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March 27, 2019  

Cohoes Mayor’s Epic Secret Rap Sheet

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is in a heap of trouble these days, what with the federal corruption charges and his alleged accomplice now cooperating with prosecutors.

We covered that bust, the alleged underlying schemes, and a bit of Morse's sensationally checkered history in our recent special episode Spindle City Takedown.

But this ordinarily career-ending development, even amidst calls for his resignation from the city council on up to the governor, has not yet dislodged from office the alleged swindler, legislation-monger, and wife/daughter/girlfriend abuser. Read the rest of this entry »

March 26, 2019  

The Counter-Corruption Toolkit (with Robert Ripp)

In this how-to episode, Flip and Jim sit down with Robert Ripp, superhero of citizen reformers. He gives us a peek at some of his favorite corruption-fighting tools, tells us what he’s working on now, and the unprecedented lengths public officials are going to to try to stop him.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
Additional music from https://filmmusic.io
"Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

March 19, 2019  

Legal Corruption (with Julie Killian)

Michael Kinsley said, "The scandal isn't what's illegal. The scandal is what's legal." Albany's most expensive schemes and scams lie beyond the reach of prosecutors. Fresh off the campaign trail, 2018 Lt. Gov. candidate Julie Killian joins Flip and Jim to explain.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

March 16, 2019  

Teflon Sheldon (with Assemblyman Kieran Lalor)

Twice-convicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver really doesn't want to go to prison. And it looks like he might have convinced the courts that he shouldn't have to. Would he live long enough to see the end of a 3rd trial? Noted Silver critic NYS Assemblyman Kieran Lalor joins us to discuss.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

March 13, 2019  

3 Men In a Room - Part 2 (with GOP Chair Ed Cox)

The tantalizing conclusion of our 2-part series takes aim at His Excellency Andrew "The Government" Cuomo! State GOP Chairman Ed Cox helps us break down how this scandal-plagued governor has so far managed to slip the noose, and whether the 2018 Blue Wave may ironically prove to be his downfall.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

March 10, 2019  

Bonus: Fusion Confusion; Con Man Mangano Conviction

It's another not-quite-full length bonus feature, inspired by this week's federal conviction of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (who might have one trick left up his sleeve) and the state Democrats' new plan to get rid of our bizarro system of fusion voting... but who's really behind the plan, and why?

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
Additional music from https://filmmusic.io
"Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

March 6, 2019  

3 Men In a Room - Part 1 (with Rep. Tom Suozzi)

It's the 1st of a 2-part series on the unholy triumvirate that's long ruled New York's super-centralized power structure with an iron fist. Learn how the bi-partisan duo of Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver filled their pockets while lording over a hundred-billion-dollar empire built on your tax dollars. And how they (almost) got away with it.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
Additional music from https://filmmusic.io
"Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

February 28, 2019  

Bonus Minisode: Spindle City Takedown

In this special bite-size installment, we're visiting Cohoes, NY, a historic textile manufacturing city just north of Albany, where Mayor Shawn Morse was just indicted on 7 federal charges.

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)

February 26, 2019  

Pilot

In this episode, you'll meet your hosts Flip and Jim, take a tour of the civic cesspool that is New York State, and learn how you can play the Graft home game of Crowdsourced Counter-Corruption.

Plus, a sneak preview of some of our fine upcoming mystery guests!

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Theme Music by Jay Lifton (www.jaylifton.com)
Additional music from https://filmmusic.io
"Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

February 14, 2019  

Trailer

Welcome to Graft: a grisly dissection of New York's political underbelly.

Over the last few years, your co-hosts Flip Pidot and Jim Coll have tormented the political machine with insurgent campaigns at the local, county, state and federal levels. A former fraud investigator and a retired NYPD detective, they're out to learn why New York ranks the most corrupt state in the nation and to equip you to do something about it.

They're joined by those who know the system best - lawmakers, party bosses, hard boiled investigators, and renegade reformers. Flip and Jim are bringing you these insiders' tricks of the trade to help you track down the sleaze in your neck of the woods. When you do, we'll feature you on an upcoming episode.

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"Shaving Mirror" and "Hard Boiled" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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