The Campbell Conversations


Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from Central New York; writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community, as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.More from The Campbell Conversations »

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Marty Masterpole and Howie Hawkins on the Campbell Conversations

Offices like city auditor are essential for good governance, yet they tend to received very little attention.  In their only joint media appearance, host Grant Reeher questions the two candidates for Syracuse City Auditor, Democrat incumbent Marty Masterpole and Green Party challenger Howie Hawkins.  They debate whether the office has engaged in enough audits, audits of appropriate significance, the quality of the office staff, and the role that the office plays in trying to add

Joe Heath on The Campbell Conversations

The Onondaga Nation occupies a unique place among the many groups making up an increasingly diverse Central New York--it's the oldest and most traditional of all peoples, still governed through processes handed down for centuries.  How does the Nation fit with these other newer groups?  This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with Joe Heath, the general counsel of the Nation since 1982.  They discuss that topic, as well as land claims and how the Ono

Tom Fox on the Campbell Conversations

The problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been widely reported.  But for a long time, there was just one journalistic voice crying in the wilderness, the National Catholic Reporter.  This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with Tom Fox, editor of the publication during those early years of exposure.  They explore the experience of trying to cover the problem when others wouldn’t touch i

Pamela Hunter and John Sharon on the Campbell Conversations

The departure of State Assemblyman Sam Roberts for a cabinet post in state government created the need for a special election this November.  Two of the candidates vying for the 128th district seat are Democrat Pamela Hunter, a Syracuse Common Councilor and Republican John Sharon, an attorney.  On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, the two share their views on Syracuse's poverty problem, the pr

Eric Kingson on the Campbell Conversations

Congressman John Katko has tried to position himself as a moderate within the Congressional Republican Party.  One local Democrat who’s not convinced about this is Eric Kingson, the Syracuse University professor recently announced his candidacy for Katko's 24th district seat.  This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with the Democratic challenger, and explores his views about Katko’s voting record, and Kingson’s own plans for expanding the Social Security program. 

Note: This conversation took place before House Speaker John Boehner announced his intention to resign from Congress at the end of October.

Preview: Eric Kingson on the Campbell Conversations

Rep. John Katko on the Campbell Conversations

This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher is joined by first-term Congressman John Katko, who represents central New York’s 24th district.  The wide-ranging discussion covers the funding for Planned Parenthood, poverty in Syracuse, Katko’s effort to be moderate and bi-partisan, his campaign support from the Republican Party’s Patriot Program, and the Republican presidential field.

Note: This interview was recorded before Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of October.

Mike Derrick on the Campbell Conversations

Last time on the Campbell Conversations, we heard from the North Country's first-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.  This week, host Grant Reeher talks with the Democrat who wants to unseat her in 2016, retired Army Colonel Mike Derrick.  Derrick is getting an early start and is trying to build what he calls "a start-up" campaign.  Their conversation prob

Rep. Elise Stefanik on the Campbell Conversations

Elise Stefanik, New York's first-term congressional representative for the North Country's 21st district, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.  At issue in her campaign last year was just how moderate the young Republican would be when she reached the chamber.  Host Grant Reeher talks with her about her record so far, what she views as her most important accomplishments, and how well Congress is currently functioning. 

Steve Featherstone on the Campbell Conversations

The synthetic marijuana problem has been particularly severe in Syracuse.

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