The Campbell Conversations

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The Campbell Conversations is an interview-based public affairs radio program, created, hosted, and produced by Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The show airs on WRVO Public Media Saturdays at 6:30 AM and again on Sundays at 6:00 PM, and is also available as a downloadable podcast. WRVO Public Media is the largest regional NPR-affiliate in Central New York, with a listening area spanning 22 counties and southern Ontario.

The half-hour program features extended, in-depth interviews in which Reeher goes beyond and behind the current news cycle to explore important questions concerning public affairs. Guests include notable 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. It is also a recognized go-to place for candidate debates during election cycles.  The program enjoys a regular audience among political, non-profit, educational, and other policy-related social networks.

Among the program’s recognition's and awards are a “Best Special Program” award from the Syracuse Press Club, and a “Best Interview” award from the New York State Associated Press. 

“In the Campbell Conversations, we try to provide the extra space for the depth I am always hungering for as a listener,” said Reeher. “I hope listeners will find the guests’ commentary as interesting as I do when I have the privilege of talking with them.”  The Campbell Conversations are conversations in the public interest.

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Campbell Conversations

Dr. Indu Gupta on the Campbell Conversations
This week, Grant Reeher talks with Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta.  (Sat, 22 Jan 2022 03:43:00 -0500)

Will Barclay and Rachel May on the Campbell Conversations
 (Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:00:00 -0500)

Robert McChesney on the Campbell Conversations
 (Sat, 08 Jan 2022 06:00:00 -0500)

David Hammond on the Campbell Conversations
 (Sat, 01 Jan 2022 06:00:00 -0500)

Dana Spiotta on the Campbell Conversations
 (Sat, 18 Dec 2021 06:00:00 -0500)

Susan Lerner on the Campbell Conversations
 (Sat, 20 Nov 2021 06:00:00 -0500)

Onondaga County Legislators Dave Knapp and Mary Kuhn on the Campbell Conversations
This week, Grant Reeher speaks with Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Dave Knapp, a Republican, and County Legislator Mary Kuhn, a Democrat, to talk about the redistricting process in Onondaga County.  (Sat, 13 Nov 2021 05:09:00 -0500)

Election Recap with John DeFrancisco and Chris Faricy on the Campbell Conversations
Election 2021 recap with John DeFrancisco and Chris Faricy.  (Sat, 06 Nov 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Part two of the Syracuse mayoral debate on the Campbell Conversations
Part 2 of a debate for mayor of the city of Syracuse.  (Sat, 30 Oct 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Syracuse mayoral candidates debate on the Campbell Conversations
Part 1 of a debate for mayor of the city of Syracuse.  (Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Teri Weaver on the Campbell Conversations
Grant Reeher speaks with Teri Weaver, a public affairs reporter for the Syracuse Post Standard and syracuse.com with a concentration on state government and I-81.  (Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Dr. Indu Gupta on the Campbell Conversations
Grant Reeher speaks with Dr. Indu Gupta, the Health Commissioner of Onondaga County.  (Sat, 09 Oct 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Author Phil Klay on the Campbell Conversations
With "Redeployment," author Phil Klay wrote a book on the Iraq war that's been compared to Tim O'Brien's Vietnam classic "The Things They Carried." Klay's new book, "Missionaries," is set in South America. This week, Grant Reeher talks with Klay about the book, about his experience in the military, and more.  (Sat, 02 Oct 2021 04:53:00 -0400)

Dave Zirin on the Campbell Conversations
Sportswriter Dave Zirin talks about his book, "The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World".  (Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Jim Steinberg on the Campbell Conversations
A discussion on the final exit from Afghanistan and what the future may hold.  (Sat, 11 Sep 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Aly Richards on the Campbell Conversations
One social issue laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic is the supply and access to early child care. One state leading the effort to meet that challenge is Vermont. This week, Grant Reeher speaks with Aly Richards, CEO of Let's Grow Kids, which has been at the forefront of Vermont's efforts.  (Sat, 04 Sep 2021 04:45:00 -0400)

Marnie Eisenstadt on the Campbell Conversations
This week, Grant Reeher speaks with Marnie Eisenstadt, a public affairs reporter for syracuse.com/The Post-Standard. They discuss some of the local impacts the pandemic has had on the central New York community.  (Sat, 28 Aug 2021 04:00:00 -0400)

Ben Walsh on the Campbell Conversations
On this week's episode of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. They discuss the continuing battle against COVID-19, the allocation of stimulus money, crime and safety, housing and economic development.  (Sat, 14 Aug 2021 06:00:00 -0400)

Janet Burman on the Campbell Conversations
On this episode of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with Janet Burman, the Republican Party candidate in the race for Syracuse City Mayor. Burman is an economist and a former official with the NYS Workers Compensation Board.  (Sat, 07 Aug 2021 06:00:33 -0400)

Khalid Bey on the Campbell Conversations
On this week's episode of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with Khalid Bey, the Democratic party candidate for Mayor of the City of Syracuse. Bey is currently a City Councilor-at-Large, President Pro Tempore of the Chamber and chair of the Economic Development Downtown and Metropolitan Planning Committee.  (Sat, 31 Jul 2021 06:00:41 -0400)