This was originally planned to be part of Episode 16 -on what it’s like to be outside of the partisan binary in American politics, but as you’ll hear, it ran too long to be included, but was way too interesting to be left on the cutting room floor.
Ryan sat down with his Dad, retired from the New York City Police Department. He gives a pretty detailed history of the modern NYPD, primarily under Mayor Dinkins and Mayor Giuliani. They discuss some specific instances of violence involving the police like Washington Heights Riots after a police shooting and the 1972 Harlem Mosque Shooting. They also discussed what it was like being a Republican during the Obama years and why many no longer want to associate with the Republican party but… are hesitant to jump to the Democrats.
The opinions that follow are a little outside of the usual for the show, but we hope you enjoy this interview, despite very few of regular host Ryan’s opinions showing through.
Content Warning: We speak extensively on graphic violence involving the police, both from and towards.
Theme Song – Rudie Can’t Fail by The Clash and The Barney Miller Theme song
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