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From WFUV News, a New York politics podcast hosted by Julia Agos and Andrew Millman. For Season 5 of Prickly Politics, we will be mixing election coverage with in-depth news explainers. Tune in every week for new episodes.

Latest Episodes

Race for NY-12: Suraj Patel

Prickly Podcast co-host Andrew Millman interviews Suraj Patel, a candidate for New York's 12th congressional district challenging incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney. In Prickly Politics Interviews, he talks about his "Family Opportunity Guarantee" and how he'd be a different Member of Congress compared to his opponent. Check back next week for the first Prickly Politics Explains...

19 MINMAR 4
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Race for NY-12: Suraj Patel

Insider's Guide to New York's 2020 Legislative Session

Wondering what to look out for next year in New York City and state politics? We've got an insider's guide for what to watch in 2020 at the city and state level. For this episode of Prickly Politics, we take a look at marijuana legalization, environmental issues, and the budget. We also talk to City & State's City Hall report Jeff Coltin about what he thinks are the biggest issues facing the city.

14 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Insider's Guide to New York's 2020 Legislative Session

One Person, One Vote? Not Anymore in New York City

New Yorkers voted to adopt Ranked Choice Voting for some city elections. This makes New York City the largest jurisdiction in the country to adopt the method. High profile political players like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Andrew Yang say this will increase voter turn out and make people feel like their vote matters more. While others worry the method is too complicated for voters to grasp. For this episode of Prickly Politics, Professor Boris Heersink helps explain how the method works and talks about how he thinks it’ll affect future elections. We also talk to Josh Silver, the co-founder of Represent.Us, which is an organization working to spread RCV nation wide. And City Councilman I. Daneek Miller explains why he is worried about how this will effect communities of color and immigrants. Natalie Migliore is back as guest co-host.

27 MIN2019 NOV 21
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One Person, One Vote? Not Anymore in New York City

Planet vs. Pensions: New York's Battle Over Divestment

Can pension fund divestment help combat climate change? New York City and State are in the midst of a debate over that question. Pensioners worry divestment could harm their returns, while climate activists believe divestment will put the fund ahead of the curve. In this episode of WFUV's Prickly Politics, we talk with Assistant Speaker of the New York State Assembly Felix Ortiz, who authored the Fossil Fuels Divestment Act, about why he believes this is the next phase of climate policy. We also talk with climate activist Cata Romo from 350.org and Politico reporter Danielle Muoio. WFUV's Natalie Migliore joins as guest co-host.

25 MIN2019 NOV 7
Comments
Planet vs. Pensions: New York's Battle Over Divestment

Prison Reform: Rikers And Restorative Justice

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the closing of Rikers Island, "The end of mass incarceration in New York City." In this episode of Prickly Politics, we explore different approaches to prison reform and how Rikers has become a symbol of mass incarceration nation wide. WFUV's Eliot Schiaparelli joins as co-host for this episode.

28 MIN2019 OCT 24
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Prison Reform: Rikers And Restorative Justice

Doing the Math on New York Education

New York schools are the most segregated in the nation, according to a study from UCLA. Our guests on this episode of Prickly Politics believe that's because of funding inequality.

26 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Doing the Math on New York Education

The Blue Wave of Criminal Justice Reform

Some are calling the decriminalization of sex work the new frontier in criminal justice reform. While others see it as the deterioration of our society's moral values. In this episode, we break down the issue of decriminalization of sex work and talk to some of the key players involved in the movement.

32 MIN2019 SEP 24
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The Blue Wave of Criminal Justice Reform

In Albany, a Reckoning

After the #MeToo movement, survivors of harassment and assault began to feel a sense of restlessness to share stories and take action. Many of the survivors we interviewed didn't know one another, but one person knew all of them: Alexis Grenell. Thanks to her, they formed the Sexual Harassment Working Group, and with now State Senator Alessandra Biaggi they forced Albany to reckon with its past and make real changes for the state's future...not next session, not after the next election. Now.

25 MIN2019 JUL 3
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In Albany, a Reckoning

Same Bar, New Era

Erica Vladimer was pursuing her dream of working in education policy as a NYS Senate Fellow when she says she was forcibly kissed outside a bar by one of the most powerful legislators in Albany at the time, Senator Jeff Klein. Afterwards, she had an identity crisis and left government, until the #MeToo movement inspired her to come forward with her story. At the very same time, Klein found himself with a primary challenger who would eventually unseat him: Alessandra Biaggi.

26 MIN2019 JUN 26
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Same Bar, New Era

Outside the Legislature

While some trends have emerged, what we’ve learned so far is there is no “typical” victim of sexual harassment in New York State government. Many of the stories we’ve heard recount harassment in the Legislature and district offices, but today’s episode steps outside those confines and into a state agency. Patricia Gunning, a long-time sex crimes prosecutor and senior-level staff at the Justice Center, tells of the retaliation and hostile work environment she faced for confronting and then reporting her boss for creating a culture of harassment in their office.

21 MIN2019 JUN 20
Comments
Outside the Legislature

Latest Episodes

Race for NY-12: Suraj Patel

Prickly Podcast co-host Andrew Millman interviews Suraj Patel, a candidate for New York's 12th congressional district challenging incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney. In Prickly Politics Interviews, he talks about his "Family Opportunity Guarantee" and how he'd be a different Member of Congress compared to his opponent. Check back next week for the first Prickly Politics Explains...

19 MINMAR 4
Comments
Race for NY-12: Suraj Patel

Insider's Guide to New York's 2020 Legislative Session

Wondering what to look out for next year in New York City and state politics? We've got an insider's guide for what to watch in 2020 at the city and state level. For this episode of Prickly Politics, we take a look at marijuana legalization, environmental issues, and the budget. We also talk to City & State's City Hall report Jeff Coltin about what he thinks are the biggest issues facing the city.

14 MIN2019 DEC 12
Comments
Insider's Guide to New York's 2020 Legislative Session

One Person, One Vote? Not Anymore in New York City

New Yorkers voted to adopt Ranked Choice Voting for some city elections. This makes New York City the largest jurisdiction in the country to adopt the method. High profile political players like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Andrew Yang say this will increase voter turn out and make people feel like their vote matters more. While others worry the method is too complicated for voters to grasp. For this episode of Prickly Politics, Professor Boris Heersink helps explain how the method works and talks about how he thinks it’ll affect future elections. We also talk to Josh Silver, the co-founder of Represent.Us, which is an organization working to spread RCV nation wide. And City Councilman I. Daneek Miller explains why he is worried about how this will effect communities of color and immigrants. Natalie Migliore is back as guest co-host.

27 MIN2019 NOV 21
Comments
One Person, One Vote? Not Anymore in New York City

Planet vs. Pensions: New York's Battle Over Divestment

Can pension fund divestment help combat climate change? New York City and State are in the midst of a debate over that question. Pensioners worry divestment could harm their returns, while climate activists believe divestment will put the fund ahead of the curve. In this episode of WFUV's Prickly Politics, we talk with Assistant Speaker of the New York State Assembly Felix Ortiz, who authored the Fossil Fuels Divestment Act, about why he believes this is the next phase of climate policy. We also talk with climate activist Cata Romo from 350.org and Politico reporter Danielle Muoio. WFUV's Natalie Migliore joins as guest co-host.

25 MIN2019 NOV 7
Comments
Planet vs. Pensions: New York's Battle Over Divestment

Prison Reform: Rikers And Restorative Justice

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the closing of Rikers Island, "The end of mass incarceration in New York City." In this episode of Prickly Politics, we explore different approaches to prison reform and how Rikers has become a symbol of mass incarceration nation wide. WFUV's Eliot Schiaparelli joins as co-host for this episode.

28 MIN2019 OCT 24
Comments
Prison Reform: Rikers And Restorative Justice

Doing the Math on New York Education

New York schools are the most segregated in the nation, according to a study from UCLA. Our guests on this episode of Prickly Politics believe that's because of funding inequality.

26 MIN2019 OCT 8
Comments
Doing the Math on New York Education

The Blue Wave of Criminal Justice Reform

Some are calling the decriminalization of sex work the new frontier in criminal justice reform. While others see it as the deterioration of our society's moral values. In this episode, we break down the issue of decriminalization of sex work and talk to some of the key players involved in the movement.

32 MIN2019 SEP 24
Comments
The Blue Wave of Criminal Justice Reform

In Albany, a Reckoning

After the #MeToo movement, survivors of harassment and assault began to feel a sense of restlessness to share stories and take action. Many of the survivors we interviewed didn't know one another, but one person knew all of them: Alexis Grenell. Thanks to her, they formed the Sexual Harassment Working Group, and with now State Senator Alessandra Biaggi they forced Albany to reckon with its past and make real changes for the state's future...not next session, not after the next election. Now.

25 MIN2019 JUL 3
Comments
In Albany, a Reckoning

Same Bar, New Era

Erica Vladimer was pursuing her dream of working in education policy as a NYS Senate Fellow when she says she was forcibly kissed outside a bar by one of the most powerful legislators in Albany at the time, Senator Jeff Klein. Afterwards, she had an identity crisis and left government, until the #MeToo movement inspired her to come forward with her story. At the very same time, Klein found himself with a primary challenger who would eventually unseat him: Alessandra Biaggi.

26 MIN2019 JUN 26
Comments
Same Bar, New Era

Outside the Legislature

While some trends have emerged, what we’ve learned so far is there is no “typical” victim of sexual harassment in New York State government. Many of the stories we’ve heard recount harassment in the Legislature and district offices, but today’s episode steps outside those confines and into a state agency. Patricia Gunning, a long-time sex crimes prosecutor and senior-level staff at the Justice Center, tells of the retaliation and hostile work environment she faced for confronting and then reporting her boss for creating a culture of harassment in their office.

21 MIN2019 JUN 20
Comments
Outside the Legislature
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