Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 43: Who’s Counted, and Who Counts

    July 4th, 2019  |  59 mins 59 secs

    Life comes at you fast: Steven Romalewski of the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at CUNY'S Graduate Center joined Harry Wednesday morning — when Trump's citizenship question was dead and Tiffany Cabán appeared to have won the district attorney primary in Queens — to talk about the Census, who's likely to be undercounted and what’s at stake for New York, as well as the state of Queens politics. By Wednesday night, the citizenship question was back in play and Cabán was down 20 votes after absentee ballots were finally counted. Plus, Victoria Bekiempis returns to go In the Courts, with Alex Brook Lynn.

  • Episode 42: Cabán Rocks Queens

    June 26th, 2019  |  36 mins 48 secs

    Tuesday was a YUGE night for the rising reform crowd in Queens and a YUGE defeat for the powers that be, but maybe not for much longer. Harry and Chrissy discuss, along with Emma Whitford calling in from Cabán's victory party.

  • Episode 41: A New York City Education

    June 20th, 2019  |  35 mins 16 secs

    New York Times Metro Deputy Editor Dodai Stewart joins Christina and Harry to discuss the papers’ reporting on the collapse in black and Latino representation at New York City’s elite schools and the rise of private test prep, her own BPR (Before Pizza Rat) education at Bronx Science, and more.

  • Episode 40: The Meek Mill Interview: ‘Ate Alive in the Criminal System’

    June 13th, 2019  |  28 mins 12 secs

    Meek Mill, still “on probation my whole life,” talks about his justice Reform Alliance work at The McSilver Awards, and then with Christina and Harry. Plus, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research COO Rosemonde Pierre-Louis talks about the night and its honorees.

  • Episode 39: Just Us, and The Queens District Attorney Debate

    May 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 35 mins

    It’s a Queens District Attorney debate, with the first real election for the borough’s top law enforcement position since the 1970s(!) less than a month away. Candidates Tiffany Cabán, Rory Lancman, Greg Lasak, Nina Malik and Jose Nieves joined Christina Greer, Harry Siegel and the New York Times’ Azi Paybarah at the Rocco Moretto VFW Post 2348 in Astoria Wednesday morning for a special episode of FAQ along with Racket Media, our executive producer Alex Brook Lynn’s new entry into the heretofore barren digital media marketplace. Stay tuned! Plus pre- and post-debate analysis from David Brand of the Queens Daily Eagle, and much more.

  • Episode 38: The Ghost of Hot John Lindsay

    May 23rd, 2019  |  41 mins 17 secs

    Azi Paybarah, who left FAQ — WTF?! — for the NYT, returns to talk with Harry and Chrissy about the city’s rats, goats, and sharks, including political shark Bill de Blasio’s presidential run and what it means to be America’s mayor-in-chief.

  • Episode 37: Just Us, and Officer Daniel Pantaleo

    May 16th, 2019  |  34 mins 39 secs

    ABC Criminal Justice reporter Christina Carrega joins Harry Siegel, Christina Greer, Victoria Bekiempis and Alex Brook Lynn to talk abut what she's seen at the disturbingly low-stakes department trial, inside One Police Plaza, of the officer whose chokehold killed Eric Garner—and who's still drawing a check from the NYPD nearly five years later.

  • Episode 36: Black Boys, Ready to Die

    May 9th, 2019  |  58 mins 4 secs

    Dr. Michael Lindsey, director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, discusses his work leading the working group for the Congressional Black Caucus’ newly convened emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. Then Alex Brook Lynn, in Albany, visits Albany to report on dark talk about dirty vice cops in New York City. Finally, Patricia Williams, mother of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, calls in for Mother's Day to look back on raising a boy in Brooklyn.

  • Episode 35: Legal Pot Goes Up In Smoke

    May 1st, 2019  |  49 mins 26 secs

    This was going to be the year that pot was flat-out legalized in New York, or so said Gov. Cuomo, perhaps inspired by primary opponent Cynthia Nixon. Then three wo/men went into a smoke-filled room and everyone forgot about it. State Senator Diane Savino joins Chrissy, Harry and Cannabis Wire's Alyson Martin to discuss what happens, and what happens — or more likely doesn't — now.

  • Episode 34: Door-to-Door War

    April 25th, 2019  |  41 mins 2 secs

    New state Senator Zellnor Myrie walks up to Alex Lynn's rent-stabilized apartment to sit down with his constituent Christina Greer and talk about the rent-stabilized apartment he grew up in, why New York needs stronger new rent regulations, statewide, and more.

  • Episode 33: Dirty Data Dystopia

    April 17th, 2019  |  36 mins 32 secs

    For now we see through a black box, darkly, as Albert Fox Cahn and Liz O'Sullivan of STOP - The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project — visit Bleecker Street to talk about what's happening with algorithms and AI in de Blasio's New York.

  • Episode 32: A Tale of Two Pre-Ks

    April 11th, 2019  |  46 mins 45 secs

    Within Universal Pre-K, there are two groups of teachers — one that works for the city, and one that works for community groups the city contracts with — that do the same work, for very different salaries. Christina Veiga of Chalkbeat joins us to talk about a looming strike, and the value of a woman's work in de Blasio's New York. Plus, Victoria Bekiempis calls in to run down the court drama this week from the NXVIM sex cult cum pyramid scheme, and more.

  • Episode 31: Just Us episode 1

    April 4th, 2019  |  42 mins 24 secs

    FAQ presents a new, highly irregular podcast about courts and the justice system with Victoria Bekiempis and Alex Brook Lynn talking with with legendary courts reporter Christina Carrega about the highly irregular trials of Chanel Lewis, convicted this week for the murder of jogger Karina Vetrano.

  • Episode 30: Ferry Follies

    April 3rd, 2019  |  51 mins 50 secs

    Rosa Goldensohn of The City comes in to explain how the city blew $369 million to save $30 million on a niche transportation system that charges $2.75 per ride that the city pays $13 to provide, and state Senator Alessandra Biaggi calls in to discuss how $175 billion of state budget sausage gets ground up.

  • Episode 29: MacDoodle Street, or, A Pod for Visual Voluptuaries

    March 28th, 2019  |  38 mins 31 secs

    Mark Alan Stamaty’s great visual novel MacDoodle Street—the story of dishwashing poet Malcolm Frazzle that first appeared in the pages of the Village Voice in the late 1970s—is back in print thanks to the fine nerds of the New York Review of Books. Bill Bramhall, editorial cartoonist for the Daily News, joined Harry Siegel and Alex Brook Lynn for a conversation with Stamaty about his work, God, drugs, those hacks Artman and Andy Warhol, donuts and love, and, of course, umbilical oralism and the ultimate painting.

  • Episode 28: A New Day for the Oldest Profession?

    March 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Harry Siegel and Alex Lynn talk with state Senator Jessica Ramos about sex work and the new push to decriminalize it in New York, and much more. Plus, Emma Whitford runs down her reporting on loitering laws, massage parlor raids, and why the NYPD says we can’t arrest our way out of this problem, Alex and Victoria Bekiempis go inside the courts, and Harry talks with Peter Edelman about the criminalization of poverty.