The Campbell Conversations

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 »

Most Recent Episodes

David Blumenthal on the Campbell Conversations

Republicans in Congress have been trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, since its inception. Now they have a president intent on doing the same. But what has the ACA actually accomplished for the nation's health, and what are the challenges involved in making significant changes to it?

Len Burman on the Campbell Conversations

For many voters, one of the most eagerly anticipated changes from the new Trump administration is a significant tax cut. What are the contours of the likely cuts, and how will they will affect the politics of other significant social policies, like Medicare and Social Security? Could the cuts stimulate enough economic growth to pay for themselves? This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher is joined by a leading expert on tax policy, Len Burman, the director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban and Brookings Institutes.

Keith Bybee on the Campbell Conversations

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many think we are suffering a crisis regarding our ability to converse publicly and remain civil, from the airwaves to the dinner table. This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with Syracuse University law and political science professor Keith Bybee, about his new book on public civility, titled How Civility Works . Bybee sets forward an argument about civility, that its weaknesses are also its strengths, and that our sense of a collapse in civility is not something new in American public life.

Aliya Saperstein on the Campbell Conversations

In a Campbell Conversation recorded a couple weeks before the November election, host Grant Reeher sat down with Stanford professor Aliya Saperstein to talk about race and ethnicity in America. Saperstein has written about how we perceive race and ethnicity in others, and how we view our own race and ethnicity. The two also discuss inclusion and equality from a longer-term perspective.

A recap of Election 2016 on the Campbell Conversations

This week on the Campbell Conversations, Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus and Syracuse University professor Chris Faricy return to the program to discuss the November elections. They were last on the program in February following the Iowa Caucuses. They discuss the long, strange political trip since then, and the implications of a Trump presidency for a variety of policies and other national political institutions.

Rep. Richard Hanna on the Campbell Conversations

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) is leaving Congress at the end of the year. This week on the Campbell Conversations, the three-term Congressman reflects on his time in Washington with host Grant Reeher. He also discusses some of the more difficult votes he's made in his six years in Washington, the three candidates running to replace him in the 22nd Congressional District, and whether or not he's interested in running for governor of New York in 2018.

Michael Nutter on the Campbell Conversations

American cities have been under great pressure, the city of Syracuse is 'exhibit A' of how poverty and infrastructure challenges can threaten their future. Earlier this year, Michael Nutter stepped down from the mayor's office in Philadelphia, after serving two terms. He managed to leave as one of the most respected mayors, and respected politicians of any kind, n the nation. In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with Nutter about the different challenges facing cities, the problem of infrastructure, how cities have fared under the Obama administration, and the politics of race.

Katko, Deacon hold first debate for 24th Congressional District

With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, candidates for office around central and northern New York have been holding debates. The candidates running for the 24th Congressional District, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Democrat Colleen Deacon, sat down with WRVO for their first debate of the campaign.

Preview: Katko, Deacon hold first debate in race for the 24th Congressional District

By now, most central New Yorkers have seen several political ads from both candidates running for the 24th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has criticized his Democratic opponent Colleen Deacon for what he calls a lack of knowledge of national and international security. Deacon has tried to tie Katko to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Preview: Katko, Deacon hold first debate in race for the 24th Congressional District

Al Stirpe and Vincent Giordano on the Campbell Conversations

In contrast to the hotly contested presidential and congressional contests, state level races in central New York are, for the most part, not races at all. There are few challengers. One race where this is a challenger is the 127th State Assembly District, which pits incumbent Democrat Al Stirpe against Republican Vincent Giordano. This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher moderates a debate between them, as they discuss education, government consolidation, economic development, and other issues. Full Transcript Grant Reeher (GR): Well let me start with the basics and we'll start with the challenger. Mr. Giordano, how would you distinguish yourself from the incumbent Assemblyman Stirpe? What are some of the most significant differences between the two of you regarding how you'd represent this district? Vincent Giordano (VG): I think I'm more of a conservative, a business owner concerned about the businesses in central New York. I spent 38 years at Carrier, so I know

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