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January 18, 2017 at 5:49 am

Tonight, with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration just days away, PBS FRONTLINE pulls back the fabric of our polarized country to examine how we got here, and what may lie ahead.

Next, as President Trump heads to the White House, a warning from our first president to future generations. Find out what worried George Washington, and why it matters today from John Avlon, editor in chief of The Daily Beast.

Finally, by 2044, America will no longer be a country where whites are the majority. Will we embrace the demographic shift, or fight against it? Earl Lewis, the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, engages in the debate.

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January 14, 2017 at 1:42 am

Tonight, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a question as relevant today as it was when he asked it: where do we go from here? WNYC’s Brian Lehrer hosts an event on Sunday at the famous Apollo Theater where our future and diverse fabric will be the focus.

Then, Sal Albanese is back! The former councilman wants to unseat Bill de Blasio, and tonight he’ll tell us how he will defeat the sitting mayor.

Next, a tribal elder and two Native Americans leave the reservation to demand a return of what was once theirs in a new documentary from PBS Independent Lens.

Finally, we have a sneak peek at a true American Master: August Wilson, in a PBS documentary called The Ground on Which I Stand.

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January 13, 2017 at 5:13 am

Tonight, after the president-elect’s knockdown, drag out with CNN’s Jim Acosta, all eyes turn to today’s Trump cabinet confirmation hearings. On that docket, Dr. Ben Carson, the president-elect’s pick for HUD secretary. But does Carson have the right skills for the job? This is an appointment that will impact all of us who live in the Tri-State area.

Next, here in the city, a fight for City Hall! Former councilman Sal Albanese officially throws his hat in the ring, joining the growing pack of mayoral candidates trying to unseat Bill de Blasio. Albanese will be here to make the case for why he’s the best person to occupy Gracie Mansion, and will share his thoughts on a possible run against Hillary Clinton.

Finally, before Muhammad Ali, there was Jack Johnson, boxing’s first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. His 1912 conviction by an all-white jury on what many claim was a trumped up, racially motivated morals charge, have many pleading with President Obama to formally pardon the icon before he leaves the White House: and the clock is ticking! We have the latest.

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January 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Before Muhammad Ali, there was Jack Johnson, boxing’s first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. His 1912 conviction by an all-white jury on what many claim was a trumped up, racially motivated morals charge, have many pleading with President Obama to formally pardon the icon before he leaves the White House: and the clock is ticking! We have the latest.

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