FAQ NYC, the New Yorkest Podcast, Moves to the NYU McSilver Institute


Contact: Sheryl Huggins Salomon, mcsilver.comms@nyu.edu

NEW YORK — The most incisive and in-depth weekly conversation about how New York works is moving to a new home. FAQ NYC, the weekly podcast about how — and why — New York City works, will be housed at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University.

Co-hosted by Harry Siegel and Dr. Christina Greer, produced by Alex Brook Lynn and funded by Civil, FAQ NYC will continue to cover the smartest, most interesting people in the city; digging into what’s happening in local government, politics and civic life. Meanwhile, former co-host Azi Paybarah is joining the New York Timesstaff to write the Metro morning newsletter.

“I want FAQ NYC to dig into the difficult questions about how the city really works, and doesn’t. That conversation dovetails with McSilver’s mission of addressing the root causes and consequences of poverty; and more broadly, of inequality,” said Siegel.

“Having served as a McSilver Fellow-in-Residence, I’m thrilled to see the institute and the show align to help New Yorkers engage in a conversation about poverty, policy and politics,” said Greer.

“Exploring what makes New York City tick is vital to making it a better place for all of its residents. At McSilver we know that civic engagement is key to creating an equitable and more just society. That’s why we’re thrilled to provide a home for FAQ NYC and the illuminating conversations that Harry, Christina and Alex will foster,” says Dr. Michael A. Lindsey, executive director at McSilver.

Harry Siegel is a senior editor at The Daily Beast and weekly columnist at the New York Daily News. Co-author of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life, Harry has served previously as editor-in-chief of New York Press, an editor at Politico, an editorial board member of the New York Sun and New York Daily News, and as a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. He is a lifelong Brooklynite who teaches journalism at Brooklyn College.

Christina M. Greer, Ph.D. is a political scientist and media commentator. She is an associate professor of political science at Fordham University and the 2018 McSilver Fellow-in-Residence. Christina also is the host of The Aftermath with Christina Greer on OZY.com and author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.

Alex Brook Lynn is a filmmaker and multimedia journalist based in Manhattan. She has written and produced multimedia content for The Daily BeastGawkerDeadspinVice, the New York Daily News, and New York Press.


FAQ NYC is a weekly podcast that aims to be the New Yorkest of them all. Co-hosted by Harry Siegel and Christina Greer, and produced by Alex Brook Lynn, the show is recorded at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and funded by Civil. Listen to it on iTunesGoogle PlayOvercast.fmPocketcastsStitcherTuneInRSS. Connect with the show on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.


The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University is committed to creating new knowledge about the root causes of poverty, developing evidence-based interventions to address its consequences, and rapidly translating research findings into action through policy and best practices. Each year it holds the McSilver Awards, recognizing five extraordinary leaders transforming systems to tackle structural poverty and oppression. Learn more at mcsilver.nyu.edu and sign up for updates.

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Christina M. Greer, PhD
2018 Fellow in Residence
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Harry Siegel
2019 Fellow in Residence