The Greene Space at WNYC presents The NEXT NY Conversation: "The Real Cost of Unemployment," hosted by Farai Chideya on October 19

The Greene Space at WNYC presents

The NEXT New York Conversation
The Real Cost of Unemployment 
A Close Look at the Job Market’s Effects on Our Lives, Health, and Communities

Hosted by 


Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 7pm – “Pink Slip Plus” Mixer Begins at 6pm
Event is Free and Open to the Public, Tickets Must Be Reserved at

Live Video Webcast, co-hosted by The Root, available at and


(October 7, 2011, New York, NY) – The national unemployment rate remained unchanged in September 2011 at 9.1 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor – meaning there are 14 million Americans currently out of work.  As job growth trickles on, the future of employment remains one of the biggest issues of our time.

On Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm, The NEXT New York Conversation explores THE REAL COST OF UNEMPLOYMENT – to individuals and families, personal and mental health, and to communities and the nation.  The NEXT New York Conversation is The Greene Space’s dialogue series featuring a collective of changemakers, newsmakers, tastemakers and New Yorkers, sharing their values about interesting topics that are reshaping, redefining, and re-imagining our world.

Host FARAI CHIDEYA will welcome vibrant voices from the labor and finance fields to The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s innovative, street-level, multiplatform studio, to shine a light on and explore questions such as, “How are fluctuations in the job market for some and persistent unemployment for others affecting our lives?,” and “Will solutions come from the market, entrepreneurs, activists, politicians... or a mix from all groups?”.

“Good jobs used to come with a promise of stability, leading to a here-until-retirement mentality,” said host Farai Chideya. “No more, not in the private sector or the public.  I invite members of the community to join me in The Greene Space to explore the true impact this has on our culture and society.”

Panelists include:

  • personal finance expert CARMEN WONG ULRICH, author of The Real Cost of Living and frequent contributor to outlets including the Today Show, CNN and MSNBC
  • investor RYAN MACK, the president of Optimum Capital Management, who teaches and mentors entrepreneurs
  • Columbia University Professor DORIAN WARREN, who studies labor markets with a focus on communities of color


A “Pink Slip Plus” mixer serving complimentary beer and wine will take place immediately before the program.  The reception will be open to individuals looking for work, offering guests the opportunity to meet others, find new vision and gather inspiration to steer their careers in a new direction.

The NEXT New York Conversation: The Real Cost of Unemployment
When:                         Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm; “Pink Slip Plus” mixer at 6pm
Where:                        The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street), New York, NY 10014
Tickets:                       Admission is free; tickets must be reserved by visiting

                                    “Pink Slip Plus” pre-reception includes one complimentary beer or glass of wine

Live Video Webcast: and

The Greene Space is joined by The Root, the leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective, to co-host the event’s live video webcast.  The Root raises the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engages anyone interested in black culture around the world.

Leadership support for The NEXT New York Conversation is provided by MetLife Foundation.


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After a twenty year career as a journalist, Farai Chideya has joined Etsy as their VP of Voice. She coordinates editorial, PR, social media, and works with the marketing and community engagement teams closely.  Farai has combined media, technology, and diversity during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. Via the Pop and Politics brand, Chideya is currently producing multimedia political specials via broadcast radio, web-video and social media with partners including WNYC and American Public Media. The team behind “Pop and Politics with Farai Chideya” is road-tripping through America to interview people about economic anxiety and national identity crises concerning religion, immigration, and race. Chideya originally launched as a blog in 1995.  From 2006 to early 2009, Chideya hosted NPR’s News and Notes. She has been a reporter for ABC News, a political analyst for CNN, a host for the Oxygen Network, and continues to appear on television as a cultural commentator. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National EducationReporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

Carmen Wong Ulrich is a personal finance expert and former host and creator of CNBC's “On the Money.”  She is a new contributing editor to Good Housekeeping magazine and a former editor at MONEY magazine.  Carmen is a regular contributor to NBC's The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, and CBS’s Early Show.  Her most recent book is The Real Cost of Living.

Ryan Mack is a financial advisor working with prominent clients across the country.  He lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of financial literacy. He can be regularly viewed on television networks such as CNBC, CNN and BET discussing economic issues that impact American citizens. He co-authored  The Black Male Handbook with Kevin Powell and received Tom Joyner's “Hardest Working Financial Advisor Award,” and has been profiled in Tavis Smiley’s The Covenant in Action and Black Enterprise Magazine.

Dorian Warren specializes in the study of inequality in American politics with a focus on labor, racial and urban politics.  His research examines the plight of workers of color in the U.S., and strategies to enable them to gain access to good jobs and lift standards in low-wage labor markets.

New York Public Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as, and  As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City's sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about New York Public Radio, visit

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