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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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|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.