Campbell Conversations

Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

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.

The Campbell Conversations are longer interviews which encourage the character of the interviewee to be exposed. This allows you to learn more about the person, how they got to where they are, and where they plan to go. Grant attempts to go beyond the usual press conference questions and sound bites, which usually accompany a discussion about his guests.

Podcasts of the show are available via iTunes.

If you have any questions about an episode or any comments for Grant, feel free to contact him by email at gdreeher@maxwell.syr.edu at your convenience.

See also:  The Campbell Debates

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6:00pm

Sun September 21, 2014
Poverty

Peter Waite and Marsha Tait on the Campbell Conversations

Marsha Tait, Executive Director of Literacy CNY, left, and Peter Waite, Vice-President of ProLiteracy, center, speak with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Continuing its series on poverty in the Syracuse region, this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations focuses on an under-studied and under-appreciated aspect of the problem: adult literacy.  Peter Waite is the Executive Vice-President of ProLiteracy, and Marsha Tait is Executive Director of Literacy CNY.  Together they discuss how literacy and economic challenges interact.

See below for highlights of the interview:

Grant Reeher (GR): How prevalent is the literacy problem?

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4:00pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Poverty

Tom Buckel and Deborah O'Shea on the Campbell Conversations

Deborah O'Shea, left, and Tom Buckel, center, speak with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

This episode of the Campbell Conversations continues with the theme of poverty in the Syracuse region.  Host Grant Reeher talks with Tom Buckel, a former county legislator and partner in a large Syracuse law firm who now works as an Attorney for Legal Services of Central New York, and Deborah O'Shea, the pro bono coordinator for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.  They discuss poverty and the access to civil legal services.

Grant Reeher (GR): Can you give me a brief overview of the mission of your organization and the kind of work that it does?

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4:53pm

Sun September 7, 2014
Poverty

Kevin Frank on the Campbell Conversations

Kevin Frank, Executive Director of the Brady Faith Center in Syracuse.

Syracuse is one of the poorest cities in the nation.  The poorest of those poor, both individuals and families, struggle with homelessness.  As a first installment in an ongoing series on poverty in the Syracuse region, Grant Reeher talks with Kevin Frank, the Executive Director of the Brady Faith Center, located on Syracuse’s South Side.  Frank discusses his on-the-ground and in-the-street work with the homeless, and suggests what government, non-profit organizations, and all of us, can do to promote genuine relationships, which he sees as the key in addressing the problem.

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12:28pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Politics and Government

Zephyr Teachout on the Campbell Conversations

Zephyr Teachout, democratic candidate for governor, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Zephyr Teachout is mounting a spirited challenge to Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign, running against the incumbent governor in this September’s Democratic Primary.  So far the governor has refused to debate her, but in this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Teachout sits down with host Grant Reeher to discuss political reform, state policy, her chances in September and possibly November, and even her curious name.

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3:02pm

Sun August 10, 2014
Politics and Government

Stephanie Miner and Joanie Mahoney on the Campbell Conversations, part 2

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, left, and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, center, speak with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

When Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner sent a letter to President Obama offering to host undocumented Latin American children at a former convent, a spirited version of the immigration debate erupted in the area.  On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher continues his interview of both Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.  They discuss the  hosting decision, and also have a more general conversation about leadership and politics in the region.

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4:53pm

Sun August 3, 2014
Politics and Government

Stephanie Miner and Joanie Mahoney on the Campbell Conversations, Pt. 1

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, left, and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, center, speak with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Syracuse is facing a host of challenges and opportunities; front and center among them are the replacing of I-81 and the economic development of the city.  On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney sit down together with host Grant Reeher to discuss these key issues. 

Note: See the transcript below for highlights of the conversation.

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4:32pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Politics and Government

State Senator Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations

State Senator Dave Valesky (D-Oneida), left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

When the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference joined in a majority coalition with Republicans in 2012, it claimed that the arrangement would provide more up-or-down floor votes on progressive legislation.  In announcing a new intention to caucus with Democrats following this November’s elections, the IDC is claiming that the arrangement will provide….more up-or-down votes on progressive legislation.  How can both claims be true?  That question and others related to political power-sharing arrangements are explored with this week’s guest on the Campbell Conversations—IDC

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4:42pm

Sun July 6, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Michael Falcone on the Campbell Conversations

Michael Falcone, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Michael Falcone is Chairman Emeritus of the Pioneer Companies, a commercial real estate development enterprise in Upstate New York, Denver, and Phoenix.  Prior to that, he was a partner with Robert Congel in the Pyramid Companies.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with him about malls, hotels, the development trajectory of Syracuse, the proper role of government in development, and Syracuse University's impact on the city.

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4:07pm

Sun June 29, 2014
Performing Arts and Culture

Steve Butler on The Campbell Conversations

CNY Arts Executive Director Steve Butler, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Through its Engage CNY initiative, the non-profit organization CNY Arts has recently completed a thorough inventory and survey of the arts, and of citizens' views and preferences about arts and culture in the Central New York region.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with Stephen Butler, the executive director of CNY Arts, about the findings, and about the plan that has been developed in light of them.  They also discuss the Syracuse Symphony and the Everson Museum.

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4:16pm

Sun June 22, 2014
Politics and Government

David Holwerk on The Campbell Conversations

David Holwerk, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with the David Holwerk, Director of Communications for the Kettering Foundation and a long-time print journalist, about the problems with American democracy and constructive citizen engagement, and what the Foundation is doing to try to address them. 

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4:23pm

Sun June 15, 2014
Politics and Government

David Cobb of 'Move to Amend' on the Campbell Conversations

David Cobb, left, of Move to Amend, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

One of the fallouts of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has been the emergence of several groups dedicated to amending the Constitution, in order to reverse the case and limit the role of money in politics.  A leader among them has been the group Move to Amend.  On this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with the group’s national spokesperson, David Cobb.  Cobb was also the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2004.

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5:25pm

Sun May 25, 2014
Politics and Government

John Katko on The Campbell Conversations

John Katko, left, republican candidate for New York's 24th Congressional district seat, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

In one of his first extended public interviews, John Katko talks with Grant Reeher on the Campbell Conversations.  Katko is the former federal prosecutor challenging Dan Maffei for the 24th Congressional district seat this fall.  In a wide-ranging discussion, Katko addresses whether he’s a moderate or a conservative, how he thinks about entitlements and taxes, Obamacare, and the level of dysfunction in the current Congress.  He also discusses the role of money in the campaign.

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4:44pm

Sun May 18, 2014
Politics and Government

'Elect Her' panel on The Campbell Conversations

Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher speaks with Syracuse University senior Alexandra Curtis (left), a particpant in the Elect Her initiative and Kathleen Gore (right) with the American Association of University Women, a sponsor of Elect Her

Elect Her is an initiative co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women.  It involves trainings held at universities and colleges to support and recruit more young women to pursue leadership positions on campus, as well as future political office.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher speaks with a local director of the Association, and a recent student participant in the initiative, about the problem of under-representation of

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3:17pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Politics and Government

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on The Campbell Conversations (Pt 2)

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher continues the discussion with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.  The governor frankly describes the political challenges he's encountered as governor, and the effects of his party switch after being elected.  He also discussed his state's relatively smooth roll-out of Obamacare, and his political future. 

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5:03pm

Sun May 4, 2014
Politics and Government

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on The Campbell Conversations (Pt 1)

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

In the first of two-part interview, Grant Reeher discusses the current level of conflict and polarization between the two parties with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.  Chafee is particularly well-suited as an observer of this problem--when in the U.S. Senate he was known as a moderate Republican.  He left the party following his service there, and successfully ran for governor as an independent.  He's now a Democrat.

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6:00pm

Sun April 27, 2014
Politics and Government

Stephen Zunes on The Campbell Conversations

Stephen Zunes, left, speaking with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Over the past 40 years, the world has witnessed a wave of democratization.  Why have so many dictatorships fallen?  This week on the Campbell Conversations, University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes argues that it’s largely because of strategic non-violent movements.  Zunes also specializes in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and there he argues that the U.S. enables Israeli policies that give it little incentive to compromise, making the peace process difficult. 

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6:25pm

Sun April 20, 2014
Regional Coverage

Joseph Fahey on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

One of Syracuse’s most intriguing mayors is Democrat James McGuire, who in 1896 bucked a Republican establishment to be elected into office, at just 26.  This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with his biographer, Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, about the mayor’s times, his legacy, and his controversial activism on behalf of Irish independence. 

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6:19pm

Sun April 13, 2014
Politics and Government

Susan Wood and Thomas Drake on The Campbell Conversations

Susan Wood and Thomas Drake speak with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

In a continuation of last week's conversation about government whistleblowing, host Grant Reeher talks this week with two actual whistleblowers, both of whom tell powerful stories about their experience.  Susan Wood blew the whistle on the Food and Drug Administration's political stonewalling on the approval of the morning-after pill "Plan B," and Thomas Drake blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's "Trailblazer" data collection project, and was later charged with espionage, bef

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6:45pm

Sun April 6, 2014
Politics and Government

Louis Clark on The Campbell Conversations

Louis Clark, president of the Government Accountability Project
whistleblower.org

The not-for-profit Government Accountability Project has been at the center of many of the nation’s highest profile whistleblower cases—involving nuclear power plants, the Star Wars anti-missile defense system, the World Bank, and the National Security Agency.  This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with Louis Clark, the Project’s President.  Clark discusses the importance of individual employees going public, and the challenges to them in doing so.  

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4:02pm

Sun March 30, 2014
Regional Coverage

Tim Kennedy on The Campbell Conversations

Syracuse Media Group President Tim Kennedy (left) speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Like other newspapers, The Syracuse Post Standard has struggled in recent years, and it has made significant changes in the way it delivers the news and how it tries to interact with the public.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with Tim Kennedy, the person now in charge of navigating its course.  Find out why he sees a bright future of opportunities for the Syracuse Media Group, despite the hits the company has taken.

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4:01pm

Sun March 23, 2014
Regional Coverage

Kevin Dunn on The Campbell Conversations

Kevin Dunn, professor of political science at Hobart and WIlliam Smith Colleges, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Sub-Saharan Africa is a big waterfront to cover, about 50 countries, with great diversity, but this edition of the Campbell Conversations attempts to cover it.  Host Grant Reeher speaks with Hobart and William Smith political science professor Kevin Dunn, who has written numerous books on the region.  They explore recent trends, common misperceptions, American foreign policy, and the increasing influence of China.

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9:43am

Mon March 17, 2014
Regional Coverage

Randi Bregman on The Campbell Conversations

Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman

Domestic abuse and sexual violence are complicated social problems that many people find difficult even to talk about.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher has a frank and open discussion with Vera House executive director Randi Bregman, about the nature of the problems, the best ways to address them, and the personal experience of working with the victims.

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4:43pm

Sun March 9, 2014
Environment

Mark Monmonier on The Campbell Conversations

Syracuse University Geography Professor Mark Monmonier (left) speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

You'd think that Global Warming would make for less snow, but in this episode of the Campbell Conversations we learn why it might produce more snow, at least in Central New York.  Host Grant Reeher talks with Mark Monmonier about his latest book, Lake Effect:  Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows.  Find out what fascinated this Geography professor so much about our local snowfalls that he wrote an entire

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6:01pm

Sun March 2, 2014
Politics and Government

Eleanor Powell on The Campbell Conversations

Eleanor Powell
politicalscience.yale.edu

What effects do campaign contributions and independent expenditures really have on the way that Congress works?  On this episode of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Yale political scientist Eleanor Powell, an expert on money and Congress.  Powell describes the complicated web of money’s influence, and considers what could realistically be done to change the system.

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4:47pm

Sun February 23, 2014
Politics and Government

Larry Wilmore on The Campbell Conversations

Writer and satirist Larry Wilmore, left, speaking with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

February is Black History Month, but in this edition of the Campbell Conversations, humorist Larry Wilmore explains why he’d rather African-Americans got casinos instead of the celebration—which is also the title of his recent book.  The writer and performer also discusses his experiences as the “senior black correspondent” for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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4:47pm

Sun February 16, 2014
Health

Dr. Sharon Brangman on The Campbell Conversations

Dr. Sharon Brangman

The American population is rapidly aging, and this has enormous implications for our health care system.  Among other challenges, there are fewer workers contributing to Medicare and Medicaid, relative to the population using those programs.  On this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Geriatric specialist Dr. Sharon Brangman about the trends in aging, the special health care needs of the elderly, and the ways that our medical system does, and does not, respond to them. 

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6:04pm

Sun February 9, 2014
Health

Cliff Douglas on The Campbell Conversations

Cliff Douglas, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

You sometimes hear that with all we know about the dangerous health effects of cigarettes, you’d have to be crazy to smoke.  That turns out to be more true than we might realize.  In this episode of the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with tobacco control policy expert Cliff Douglas, and uncovers a variety of disturbing—and sometimes hopeful—information about our society’s tobacco use, tobacco policies, and the tobacco industry. 

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4:45pm

Sun February 2, 2014
Environment

Jeff Speck on The Campbell Conversations

Jeff Speck
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What would a city planner and architect who focuses on the importance of something called "walkability" make of the I-81 question and Destiny USA?  On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher talks with Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, and the author of Walkable 

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4:03pm

Sun January 26, 2014
Politics and Government

Congressman Dan Maffei on The Campbell Conversations

Cong. Dan Maffei, at left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

In 2012, the voters in the 24th Congressional district gave Dan Maffei a second chance when they chose him to replace Ann Marie Buerkle, after she had defeated him just two years before.  Now a year in to his new term in office, Maffei sits down with host Grant Reeher to discuss unemployment benefits, economic inequality, Obamacare, Afghanistan, and whether Congress is becoming more functional.

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4:40pm

Sun January 19, 2014
Politics and Government

Rosalind Barnett on The Campbell Conversations

Rosalind Barnett
Brandeis University

In a recently published book, Brandeis University researcher Rosalind Barnett argues that there is a new “soft war” on women, which is reinforcing gender inequality and harming not only women, but also men and the general economy.  This war is being fueled in part by a growing “myth” that women have largely accomplished their historic struggle for equality.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher explores those arguments with Barnett, the co-author of 

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