WEEKEND EDITION

Full Episode: Sandy rebuilding, closed beaches, new MLK book, IKEA wedding

June 19, 2013 2:53 PMvideo

This edition of MetroFocus looks at the $20 billion plan proposed by Mayor Bloomberg to strengthen New York City’s defenses and infrastructure in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In a wide-ranging interview, host Rafael Pi Roman asks the man behind the plan, Seth Pinsky, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, if the risk of a changing climate is worth the price tag.

The aftermath of Sandy lingers on even as summer starts. NJTV’s Lauren Wanko takes us to the beaches of Middletown, New Jersey where swimming is not permitted this year due to debris left behind by Sandy.

Want to know what the discussion was about at a recent screening of the documentary film Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines at the Macaulay Honors College? This week’s “Listening In” segment has an excerpt from feminist Shelby Knox that may get you thinking.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary year of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, MetroFocus examines the story behind the letter King wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama a few months before the famous speech. Pi Roman talks to Columbia University’s Barnard College professor Jonathan Rieder about his new book, Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation.

And, The Star-Ledger/NJ.com video journalist Nyier Abdou takes viewers on a walk down a very unusual wedding aisle.

Watch the individual MetroFocus segments below and stay up to date on MetroFocus news from the New York region on Twitter.

In a wide-ranging interview, host Rafael Pi Roman asks Seth Pinsky, President of The New York City Economic Development Corporation if planning for a changing climate is worth the price tag.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary year of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, MetroFocus examines the story behind the letter King wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama a few months before the famous speech.
Beach-goers aren't allowed to swim at Middletown's two beaches, a first for the Monmouth County community.
On this week's Listening In segment, we take you to Macaulay Honors College where a film screening panel examines the portrayal of women in comics and pop culture through history.
Eight years after they met in the frames department of the IKEA store in Elizabeth, Berkeley "Rashid" Smith, of Newark, and his bride, Shirley Stewart, were married at the same spot, before a small party of family and friends.

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