Politics and Policy

Episode 302: Vincent Sapienza

He leads New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, managing the finest municipal water system in America, despite much of it flowing through century-old cast-iron pipes. He told the Municipal Archives, “The pipe under 42nd Street goes back to the time when John Wilkes Booth’s brother was acting as Hamlet on Broadway.” Yes, he dates infrastructure … Continue reading »

Politics and Policy / Science & Medicine

Episode 237: Blanche Pitt

  ICAP at Columbia University sees its international public health work as part of broad commitment to social justice. Nobody personifies those values more than Blanche Pitt, who directs ICAP’s projects in South Africa. With music from Kevin Nathaniel Hylton.  Person: Mark Heywood  Place:: Joseph Stone Auditorium  Thing: South African Constitution  Randy’s People: Gilbert & … Continue reading »

Politics and Policy

Episode 227: Geraldine Byrne Nason & Ciaran Madden

 Mary Robinson, Ireland’s first woman president, is a lifelong force for social justice, says Ciaran Madden, Ireland’s Consul General in New York. And she is admired around the world, adds Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland’s U.N. Ambassador: “Say the words Mary Robinson and it lights up at the U.N.” Imagine: mention your country’s president and get … Continue reading »