The Phi on New York podcast deciphers the words that city's philosophers (and other prophets) have written on the subway walls. Through in-depth conversations about the ideas, issues, and challenges that shape lives of New Yorkers, we try to understand what the city is and what it might become.
Produced by Joseph S. Biehl
Original music by Jay Spero
Intro voiceover by Mike "Sport" Murphy
Logo art by Mary Ann Biehl
Episode 6: Searching for the Soul of the City
Can a city have a soul? And if so, is it something solid and fixed for as long as the city survives, putting its stamp on each new generation? Or is the soul of the city a much more ephemeral thing, a transient spirit of the moment, a metaphorical summation of the prevailing sentiments of its citizens? In this episode, Joseph P. Viteritti, the Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Policy and Planning Department at Hunter College takes me through his search for what he hopes is the enduring soul of New York, a progressive vision of a city that is committed to lifting up the least fortunate of its residents.
Professor Viteritti's https://www.hunterurban.org/faculty/joseph-viteritti (webpage)
https://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/10603-searching-soul-new-york-city-literature ("Searching for the Soul of New York: Part 1, Literature" )
https://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/10608-searching-soul-new-york-city-politics-leadership ("Searching for the Soul of New York: Part II, Politics and Leadership" )
https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9780190679507 (The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio's Quest to Save the Soul of New York)
https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9780156453806 (Invisible Cities (by Italo Calvino))
Episode 5: The Fixer is In: A conversation with Bradley Tusk
Political strategist Bradley Tusk joins the podcast to discuss his philosophy of the city, why he's opening a bookstore and funding the Gotham Book Prize, why he backed Andrew Yang for mayor, what makes for good and bad business regulations, and what he thinks is wrong with our politics and how he proposes to fix it.
Episode 4: Michael Menser and the Changing Logic of the City
Michael Menser (Brooklyn College, CUNY) joins the podcast to discuss how the logic of the city's model of development, use of space, circulation of goods and people, and over-burdened ecology are changing what it means to live in New York and how a more participatory conception of democratic engagement can help us to navigate the challenges to come.