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May 24, 2019  

Graftology (with Prof. Craig Burnett)

Some unsqueamish souls make whole careers out of dissecting NY's political underbelly. One such fellow is Hofstra University's Dr. Craig Burnett, who brings us his gruesome findings. Can this molder of the minds of the civic leaders of tomorrow help them - and us - learn from the mistakes of the bums of today?

If not, what a waste of time this will be!

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

May 17, 2019  

Grilling the Messenger (with Ken Lovett)

Veteran Albany newsman Ken Lovett helps us puzzle through why on earth Bill de Blasio is running for president, why New York voters actually like their politicians corrupt, and what the changing media landscape means for the future of investigative political journalism.
 
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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
May 10, 2019  

Cronies, Condos, and Cover-Ups (with Marsha Silverman)

We’ve got brand new revelations in the growing scandal involving a politically connected real estate developer who not only quietly defaulted on a project the taxpayers of Glen Cove are subsidizing to the tune of a quarter billion dollars, but seems to have somehow convinced a powerful group of unelected local bureaucrats to cover it up for them.

City Councilmember Marsha Silverman joins us to discuss.

If you haven't listened to our April 3rd episode "Crony Capitalism in Glen Cove" yet, you'll want to do that before you enjoy this one. You can find that episode at https://www.graftpodcast.com/e/glencove/.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

May 3, 2019  

Now It’s a Party (with Larry Sharpe)

2018 Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe has a bridge to sell you. Literally.

Larry's going to share some secrets from the campaign trail, where he did well enough in last year's election to earn his party qualified ballot access for the first time in history.

Lesson #1: shut up about corruption.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

April 30, 2019  

Spindle City Summit (with Shawn Morse)

Mayor Shawn Morse of Cohoes, NY joins us to tell us why he didn’t love last week’s episode.

On trial for several felony counts of federal corruption involving alleged theft of campaign funds, Morse is resisting calls to resign and even some of his most vocal critics expect him to win reelection this fall.

We’ll ask Morse about additional allegations of abuse of power, whether he plans to step aside if convicted, and (if it’s true that he’s been wrongly accused time and time again), why the whole world is out to get Shawn Morse.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
Additional music from https://filmmusic.io
"Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

April 25, 2019  

Return to Spindle City (with Randy Koniowka)

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is running for reelection, despite being on federal trial for corruption, the latest chapter in his extensive and violent criminal history. Councilman Randy Koniowka joins us to to explain why Morse is likely to prevail (at the ballot box, if not in court) and to help us get to know the most entrenched politician on the planet.

(If you haven't already, listen to this one first: https://www.graftpodcast.com/e/cohoes/)

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

April 19, 2019  

A Tale of Two Swamps (with Rep. Lee Zeldin)

Which town is dirtier - Albany or Washington? Congressman and former State Senator Lee Zeldin is here to help us compare slimes of the Hudson and Potomac varietals.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

April 12, 2019  

Campaign Finance Flimflam (with THE Bill O’Reilly)

Legendary political consultant and columnist Bill O'Reilly joins us to explain why the crusade to get money out of politics is dishonest, foolish, and just another con job.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

April 5, 2019  

Bonus: Buffalo’s Byron Brown ‘Bout to Be Busted?

"Byron Brown has a problem," says The Buffalo News' editorial board. Actually he's got two. In the wake of being dethroned as NYS Democratic chairman, the accusations of abuse of power and pay-to-play schemes are piling up quickly for the Buffalo mayor.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
Additional music from https://filmmusic.io
"Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

April 3, 2019  

Crony Capitalism in Glen Cove

Today, we’re talking capitalism. And not the good kind. But authentic New York style crony capitalism. Foolish state laws and sky-high campaign finance limits have enabled this particularly resilient parasite to flourish throughout New York. And nowhere is that truer than the City of Glen Cove, which can’t seem to stop opening its own veins to feed it.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)