MetroFocus Tackles Guns and Violence; Continued After-Effects of Hurricane Sandy; Climate Change; Lessons from an AIDS Activist; and “Canstruction”

Air date: 02/19/2013

MetroFocus Tackles Guns and Violence; Continued After-Effects of Hurricane Sandy; Climate Change; Lessons from an AIDS Activist; and “Canstruction”


Excerpt from climate change talk held at the New York Academy of Science featured in special new segment called “Listening In”


The latest edition of MetroFocus takes an in-depth look at guns and gun violence from a myriad of New York perspectives. In a special “Solutions” segment, Rick Karr looks at a small Crown Heights group’s strategy to reduce gun violence and to address the connection between poverty and gun crimes. State Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) discusses New York’s tough gun control laws, poverty, and his 22-year career as a NYPD officer in an interview with host Rafael Pi Roman. For an upstate perspective, Marie Cusick reports from Ilion, NY, the small town where the Remington Arms Company was founded and home to one of the gun manufacturer’s factory. MetroFocus airs Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21; Thursday, February 14 at 8:30p.m. on THIRTEEN; and Tuesday, February 19 at 10:30 p.m. on NJTV. After broadcast, the program will be available to national audiences on with integrated online stories and additional reporting.

MetroFocus introduces a new segment called “Listening In” featuring excerpts from discussions, speeches, and panels from organizations, cultural groups, and colleges and universities throughout the region. The first “Listening In” segment features leading climate scientists discussing how to rebuild and better prepare after Hurricane Sandy, an excerpt taken from a panel called “Cities and Climate Change: What Aren’t We Talking About?” held at the New York Academy of Sciences and sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.

Pi Roman interviews Peter Staley, an AIDS activist featured in “How To Survive A Plague.” Staley discusses the Academy Award-nominated film which documents the history of the radical group ACT UP and its protests to change the policies on HIV/AIDS research and funding, and how the lessons learned by ACT UP apply to today’s social justice movements.

Full breakdown:

– In a “Solutions” segment, Rick Karr reports from Crown Heights on a small group’s strategy to address the connection between poverty and gun crimes

– Pi Roman interviews New York State Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) on tough gun control laws and poverty

– Marie Cusick reports on reactions to gun control legislation from Ilion, NY, where the Remington Arms Company was founded

– Leading climate scientists discuss how to better prepare after Hurricane Sandy in new “Listening In” segment

– AIDS activist Peter Staley discusses Academy-Award nominated film “How to Survive a Plague” with Pi Roman

– The New York Times’ Emma Cott reports on students in the Rockaways who were displaced from school due to Hurricane Sandy

– A look at “Canstruction,” a 20-year-old competition for architects and engineers to build structures out of cans of food that will later be donated to local food banks.

MetroFocus is a production of WLIW21 in association with WNET, parent company of

THIRTEEN and WLIW21.  For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Jody and John Arnhold, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, The Nissan Foundation, and The Ford Foundation. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America.



About MetroFocus
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In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and the operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah!  and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and, MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.