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"Max Politics" is a podcast hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette. Some episodes first air on WBAI radio, Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Segments of the show are posted to Max Politics podcast streams wherever you get podcasts and to the Gotham Gazette website, both on this page and individual episode pages. 

Find episodes through the links below, and subscribe to "Max Politics" wherever you get your podcasts: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. (The show was previously called "Max & Murphy" until co-host Jarrett Murphy moved on from a great journalism career to go into nursing in 2021 -- find episodes of Max & Murphy down below on this page and in what is now the Max Politics podcast feed where you get podcasts.)

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Making New York a Bike-Friendly City - May 19, 2022
 
Tom Suozzi on His Run for Governor - May 12, 2022
 
New York City Economic and Workplace Trends, with Kathryn Wylde - May 11, 2022
 
The Future of Lower Manhattan, with Jessica Lappin of Downtown Alliance - May 10, 2022
 
Assemblymember Karines Reyes on New York Abortion Rights and the Future of Roe - May 4, 2022
 
Solving New York City's 'Housing Problem,' with Two Veterans of the Trenches - May 2, 2022
 
City Council Member Pierina Sanchez on Solving NYC's Housing Crisis - April 27, 2022
 
City Council Member Crystal Hudson on Supporting Aging New Yorkers, Budget Priorities, & More - April 25, 2022
 
Earth Week 2022 in New York, with Julie Tighe & Daniel Zarrilli - April 19, 2022
 
City Council Progressive Chairs Shahana Hanif & Lincoln Restler - April 14, 2022
 
Bob Hardt on the Subway Shooting and Lieutenant Governor's Resignation - April 13, 2022
 
Senators Julia Salazar & Jabari Brisport on the News of the Week & New State Budget - April 13, 2022
 
Senator John Liu on Final State Budget Negotiations - April 6, 2022
 
The City Council Responds to the Mayor's Budget Plan, with Council Finance Chair Justin Brannan The City Council Responds to the Mayor's Budget Plan, with Council Finance Chair Justin Brannan - April 6, 2022
 
'NYC Speaks' on Policy Priorities for the Adams Administration, with José Serrano-McClain of NYC Speaks - April 6, 2022
 
Senator Gustavo Rivera on Crunch-Time State Budget Negotiations - March 31, 2022
 
Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt on State Budget Priorities - March 30, 2022
 
What to Know as State Budget Negotiations Enter the Home Stretch, with Susan Arbetter & Luis Ferré-Sadurní - March 24, 2022
 
A Vision for Limited Government in New York - March 17, 2022
 
Dr. Dave Chokshi on His Tenure as NYC Health Commissioner - March 9, 2022
 
Dr. Jay Varma on New York City's Battle with COVID-19 - March 8, 2022
 
Asian-American New Yorkers Fight To Be Seen, with Jo-Ann Yoo of the Asian American Federation - March 2, 2022
 
The Growth of Charter Schools in New York City - February 22, 2022
 
Comptroller Brad Lander On The City Budget & Improving Nonprofit Contracting Comptroller Brad Lander On The City Budget & Improving Nonprofit Contracting - February 16, 2022
 
Cryptocurrency Grows in New York Cryptocurrency Grows in New York - February 15, 2022
 
addressing criris untreated400 Addressing the Crisis of Untreated Severe Mental Illness - February 9, 2022
 
The Future of NYC Trash, with City Council Sanitation Chair Sandy Nurse The Future of NYC Trash, with City Council Sanitation Chair Sandy Nurse - February 4, 2022
 
The New City Council Chairs for Public Health and Hospitals The New City Council Chairs for Public Health and Hospitals - February 1, 2022
 
mpp harris pod New York's Clean Energy Vision - January 28, 2022
 
Analyzing Governor Hochul's 2022 Agenda, with Bernadette Hogan of The New York Post and Anna Gronewold of Politico New York Analyzing Governor Hochul's 2022 Agenda, with Bernadette Hogan of The New York Post and Anna Gronewold of Politico New York - January 19, 2022
 
Senator Liz Krueger on Assessing the Governor's Budget and Top 2022 Priorities Senator Liz Krueger on Assessing the Governor's Budget and Top 2022 Priorities - January 19, 2022
 
vicki been jan12 mp Vicki Been On De Blasio Era Housing Policy, Neighborhood Rezonings, & More - January 12, 2022
 
senator ramos jan12 mp Senator Jessica Ramos on Overhauling Child Care in New York & Other 2022 Priorities - January 11, 2022
 
Bill de Blasio's Legacy and Eric Adams' Agenda Bill de Blasio's Legacy and Eric Adams' Agenda - January 5, 2022
 
Rep. Jamaal Bowman on 'Build Back Better,' Voting Rights, & More Rep. Jamaal Bowman on 'Build Back Better,' Voting Rights, & More - December 21, 2021
 
sb 400 mp Commissioner Steve Banks on the De Blasio Administration's Social Services Record - December 19, 2021
 
psc president james davis img A New Deal for CUNY? - December 15, 2021
 
31969304957 184e7f6bec c 400 What's Next for New York's Pro-Housing Movement - December 15, 2021
 
eric admas ta A Bus Agenda for Mayor Adams - December 8, 2021
 
uft mulgrew de blasio400 Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew on Pandemic Schooling, Class Sizes, & Mayor-Elect Adams - December 7, 2021
 
 
City Council Member Diana Ayala on Mental Health Oversight, Running for Speaker, & More City Council Member Diana Ayala on Mental Health Oversight, Running for Speaker, & More - November 29, 2021
 
fra mo hosts 400 City Council Member Francisco Moya on Zoning Battles, Running for Speaker, & More - November 19, 2021
 
gab mbp 400 Gale Brewer on Her Tenure as Borough President, Running for City Council Speaker, & More - November 17, 2021
 
Latino Vote Podcast: Redistricting, Representation, and Latinos in New York Latino Vote Podcast: Redistricting, Representation, and Latino New Yorkers - November 11, 2021
 
Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Exploring a Run for Governor Jumaane Williams on Being Reelected Public Advocate & Exploring a Run for Governor - November 9, 2021
 
Breaking Down 2021 NYC Election Results & What Comes Next Breaking Down 2021 NYC Election Results & What Comes Next - November 3, 2021
 
City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez on Backing Eric Adams & The Path Ahead City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez on Backing Eric Adams & The Path Ahead - November 3, 2021
 
City Council Member Adrienne Adams on NYPD Oversight & More City Council Member Adrienne Adams on NYPD Oversight & More - October 26, 2021
 
Eric Ulrich on His City Council Tenure, the Future of New York City and Its Republican Party Eric Ulrich on His City Council Tenure, the Future of New York City and Its Republican Party - October 26, 2021
 
Chris Coffey on the Yang Mayoral Campaign, Eric Adams & More Chris Coffey on the Yang Mayoral Campaign, Eric Adams & More - October 19, 2021
 
max pol cs400 Curtis Sliwa on His Run for Mayor - October 12, 2021
 
carlina rivera hh400 City Council Member Carlina Rivera on Hospitals Oversight & More - October 1, 2021
 
2 assem cc immi400 Assemblymember Catalina Cruz on Pro-Immigrant Policies & More - September 30, 2021
 
apple may phot94 New York City's Climate and Sustainability Efforts - September 24, 2021
 
City Council Member Carlos Menchaca on the Push for Noncitizen Voting & More City Council Member Carlos Menchaca on the Push for Noncitizen Voting & More - September 22, 2021
 
just resilence400 City Council Member Justin Brannan on Resiliency Oversight & More - September 21, 2021
 
City Council Member Keith Powers on Oversight of City Jails & More City Council Member Keith Powers on Oversight of City Jails & More - September 8, 2021
 
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the New Era in State Government and Upcoming Priorities Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the New Era in State Government and Upcoming Priorities -September 8, 2021
 
Hurricane Ida, Climate Change & Where We Go Next in New York Hurricane Ida, Climate Change & Where We Go Next in New York - September 3, 2021
 
A Government Reform Agenda for Governor Hochul A Government Reform Agenda for Governor Hochul - September 1, 2021
 
New York's Eviction Moratorium and the Housing Justice Movement New York's Eviction Moratorium and the Housing Justice Movement - September 1, 2021
 
New York's $2.1 Billion Excluded Workers Fund Max Politics Podcast: New York's $2.1 Billion Excluded Workers Fund - August 20, 2021
 
Michael Gianaris on Andrew Cuomo's Resignation and What's Ahead in New York Politics Michael Gianaris on Andrew Cuomo's Resignation and What's Ahead in New York Politics - August 20, 2021
 
Tom DiNapoli on the End of the Cuomo Era and What's Next Tom DiNapoli on the End of the Cuomo Era and What's Next - August 13, 2021
 
Reflections on Andrew Cuomo's Reign Reflections on Andrew Cuomo's Reign - August 11, 2021
 
Getting to Know Future Governor Kathy Hochul Getting to Know Future Governor Kathy Hochul - August 11, 2021
 
Tiffany Cabán Heads Toward the City Council Tiffany Cabán Heads Toward the City Council - July 31, 2021
 
Governor Cuomo Faces Series of Scandals and Investigations Governor Cuomo Faces Series of Scandals and Investigations - July 31, 2021
 
Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Shaun Abreu Pursues a City Council Seat in Manhattan Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Shaun Abreu Pursues a City Council Seat in Manhattan - July 27, 2021
 
New York's Covid Emergency Rental Assistance Program New York's Covid Emergency Rental Assistance Program - July 27, 2021
 
Max Politics Podcast: What's Next for New York City's Immigrant Communities What's Next for New York City's Immigrant Communities - July 22, 2021
 
Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Alexa Avilés Pursues a City Council Seat in Brooklyn Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Alexa Avilés Pursues a City Council Seat in Brooklyn - July 19, 2021
 
Women Poised to Take Majority in the Next New York City Council Women Poised to Take Majority in the Next New York City Council - July 14, 2021
 
Donovan Richards Seeks Reelection as Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Seeks Reelection as Queens Borough President - July 14, 2021
 
https://www.gothamgazette.com/city/10644-latino-vote-podcast-marjorie-velazquez-city-council-bronx Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Marjorie Velázquez Pursues a City Council Seat in the Bronx - July 13, 2021
 
Jumaane Williams on the 2021 Primary Results & What Comes Next Jumaane Williams on the 2021 Primary Results & What Comes Next - July 7, 2021
 
Breaking Down the Mayoral Primary Results, with Bob Hardt Breaking Down the Mayoral Primary Results, with Bob Hardt - July 7, 2021
 
Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Pierina Sanchez Pursues a City Council Seat in the Bronx Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Pierina Sanchez Pursues a City Council Seat in the Bronx - July 1, 2021
 
Senator Liz Krueger on Her Bill to Reform the Board of Elections Senator Liz Krueger on Her Bill to Reform the Board of Elections - June 30, 2021
 
Analyzing the Mayor's Race While Awaiting Primary Results - with Stu Loeser & Neal Kwatra Analyzing the Mayor's Race While Awaiting Primary Results - with Stu Loeser & Neal Kwatra - June 30, 2021
 
Kathryn Garcia Sees a Path to Victory Kathryn Garcia Sees a Path to Victory - June 24, 2021
 
Brad Lander on His Lead in the Comptroller Race Brad Lander on His Lead in the Comptroller Race - June 24, 2021
 
Alvin Bragg on His Lead in the Manhattan DA Race Alvin Bragg on His Lead in the Manhattan DA Race - June 23, 2021
 
The Power of The New York Times Endorsement, with Mara Gay The Power of The New York Times Endorsement, with Mara Gay - June 23, 2021
 
epjl 400 Joe Lhota on Becoming a Democrat and the Importance of the Mayoral Election - June 16, 2021
 
mxm mvv 400 Melissa Mark-Viverito on the 2021 Elections - June 16, 2021
 
max prt2 400 Why The Manhattan District Attorney Election Is So Important - June 9, 2021
 
4x4 400 Breaking Down the Race for Manhattan District Attorney - June 9, 2021
 
 Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Queens, with Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas Latino Vote '21 Podcast: Queens, with Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas - June 4, 2021
 
Where The Mayor's Race Stands with Under 3 Weeks To Go Breaking Down the New York City Comptroller Primary - June 2, 2021
 
3 under week400 Where The Mayor's Race Stands with Under 3 Weeks - June 2, 2021
 
 Latino Vote '21 Podcast: The Bronx, with Council Member Rafael Salamanca Latino Vote '21 Podcast: The Bronx, with Council Member Rafael Salamanca - May 28, 2021
 
Latino Vote '21: An Introduction to Latino Voters and the 2021 NYC Elections Latino Vote '21: An Introduction to Latino Voters and the 2021 NYC Elections - May 21, 2021
 
 

Max & Murphy Podcast
"Max & Murphy" was a podcast hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits that began in 2016 as a brief discussion on the latest in housing policy but quickly expanded to lengthier discussions of a wide variety of political and policy issues, including interviews with candidates for office, elected and appointed government officials, advocates and other experts. In 2017 the show was an important stop for candidates for top city offices and in 2018 for candidates for state offices and so on through much of the 2021 New York City elections. Also in 2018, the podcast was picked up by WBAI radio, where the show initially aired on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Portions or full episodes of the show were then posted to the podcast streams, and to the Gotham Gazette and City Limits websites. When Jarrett Murphy left journalism for nursing school, the show became Max Politics, as noted above. 

Murphy Signs Off Murphy Signs Off - May 26, 2021
 
What Might the Democratic Electorate Look Like for the June Primary? What Might the Democratic Electorate Look Like for the June Primary? - May 26, 2021
 
Resetting the Democratic Mayoral Primary withUnder 5 Weeks To Go, with Jonathan Rosen Resetting the Democratic Mayoral Primary withUnder 5 Weeks To Go, with Jonathan Rosen - May 19, 2021
 
A Brief Rundown of Down-Ballot Races A Brief Rundown of the Down-Ballot RacesA Brief Rundown of the Down-Ballot Races - May 19, 2021
 
Previewing the First Official 2021 Mayoral Debate, with Bob Hardt of NY1 Previewing the First Official 2021 Mayoral Debate, with Bob Hardt of NY1 - May 12, 2021
 
Christine Quinn & Bill Thompson on Running for Mayor & This Year's Race Christine Quinn & Bill Thompson on Running for Mayor & This Year's Race - May 12, 2021
 
7 weeks gob The State of the Mayoral Race with 7 Weeks To Go - May 5, 2021
 
An Environmental Justice Agenda for the Next Mayor An Environmental Justice Agenda for the Next Mayor - April 28, 2021
 
A Waterfronts Agenda for the Next Mayor A Waterfronts Agenda for the Next Mayor - April 28, 2021
 
Fernando Mateo on His Run for Mayor Fernando Mateo on His Run for Mayor - April 21, 2021
 
Curtis Sliwa on His Run for Mayor Curtis Sliwa on His Run for Mayor - April 21, 2021
 
'Teens Take Charge' Takes on the Future of City Schools 'Teens Take Charge' Takes on the Future of City Schools - April 14, 2021
 
UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Reopening Schools & Picking the Next Mayor UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Reopening Schools & Picking the Next Mayor - April 14, 2021
 
How the Next Mayor Can Listen to the 'Unheard Third' How the Next Mayor Can Listen to the 'Unheard Third' - April 7, 2021
 
State Senator Gustavo Rivera on the New State Budget State Senator Gustavo Rivera on the New State Budget - April 7, 2021
 
five boro housing protect A Housing & Homelessness Agenda for the Next Mayor - March 31, 2021
 
Hunger in New York City During and After Covid Hunger in New York City During and After Covid - March 17, 2021
 
gov covid pandemiccas Breaking Down Cuomo's Nursing Home Scandal - March 10, 2021
 
3 cuomo attends county400 New York Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs on What's Next for Governor Cuomo -March 3, 2021
 
2 state jess ramos400 State Senator Jessica Ramos Calls for Governor Cuomo's Resignation - March 3, 2021
 
michelle caruso cabrera400 Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is Running for Comptroller - February 24, 2020
 
reshma patel mash400 Reshma Patel is Running for Comptroller - February 24, 2020
 
zach iscool comp400 Zach Iscol is Running for Comptroller - February 24, 2020
 
terri liftin photo400 Terri Liftin is Running for Comptroller - February 24, 2020
 
scott stringer pod400 Scott Stringer on His Run for Mayor - February 17, 2020
 
shaun d400 Shaun Donovan on His Run for Mayor - February 10, 2021
 
morales400 Dianne Morales on Her Run for Mayor - February 10, 2021
 
police reform 400 The Police Reform Movement's Goals for 2021 - February 3, 2021
 
balancing police 400 Balancing Police Reform and Fighting Crime - February 3, 2021
 
David Weprin David Weprin on His Run for New York City Comptroller - January 27, 2021
 
Brian Benjamin Brian Benjamin on His Run for New York City Comptroller - January 27, 2021
 
us conf mayorswinter5 What the De Blasio Administration Wants from the Biden Administration, with Press Secretary Bill Neidhardt - January 21, 2021
 
st kru 400 State Senator Liz Krueger on New York’s Finances - January 21, 2021
 
kevin parker senate400 Kevin Parker on His Run for New York City Comptroller - January 19, 2021
 
2 cmplander 400 Brad Lander on His Run for New York City Comptroller - January 6, 2021
 
Previewing Bill De Blasio's Last Year as Mayor and the Race to Replace Him Previewing Bill De Blasio's Last Year as Mayor and the Race to Replace Him, with Mara Gay & Sally Goldenberg - December 23, 2020
 
state jamaal bailey400 Senator Jamaal Bailey on the Albany Agenda and Leading the Bronx Democrats - December 17, 2020
 
maya wiley candidate 400 Maya Wiley Runs for Mayor - December 17, 2020
 
ray maguire Ray McGuire is Running for Mayor - December 9, 2020
 
les e club400 Eric Adams Launches His Campaign for Mayor - November 24, 2020
 
st kru 400 State Senator Liz Krueger on Next Steps in the Covid Fight - November 18, 2020
 
cm joins 400 City Council Education Chair Mark Treyger on What's Next for City Schools - November 18, 2020
 
mxm carlos m400 Carlos Menchaca on His Campaign for Mayor - November 11, 2020
 
mxm zach iscol400 Zach Iscol is Running for Mayor - November 11, 2020
 
2 demo party pod 400 State Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs - October 28, 2020
 
fpwa tw coa400 Jennifer Jones Austin on Police and Prison Reform - October 22, 2020
 
phara lux crown400 Phara Souffrant Forrest on Her Campaign for Assembly - October 22, 2020
 
gounardes elect 400 State Senator Andrew Gounardes on His Case for Reelection - October 8, 2020
 
Ensuring Voting Access by Monitoring Poll Sites, with Perry Grossman of NYCLU Ensuring Voting Access by Monitoring Poll Sites, with Perry Grossman of NYCLU - October 8, 2020
 
gale brw bp400 Borough President Gale Brewer on Manhattan's Future - September 30, 2020
 
holds avail 400 Principals Union President Mark Cannizzaro on Reopening New York City Schools & a Vote of 'No Confidence' in the Mayor - September 30, 2020
 
Senator Gianaris on Next Steps in New York's Recovery

Senator Gianaris on Next Steps in New York's Recovery - September 23, 2020

 
New York City's Choppy School Reopening

New York City's Choppy School Reopening - September 23, 2020

 

 
dos kg 400 Kathryn Garcia on Trash, Food, & Possibly Running for Mayor - September 16, 2020
 
village academy queens 400 Even After Delay, Will City Schools Be Ready to Reopen? with Asamia Diaby, an organizer with the Alliance for Quality Education - September 2, 2020
 
deb rosen uws 400 Controversy Over Homeless Shelters on the Upper West Side, with City Council Member Helen Rosenthal and Melissa Sanchez of Upper West Side Open Hearts Initiative - September 2, 2020
 
fiscal crisis gallatinstr Lessons for Today from New York City’s 1970s Fiscal Crisis - August 26, 2020
 
balanced agreement 400 Dr. Christina Greer on Lessons from the 2020 Primaries, Black Voting Patterns & New York Politics - August 19, 2020
 
donovan richards 400 Donovan Richards on Development, Jobs & His Vision for Queens - August 19, 2020
 
2 leadership void 400 New York City's Leadership Void, with Harry Siegel - August 12, 2020
 
1 democratic socialists 400 Democratic Socialists Ascendant, with Senator Julia Salazar & Jabari Brisport - August 12, 2020
 
sochie nnaemeka 400 The Working Families Party's Big Primary Wins - August 5, 2020
 
housing urb dev400 Shaun Donovan Explores a Run for Mayor - August 5, 2020
 
238 economic 400 A Devastating Economic Picture in New York & What To Do About It, with Kathryn Wylde of Partnership for New York City - July 22, 2020
 
237 jumaane 400 Public Advocate Jumaane Williams on Gun Violence & Police Reform - July 22, 2020
 
prison reform 400 Prison Reform at a Crossroads - July 15, 2020
 
eviction disaster 400 The Looming Eviction Disaster - July 15, 2020
 
chief jeff 400 NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey on Building Community Relationships - July 8, 2020
 
uft 400 Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew on Reopening New York City Schools - July 8, 2020
 
cojo cm hold400b Police Reformers Dissatisfied with NYPD Moves in City Budget - July 1, 2020
 
cm chairs 400 Council Member Brad Lander on the New City Budget - July 1, 2020
 
One Year to the 2021 Mayoral Primary One Year to the 2021 Mayoral Primary - June 24, 2020
 
mayor first section400 Parks, Beaches and Open Space in the Coronavirus Recovery - June 10, 2020
 
may mwobe 400 What's the Right Housing Policy in the COVID-19 Aftermath? - June 10, 2020
 
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez on Prosecuting, Protests and Police Misconduct Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez on Prosecuting, Protests and Police Misconduct - June 03, 2020
 
Jonathan Herzog on His Bid to Unseat Rep. Jerry Nadler in NY-10 Jonathan Herzog on His Bid to Unseat Rep. Jerry Nadler in NY-10 - June 03, 2020
 
Lindsey Boylan on Her Bid to Unseat Rep. Jerry Nadler in NY-10 Lindsey Boylan on Her Bid to Unseat Rep. Jerry Nadler in NY-10 - June 03, 2020
 
State Senator Gustavo Rivera on New York's Health Care Response to COVID-19 State Senator Gustavo Rivera on New York's Health Care Response to COVID-19 - May 27, 2020
 
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