City Works is a monthly news magazine program produced by the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) in collaboration with CUNY TV and hosted by Laura Flanders. The show’s mission is to create is a visual and thematic presentation of work, workers and worker organizations, employing topical examinations of the changing nature of work, tributes to unsung heroes, and analysis of the enduring challenges faced by workers. The show will spotlight the vast array of occupations of working people across New York City, and explore individual and collective efforts to make a better life for workers and a more prosperous and equitable society.

Air Time City Works airs Mon. – Thur. at 12 noon (new episodes premiere on the first Monday of the month).

Latest Episode

Children at Work – SLU City Works

On this episode of City Works, Laura Flanders is joined by Steve Fraser, labor historian and writer, and Nina Mast, economic analyst at the Economic Policy Institute and co-author of the Institute’s recent report on the alarming increase in child labor across the country. The three discuss what’s behind this new surge in child labor violations, and how economic interests are attempting to roll back the few protections that remain. Following the discussion is a special report by SLU and City Works that takes a closer look at some of the migrant children who are working on tobacco farms.

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Headshot of Laura Flanders Laura Flanders is a best-selling author and broadcaster. After many years in public and commercial radio, she founded The Laura Flanders Show / GRITtv in 2008 to serve as an online channel for in depth conversations with forward-thinking people from the worlds of politics, economics, business and the artsAmerica Radio (2004-2008) before which she was the founding host of Your Call, on public radio, KALW, and CounterSpin, the nationally-syndicated radio program from the mediawatch group FAIR.

Production Team

The show is a collaboration between CUNY TV and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. Chiqui Cartagena, the station’s Interim Executive Director and Gregory Mantsios, the School’s Dean are executive producer. Rose Imperato is a co-producer along with Joseph Montalbano of CUNY TV. Carl Ginsburg is senior consultant and scriptwriter and Paula Finn is a consulting producer.


The City University of New York’s television station, CUNY TV, has been educating and informing viewers for more than three decades. Established in 1985, the station has steadily increased its ambition and scope, in 2009 transitioning to high definition and adding over-the-air broadcasting to its existing cable distribution. Now reaching 7.3 million broadcast households in the New York metro area, CUNY TV is committed to extending the academic mission of the university to offer lifelong learning opportunities to all New Yorkers.