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Pride Week Video: A Stonewall Special

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

This week on Theater Talk, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, playwright Mart Crowley and actor Laurence Luckinbill look back at the impact of William Friedkin’s landmark film of the gay experience, “The Boys in the Band” (1970). The film opened a year and a half before the Stonewall riots. Check local listings to see when Theater Talk airs on THIRTEEN.

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In Case You Missed It: shows from June 15-21, 2009, streaming online

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

A roundup of all streaming, full-length videos online from PBS and Thirteen programs that aired last week. See the list below for all full episodes and links.

Roberto Clemente talks to a reporter in a scene from the American Experience documentary Roberto Clemente.

News and Public Affairs: Nightly Programs:
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: The reports, segmented by story, per day.
Nightly Business Report: The reports stream online.
NJN News: The reports stream online for one week (see archives M-Tu-W-Th-F).
Worldfocus:The nightly news show streams online for 15 days; signature stories are online forever.

Charlie Rose:
June 15: A conversation about the Iranian election results with Abbas Milani, Hooman Majd , Flynt Leverett and Nicholas Burns; director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag; New York Times journalist Roger Cohen in Iran.
June 16: Author Michael Lewis; a discussion on health care with Aetna CEO Ronald Williams and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Delos Cosgrove; Senator Ronald Wyden of Oregon talks about health care; New York Times journalist Roger Cohen in Iran.
June 17: A discussion about the U.S. Open with CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz and Golf World/Golf Digest’s Jaime Diaz; the Internet’s role in the coverage of the elections in Iran with Huffington Post national editor Nico Pitney, chief privacy officer of Facebook Chris Kelly, and author/professor Jonathan Zittrain.
June 18: An interview with former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn and Quinn Bradlee, author of A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures ; host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show Rachel Maddow; a talk about regulatory reform with Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post.
June 19: A discussion about personalized medicine with George Church, Steven Pinker, Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey; the American response to the Iranian crisis with David Ignatius, David Brooks, David Sanger and Roger Kagan.

Tavis Smiley:
June 15: California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass; actress Mary McCormack.
June 16: Iranian writer Marina Nemat; pop music songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
June 17: Pakistani journalist Ali Sethi; actor Chris Noth.
June 18: Actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr.
June 19: Soccer coach Luma Mufleh; travel writer Rick Steves.

News and Public Affairs: Weekly Programs:
Washington Week: The protests in Iran; the White House’s plan for financial regulatory reform; the debate over health care; President Obama and the GLBT community.
NOW on PBS: How the growing problem of massive student loan debt is affecting college students’ aspirations and the national economy.
Bill Moyers Journal: An interview with Leymah Gbowee, who led the peace movement in Liberia, and filmmaker Abigail Disney, who produced the documentary about that struggle, Pray the Devil Back to Hell.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly:

Consuelo Mack Wealthtrack: Two investment professionals talk share their thoughts about the investment climate: Paul McCulley, portfolio manager, PIMCO; and Francois Trahan, chief investment strategist, ISI Group.
Caucus New Jersey: The Future of Higher Education in New Jersey (originally aired May 30, 2009). A discussion on making higher public education in New Jersey a priority as well as keeping talented students in state and expanding academic programs. Panel includes former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean; Susan Cole, president of Montclair State University; Barbara Gitenstein, president of the College of New Jersey; and Peter Philip Mercer, president of Ramapo College of New Jersey.
New York Now: The battle over the New York State Senate. Online for one week only.

News and Public Affairs:
Frontline: Breaking the Bank. The story of Bank of America’s recent troubles–including a stock collapse, a terrible fourth-quarter loss, and a merger–and how the government came to its aid.
Miller Center National Debates: America’s Energy Future. Issue: “The United States must end its dependency on carbon-based fuels.” With debaters John Podesta, former White House chief of staff; James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence; Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey; and Karen Harbert, president and CEO, Institute for 21st Century.

History:
Antiques Roadshow: Bismarck, ND-Hour Three
American Experience: Roberto Clemente. One of the greatest players in baseball, Clemente transcended sports and race through his athlecticism and humanitarian work.

Arts and Culture:
Masterpiece Mystery!: Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons. A murder at a girls school draws famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) to a case involving international espionage and a princess. Available for online viewing through July 5.

D.I.Y.:
Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way: Breaking With Tradition. Chicken persilade; skillet apple Charlotte; harlequin salad; turkey scallopini with morels served with Middle Eastern couscous and saffron.

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Wide Angle: Aaron Brown previews the new season

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

On July 1st, WIDE ANGLE returns to television for another season of thought-provoking, in-depth international news coverage that you won’t see anywhere else. WIDE ANGLE is anchored by former CNN and ABC journalist Aaron Brown, and for this edition of Inside Thirteen, he writes about what we can expect in the upcoming season.

Hello again,

I am sitting in my office at home, the jet lag from a two week WIDE ANGLE trip to Africa finally clearing.

Wide Angle host Aaron Brown in Ethiopia

Host Aaron Brown reporting from Ethiopia.

I am so excited about the season ahead and the nature of the films we have. I should write here how they are important pieces of international reporting and that WIDE ANGLE is the only program devoted to exploring international issues in long form pieces on TV. I could go on and write about the shrinking world we live in which makes our attention to international issues all that more important. The events in Iran this week, I could add, make that point so clearly. And all of that is true. WIDE ANGLE takes great pride in the fact that long form international journalism pretty much belongs to us alone. There may be the odd piece here or there on American TV, but no program so thoughtfully and carefully looks at the world beyond our borders. The film makers we work with come from across the globe — we worked with a young British filmmaker in Ethiopia and a Swede in Mozambique; a South Korean team will begin our season. It is the combination of their perspective and that of the WIDE ANGLE staff — a pretty varied group as well — that makes the program what it is. I could go on about that, about the importance of the season that begins July 1st in this changing and complicated world and it would all be true. But it would miss the real point of my excitement about the season ahead and why I think you will fall in love with the pieces as well.

They are simply great stories. The season opens with a thriller about the escape from North Korea to the South through China. Setting aside all the “big issues,” it is a great story of perseverance and risk with a bit of daring journalism thrown in for good measure.

And there are others like it. In truth — and I hope this doesn’t disappoint any regular viewers — there isn’t a wonkish piece on the list. Which isn’t to say that they aren’t substantive. They are. But you could easily miss “importance” for the depth of the characters, their hearts or courage and often their sacrifice. It is going to be a fabulous season.

And I can’t tell you how excited and blessed I feel to be a part of it again this year. And I hope we can find new and better ways to use this space this season as well. See you July 1st.

Aaron Brown
Wide Angle
New York

Watch a preview of “Crossing Heaven’s Border”, premiering July 1st on Thirteen.

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Cyberchase: In the bird’s words

Friday, June 19th, 2009

by Gilbert Gottfried
Voice of Digit, Cyberchase

Gilbert Gottfried (Digit)When they offered me the part of the bird Digit on Cyberchase, it seemed quite fitting. I always seem to be getting the bird parts (Parrot in Aladdin and the Aflac Duck). However, when they told me it was an educational cartoon, one thing popped into my head. When I was a child, I was the worst student ever, and as an adult, I ain’t much smarter. I thought for sure once they figured out the horrible mistake they made, they would get someone else.

I’m happy to say that saner minds did not prevail. For the years that Cyberchase has been running, I have parents approach me all the time explaining to me that their children are addicted to the cartoon and they love figuring out the problems and solving them along with the other characters in the cartoons. Some of them even try to beat the stars of the series. So, I guess the people producing Cyberchase knew what they were doing after all!



Watch as Digit and the CyberSquad save Father’s Day in a special “Father’s Day” episode of Cyberchase, premiering today at 5:00 pm (guest starring Matthew Broderick). At Cyberchase Online, find Father’s Day activities for kids and tips for parents.And don’t miss brand new Cyberchase podcasts – featuring Digit telling jokes and Hacker reading poetry from his diary! – throughout the summer. And don’t miss brand new Cyberchase podcasts – featuring Digit telling jokes and Hacker reading poetry from his diary! – throughout the summer. New podcasts available each week at Cyberchase Online now through August as part of My Cyberchase Summer. Enter code “WNET” to listen along!

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Live from The Artists Den: Raphael Saadiq DVD Exclusive

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

by Debbie Adler
Director of Online Marketing, WNET.ORG

Sharing a live music experience can be one of those times you bond with perfect strangers. Inspiring music, a captivating performance, a stunning venue… everyone in the room feels connected by being present for the moment. I’ve had that feeling with 40,000 people at huge festivals when everyone is singing along, and in a room of 50 when the audience is perfectly silent.

The Artists Den started when founder, Mark Lieberman, realized that he wanted to take that feeling and bring it to life for small audiences around the country. The live show has hosted musicians like Aimee Mann, Regina Spektor, Josh Ritter, Crowded House, KT Tunstall and so many more. Each one possess a magical feeling that also gets captured on a multi-camera HD film shoot and edited for the public television program, Live From the Artists Den. Read More …

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OUT!: programs about the LGBT experience, June 16-30

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This June, THIRTEEN is spotlighting the unique stories and experiences of the LGBT community with programs that document issues from gay parenting to gays in the military.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
10 p.m.: INDEPENDENT LENS: ASK NOT
As wars rage in the Middle East, the U.S. military is eager for more recruits –– unless they happen to be openly gay. “Ask Not” explores the tangled political battles that led to the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and reveals the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy. A film by Johnny Symons.
Watch a clip.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
3 a.m.: INDEPENDENT LENS: ASK NOT
As wars rage in the Middle East, the U.S. military is eager for more recruits –– unless they happen to be openly gay. “Ask Not” explores the tangled political battles that led to the infamous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and reveals the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy. A film by Johnny Symons.

4 a.m.: INDEPENDENT LENS: BILLY STRAYHORN: LUSH LIFE
As Duke Ellington’s co-composer, arranger, and right-hand man, Billy Strayhorn wrote some of the greatest American music of the 20th century. But as a gay man in the ’40s and ’50s, Strayhorn had to lead a discreet existence, while Ellington played to thunderous applause on center stage. BILLY STRAYHORN: Lush Life tells the story of the unheralded man who changed jazz and popular music forever, maintaining artistic and personal integrity, while challenging prejudice along the way.

Friday, June 19, 2009
10 p.m.: FATHERHOOD DREAMS
This documentary film follows four fathers through a private journey through fatherhood that forces them to deal with much larger issues that affect gay fathers, including the legal aspects of surrogacy, the complexity of “open adoption”, and the battles concerning the official recognition of LGBT and multi-parent families. A film by Julia Ivanova.
Watch a clip.

Sunday, June 21, 2009
12 p.m.: SUNDAYARTS: WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER
The famed playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) is profiled in this program. Kushner, a gay progressive who grew up in the South, has earned a Pulitzer, an Emmy and two Tony Awards — and a reputation that runs the gamut from charming to demanding to unpredictable.
Watch a clip.

11:30 p.m.: EMILE NORMAN: BY HIS OWN DESIGN (originally aired June 23, 2008)
Emile Norman: By His Own Design is a portrait of the self-taught California artist, Emile Norman, who at age 90 is still working with the same passion for life, art, nature and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America.

Monday, June 22, 2009
10 p.m.: IN THE LIFE: 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL
In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots in June 1969, this one-hour special looks at the growth of the LGBT community and movement over the past forty years.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
4:30 a.m.: ANYONE AND EVERYONE
ANYONE AND EVERYONE tells the stories of families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, all connected by a common thread — a gay child. During the film, parents of homosexual teens and young adults eloquently recall their initial reactions to their child’s coming-out and their sometimes difficult journeys to acceptance. A film by Susan Polis Schutz.
Watch a clip.

Friday, June 26, 2009
5 a.m.: EMILE NORMAN: BY HIS OWN DESIGN (originally aired June 23, 2008)
Emile Norman: By His Own Design is a portrait of the self-taught California artist, Emile Norman, who at age 90 is still working with the same passion for life, art, nature and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
10 p.m.: P.O.V.: BEYOND HATRED
In September 2002, three skinheads were roaming a park in Rheims, France, looking to “do an Arab,” when they settled for a gay man instead. Twenty-nine-year-old François Chenu fought back fiercely, but he was beaten unconscious and thrown into a river, where he drowned. The acclaimed French vérité film Beyond Hatred is the story of the crime’s aftermath; above all, of the Chenu family’s brave struggle to seek justice while trying to make sense of such pointless violence and unbearable loss.

1:30 a.m.: AMERICAN MASTERS: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: LIFE THROUGH A LENS (originally aired 10/30/2008)
Annie Leibovitz has produced some of the most iconic images of the last 30 years and is, arguably, America’s most influential woman photographer. The program documents her losses as well as her grand successes.

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In Case You Missed It: shows from June 8-14, 2009, streaming online

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

A roundup of all streaming, full-length videos online from PBS and Thirteen programs that aired last week. See the list below for all full episodes and links.

A scene from Blueprint America: Road to the Future.

News and Public Affairs: Nightly Programs:
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: The reports, segmented by story, per day.
Nightly Business Report: The reports stream online.
NJN News: The reports stream online for one week (see archives M-Tu-W-Th-F).
Worldfocus:The nightly news show streams online for 15 days; signature stories are online forever.

Charlie Rose:
June 8: D-Day remembrance with World War II veterans Len Lomell, Lee Archer and George McGovern plus historian Douglas Brinkley; author, Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
June 9: The Coca-Cola Company chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent.
June 10: Author Richard Posner; a discussion about the fiscal deficit with New York Times journalist David Leonhardt, Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, and Professor Alan J. Auerbach of University of California, Berkeley.
June 11: Russia Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin; musician Dave Matthews.
June 12: A talk about the Iranian elections with Karim Sadjadpour and Hooman Majd; the cast of Waiting for Godot with John Goodman, John Glover, Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane.

Tavis Smiley:
June 8: Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit; actor Kevin Bacon.
June 9: Singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith: lawyer and history professor Dr. Mary Frances Berry.
June 10: Soul singer Sharon Jones; Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough.
June 11: CNN talk show host Larry King.
June 12: Writer Colson Whitehead; actress-singer Della Reese.

News and Public Affairs: Weekly Programs:
Washington Week: President Obama’s health care reform plan; why ten banks are returning their government bailout funds; the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.
Foreign Exchange: The problem of marine litter; a preview of a documentary that looks at the conflict between drug lords and the police in Rio de Janiero; a conversation about democracy and violence in poor countries with author Paul Collier.
NOW on PBS: A look at whether anti-abortion violence could be considered domestic terrorism.
Bill Moyers Journal: An interview with former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich; a look at Thomas Paine with author Harvey J. Kaye and National Review senior editor Richard Brookhiser; gun violence.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly:

Consuelo Mack’s Wealthtrack: A conversation with John Rogers, CEO and chief investment officer of Arial Investments, the first African-American owned mutual fund company; and Robert Kleinschmidt, president and chief investment officer of Tocqueville Asset Management.

News and Public Affairs:
Frontline: The Tank Man (originally aired April 11, 2006). One of the indelible images from the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident was that of a man standing in front of a Chinese tank in an act of protest. This program examines what has happened to this person and the aftermath of Tiananmen nearly 20 years later.
Wide Angle: Dishing Democracy (originally aired July 31, 2007). The advent of satellite television in Arab countries in the early ‘90s has brought independent journalism to the region, especially news and talk shows that deal with topics such as equality among the sexes and polygamy. This documentary explores this phenomenon.
Wide Angle: Class of 2006 (originally aired July 25, 2006). This program spotlights on the current political and social changes in Morocco, particularly for its female population, since the reforms instituted by King Mohammad VI.
Blueprint America: Road to the Future (originally aired May 20, 2009). America’s aging infrastructure will be facing changes as the country’s population grows in the next 40 years. This program explores those challenges and how the country is investing in and coping with improving its transportation systems.

Science and Nature:
NOVA: Lord of the Ants. A profile of Harvard professor Edward Wilson, an advocate for biological diversity and ants. Narrated by Harrison Ford.

History:
Antiques Roadshow: Bismarck, ND Hour Two.
American Experience: The Living Weapon. This film examines the international race in creating biological weapons during the 1940s and 1950s.

D.I.Y.:
Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way: Dinner Party Special . Jacques prepares stuffed pork tenderloin on grape tomatoes; cream of leek and mushroom soup; and mini almond cakes in a ruby red raspberry sauce.

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Digital TV Answers: Still Not Getting THIRTEEN?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

UPDATE 7/1 11:47 a.m.: DTV reception issues are still unresolved

We are aware that some over-the-air viewers are having difficulty receiving the digital 13 signal. The problem seems to be focused on the high V’s (channels 7, 11 and 13) and indoor antenna reception. All three stations have followed up with the FCC. Thirteen is currently seeking FCC approval to increase our broadcast signal’s power. We will keep you posted and we are very sorry for the reception difficulties that viewers are experiencing. We are now broadcasting at the highest power level currently permitted by the FCC but hope we will have authorization from the FCC to increase power in the very near future.

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UPDATE 6/30 3:45 p.m.: DTV reception issues are still unresolved

We are still trying to resolve the DTV reception problem that started on June 12, and we are communicating all our viewers’ issues to the FCC in the hopes of upgrading THIRTEEN’s power. Please stay tuned to this page for more updates as the situation progresses.

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UPDATE 6/17 12:45 p.m.: THIRTEEN is at full power

Please be advised that Channels 13, 7 and 11 are broadcasting at full power from the same antenna atop the Empire State Building. Make sure you have a dual band antenna (VHF & UHF). You may need to perform several adjustments before receiving all channels. Each time you adjust your antenna you must also re-scan channels. For more advice about adjusting your antenna, visit www.antennaweb.com. For other details and information, including support centers in your neighborhood, visit www.dtv.gov.

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UPDATE 6/15 1:20 p.m.: Possible solution — a “double rescan”

Following up on previous discussions regarding reception & signal problems with high VHF channels, the FCC is trying to determine if there is a pattern nationwide. They have identified one potential solution that has been successful in solving the majority of problems for some stations — a “double rescan” the converter boxes. Here are the steps:

  • Detach antenna
  • Rescan converter box (to clear memory)
  • Detach converter box power cord for 1 minute (to ensure that memory is clear)
  • Reattach both power cord and antenna
  • Rescan again

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    On June 12th at 12:30pm, WNET, along with other New York broadcasters, made the long-awaited switch to Digital television in compliance with the federal mandate. The following is some important information you need to know in order to receive our signal.

    If you have already connected your converter box or have a television with a digital tuner and are unable to view Thirteen, please re-scan your box or television using the MENU button (look for a feature that says “Scan” or “Auto scan”) or SCAN button on your remote or by consulting the instructions. This is the same scanning process you conducted when you first installed your box or television. If you still have a problem after re-scanning channels, look for an UPDATE function and select that. Each converter box and television is different, so you may need to review the instruction manual.

    Also, make sure you are using an antenna that covers both the VHF and UHF bands and have connected it properly. You may also need to adjust the position of your antenna to receive our signal.

    If you do not yet have a converter box, you will need to purchase one to view Thirteen on your analog television. Alternatively, you can subscribe to cable or satellite service or purchase a television with a digital tuner.

    For more detailed information and instructions, please visit www.dtv.gov or call 1-888-225-5322.

    Thank you for your interest in Thirteen.

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    The Friends of THIRTEEN: Preparing New York City for DTV

    Friday, June 12th, 2009

    by Daniel T. Allen
    Community Engagement Coordinator
    Friends of Thirteen

    The Friends of THIRTEEN is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who act as liaisons between THIRTEEN and the community to: INCREASE engagement with the station’s quality programming; PROMOTE use of its innovative educational resources; and EXPAND support for public media as one of our nation’s great cultural resources. For more information about Friends please contact Executive Director Dorothy Pacella at 212.560.2800 or Pacella@thirteen.org.

    It’s finally here. After literally years of preparation America finally faces the digital television transition. From the $350,000 advertisement for placed by the FCC on a NASCAR (that crashed twice) to the four month push-back of the date, it’s been a long strange trip.

    Prof. Joan Fonseca of the Medgar Evers School of Business helps a local resident learn about the DTV switch.

    In order to help the city prepare for “the big switch,” Friends of Thirteen have been working hard since last fall to connect seniors to information about DTV, train volunteers, and bring together community leaders across the five boroughs.

    In September last year, Friends attended “Harlem Connects,” a conference to help Harlem’s seniors get connected. The conference hosted by the Harlem Consumer Education Council made it apparent that far too many people lacked crucial information about the conversion.

    In October, we convened a “DTV community coalition” here at the station for community-based organizations, city officials, activists and educators to brainstorm strategies to raise community awareness about the transition. Read More …

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    Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Mayor Bloomberg to appear on 'It's the Economy, NY'

    Friday, June 12th, 2009

    Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is slated to appear on THIRTEEN’s local series “It’s the Economy, NY,” Thursday, June 18 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN and at 11:30 p.m. on WLIW21. This is Spitzer’s first interview on public television since his highly-publicized resignation.

    Spitzer, who built a reputation as the first public figure to advocate for greater accountability from Wall Street executives, will sit down with “It’s the Economy, NY” host and New York Times business columnist and editor Andrew Ross Sorkin, to discuss issues surrounding the current financial crisis and other topics of importance to New Yorkers.

    Sorkin is also scheduled to interview Mayor Bloomberg, who will address the city’s budget, education system and the MTA.

    “It’s the Economy, NY” airs Thursday, June 18th at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Past episodes have featured prominent New Yorkers and newsmakers including Governor Paterson, Senator Charles Schumer, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money” Jim Cramer and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar Dylan Lauren. To watch more episodes, visit the “It’s the Economy, NY” website.

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