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Newsday Opinion

A news podcast from Mark Chiusano

Hosted by Mark Chiusano, produced by Amanda Fiscina, edited by Rita Ciolli.

Season 3: Life Under Coronavirus - Long Island’s Helpers
A look into how Long Islanders are meeting the challenge of COVID-19. Each episode features a Long Islander talking about his or her experience with coronavirus, with a focus on what people are doing to help. Join us to hear upbeat stories that show how LI is getting by under disease lockdown, an oral history for the period when this is all over.

Season 2: Newsday and Levittown -
Explore a paper’s crusade and the history of discrimination in Long Island’s foundational suburb. Newsday led the charge for Levittown, a model for post-war suburban living that provided homes for returning veterans. But Levittown was only open to some: whites-only clauses in early leases and discrimination from developer William Levitt prevented African American home-seekers from moving in. Newsday’s editorial board failed to fully address this legacy of discrimination at the time, including an editorial that said a racial issue in Levittown “did not exist.” This podcast investigates the why and the how of Newsday’s blinking when it came to Levittown.

Season 1: The Bellwether
Two Long Island congressional races, two paths for the country come November. Newsday Opinion’s new podcast, The Bellwether, follows Pete King and Lee Zeldin and their Democratic challengers Liuba Grechen Shirley and Perry Gershon as they fight (tightly contested races) in swing districts east of New York City. Will a blue wave overwhelm Republicans on Election Day? These Long Island races have the answer.

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