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WCNY’s ‘Ivory Tower’ Hits the Road on April 17 to Visit Colgate University

WCNY, Central New York’s public communications organization, is thrilled to announce that Central New York’s favorite public affairs program, “Ivory Tower,” will be visiting Colgate University to record a live-to-tape show at the Colgate Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).

Hosted by David Chanatry, the hour-long live-to-tape episode will showcase “Ivory Tower” panelists Anirban Acharya, Ben Baughman, Nina Moore, Tara Ross, Ty Seidule, and Chad Sparber engaging in discussions on pertinent current events and local issues. Barbara Fought will moderate questions from the live audience. The episode will air on WCNY-TV on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m.

“Ivory Tower is a model for how to have well-reasoned debates about controversial topics, and from multiple academic and political angles,” said Nina Moore, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Forum on Race and Public Policy at Colgate University, and panelist on “Ivory Tower.”

“I think the show is at its best when we lean into who we are—professors who use academic data and evidence to support our arguments and help the audience think more deeply about policy issues,” said Chad Sparber, W. Bradford Wiley Chair in International Economics and Professor of Economics at Colgate University, and panelist on “Ivory Tower.” “There are plenty of pundits on TV; few offer that perspective.”

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The episode will also be available to stream on-demand at

Learn more about WCNY’s “Ivory Tower” at

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About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today, it is a public communications organization that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT magazine, and social media. Through its media platforms, in-person and virtual events, WCNY brings local coverage and educational services to Central New Yorkers. WCNY operates four digital, pledge-free broadcast television channels and three radio stations. Classic FM is one of the few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally programmed classical music, and Community FM features local people and local perspectives on immigration, education, veterans, health, arts, science and culture. Learn more at


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