Welcome to Coronacast, a Wagner Review Podcast Series: Episode 01

By: Rhea Almeida and Luisa Portugal

This podcast series includes NYU policy students that will analyze policy issues and solutions emerging in real-time around the country.

Will Innes will discuss looking at a variety of housing policies, how they have interacted with disparate health, and aspects of the COVID-19 response.

Madeline Dinsdale will discuss Canada’s response to COVID-19: How Political Systems Shape Crisis Response.


0:00: Welcome from Rhea and Luisa

0:12: Message from Tiffany Rose Miller, Editor-in-Chief of The Wagner Review

0:49: Rhea and Luisa introduces Will Innes

1:06: Will Innes Speaks

8:25: Luisa and Rhea introduces Madeline Dinsdale

8:57: Madeline Dinsdale Speaks

Guest Speakers

Will Innes is a first-year MPA student at NYU Wagner focusing on public finance and policy analysis. Simultaneously he is a researcher at the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, a non-profit providing counseling, loans, and outreach services to low and moderate income New Yorkers. Previously he focused on housing, tax, and finance policy at an association, law and consulting firms, and in the US House and Senate.

Madeline Dinsdale is a first-year MPA student at NYU Wagner with a particular interest in the role of the private sector in public service. She is originally from Toronto, Canada and graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Canadian Politics. She then spent several years as a political staffer in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.


Rhea Almeida is first-year MPA international student at NYU Wagner hailing from Mumbai, India. In the past, she has worked in the fields of policy, advocacy, and development for a women’s working rights group in India. Prior to that, she worked as a TV news journalist in New Delhi. Her areas of interest include workers’ rights, gender equality, grassroot level advocacy and coronavirus response policy. In addition to being contributing editor for The Wagner Review, she serves as senator for the Wagner Student Association, and events chair for the Wagner Policy Alliance. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

Luisa Portugal is a first-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in International Development Management & Policy. She earned an LLM in Constitutional Law and Theory in Brazil. Her main topics of interest are international development, climate change and the coronavirus crisis. Luisa will serve as Co-Chair of Events for the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) in the upcoming year. She is also the co-founder of the ‘What’s up with Coronavirus Policy’ discussion group.

Music Credit: Pamgaea by Kevin MacLeod
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