interview

Interviews with top political activists, history buffs, lawmakers, whistleblowers and everyday voters.

  • Amy King
    Published 2 days ago
    Interview with an Extinction Rebellionist

    Interview with an Extinction Rebellionist

    Following the countless Extinction Rebellion protests, film festivals and multiple other activist platforms, a number of arrests have been made against these activists fighting for a declared climate emergency.
  • Hannah Smart
    Published 9 months ago
    Talking with Andrew Yang, Our Best Hope for 2020

    Talking with Andrew Yang, Our Best Hope for 2020

    The 2020 Democratic Primaries are currently crawling with candidates hoping to face off against Donald Trump for the presidential bid, but one candidate stands out among the crowd, lurking in the background, and he won't be for long.
  • Rich Monetti
    Published about a year ago
    Islamic Center of Peekskill Blends in on North Division Street

    Islamic Center of Peekskill Blends in on North Division Street

    When our political discussions turn to foreign policy, the Middle East almost instinctively moves to the forefront of contention. "That's the reality of our times," said Papa Sall, Imam of the Islamic Center of Peekskill. But seismic shifts in today's human events do not take precedence over a permanence found in the message the Senegal born holy man has for his flock.
  • Rich Monetti
    Published about a year ago
    What Progress Has NYSEG Made Since Irene and Sandy?

    What Progress Has NYSEG Made Since Irene and Sandy?

    I wrote this in 2012. I thought it would be interesting to look back and see if we’ve made any progress in terms of NYSEG, the town's response to storms and power outages
  • Rich Monetti
    Published about a year ago
    Judge Harold L. Wood of Somers Has Made a Life of Making a Difference

    Judge Harold L. Wood of Somers Has Made a Life of Making a Difference

    I often go into an interview with a preconception of where the story will go. I’m usually wrong. In the case of 93-year-old Judge Harold Wood, who was the first African American Supervisor in Westchester, I was once again right about being wrong. I thought I would learn of insurmountable obstacles overcome in receiving his law degree, tales of harrowing racial discrimination, and a detailed accounting of his professional life. Admitting up front that his memory has “dimmed” in recent years derailed the in depth look I was hoping for. But that doesn’t mean his sketchy outline of the past prevents him from processing. The same goes for his ability to inspire. So while he’s self-assured of his extraordinary historical accomplishments, it is the manner in which Judge Wood perceives himself as ordinary that really makes him stand out.
  • Michael Blair
    Published 2 years ago
    Puerto Rico: Statehood or Independence?

    Puerto Rico: Statehood or Independence?

    Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to Julio Ricardo Varela, a Puerto Rican political journalist and advocate of a shared agreement approach to the future of the place of his birth and upbringing.
  • Michael Lee Nirenberg
    Published 3 years ago
    Conversation with Robert Kennedy Jr.

    Conversation with Robert Kennedy Jr.

    It is no secret that we are currently in an unprecedented environmental tailspin. Carbon levels are rising dangerously, the polar ice caps are melting, and species are rapidly disappearing etc. While the rest of the world has taken steps to mitigate the damage humans cause the planet, The United States has taken a cynical and irresponsible path towards climate change.
  • The Swamp Staff
    Published 3 years ago
    Interview with John C. Bednar, Author of 'The People's President'

    Interview with John C. Bednar, Author of 'The People's President'

    Author and professor Dr. John Bednar first began writing his political thriller The People's President in the early 70s. His book–written in the scandalous milieu of Watergate and the Vietnam War–posed a fictional and righteous reality in which politics and money did not mix. Bednar's writing was a understated form of protest, a caution against the burgeoning Washington swamp and what he perceived as a gross miscarriage of a democratic electoral system. His book was first circulated among his colleagues and students and was received well; Bednar's ideas resonated with his readers and laid dormant, marinating, for decades to come.