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Podcast Profile: Phi on New York

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8 episodes
2021 to present
Average episode: 66 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: The Phi on New York podcast deciphers the words that city's philosophers (and other prophets) have written on the subway walls. Through in-depth conversations about the ideas, issues, and challenges that shape lives of New Yorkers, we try to understand what the city is and what it might become. | | Produced by Joseph S. Biehl | Original music by Jay Spero | Intro voiceover by Mike "Sport" Murphy | Logo art by Mary Ann Biehl

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:08 UTC. Episodes: 8. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2024-Jan-30 • 65 minutes
Ross Barkan on The State of the City
Last week, Mayor Eric Adams delivered his annual State of The City address (apparently it's in a very good state), and so I thought it fitting that we take up the matter here. But rather than take a deep dive into the details and lack thereof of the Mayor’s speech, I wanted to zoom out for a somewhat wider perspective on the condition of the city and some of the issues that it is currently facing. To do so, I invited the New York-based writer Ross Barkan to join me. Ross is not only a prolific writer, but o...
2024-Jan-19 • 56 minutes
Does New York City have rights? Margaret Cuonzo on the Right to the City and the Rights of the City
The long wait is over! Phi on New York is back and hopefully better than ever. The aim, as always, is to bring you conversations that take a philosophical look at the issues and ideas that shape our city and inform our lives within it. For this episode I wanted to take a look at the idea of the right to the city, an idea introduced by the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre in 1968, and enthusiastically adopted by many activists and organizations ever since. My guest for this episode is Margaret Cuonzo, a phi...
2021-Oct-01 • 62 minutes
Episode 6: Joseph Viteritti and the Search for the Soul of the City
Can a city have a soul? And if so, is it something solid and fixed for as long as the city survives, putting its stamp on each new generation? Or is the soul of the city a much more ephemeral thing, a transient spirit of the moment, a metaphorical summation of the prevailing sentiments of its citizens? In this episode, Joseph P. Viteritti, the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Policy and Planning Department at Hunter College takes me through his search for what he hopes is...
2021-Aug-19 • 64 minutes
Episode 5: The Fixer is In: A conversation with Bradley Tusk
Political strategist Bradley Tusk joins the podcast to discuss his philosophy of the city, why he's opening a bookstore and funding the Gotham Book Prize, why he backed Andrew Yang for mayor, what makes for good and bad business regulations, and what he thinks is wrong with our politics and how he proposes to fix it.
2021-Jul-28 • 64 minutes
Episode 4: Michael Menser and the Changing Logic of the City
Michael Menser (Brooklyn College, CUNY) joins the podcast to discuss how the logic of the city's model of development, use of space, circulation of goods and people, and over-burdened ecology are changing what it means to live in New York and how a more participatory conception of democratic engagement can help us to navigate the challenges to come.
2021-May-25 • 62 minutes
Episode 3: #Me Too, Scott Stringer, and the Race for Mayor
Linda Martín Alcoff joins the podcast to talk to me about the importance of taking seriously Jean Kim's allegations of sexual assault, of not rushing to condemn Scott Stringer, and how the normative tension between the two are of particular concern to the "progressive epistemic community."
2021-May-06 • 73 minutes
Episode 2: Food, Hunger, and Justice
In this episode I speak with the philosopher Samantha Noll about the difference between food security, food sovereignty, and food justice while getting also getting a history lesson about food justice issues in New York City. In the second part of the episode I hear from Stephen Grimaldi, the executive director of the New York Common Pantry, as he tells me what it has been like trying to feed the growing numbers of hungry New Yorkers during the pandemic.
2021-Apr-21 • 79 minutes
Elections, Engagement, and Democracy
In this episode the philosopher Alexander Guerrero talks about elections, his lottocratic alternative, and how to ensure a more responsive democratic system of government. Then Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/New York, talks about the value of ranked choice voting and how we can improve civic education and engagement.