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Watch President Obama's State of the Union speech LIVE

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Tonight, President Obama delivers his first official State of the Union Address from Capitol Hill. The PBS NewsHour will offer special live coverage of the speech, including the Republican response and analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks. Come back here at 9pm to watch the speech online.

Video Coverage Courtesy of: PBS NewsHour and NPR News

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Video: Metrofocus special "New York Reacts to Haiti"

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Tonight at 9:30pm on THIRTEEN, Martin Savidge hosts a special edition of Metrofocus focused on how New Yorkers are rallying to help those affected by last week’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Savidge speaks with Marcel Toussaint, President of the organization Haitian Orphans Wish; Siobhan Walsh, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide; and Fatima Shama, NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs.

Watch the full program now.

If you want to help, below is a list of relief organizations.

AMERICAN RED CROSS
Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation.
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(800) REDCROSS (733-2767)

AMERICARES
88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, Conn. 06902
(800) 486-4357

CARE
151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
(800) 521-CARE (521-2273)

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA/MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF)

333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004
(888) 392-0392

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
P.O. Box 630225
Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225
(877) 803-4622

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
122 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168
(877) REFUGEE (733-8433)

MERCY CORPS
Dept. W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, Ore., 97208-2669
(888) 256-1900

OXFAM AMERICA
226 Causeway St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2206
(800) 77-OXFAM (776-9326)

PARTNERS IN HEALTH
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578
(617) 432-5256

THE SALVATION ARMY
615 Slaters Lane
P.O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313

SAVE THE CHILDREN
Haiti Earthquake Children in Emergency Fund
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Conn. 06880
(800) 728-3843

WORLD VISION
Haiti Earthquake Relief
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, Wash. 98063-9716
(888) 511-6548

U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, N.Y. 10038
(800) FOR-KIDS (367-5437)

CONCERN WORLDWIDE US
104 E. 40th St., # 903
New York, NY 10016
(212) 557-8000
(800) 59-CONCERN

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"Hope for Haiti Now" telethon to air on WLIW21 Friday, January 22

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

THIRTEEN’s sister station WLIW21 will air “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” this Friday, January 22 from 8 – 10 p.m.

Watch a preview:

Logan Abassi / The United Nations

Logan Abassi / The United Nations

The Caribbean island nation of Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, along with a 6.1 aftershock the following day. In response, some of the biggest stars in music and entertainment will be participating in a global telethon to raise money for earthquake relief. “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” will feature performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in London. See the performers. All musical performances will be available for purchase through the Apple® iTunes® Store beginning Saturday, January 23, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities, including Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Yéle Haiti Foundation. Learn more about how you can help.

In addition to musical performances, “Hope for Haiti Now” will feature more than one hundred of the biggest names in film, television, and music supporting the cause with testimonials and by answering phones during the telethon. Haitian singer Wyclef Jean anchors the telethon from New York City, George Clooney from Los Angeles, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper from Haiti.

Additionally, WNET.ORG stations THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and WLIW World will air “Metrofocus Special: New York Reacts to Haiti”:
Thursday, January 21 at 9:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN
Friday, January 22 at 1 p.m. on WLIW World
Saturday, January 23 at 9 a.m. on THIRTEEN
Sunday, January 24 at 5 p.m. on WLIW World
Sunday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. on WLIW21

Guests will offer insight and perspective on crisis in Haiti, including:
Marcel Toussain, President of the organization Haitian Orphans Wish
Siobhan Walsh, Executive Director of Concern Worldwide
Fatima Shama, NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs

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Video: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 15th, 2010

On Monday, January 18th, America reflects on the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In an interview with Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, six prominent African American ministers remember the life and death of Dr. King and describe his influence on their lives, their ministries, and society at large. The ministers featured in this video are: Rev. James Forbes (Healing of the Nations Foundation), Prof. Cheryl Sanders (Howard University Divinity School), Rev. Otis Moss III (Trinity United Church of Christ), Rev. Lennox Yearwood (Hip Hop Caucus), Rev. Harry Jackson (Hope Christian Church) and Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Trinity United Church of Christ).

On the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly website, managing editor Kim Lawton talks with Cheryl Sanders, professor of Christian ethics at Howard Divinity School, about how the civil rights leader’s teachings about war and nonviolence apply today.

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly airs Saturdays at 10:30am and Sundays at 6:30pm on WLIW21.

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Q&A: Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod of "Copyright Criminals"

Friday, January 15th, 2010

“Copyright Criminals” premieres Tuesday, January 19 at 10pm on THIRTEEN

Long before everyday people began posting their video mash-ups online, hip-hop musicians perfected the art of audio montage through a sport they called “sampling.” “Copyright Criminals,” a documentary by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod, examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, and the ongoing debate about artistic expression. The film features hip-hop legends like Chuck D, De La Soul, DJ Spooky, Pete Rock, Mix Master Mike, and more. Inside THIRTEEN spoke with Franzen and McLeod about sampling, hip-hop, copyright law and (of course!) money.

Chuck D of Public Enemy

Chuck D

Q. Hip-hop music – especially in its early days – uses sampling as part of the musical composition. How has hip-hop changed or adapted since lawyers and record companies began cracking down on sampling?

Hip-hop artists had to stop making dense audio collages with multiple fragments of sound because it is economically prohibitive to do so. If you sample five songs, you have to negotiate with multiple copyright holders, which can become prohibitively expensive. This is one reason why so much hip-hop these days are made with synthesizers and no samples—or they are just made with one prominent, obvious sample.

Q. One of the biggest knocks against hip-hop music is the use of sampling. Do you think that hip-hop can be considered a legitimate, original form of music if it depends on sampling?

Yes, sampling Bo Diddley’s drum beat or a bluesy Led Zeppelin riff is different than replaying it on a traditional instrument, but these two practices are more similar than not. Just as it’s easy to be unoriginal when using a digital sampler, the same is also true for a guitarist who is copying someone else’s riff. It’s how you play it, not the instrument itself. For instance, Public Enemy and their peers typically sampled many short audio fragments, transforming them in the process. It’s hard to credibly claim that these uses are competing with the originals in the marketplace, which is what copyright law is supposed to protect against.
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Earthquake in Haiti: Latest News and What You Can Do

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

The humanitarian crisis continues in Haiti. On Tuesday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake brought the island nation — already one of the poorest nations in the Western hemisphere — to its knees. Millions are feared dead or missing, and relief efforts are hampered by poor infrastructure on the island. Worldfocus and PBS NewsHour are providing continuous coverage on the tragedy in Haiti.

If you’re worried about a family member who may have been in the quake, you can contact the U.S. State Department Operations Center by dialing 1-888-407-4747 from the United States.

If you want to help, below is a list of relief organizations.

AMERICAN RED CROSS
Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation.
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(800) REDCROSS (733-2767)

AMERICARES
88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, Conn. 06902
(800) 486-4357

CARE
151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
(800) 521-CARE (521-2273)

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA/MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF)

333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004
(888) 392-0392

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
P.O. Box 630225
Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225
(877) 803-4622

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
122 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168
(877) REFUGEE (733-8433)

MERCY CORPS
Dept. W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, Ore., 97208-2669
(888) 256-1900

OXFAM AMERICA
226 Causeway St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2206
(800) 77-OXFAM (776-9326)

PARTNERS IN HEALTH
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578
(617) 432-5256

THE SALVATION ARMY
615 Slaters Lane
P.O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313

SAVE THE CHILDREN
Haiti Earthquake Children in Emergency Fund
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Conn. 06880
(800) 728-3843

WORLD VISION
Haiti Earthquake Relief
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, Wash. 98063-9716
(888) 511-6548

U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, N.Y. 10038
(800) FOR-KIDS (367-5437)

CONCERN WORLDWIDE US
104 E. 40th St., # 903
New York, NY 10016
(212) 557-8000
(800) 59-CONCERN

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Video: "Metrofocus" examines MTA service cuts with Aaron Naparstek

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Metrofocus airs Thursday, January 14 at 10:30pm

Is it doomsday for the MTA? This week on Metrofocus, get an an in-depth look at potential subway and bus service cuts and the MTA budget shortfall with Pete Donohue, Transit Reporter for the Daily News and Aaron Naparstek, editor of streetsblog.com.

Naparstek spoke with Blueprint America about the way transportation is looked at in New York City, and how our system compares with the rest of the country.

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Video: No Food Network? THIRTEEN has you covered

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Are you a Cablevision subscriber who’s missing out on programming from Food Network? Never fear, THIRTEEN has you covered with educational and informative cooking shows every Sunday afternoon!

Sundays at 3:30 pm
Simply Ming

The Emmy® nominated public television series Simply Ming is back for its seventh season, bringing mouthwatering recipes into homes across the country. With an all-star guest lineup, flavor abounds in recipes inspired by the combination of East and West ingredients such as Coconut Milk and Cranberries, and Panko and Dijon. Fresh, healthy ingredients add vibrance to the dishes. And, from pantry to pot, Ming continues to offer recipes that can be prepared in one vessel. Watch now.

Sundays at 4 p.m.
Everyday Food

Each half-hour episode of Everyday Food offers quick, easy and practical solutions to the challenges of everyday cooking and includes easy-to-make recipes along with smart tips and kitchen techniques. The Everyday Food television show cast consists of five home-grown talents from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living: Sarah Carey, Allie Lewis, Margot Olshan, Emma Feigenbaum, and Lucinda Scala Quinn.

Watch video of recipes from Everyday Food at pbs.org

Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
Food Trip with Todd English

Master chef, author and restaurateur Todd English brings his talent and taste for reinventing traditional cooking to public television. During his travels at home and abroad, Todd explores a different dish or culinary tradition, drawing inspiration for new recipes from each locale’s native cuisine and ingredients.

Watch a preview:
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Q&A: Boba Fett plays the accordion for "New York on the Clock"

Monday, January 11th, 2010

bobafettaccordionOne of the first subjects of New York on the Clock was a street performer — and not just any performer. Late one summer afternoon near The High Line, producer Bijan Rezvani saw Boba Fett-masked Nathan Stodola squeezing his accordion. Nathan more or less supports himself with his accordion and mask while pursuing a graduate degree in engineering from Columbia. Watch the film now. Inside THIRTEEN spoke with Rezvani about this unique busker.

Q. There are a lot of street musicians out there … What compelled you to pick Nathan Stodola for New York on the Clock?

We saw him in a Boba Fett mask playing Star Wars music and were instantly charmed.

Q. What kinds of songs does he play?

He plays mostly but not exclusively video game and movie music. Some music (Amelie) comes ready for accordion but most of it he has to adapt. I think my favorite thing I’ve heard him play is the Mario swimming music. (For those of you feeling nostalgic, listen to the underwater Mario Bros. theme music here. – ed.)

Q. How much money does he make in a typical day? Enough for a Columbia tuition?

He makes enough to pay rent and eat. Now that it’s cold I doubt he’s out as often.

Q. In the film, Nathan verbally thanks people who give him money … Shouldn’t a guy in a Boba Fett mask stay true to character and not speak?

Interesting point. It would’ve been more exciting if he lured the guy to Bespin and had him frozen in carbonite.

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Video: Spike Lee interviews the creators of "Passing Strange"

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

“Passing Strange” premieres on Great Performances on Wednesday, January 13 at 9pm on THIRTEEN

Spike Lee interviews the Stew, the creator of Passing Strange, and his main collaborator Heidi Rodewald to give a look at the creation of the rock musical that rocked Broadway. The two discuss the magical closing night of Passing Strange on Broadway, the origins of the production with The Public, the importance of documenting theater, and their plans for the future.

Watch a preview of Passing Strange and more at the Great Performances website.

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