Program Catalog

Conversations In The Digital Age

National/World NewsConversations In The Digital Age
Producer: CUNY-TV
Rights: Unlimited, 5/1/17 to 4/30/19
13 x 30
High Definition

Free Series

Conversations in the Digital Age with Jim Zirin is a show designed to illuminate the news by taking the time required to understand and interpret national and world events. The series features high-profile guests from the worlds of politics, law, business, foreign relations, national security, counterterrorism, media, lifestyles, literature, the arts, and the military.

Past guests include: Senator Olympia Snowe, Police Commissioners Raymond W. Kelly, Bill Bratton, and James O’Neill, Ambassador Frank Wisner, ISIS expert Princeton Professor Bernard Haykel, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb, American Museum of Natural History President Ellen V. Futter, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Johns Hopkins’ Nitze School Dean Vali Nasr to name a few.

The series is hosted by Jim Zirin, a contributor to major publications including Time, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Times of London and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of two books, The Mother Court — Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court, and Supremely Partisan—How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court. Zirin served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Criminal Division under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau.
Episode Descriptions:

Episode 101
Episode Title: What’s So Funny About The Universe?
Guest: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist
Episode Description: In his new cable talk show “Star Talk,” astrophysicist extraordinaire Neil de Grasse Tyson combines hilarity, pop culture, celebrity guests and science to the joy of his many fans. He tells Jim Zirin that levity combined with gravity is a recipe for learning about the universe, and just plain fun. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 102
Episode Title: What Goes into a Consummate Theatrical Director?
Guest: Bartlett Sher, Resident Director, Lincoln Center Theater
Episode Description: Tony Award-winning musical revivals like South Pacific and The King and I. Riveting drama at Lincoln Center Theater like Awake and Sing! and Oslo. Grand opera at the Met. Few modern theatrical directors have shown the range and depth of Bart Sher. He tells Jim Zirin what goes into a great director and how he makes his work resonate with contemporary political themes. (TRT: 26:53)

Episode 103
Episode Title: Has the Supreme Court Become Too Partisan?
Guest: James D. Zirin, Author, “Supremely Partisan”
Guest Host: Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, Former United States Ambassador
Episode Description: Turning the talk show tables, Ambassador William vanden Heuvel interviews Jim Zirin about his new book, Supremely Partisan–How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court. Jim talks about the Court’s historic origins, the evolution of its decision-making, the use of identity politics in appointing Justices to reserved ethnic and religious seats, and the future of a partisan Court in a post-Scalia world. (TRT: 26:55)

Episode 104
Episode Title: Has Hacking Become a National Security Issue?
Guest: Adam Segal, Author, “The Hacked World Order”
Episode Description: The Russians hacked the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s private server. The North Koreans hacked SONY. The U.S. hacked Angela Merkel’s cell phone and Dilma Rouseff’s email. The U.S. and the Israelis hacked Iran’s nuclear installation in Natanz, and set the program back for at least five years. Council on Foreign Relations cyber-security expert Adam Segal tells Jim Zirin that whether on offense or defense, America lives in a new hacked world order. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 105
Episode Title: How Do We Deal with the Syrian Refugee Crisis?
Guest: David Miliband, President, International Rescue Committee
Episode Description: The bloody civil war in Syria has spawned a refugee crisis of dimensions unknown since World War II. Nearly 5.5 million people have fled the conflict with only around 10,000 re-settled in the United States – less than 0.2 per cent of the total Syrian refugee population. Yet, during the campaign, President-elect Trump said he would close the door to Syrian immigration. International Rescue Committee President David Miliband tells Jim Zirin that the U.S. must open its doors to carefully vetted Syrian refugees, and do its part to avert a humanitarian disaster. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 106
Episode Title: Why Were Black Voters Disillusioned with Hillary Clinton?
Guest: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Professor, Princeton University
Episode Description: Black voting declined in the 2016 presidential election by 8%, contributing to Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory. Was this because of voter suppression, or were many sitting it out as a protest against the failure of the Nation’s first black President to deliver on his promise? Princeton’s African American Studies Department Chair, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., author of the bestseller, Democracy in Black—How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, tells Jim Zirin why many blacks are beginning to take a pass on voting for the President. (TRT: 26:06)

Episode 107
Episode Title: A Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
Guest: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Episode Description: When Ban Ki-moon left office on December 31, 2016 he will have been the longest-serving Secretary General of the UN in the peacekeeping organization’s 71 year history. He tells Jim Zirin of his achievements during his decade-long run, such as reducing global warming and improving the plight of abused women and girls, and talks of his future in public life, perhaps even a run for President of Korea. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 108
Episode Title: Should Trump Be So Quick to Establish Good Relations with Putin?
Guest: Thomas E. Graham, Kissinger Associates
Episode Description: Obama thought he would “reset” relations with the Russians; yet they deteriorated to the lowest level since the Cold War. Can the U.S. salvage the relationship? Is the election hack an insuperable barrier? Tom Graham, former Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council, and Special Assistant to President Bush 43, who is in the mix for Trump’s Ambassador to Russia, tells Jim Zirin that our way forward with Putin must be a multi-pronged approach. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 109
Episode Title: Should Nuclear Policy Be Trump’s First Order of Business?
Guest: Rebecca Lissner, Council on Foreign Relations
Episode Description: Trump said he wants to ramp up our nuclear arsenal as he bids for a better relationship with Putin. Meanwhile, North Korea says its ICBM launch has reached the final stage. Council on Foreign Relations nuclear policy expert Rebecca Lissner tells Jim Zirin that we urgently need a “grand strategy” to deal with an alarming threat. (TRT: 26:55)

Episode 110
Episode Title: Was Alan Greenspan a Hero or a Villain?
Guest: Sebastian Mallaby, Author, “The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan”
Episode Description: Alan Greenspan served as Federal Reserve Chairman from 1987 to 2006, succeeding Paul Volcker. For many, he was the undisputed architect of American prosperity. For others, he was to blame for the 2008 financial crisis. Sebastian Mallaby, author of an extraordinary biography entitled, The Man Who Knew—The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, tells Jim Zirin that, while Greenspan saw the handwriting on the wall in the early 2000s, he failed to take the action needed to avert the crisis. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 111
Episode Title: Is the NYPD Entering a New Era?
Guest: James P. O’Neill, Police Commissioner, NYPD
Episode Description: Jimmy O’Neill became New York City’s 43rd Police Commissioner last September. Since then, he has coped with a terrorist attack in Chelsea, solving a brutal homicide of a jogger in Queens, protecting a new President on 56th Street, and negotiating a new union contract. He tells Jim that he seeks no legacy, except to keep New Yorkers safe in a new relationship with the police. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 112
Episode Title: What Will Kelli O’Hara Do as an Encore?
Guest: Kelli O’Hara, Actress
Episode Description: Kelli O’Hara came to New York from a small town in Oklahoma. She climbed every mountain, rocketing to stardom in the Broadway musical theater, and winning the coveted Tony as Best Leading Actress in the 2015 revival of “The King and I.” She tells Jim Zirin how she has acted out serious contemporary themes, all the while preserving the enduring musical values of the American songbook. (TRT: 26:54)

Episode 113
Episode Title: Will Trump’s Travel Ban Help or Hurt National Security?
Guest: John Miller, Deputy Commissioner, Intelligence & Counterterrorism, NYPD
Episode Description: Since the Ninth Circuit ruling staying Trump’s January 27 travel ban, people wonder whether, apart from the legalities and the politics, the President’s executive order will strengthen national security or just provoke more converts to radicalization. John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence & Counterterrorism tells Jim Zirin that self radicalized terrorists, not immigrants or refugees, are the source of our greatest national security concern. (TRT: 26:54)



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– Hattie Bryant

As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.

From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.

Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.

Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.

Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.

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Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Dr. Hyman is going to show us the principles of healthy eating by walking through each of the major food catefories – from meats to beverages and everything in between. Dr. Hyman tells the viewer exactly what foods to focus on and what to avoid. He will provide easy steps to get started, taking out all of the guess work of putting together meals. As a bonus, Dr. Hyman will also explain how food is one of the greatest contributors to global warming and pollution, then he will show us what foods will take less of a toll on our environment and our health.

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