The Slant – Don’t Nod Anything You Can Wink

As the federal investigations mount into New York’s highest public offices, we get perspective on what we can expect from someone who has firsthand experience on the convoluted underbelly of campaign fundraising because he served time in prison for coordination. Former Missouri state senator and current Milano Graduate School professor Jeff Smith sits down with us.

Plus, what’s the morning line on the future of the New York Racing Association? NY1 political director and horse racing aficionado Bob Hardt gives us his take.

And Gerson Borrero has the bochinche on the political insiders counting the days until city council speaker Melissa Mark Viverito’s term is up.

Slant Special – Race, Gender and Politics: The 90s All Over Again?

Political scientist and author Christina Greer joins City & State columnist Alexis Grenell and Slant editor Nick Powell to provide context on the schism in black support between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and to discuss why the 1994 crime bill is – fairly or unfairly – only a small part of the Clinton legacy in the eyes of black voters. Professor Greer also explains why Bill Clinton might end up being the albatross around his wife’s neck as she heads towards the general election in a likely matchup against the presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump.

The Slant – Progressive Power Pursuit

Investigative reporting legend Wayne Barrett has made some enemies after more than 40 years covering New York politics, but he’s also earned their respect. We’re back with Wayne for part 2 of our conversation with Wayne to look at the state of New York politics today and ask who the REAL progressive is.
*Recorded April 15, 2016*

The Slant – Presidential Primary Postmortem

The dust has settled, revealing what many people expected the morning after the New York primary. Hillary Clinton cruised to victory over Bernie Sanders, drawing much of her support from downstate, and Donald Trump swept nearly the entire state. Here to break down the results and discuss what yesterday’s elections mean for New York are state Democratic Party chair Basil Smikle and Iona College political scientist Jeanne Zaino.

The Slant – Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth

Investigative reporting legend Wayne Barrett literally wrote THE book on Donald Trump and his downfall 25 years ago – and now with Trump back in the national spotlight more than ever, Barrett is re-releasing his book with a new introduction. We’ll talk to him about the rise, fall, and comeback of The Donald.

The Slant – Prepping for the Primary with Errol Louis

The stage is being set for a battle in Brooklyn between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. NY1 political anchor Errol Louis is going be asking some of the questions at Thursday night’s debate. Ahead of the big night he sat down with us to give us a window into debate preparation and the political landscape.

Slant Special – Reaping the Benefits

Bryce Covert, economic policy editor at Think Progress and contributor at The Nation, and James Parrott, deputy director and chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, join Alexis Grenell and Nick Powell to discuss minimum wage and paid family leave. What, exactly, did the recent state budget accomplish in these areas and what lies ahead? The panel discusses this and more in a special Slant podcast.

The Slant – Albany’s Budget Imbroglio

Do the ends justify the means? Another budget season has come and gone in Albany and another “essentially” on-time budget has been passed. But as has come to be expected, the process was not without a lot of secrecy, confusion and lack of coherence. And we’re still figuring out what is in this year’s financial plan. Here to break it down are City and State editor-at-large Gerson Borrero and editorial director Michael Johnson.

Plus Gerson has some bochinche on just how apprehensive state lawmakers are in Albany.

The Slant – Ethics Reformers’ Reproach

We are days away from the finalization of the state budget, and once again ethics reform proposals will be left on the cutting room floor. Joining us on this week’s podcast are Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group and Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women Voters. They will tell us why the governor and legislature are punting on ethics.

And City & State editor-at-large Gerson Borrero has the latest bochinche on a birthday bash for the city council speaker thrown by the corrections officers union.

SLANT EXTRA: Paging Governor Cuomo

It has been more than 275 days since Governor Cuomo’s last press conference at the state capitol. It is a dearth of public appearances in Albany that has even the capitol press corps perplexed. Albany Times Union state editor Casey Seiler, NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink and City & State capitol reporter Ashley Hupfl join Slant editor Nick Powell at the LCA Pressroom in Albany for a bonus podcast to discuss what to make of all this.