WEEKEND EDITION

MetroFocus Full Episode

June 26, 2013 5:23 PMvideo

The next edition of MetroFocus reports on the race for mayor in New York City with the first in a series of interviews with the leading candidates.  Host Rafael Pi Roman talks to Democratic candidate John Liu, currently the City Comptroller, about his views on the minimum wage, housing, the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, and the federal investigation that brought down two of Liu’s former associates.  Liu tells Pi Roman that although he’s never been charged with anything, the four-year investigation makes him “…the most thoroughly investigated candidate in the history of New York.”

The federal budget cuts known as a sequester are starting to hit home. NJTV’s Desiree Taylor reports on cuts to emergency unemployment benefits that are putting the squeeze on New Jersey’s jobless.

The new PBS documentary ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage debuts on PBS stations Friday, June 28th and MetroFocus has a preview.

And find out what inspired one of the art world’s iconic figures, Peter Max, to paint his eye-popping images in an interview with Steve Adubato from his program One on One.

 

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

Rafael Pi Roman talks to Democratic candidate John Liu about his views on the minimum wage, housing, the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, and the federal investigation that brought down two of Liu’s former associates.
NJ residents who receive federal emergency unemployment compensation will see their weekly benefits payments cut by 22 percent starting at the end of the month because of automatic federal spending cuts.
A new arts education program takes an interactive approach to teaching New York City students and children everywhere about the performing arts.
Peter Max discusses his love for the universe and how he goes about creating his iconic pieces.

 

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