Social network analyst Valdis Krebs, founder and chief scientist at orgnet.com and author of the blog The Network Thinkers, has created an illustration of each of the major NY gubernatorial candidate's political networks. He discusses what the networks reveal about each candidate.
David Evans, special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation, and Gabriel Sayegh, New York State Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, discuss Proposition 19 in California and whether marijuana should be legal, regulated, and taxed.
WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz discusses the controversy over hydraulic fracturing in areas of upstate New York and elsewhere along the Marcellus Shale, how the issue frames the relationship between New York City and the rest of the state, and where the candidates stand on the issue.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post.com and the author of Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, discusses whether or not President Obama has betrayed his base. Then, later in the show, Dr. Cornel West, University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University; co-host of Smiley & West; and author of Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, weighs in on the topic. Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country, chimes in with her post on whether Obama abandoned his base.
Jeff Sharlet, journalist and author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter and blogger, and conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation Matt Towery, talk about religion, the Republican Party, and whether or not some candidates are pandering to religious bigotry.
Jim Harper, director of Information Policy Studies at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, thinks the Internet doesn’t need government regulation and Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press, thinks the Internet needs some kind of government regulation.
Former New York State Senator Seymour P. Lachman and former City Hall reporter for Newsday Robert Polner, are joined by Republican candidate for Governor John Faso to talk about partisanship and balancing the budget in Albany. Lachman and Polner are co-authors of the book The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975.
New York Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-The Bronx) and Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizen's Union, a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for good government, talk about non-partisan redistricting and what, besides numbers, needs to count in the process. And, Brenda Wright, director of the Democracy Program at Demos, talks about the effect of redistricting on prisoners.
Jim Himes, Congressman for Connecticut's 4th District and candidate for re-election, and Charles Gasparino, senior correspondent for Fox Business Network, New York Post columnist and author of Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street discuss who is really to blame for the economic crisis.
Randy Altschuler, Republican and Conservative Party nominee for Congress from New York's 1st District, talks about immigration, the role it plays on Long Island, and his belief in the need to enact strong reforms to stop illegal immigration. Then, Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, talks about her organization's support of broad legalization and comprehensive immigration reform measures.