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City Journal's 10 Blocks
17 minutes | 3 days ago
Gotham at the Bleeding Edge
Danny Crichton joins Brian Anderson to discuss the importance of the New York tech industry, the effects of Covid-19 on its future, and the geopolitical importance of American innovation.
16 minutes | 10 days ago
Solving the Homelessness Crisis
Stephen Eide joins Brian Anderson to discuss the homelessness crisis in New York City, the problems with Mayor de Blasio's approach, the right way forward for Gotham's next leader, and how cities across the country can tackle their homelessness problems.
23 minutes | 17 days ago
Creating a Crime Wave?
Rafael Mangual joins Brian Anderson to discuss rising disorder in New York City, the city council's just-passed package of police reforms, the causes of the crime spike, and the future of public safety in U.S. cities.
28 minutes | 23 days ago
New York’s Budget Reckoning
Steven Malanga joins Brian Anderson to discuss New York City's massive expansion in government spending and hiring under Bill de Blasio, the potential long-term impact of Covid-19 on the city budget, and why the next mayor will face a fiscal nightmare. City Journal's special issue, New York City: Reborn, is now available.
18 minutes | a month ago
Jails and Transit, Mayors and Governors
Nicole Gelinas joins Brian Anderson to discuss New York City's plan to replace the correctional complex on Rikers Island, how the city's transit system has fared amid the pandemic, the 2021 mayoral race, Governor Cuomo's problems, and more. City Journal's latest special issue, New York City: Reborn, is now available on the website.
37 minutes | a month ago
Crisis of the Two Constitutions
Charles Kesler joins Brian Anderson to discuss the divide between liberal and conservative visions of the Constitution, the "three waves of liberalism" that shaped America's twentieth century, and the future of the conservative movement, post-Trump. Kesler's latest book is Crisis of the Two Constitutions: The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of American Greatness.
32 minutes | a month ago
How “Openness” Defines Human Progress
Swedish author and scholar Johan Norberg joins Brian Anderson to discuss his new book Open: The Story of Human Progress, a finalist for the Manhattan Institute's 2021 Hayek Book Prize. Learn more about the Hayek Prize here.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Critical “Race” to the Bottom
Christopher Rufo joins Brian Anderson to discuss his recent work on critical race theory (CRT) in American schools, the whistleblowers behind much of his reporting, and President Biden's decision to revoke former president Donald Trump's executive order banning CRT-inspired training in the federal government. Read Rufo's series on CRT in American schools: Failure Factory (Buffalo, NY) Gone Crazy (Manhattan, NY) Bad Education (Philadelphia, PA) Spoiled Rotten (UN International School) "Antiracism" Comes to the Heartland (Springfield, MO) Woke Elementary (Cupertino, CA) Radicals in the Classroom (San Diego, CA) Teaching Hate (Seattle, WA)
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Cuomo, de Blasio, and New York’s Future
Seth Barron joins Brian Anderson to discuss New York governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of the pandemic, Bill de Blasio's time as mayor of New York City and the race to succeed him, and the condition of city politics today. Seth's book, The Last Days of New York, is due out in May.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Congress and the Balance of Power
Chris Pope joins Brian Anderson to discuss the balance of power on Capitol Hill, some major legislation that the new Congress is considering—such as a $15 minimum wage or a "Green New Deal"—and why Senate Democrats are unlikely to abolish the filibuster.
17 minutes | 2 months ago
Biden’s Retreat on Crime
Rafael Mangual joins Brian Anderson to discuss why the Biden administration’s policy on law enforcement and prosecution could spell disaster for American cities, last year’s nationwide increase in homicides and shootings, and what New York’s progressive political class has planned for criminal-justice “reform” in the future.
59 minutes | 3 months ago
City Journal at 30: A Reflection
Brian Anderson talks with long-time writers Heather Mac Donald, Steven Malanga, and Nicole Gelinas about how they came to the magazine, the issues that they have covered over the years, and the future of New York and other American cities. Fred Siegel also joins briefly to talk about City Journal's early years and its importance today. The audio for this episode is adapted from a recent virtual event (watch here).
15 minutes | 3 months ago
On White Flight and “Whataboutism”
William Voegeli joins Brian Anderson to discuss the subjects of his two recent stories for City Journal the history of the mid-century exodus of whites out of cities, known as "white flight," and political reactions to the January 6 Capitol riot.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
The Botched Vaccine Rollout
Physician Joel Zinberg joins Brian Anderson to discuss the slow rollout of coronavirus vaccines, why states like New York and West Virginia have widely different vaccination rates so far, and reasons for optimism that the pandemic's days are numbered.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
San Francisco’s Lockdown Burdens
Erica Sandberg joins Seth Barron to discuss how San Francisco's small-business owners are handling the city's latest lockdown, how new outdoor dining facilities became a magnet for the homeless, and whether California public officials who violate Covid restrictions will face political consequences.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
Ringing in the New Year, and Farewell to 2020
This special year-end episode of 10 Blocks features highlights from some of our favorite interviews this year, and City Journal editor Brian Anderson extends holiday wishes to listeners. If you're interested in supporting the Manhattan Institute and City Journal, please visit our website. Excerpts included in this episode: How the Plastic Panic Hurts Us—and the Planet, with John Tierney CHAZ to CHOP: Seattle's Radical Experiment, with Christopher Rufo Fearless Thinking in an Age of Conformity, with Heather Mac Donald
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Believe in People: A Conversation with Charles Koch and Brian Hooks
Charles Koch and Brian Hooks join Howard Husock to discuss better approaches to solving America's social problems, how to help social entrepreneurs foster more resilient communities, and why Koch is now focused on building bridges across the political divide. Their new book is Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
Rise of the Muni-Socialists
Steven Malanga joins Brian Anderson to discuss the growing prevalence of socialist-aligned candidates running for municipal offices, the Democratic Socialists of America’s plans for New York City in 2021, and the results of several big state referendums in this year’s election.
63 minutes | 4 months ago
Victor Davis Hanson on the 2020 Election
Victor Davis Hanson joins Brian Anderson to discuss the 2020 election, the future of America's two main political parties, the Trump administration's foreign policy record, Joe Biden's Cabinet picks, and more. Audio for this episode is excerpted and edited from a Manhattan Institute eventcast. Find out more and register for future events by visiting our website, and subscribe to MI's YouTube channel to view previous discussions.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
New York’s Ongoing Covid Struggle
Nicole Gelinas joins Seth Barron to discuss the financial shape of the New York region's transit system, the importance of midtown Manhattan to the city's economy, the disturbing spike in violent crime on streets and subways, and more.
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