The Wonk is ISLG’s half-hour monthly show on CUNY TV that focuses on key public policy issues in New York City. In frank and thought-provoking discussions, host Michael Jacobson, executive director of ISLG, meets with political insiders and leaders from across the City’s public and private sectors to examine urgent policy questions confronting New Yorkers.

In the fourth episode of The Wonk, Michael Jacobson is joined by Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes, dean of the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy; Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, special advisor to the president at Hunter College and former deputy mayor for health and human services; and ISLG’s Victoria Lawson, senior research associate, to discuss inequality in health and health care and how we may need to expand how we think about health care in order to improve it.

In the third episode of The Wonk, Michael Jacobson is joined by Joe Lhota, chairman of the MTA, and Marc V. Shaw, former director of the MTA and current chief operating officer of the City University of New York, to discuss the overwhelming problems plaguing the MTA. What needs to be done to fix the subway system? And who will pay for it?

The second episode features our ongoing discussion about Rikers Island. In this episode, Michael Jacobson talks with Glenn Martin, president of JustLeadership USA, and Jamie Springer of HR&A ADVISORS, about the challenges putting new jails in neighborhoods in New York City. And correspondent Carol Anne Riddell highlights these issues in discussions with a number of people including Councilman Andy King (D), 12th District/Bronx, and Anna Pastoressa, who shares her experience visiting Rikers.

In the pilot episode, Michael Jacobson leads a frank discussion on the possible steps it will take to close Rikers Island prison. Guests include Ana L. Oliveira, President and CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation; City Councilman Joseph Borelli (R), Staten Island; and Elizabeth Gaynes, President and CEO of The Osborne Association.

ISLG’s The Wonk premiered on CUNY TV on June 30, 2017.

CUNY TV can be seen via broadcast (over the air) in the tristate area on digital Ch. 25.3, and on cable in the five boroughs of New York City on Ch. 75 (Time Warner and Cablevision/Optimum), Ch. 77 (RCN Cable) and Ch. 30 (Verizon).