Criticized for controversial new productions featuring renowned theatrical directors and extravagant price tags, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb stared down his detractors, won growing audiences and rescued the institution from stagnation. He tells Jim how he won respect for his “new vision” from unions, critics, donors and the general public.
The death in custody of an African-American, Eric Garner, spurred a firestorm of protest after a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict the white police officer who tried to subdue him. The Garner incident, its impact on minority communities, and the function of grand juries in such situations are among the topics Jim discusses with his guest, Michael Armstrong who, when District Attorney in Queens County, obtained the indictment of a white police officer for shooting an unarmed African American youth.
The veteran CUNY TV Talk Show Host Interviews Jim Zirin on his best-selling book, The Mother Court-Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Favorite Trial Court, and Jim tells some of the sensational “war stories” to come out of the Southern District.
An outspoken centrist in the U.S. Senate for 18 years, Olympia Snowe overruled her pro-choice convictions and voted to confirm Alito and Roberts. Later, she also voted to confirm Sotomayor and Kagan. Hear her tell Jim why she left office, although her re-election was certain, and how she now proposes to end the dysfunction in Congress.