A weekly half-hour program featuring interviews with significant men and women from a variety of fields: officeholders and activists, economists, labor leaders, writers and artists. Herbert, a longtime journalist and former columnist for The New York Times, takes a close look each week at a compelling contemporary issue. He elicits personal stories and insights into the character of each guest, revealing not just what they believe about a particular issue, but why they believe it.
David Wallace-Wells on Those Most Impacted by Climate Change
Bob talks with David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine editor-at-large, about his recent cover story, "The Guilty and the Damned." The piece explains how the countries least responsible for climate change are being impacted the most.
Sam Roberts on the Evolution of Newspaper Reporting
Bob talks about the good, the bad, and the troubles he’s seen over his half century in the news business with an old friend and colleague – Sam Roberts – once the city editor of the Daily News, where Bob spent 17 years, and now the urban affairs correspondent at The New York Times, where Bob spent 18 years. Sam is also the host of The New York Times Close-Up, which airs on CUNY TV.
Commissioner Steven Banks on Homelessness in NYC
If ever a problem seemed intractable, it’s homelessness. After many decades of trying to find solutions, there are still tens of thousands of homeless men, women and children here in New York City. But there are also many dedicated people who work day and night to bring shelter and badly-needed services to many thousands of homeless people who otherwise would have nowhere to turn. One of those dedicated individuals is Bob’s guest, Steven Banks, who has been leading, simultaneously, the city’s vast Human Resources Administration and the Department of Homeless Services, as the Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Social Services.
Vincent Southerland on Critical Race Theory
Critical race theory, a respected intellectual framework that has been around since the 1970s and is taught mostly in law schools, is freaking out a lot of people. Bob tries to bring some clarity and honesty to this situation by speaking with Vincent Southerland, an assistant professor of clinical law at the NYU School of Law, and the co-editor of the book "Race, Rights and Redemption: The Derrick Bell Lectures on the Law and Critical Race Theory."
Ashley Owen on Problem Gambling
Ads for websites like Draft Kings and FanDuel are seemingly everywhere. What does this inundation of gambling opportunities mean for the problem gambler? Are there ways to protect those who are vulnerable to this dangerous, sometimes heart-breaking addiction? Bob explores this subject with Ashley Owen, a team leader with the New York City Problem Gambling Resource Center.
Jocelyn McCalla on Haiti’s Humanitarian Crisis
Haiti can seem like a country that is cursed. It’s the poorest nation in our hemisphere and has long been beset by political instability, natural disasters, and stunning outbreaks of violence. Haitians fleeing their home country for one reason or another have contributed to a surge of migration into the United States, and that has created a political crisis for the Biden administration. Bob talks about all of this with guest Jocelyn McCalla, a longtime human rights activist with a special focus on Haiti.