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‘Ivory Tower’ celebrates 400

The seven panelists of WCNY’s “The Ivory Tower Half Hour” celebrated the airing of their 400th episode on Feb. 3.

The seven panelists of WCNY’s “The Ivory Tower Half Hour” celebrated the airing of their 400th episode on Feb. 3.

After 400 episodes, it’s clear that viewers give “The Ivory Tower Half Hour’’ an “A.”

The Ivory Tower Half Hour commemorated its 400th episode with a special hour-long show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, on WCNY channel 24.1.

In the first half hour, moderator David Rubin and his panel of Central New York academicians did what they do best: discuss a range of social and political issues and debate the hot stories making the local and national news.

And it wouldn’t be the “Ivory Tower’’ if they didn’t include the show’s most popular segment – “As and Fs” – during which the panelists assign As and Fs to prominent newsmakers.

In the second half hour, the Ivoirians offered recollections from the past 10 years and answer questions from a live studio audience.

Now in its 10th season, ITHH remains popular with viewers who look to the panelists for thoughtful local perspective on stories making the headlines.

Viewers have connected with the panel, which has had minimal turnover since the first show aired in September 2002.

Among the panelists, is local resident, Cazenovia Town Councilor and Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, Kristi Andersen. She said she is proud to have been involved with the project since its inception, and hopes to continue to be for some time.

“I’m sort of amazed that we’re at No. 400!” Andersen said. “It’s always interesting to discuss and argue about current events with my colleagues and friends on the show, and I continue to enjoy meeting people from all over CNY who watch the show.”

“It’s all about the chemistry,’’ Rubin said. “People watch this show, yes, because they think one or more of us has something to say. But I also think they watch the show because they’re comfortable with us being in their living room.”

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