The Campbell Conversations


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 a.m. and again on Sundays at 6 p.m., 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 recognitions 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.  

Links to current and past interviews can be found here

The Campbell Conversations

Pavel Baev on the Campbell Conversations
Pavel Baev is a leading international expert on Russian foreign and security policy. He grew up and studied in the former Soviet Union, worked in the...  (Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:42:00 -0400)

Peter Waite and Marsha Tait on the Campbell Conversations
Continuing its series on poverty in the Syracuse region, this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations focuses on an under-studied and under...  (Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0400)

Tom Buckel and Deborah O'Shea on the Campbell Conversations
This episode of the Campbell Conversations continues with the theme of poverty in the Syracuse region. Host Grant Reeher talks with Tom Buckel, a former...  (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0400)

Kevin Frank on the Campbell Conversations
Syracuse is one of the poorest cities in the nation. The poorest of those poor, both individuals and families, struggle with homelessness. As a first...  (Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:53:23 -0400)

Zephyr Teachout on the Campbell Conversations
Zephyr Teachout is mounting a spirited challenge to Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign, running against the incumbent governor in this September’s...  (Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:28:00 -0400)

Stephanie Miner and Joanie Mahoney on the Campbell Conversations, part 2
When Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner sent a letter to President Obama offering to host undocumented Latin American children at a former convent, a...  (Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:02:47 -0400)

Stephanie Miner and Joanie Mahoney on the Campbell Conversations, Pt. 1
Syracuse is facing a host of challenges and opportunities; front and center among them are the replacing of I-81 and the economic development of the...  (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:53:15 -0400)

State Senator Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations
When the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference joined in a majority coalition with Republicans in 2012, it claimed that the...  (Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:32:10 -0400)

Michael Falcone on the Campbell Conversations
Michael Falcone is Chairman Emeritus of the Pioneer Companies, a commercial real estate development enterprise in Upstate New York, Denver, and Phoenix....  (Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:42:00 -0400)

Steve Butler on The Campbell Conversations
Through its Engage CNY initiative, the non-profit organization CNY Arts has recently completed a thorough inventory and survey of the arts, and of...  (Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:07:24 -0400)

David Holwerk on The Campbell Conversations
On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with the David Holwerk, Director of Communications for the Kettering...  (Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:16:58 -0400)

David Cobb of 'Move to Amend' on the Campbell Conversations
One of the fallouts of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has been the emergence of several groups dedicated to amending the Constitution, in...  (Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:23:51 -0400)

John Katko on The Campbell Conversations
In one of his first extended public interviews, John Katko talks with Grant Reeher on the Campbell Conversations. Katko is the former federal prosecutor...  (Sun, 25 May 2014 17:25:58 -0400)

'Elect Her' panel on The Campbell Conversations
Elect Her is an initiative co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women. It involves trainings held at universities and colleges to...  (Sun, 18 May 2014 16:44:08 -0400)

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on The Campbell Conversations (Pt 2)
In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher continues the discussion with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. The governor frankly...  (Sun, 11 May 2014 15:17:29 -0400)