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This edition: Selwyn Raab, author, Five Families: The Rise, Decline and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires

Episode Details

Original tape date: June 20, 2006.

Investigative journalist Selwyn Raab divulges the details of the ubiquitous mafia presence in New York City over the past fifty years. Raab describes the infiltration of this 'invisible government' into all areas of life. The corruption of school construction, garbage collection, and apparel industries are just some of the topics mentioned when he and Doug Muzzio discuss Raab's book “Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of Americas most powerful Empires.” The Mafioso expert gives the shocking answers to your questions. Why did lawmakers shy away from mobster cases? Where was the President hiding? What did the authorities have to say about it? Is the mafia really under control? And Raab shares his thoughts on the image of modern fictional gangsters like Tony Soprano.

Guest List

Prof. Douglas Muzzio Political Analyst, CUNY TV, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College/CUNY

Selwyn Raab Author