The Campbell Conversations

The Campbell Conversations

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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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Troy Waffner on the Campbell Conversations

The New York State Fair takes place in Syracuse from August 25-September 5. This week on the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with the fair's acting director, Troy Waffner. They discuss the history of the fair, why it's located in Syracuse, the renovations that have taken place over the past year, and some of the things fairgoers can expect to see at this year's fair.

Claudia Tenney on the Campbell Conversations

Central New York promises to provide some competitive elections this fall. One of them is in the 22nd Congressional District, which covers parts of 8 counties across central New York, the Mohawk Valley and the Southern Tier. That seat is open due to the retirement of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld).

Jack Kelly on the Campbell Conversations

We've heard a lot about infrastructure during this campaign season, and it's a perennial issue in central New York. This week on the Campbell Conversations, we're joined by Jack Kelly, who has written an intriguing new book on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in American history, and the biggest in upstate New York; the Erie Canal. Kelly's book is called Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold and Murder on the Erie Canal.

Christopher Citro on the Campbell Conversations

Poetry in America, and around the world, has undergone a lot of change in recent years. This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher provides a break from politics to speak with the Syracuse-based poet Christopher Citro, the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy. They discuss poetry's recent history, new developments in poetry, Citro's own approach toward writing, and poetry's appreciation and fun.

Steve Featherstone on the Campbell Conversations

In an instant, the Fukushima nuclear disaster changed the landscape and prospects for nuclear energy around the world. But what's happened since—how has the Fukushima area been rehabilitated, and how have returning residents dealt with the aftermath? How lasting will Fukushima's effects on nuclear power be, given concerns about global warming? Joining host Grant Reeher this week on the Campbell Conversations is Steve Featherstone, a journalist who's written recently for The New Republic on Fukushima and nuclear power.

Oren Lyons and Gregg Tripoli on the Campbell Conversations

Last November, the Great Law of Peace Center opened on Onondaga Lake, replacing the Ste. Marie Among the Iroquois exhibit. The new center is focused on and driven by the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee and more specifically, the Onondaga Nation. This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher is joined by Onondaga Nation Faith-keeper Oren Lyons, and Onondaga Historical Association executive director Gregg Tripoli to discuss the new center, the politics and negotiations involved in making the change, and the history of the Haudenosaunee and the Law of Peace.

Part two: Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steve Williams on the Campbell Conversations

New York's 24th congressional district has changed party hands four times in the last four elections. The Democratic Party has targeted first-term Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) as someone it can beat this November in its quest to retake control of the House of Representatives. This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher continues with a debate begun last week among the three Democratic candidates hoping to run against Katko under the Democratic banner. The focus in this segment is on specific policy issues. Note: Part one of the debate aired May 21 on WRVO. Hear the first part here.

Part two: Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steve Williams on the Campbell Conversations

Part one: Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steve Williams on the Campbell Conversations

New York's 24th congressional district has changed party hands four times in the last four elections. This year, the Democratic Party has targeted incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) as someone it can beat in its quest to retake control of the House of Representatives. And this week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher moderates a debate among the three Democratic candidates hoping to run against Katko in November under the Democratic banner. It's a lively and at times testy conversation. Grant Reeher (GR): Welcome to the Campbell Conversations. On June 28, the Democratic Party in the 24th Congressional District will be holding a primary to determine who will run on the party line in November against Republican incumbent John Katko. It's been identified by political analysts as a likely very competitive race, in a year in which the party control of the house representatives may be in contention. My guests today are the three candidates running in that primary. Each of

Part one: Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steve Williams on the Campbell Conversations

Preview: Democratic candidates for 24th Congressional District debate on the Campbell Conversations

The three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for central New York's 24th Congressional District seat are being more critical of each other as we get closer to the June 28 Congressional primary. The winner will go on to face incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. The three candidates, Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steve Williams, sat down for a debate with Grant Reeher on this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. In this debate preview, the candidates were asked why voters should not re-elect Katko, who has been viewed as more of a moderate Republican. Deacon, a former staffer for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, starts by responding to criticism that her work as a staff member for politicians is her only relevant experience. Note: This debate was recorded in two parts. Part one will air May 21 at 6:00 a.m. and May 22 at 6:00 p.m. Part two will air May 28 at 6:00 a.m. and May 29 at 6:00 p.m. Colleen Deacon I have a lot of support on my campaign. The

Preview: Democratic candidates for 24th Congressional District debate on the Campbell Conversations

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler on the Campbell Conversations

The Syracuse Police Department has had tensions with the city's Citizen Review Board, as well as ongoing conflicts with the county district attorney's office. This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler about those issues, as well as the national problem of police shootings of unarmed citizens and other police abuse—and the effect they have on police-community relations. They also discuss the facts and the myths about crime in Syracuse.

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