Tune into WRVO’s Campbell Conversations Sunday to listen as Maxwell Professor Grant Reeher interviews Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey
One of Syracuse’s most intriguing mayors is Democrat James McGuire, who in 1896 bucked a Republican establishment to be elected into office, at just 26 years of age. This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with his biographer, Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, about the mayor’s times, his legacy, and his controversial activism on behalf of Irish independence. In his six years in office, McGuire built 38 schools, initiated extensive street paving, and was a key figure in the creation of the first Everson Museum and the Carnegie Library, among other landmarks. Joseph Fahey also discusses his own experiences as a judge. The new book is titled James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist.
In a continuation of last week’s conversation about government whistleblowing, host Grant Reeher talks this week with two actual whistleblowers, both of whom tell powerful stories about their experiences. Susan Wood is a former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the Food and Drug Administration. She resigned her position and blew the whistle on the FDA’s political stonewalling on the approval of the morning-after pill “Plan B.” Thomas Drake is a former senior executive with the National Security Agency. He was prosecuted by the Justice Department under the Espionage Act after blowing the whistle on NSA’s “Trailblazer” data collection program. These charges were dropped just days before the trial, and after stories about the prosecution aired on 60 Minutes and appeared in The New Yorker Magazine, among other places. In 2011, Drake received the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.The not-for-profit Government Accountability Project has been at the center of many of the nation’s highest profile whistleblower cases—involving nuclear power plants, the Star Wars anti-missile defense system, the World Bank, and the National Security Agency. This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with Louis Clark, the Project’s President and also its Director of Corporate and Financial Accountability. Clark discusses the importance of individual employees going public, and the challenges to them in doing so. Next week Grant will speak with two whistleblowers.
Every week Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University, leads a conversation with a notable guest. Guests include people from central New York – writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals whose work affects the public life of the community – as well as nationally-prominent figures visiting the region to talk about their work.
The Campbell Conversations are longer interviews which encourage the character of the interviewee to be exposed. This allows you to learn more about the person, how they got to where they are, and where they plan to go. Grant attempts to go beyond the usual press conference questions and sound bites, which usually accompany a discussion about his guests.
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