On This Week’s MetroFocus: Contrasting State of the State Addresses, Surprising Russian Activism Far From Home, and Grand Central Terminal Turns 100

Air date: 01/24/2013

On This Week’s MetroFocus: Contrasting State of the State Addresses, Surprising Russian Activism Far From Home, and Grand Central Terminal Turns 100


New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore and Sam Roberts;

The Record’s Alfred Doblin; and FEMA’s Bill Vogel are featured


In celebration of its centennial year, the latest edition of MetroFocus recounts the history of New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Host Rafael Pi Roman interviews New York Times’ Sam Roberts about his recent book “Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America,” and takes a look back at the terminal’s rich history over the past 100 years. Viewers are invited to participate in the celebration of the anniversary by sending tweets to @MetroFocus with the hashtag #GCT100 recounting their first memories of Grand Central. MetroFocus airs Tuesday, January 22 at 10:30 p.m. on NJTV; Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21; and Thursday, January 24 at 9:00p.m. on THIRTEEN. After broadcast, the program will be available to national audiences on metrofocus.org with integrated online stories and additional reporting.

This week signifies three months since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Tri-State area. MetroFocus takes a look at what is next for the billions of federal dollars flowing for hurricane relief and a few proposed ideas for protecting the city’s shoreline from future severe storms. NJ Today managing editor Mike Schneider discusses newly issued flood maps with FEMA’s Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel and how they will affect the Jersey Shore.

Nicholas Confessore, political correspondent from The New York Times, and Alfred Doblin, editorial columnist from The Record, speak with Pi Roman about the recent New York and New Jersey State of the State addresses, comparing and contrasting Governors Christie and Cuomo’s stances on a myriad of issues.

The segments are as follows:

– Proposed ideas for protecting the city’s shorelines from future severe storms

– An excerpt from WLIW’s Long Island Business Report’s Long Island Index symposium, which focused on lessons learned from transportation

– Pi Roman’s interview with The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore and The Record’s Alfred Doblin regarding the recent State of State addresses from the Governors of New York and New Jersey

– NJ Today’s Mike Schneider’s discussion with FEMA’s Bill Vogel regarding the agency’s work in New Jersey and what the new updated flood maps mean for hard hit coastal communities

– New York Times’ Sam Roberts and Pi Roman’s look back at the history of Grand Central Terminal, which is celebrating its centennial year

– New York Times’ report focuses on a community of Russian immigrant protesters making noise in New York that is designed to be heard in Moscow


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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
MetroFocus is a multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. The MetroFocus television program features interviews, in-depth reporting, content from many partners and solutions-oriented reports from the community. Major areas of coverage include sustainability, education, science and technology, the environment, transportation, poverty and underserved communities. MetroFocus.org amplifies that reporting with daily updates and original stories that also cover culture, government and politics, the economy, urban development and other news in the metropolitan region.  More information at: thirteen.org/metrofocus/about-us-faq/


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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.