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June 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

The next 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 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.

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Laura and Jim Ross, and Shailaja and Umesh Nagarkatte.

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