politics

Albany Strangeness in the Multiverse of Map Madness

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Map master Steven Romalewski and penetrating politics reporter Brigid Bergin do their best to explain what the hell is happening with our upcoming election, where the maps are still being drawn and even the dates, plural, for various contests aren’t entirely certain. Plus, Nick Pinto of the brand-new NYC journalism venture Hell Gate breaks down his story there about the NYPD’s Stonewalling Attorney Called Out for Lying and Forging Emails.

From FAQ NYC
On May 5, 2022
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Flipping the Albany Script With Eddie Gibbs

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An awful lot of New York politicians end up going to prison but Assemblyman Eddie Gibbs, who spent 17 months in Rikers as a teen followed by four and a half years in state prisons, is the first to do it the other way around. He joins the pod for a conversation about that, “the bad old days” and the state of the city now, and rapping and performing comedy with legends including the late, great Big L and Biggie Smalls.

From FAQ NYC
On April 20, 2022
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Nigeria’s Holy Romance with Ignorance

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Our dealings are dominated by a disregard for scientific reasoning, and a preference for ostentatious, and often venal religiosity.

From Olongo Africa
On January 21, 2022
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The Men Who Put the “P” into “Politics”

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Karen Hinton, who worked for both Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, joins the pod to discuss her new memoir, Penis Politics: A Memoir of Women, Men and Power.

From FAQ NYC
On January 5, 2022
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Helluva Town

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We talk politics, and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio of Documented discusses her reporting on immigration enforcement.

From FAQ NYC
On November 17, 2021
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The Paranoid Style in American Posting

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On the neighborhood watchers of Nextdoor

From Popula
On November 15, 2021
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Do We Need More African Sports at the Olympics?

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In over two decades of my life in Nigeria, I have only seen a skateboard once and that skateboard was owned by a man who has been labeled as eccentric by his neighbors.

From Olongo Africa
On November 10, 2021
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The Kuomintang Does Not Know How to Dance

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Elderly politicians bust a move

From Popula
On November 4, 2021
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Negotiating African Dish Politics

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The mobility challenge faced by African cuisines in an increasingly technological age is unacceptable. So, when recently I stumbled on a writing about a certain food app called DishAfrik, with its ambitious catalogue of curated African cuisines, with a real-life cooking feature, I was overjoyed.

From Olongo Africa
On November 3, 2021
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Is There Life After Politics?

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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.

From FAQ NYC
On October 13, 2021
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The KMT Does Not Know How to Wear Pants

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Where Taiwanese politics are concerned, pants have sometimes been figured as a symbol of…masculinity. This is not just pan-Blue. Pan-green Taiwanese independence activist Koo Kwang-ming once lashed out at President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president, by claiming that he could not stomach a skirt-wearing woman leading the ROC military.

From No Man Is an Island
On September 28, 2021
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SAGRADAS: A TEXAS STORY

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“They just don’t know…I talked to God about, you know, about what happened,” she sobbed. “It wasn’t an easy choice. People just, they hate you for it, like, the ones that protest outside Hilltop, they don’t know what it’s like, or why. I did what I had to do, dude,” she cried. “Only you know why.”

From Tasteful Rude
On September 9, 2021
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The Forgotten Ones

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A prominent feature of post-colonial Nigeria was a remarkable fondness for everything white. This included western education and white-collar jobs, leading to the demonization of certain informal professions. For some reason, artists were among the most reviled.

From Olongo Africa
On September 8, 2021
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