TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

February 02, 2018 at 5:30 am

Sexual harassment has been at the forefront of the national conversation, and is affecting both women and men from all generations. In a new five-part series, “#MeToo, Now What,” PBS examines the various aspects of sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. Hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, the series will take the discussion further, engaging people from all walks of life in conversations about these difficult issues. Salbi is here with a preview. From his computer at home, data scientist Ben Wellington has changed the way we pay for everything from MetroCards to cabs in New York. Find out how he’s using public information to take on New York City’s problems and save you money at the same time. In 1849, Harriet Tubman and her brothers, Ben and Henry, escaped from the Poplar Neck Plantation in Maryland. After The Cambridge Democrat published a notice of their escape, offering a $300 reward for their return, Ben and Henry changed their minds and decided to return. Harriet who had already resolved to free herself, embarked on a 90 mile journey to Pennsylvania using the underground railroad. Bishop Dennis Proctor of A.M.E. Zion Church is here to recount the story and to shed light on Tubman’s impact on modern-day America. This year, Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary. For Black History Month, the Apollo’s Billy Mitchell, in-house historian and director of tours, and Ade Williams, associate director of community programs, take us on a virtual walk through the iconic artistic treasure.

Aired on February 1, 2018.