alexis Grenell joins FAQ for a look at how things fell apart for our Emmy-award winning governor.
PODCAST! With Politico New York City Hall Bureau Chief Sally Goldenberg
Podcast! Photographer David Godlis and writer Luc Sante talk with Alex and Harry about Godlis Streets, his new book of 1970s street photography, and what was alluring about capturing glimpses of that city and the sometimes alluring “generalized small-time crumminess of so much of that decade.”
Book Club! Podcast! Chrissy is feeling oddly optimistic about the Eric Adams-Andrew Cuomo alliance, and jazz great turned boxing manager Charles Farrell visits the pod to talk with Harry and Vice’s Tim Marchman about his memoir that covers, among other things, playing with Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman, fixing fights for the mob, “the Moby Dick of boxing” and lots more. Stick around to the end to hear him play a little piano, too.
Podcast! The Democratic nominee who’s all but sure to be the next Manhattan District Attorney visits FAQ for a lively conversation.