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NY1’s Errol Louis has been interviewing powerful politicians and cultural icons for years, but it’s when the TV cameras are turned off that things really get interesting. From career highlights, to personal moments, to stories that have never been told, join Errol each week for intimate conversations with the people who are shaping the future of New York and beyond. Listen to "You Decide with Errol Louis" every Wednesday, wherever you listen to podcasts.

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NY1’s Errol Louis has been interviewing powerful politicians and cultural icons for years, but it’s when the TV cameras are turned off that things really get interesting. From career highlights, to personal moments, to stories that have never been told, join Errol each week for intimate conversations with the people who are shaping the future of New York and beyond. Listen to "You Decide with Errol Louis" every Wednesday, wherever you listen to podcasts.

    Sherrilyn Ifill: the fight for voting rights

    Sherrilyn Ifill: the fight for voting rights

    This week, Senate Democrats officially introduced the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives several months ago. This comes amid a year in which 19 states have passed laws making it harder for citizens to vote, according to a recent report. Sherrilyn Ifill, the President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, joined Errol to talk about the decades-long battle over voting rights and explain the current legislation. She also discussed voter suppression efforts and talked about the push to desegregate public schools, including in New York City. And she weighed in on the debate over police reform.
     
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    • 46 min
    What’s next for NYC: Finding a solution for Rikers Island

    What’s next for NYC: Finding a solution for Rikers Island

    Conditions have quickly been deteriorating on Rikers Island, the city’s notorious jail complex. From staffing shortages to increased violence and concerns over COVID, lawmakers are calling the situation on Rikers a humanitarian crisis. And this week, a 12th person in the custody of the Department of Correction died.
    Errol examines the emergency with two journalists who have been covering the issue for years: Graham Rayman of the New York Daily News and Reuven Blau of the City.
    They discuss the challenges lawmakers face, how the jail got into a state of chaos and what can be done to address the situation.
     
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    • 37 min
    The race for mayor: Curtis Sliwa’s fight for New York City

    The race for mayor: Curtis Sliwa’s fight for New York City

    With just over a month until the start of early voting for the November general election, Republican Curtis Sliwa joined Errol to talk about his campaign for mayor. He discussed some of the top issues of his campaign, including public safety and animal rights. And he shared his personal experience with Rikers Island as the only candidate who’s been detained at the massive jail complex. He also discussed his roots as a community organizer, how he started the Guardian Angels and his career as a radio host. And he explained why crime boss John Gotti targeted him and the time he narrowly survived after getting shot several times in a cab.
    Check out Errol’s conversation with Democratic nominee Eric Adams.
    And if you enjoyed this episode, listen to Errol’s chat with Ron Kuby.
     
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    • 51 min
    What’s next for NYC: Is New York ready for climate change?

    What’s next for NYC: Is New York ready for climate change?

    After last week’s deadly flooding, President Biden toured parts of Queens, meeting with homeowners who are still recovering from the storm. Biden, along with Governor Hochul and Mayor de Blasio, reiterated the urgent need to act on climate change and prepare for the next extreme weather event, especially in vulnerable communities. Eric Goldstein, the New York City environmental director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, joined Errol to talk about what the city should be doing to make the five boroughs more resilient, including upgrading the aging infrastructure like its sewer system. He also talked about efforts to reduce building emissions and the importance of divesting from fossil fuels. And he analyzed Hochul’s new law requiring most vehicles sold in the state to be zero emissions by 2035.
    If you enjoyed this episode, check out Errol’s previous conversation with Bill McKibben.
     
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    • 36 min
    Paul Rieckhoff: A veteran’s view on ending the war in Afghanistan

    Paul Rieckhoff: A veteran’s view on ending the war in Afghanistan

    After two decades, President Biden completed the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, officially ending the war and leaving the country in control of the Taliban.
    Iraq war veteran and advocate Paul Rieckhoff joined Errol to explain why he thinks Biden's handling of the withdrawal has been a debacle and why the U.S. is responsible for helping the Afghan people left behind.
    And as we approach the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, he discussed his experience as a first responder in Lower Manhattan and explained why he first decided to enlist in the National Guard.
    Listen to Riekhoff's podcast.
     
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    • 46 min
    Live Show: Lunchtime politics with Errol Louis

    Live Show: Lunchtime politics with Errol Louis

    Ahead of Gov. Kathy Hochul's official event announcing Brian Benjamin as lieutenant governor, Errol hosted a live edition of "You Decide" on Twitter Spaces. With the help of the NY1 political team and special guests Harry Siegel and Alyssa Katz, Errol analyzed Hochul's ascension to the governorship and what her leadership means for the future of New York. They also discussed her top priorities, including fighting COVID and dealing with a housing crisis, as the eviction moratorium comes to an end. And they talked about what Andrew Cuomo will do now, after spending nearly 11 years leading the state. And Errol takes some listener questions.
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

formerly happy user111 ,

Errol is a fantastic interviewer

He presses people in an extremely fair way, but he presses. He creates full preambles to his questions for exceptional context, which makes it difficult for his subjects to dodge.

RossEscambiaCounty ,

Loved the Dickens deep dive

Very interesting history of early 1990 nyc politics. I’d love to hear more pieces like that over different moments in the cities history. The show is great overall as well.

Daveindiego ,

This guy doesn’t understand how Democracy works

This guy apparently doesn’t think New York voters are capable of making their own choices. Sorry, I can’t support and waste my time listening to a clown who doesn’t seem to understand how democracy works.

Hard pass.

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