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This edition: So Many Mayoral Forums: Are they Working?

Episode Details

Original tape date: May 6, 2013.

First aired: May 8, 2013.

A time-honored political ritual, the mayoral candidate forum, is different this electoral season. There have been so many, Brian asks forum sponsors: are they really working? Do they clarify differences among candidates on key issues such as housing, jobs, policing? Guests include: Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York; political reporter Azi Paybarah of Capital New York; David R. Jones, CEO of the Community Service Society; and Vicki Been, director of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate & Public Policy.

The deaths of more than 600 garment workers in Bangladeshi factory and the ensuing protests inspire this week’s Public Intellectual, where we examine new research with the power to transform policy and society. University of Michigan sociologist, Ian Robinson looks at whether consumers want to improve working condition
s--if that means paying more. He’s joined in studio by activist Eric Dirnbach, vice president of the International Labor Rights Forum and Stephanie Luce, labor studies professor at CUNY’s Murphy Institute.

Recently named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of 2013, the Digital Public Library of America increases the public’s access to state and regional archives. Brian talks to executive director, Dan Cohen.

Guest List

Vicki Been Executive Director, Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy

Dan Cohen Executive Director, Digital Public Library of America

Eric Dirnbach Vice President, International Labor Rights Forum

David R. Jones President & CEO, Community Service Society of New York

Prof. Stephanie Luce Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, The City University of New York

Azi Paybarah Political Reporter, Capital New York

Ian Robinson Lecturer and Research Scientist, Sociology Dept, University of Michigan

Linda Sarsour Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York

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