Episode Archive

Episode Archive

65 episodes of FAQ NYC since the first episode, which aired on August 1st, 2018.

  • Episode 63: Mother of Exiles

    December 13th, 2019  |  39 mins 46 secs

    FAQ takes a field trip to Emma Lazarus' Sitting Room at the American Jewish Historical Society to talk with Executive Director Annie Polland about the poet's life and her legacy. It's a story about intergenerational identity and how a rich woman found herself identifying with "wretched refuse" that's disturbingly resonant today.

  • Episode 62: Penn Station's Original Sin

    December 8th, 2019  |  39 mins 10 secs

    Marc Dunkelman delves into the history of Penn Station, and explains why the ghost of Robert Moses makes it so hard to get anything built in New York now.

  • Episode 61: Tears in the Rain

    November 28th, 2019  |  26 mins 12 secs

    For the past year, FAQ has been asking New York's politicians, from the mayor on down, the toughest questions, namely: “Are you a replicant?” The results of our Voight-Kampff tests have been a tightly held secret until now. It’s November, 2019, and the future is here and so are the tests, and results.

  • Episode 60: Digital Stop and Frisk

    November 20th, 2019  |  36 mins 21 secs

    Albert Fox Cahn of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project joins Chrissy, Alex and Harry to talk about police body cams, who's watching our (AI and facial recognition enhanced) watchmen, and much more.

  • Episode 59: Civics Lessons

    November 13th, 2019  |  42 mins 48 secs

    Political strategist, NAACP Brooklyn branch president and Sunday Civics host L. Joy Williams joins Chrissy and Harry to run down what New York's democracy looks like these days.

  • Episode 58: NYC's No-Contest Election

    November 6th, 2019  |  40 mins 54 secs

    Nearly 20% of New Yorkers turned out to vote, for what? Ben Max of Gotham Gazette joined Chrissy, Harry and Alex Tuesday night to explain what just happened, and what it means.

  • Episode 57: As Poor People Are Beaten for Seeking Help, Where's the Mayor?

    October 31st, 2019  |  32 mins 54 secs

    New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay and researcher Emma Goldberg join Chrissy and Alex to discuss the response from the city to their disturbing story, When Poor People Are Beaten for Seeking Help, about HRA clients who were beaten, handcuffed and worse by city employees and contractors.

  • Episode 56: Corey Johnson on "Removing an Indelible Stain"

    October 23rd, 2019  |  49 mins 59 secs

    Council Speaker Corey Johnson joins Chrissy, Harry and Alex to explain how the vote to build four new jails and the promise to close Rikers Island in 2026 fit together. Plus, he talks for the first time about his most recent visit to the Island a week ago, and much more.

  • Episode 55: The Water Miracle

    October 17th, 2019  |  47 mins 23 secs

    Turn on a tap, tune in, and listen to Ibrahim Abdul-Matin blow your mind about New York's water.

  • Episode 54: Border/Lines

    October 10th, 2019  |  44 mins 43 secs

    Immigration reporter Felipe De La Hoz of the new Border/Lines newsletter joins Chrissy and Harry to explain about the Trump administration's new public charge rule, and much more.

  • Episode 53: Life and Death, Porn and Potter's Fields

    October 2nd, 2019  |  39 mins 25 secs

    Katie Honan of the Wall Street Journal joins Harry and Chrissy to talk about sex shops, burying grounds and everything in between.

  • Episode 52: Train Pain and Gain

    September 25th, 2019  |  43 mins 37 secs

    Jose Martinez, transportation reporter for The City, joins Chrissy, Harry and Alex to run down the MTA's new $51 billion and change capital plan.

  • Episode 51: Testilying, Then and Now

    September 18th, 2019  |  42 mins 43 secs

    Investigative reporters George Joseph and Ali Winston join Chrissy and Harry to explain how New York's district attorneys do — and, more often, don't — track police officers whose testimony doesn't ring true.

  • Episode 50: A Verb, a Noun, and What?

    September 11th, 2019  |  35 mins 29 secs

    Summer's done, and Chrissy, Harry and Alex are back to run down the latest and New Yorkest.

  • Episode 49: (No) Escape From New York

    August 21st, 2019  |  38 mins 15 secs

    The first New York City mayor to run for president while still in City Hall since Hot John Lindsay is having a blast moonlighting in Iowa; not so much at his day job. Politico's Dana Rubinstein joins to discuss her reporting on what to expect when Bill de Blasio finally calls it in and comes home. Spoiler: Meh.

  • Episode 48: Just Us, and No More Jeffrey Epstein

    August 15th, 2019  |  50 mins 59 secs

    NY Cops and Cooks reporter Pervaiz Shallwani, a senior editor at the Daily Beast, joins the FAQ crew to run down the latest twists in the terribly twisted Jeffrey Epstein saga.