Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins appears in the following:

The End of a Journalism Era in NYC

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Reflecting on 'The Village Voice' as it prepares to end its free print edition after more than 50 years in the business.

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Remembering Wayne Barrett

Monday, January 23, 2017

Revered investigative reporter Wayne Barrett passed away last week, leaving a legacy of gumshoe journalism behind.


Accounts of Violent Guard Abuse at a New York Prison

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Tom Robbins, a reporter for The Marshall Project, investigated reports at the Mid-State Correctional Facility where prisoners were reportedly beaten by guards. 

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Vito Lopez, Former New York State Assemblyman, Leaves Complicated Legacy

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The former Assemblyman resigned in disgrace, but he leaves behind an impressive and complex history. 


Attica Prisoner Beating Resonates With a Violent Past

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In 2011, a prisoner at the upstate prison Attica was brutally beaten by guards. Investigative journalist Tom Robbins and former Attica inmate Antonio Yarbough discuss the case. 

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Remembering Mario Cuomo

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Listeners and guests remember Mario Cuomo and reflect on his legacy.

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Mayor-elect de Blasio Announces Top Admin Picks

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has announced several key appointments to his cabinet this morning. Anthony Shorris will be first deputy mayor. Emma Wolfe will be Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. And Dominic Williams will be Shorris' Chief of Staff.

WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Kathleen Horan are at the press conference. Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, talks about the appointments and what they suggest about de Blasio's policy priorities. 

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Between WWII and His Suicide, de Blasio's Father a Cold Warrior

Monday, October 14, 2013

Between losing his leg in WWII and his tragic suicide in 1979, Bill de Blasio's father forged a career with think tanks and multinational corporations aimed at blocking the spread of ...

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Mob Boss

Friday, October 04, 2013

Former boss "Little Al" D'Arco was the highest-ranking mobster to become a government informant. His life story is told by Tom Robbins in his new book Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D’Arco, The Man Who Brought Down the Mafia. Robbins is an investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice. Jerry Capeci, who writes a weekly column on organized crime at and has covered the mafia as a journalist for decades, co-authored the new book.

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Watch: Tom Robbins on Whether War is Inevitable

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Tom Robbins, former longtime Village Voice writer who is now the investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, visited the WNYC studios recently. He answered the question at the center of the Brian Lehrer Show End of War series: Is war inevitable?

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New York's Worst Landlord

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, and Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and former special counsel at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, discuss CUNY and City Limitsinvestigation into Frank Palazzolo,  the Bronx's "phantom landlord," and how to protect tenants from similar circumstances.  

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The NYPD and "The Third Jihad"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice and Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, discuss the investigation into the NYPD's involvement in the controversial film "The Third Jihad."

Watch the full video below. Note: Ray Kelly appears at 55:45 in a section on "Nuclear Threat"

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Organized Crime Arrests

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Early this morning the FBI and local law enforcement made what may be the biggest mafia bust in a single day in US history. Over 100 organized crime members have been arrested for various criminal charges. Tom Robbins, Village Voice reporter, and Jon M. Shane, assistant professor of criminal justice at John Jay College, join us to talk about the arrests.

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Paterson Faces the Music

Monday, September 28, 2009

Governor Paterson was on Meet the Press Sunday to discuss the state of New York; the appointment of Richard Ravitch as his Lieutenant Governor; and the alleged White House intervention into the 2010 election. David Freelander, managing editor of City Hall and The Capitol and Tom Robbins of the Village ...

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Behind Bloomberg's Other Media Network

Thursday, August 06, 2009

NYC-TV is the city's own television station, and it used be, well, a sleepy place not exactly known for cutting edge broadcasts. Under Mayor Bloomberg, who made his fortune in the media business, the annual budget of NYC-TV jumped from about $2-million to over $10-million, ...


Brawlbany: Any Progress?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Another Monday, another week of Albany chaos to look forward to. WNYC reporter Beth Fertig talks about the city's educational limbo; Liz Benjamin, columnist with the New York Daily News, and Tom Robbins, columnist for the Village Voice, talk about the latest news in the ...

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House Rules

Monday, July 06, 2009

Congressman Henry Waxman, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, discusses his new book, the latest political news, and recent climate bill. Then, reporters Liz Benjamin and Tom Robbins with an Albany update, and assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, talks about transforming new vacant residential developments into affordable housing. ...

Pension Scandal

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tom Robbins, columnist for the Village Voice, and Peter Lattman, Wall Street Journal reporter, talk about allegations of "pay-to-play" deals for New York State pension fund investments.

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Revisiting Bushwick

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Thirty years after the blackout Village Voice columnist Tom Robbins revisits Bushwick only to find that the neighborhood is still politically volatile.

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