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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu September 18, 2014

PBS POV Documentary Koch

  Whether loving him or hating him, just about everybody had to admit that three-term Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New York City politician. He was blunt, funny, combative and shrewd. He was charismatic in a typically uncharismatic New York way.

Visitors walking the city's clean streets and pedestrian plazas today would hardly recognize the New York of the '70s and '80s. Rampant crime, near-bankruptcy, urban blight, graffiti, the AIDS epidemic and racial conflict marked the mayor's tenure.

The new PBS POV documentary Koch is an insider's account that mixes a wealth of archival material with Ed Koch's ruminations and ceaseless political activity through his final years. Koch has its national broadcast premiere on Monday, Sept. 22nd at 10 PM on PBS as part of the 27th season of POV.

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The Roundtable
9:25 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Ed Koch talks about his gravesite on Person, Place, Thing

Ed Koch - 1924-2013

    Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died after a brief illness early this morning at 88, ending a long and often rambunctious public life. The former Congressman and permanent Big Apple ambassador spoke with Randy Cohen on WAMC’s Person Place Thing last year. They discussed Koch’s burial place in one of the last open plots in Manhattan.

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New York News
8:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Former Mayor Koch never feared death

Former New York City mayor and Congressman Ed Koch died early this morning of congestive heart failure after a brief illness.

Koch was an outsize figure in an outsize city where he was Congressman for nine years and mayor for three terms before leaving office in 1989. His “How am I doing” routine with common voters became  political legend in a city where those voters weren’t always happy and often told him as much.

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