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What to Expect from the Biden-Putin Summit
Talks between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin began today. Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and the author of many books, including The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War (Simon & Schuster, 2020) joins to discuss what to expect from the high-stakes summit.
Black Voters and the Mayoral Campaign
A new Marist Poll showed Black voters preferred Eric Adams to other candidates in the mayoral campaign. Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, host of the podcast FAQNYC, politics editor at The Grio, and author of Black Ethnics (Oxford University Press, 2013), breaks down what Black Democratic voters are saying about this year's primary election.
Throughout the pandemic, Amazon has grown exponentially. Prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author Jodi Kantor and Grace Ashford, a researcher and reporter with The New York Times' Investigations unit, break down the key takeaways from a months-long investigation of the JFK8 Amazon fulfilment center and what it exposes about the company's work culture.
Ben Max, the executive editor of Gotham Gazette and host of the Max Politics podcast, talks about the primaries for district attorney, borough president and key city council seats in Manhattan.
Helpful voters guides:
WNYC/Gothamist Guide to the "Other Races" (besides mayoral)
WNYC/Gothamist Guide to judicial nominees
WNYC/Gothamist Guide to Ranked Choice Voting
Citizens Union Voters Guide
Spanish Language Media and the 2021 City Races
Juan Manuel Benitez, host of PuraPolítica and reporter at Spectrum News NY1, talks about how Spanish-language media are covering the mayoral campaign, and what Spanish-speaking New Yorkers are telling him and other reporters what they're thinking about the election.
Your Queens Voter Guide
With early voting underway, Christine Chung, The City Queens reporter, talks about the key primary races in Queens.
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