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February 11, 2016 at 8:54 am

Which candidate exceeded expectations and which one fared worse than predicted? We’ll break down the results of the New Hampshire primary with Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent Nina Burleigh. Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced executive action to limit the use of so-called conversion therapy for LGBT youth. Matthew Shurka underwent conversion therapy when he was younger and now advocates against the practice. We’ll speak with him about what that experience was like. Creator of the popular blog “I Quant New York” and Data Analyst for the New York Post, Ben Wellington, tells us how he is using public data and information from city agencies to bring big issues to attention and brainstorming ways to change them. Executive Director of Marquis Studios David Marquis joins us to discuss the Marquis Inclusion Program, which uses arts to promote the inclusion of disabled children, and resulted from a partnership with recording artist Clay Aiken’s National Inclusion Project.

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February 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

Will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton go two-for-two and squeak past U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders? Will New York real estate mogul Donald Trump edge out U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio? We’ll discuss it all and more when MSNBC National Correspondent Joy-Ann Reid stops by to talk presidential politics ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Columbia University Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering Kartik Chandran explains how toilet water can be transformed into drinking water. New Jersey Capitol Report Host Steve Adubato explains the Garden State’s pension woes. Broadway actress and performer Christine Ebersole discusses her involvement with NJTV’s The American Songbook, which premieres Wednesday, Feb. 10.

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February 08, 2016 at 11:56 pm

After a crane collapsed Friday in Lower Manhattan killing one person and injuring three others, we discuss the safety of the industry and how its regulated. New York City Councilman Richie Torres joins us to explain how a once-promising deal to reduce the horse-drawn carriage industry in Manhattan is no longer on the table. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James takes us through her offices annual list of the most irresponsible landlords in the city and discusses her proposed legislation to improve housing conditions. Brandon Stanton, the human behind Humans of New York, tells us how his new book, Humans of New York Stories, is different than his other works.

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February 04, 2016 at 8:54 pm

No matter where you live, you’ve likely heard of the burgeoning water crisis in Flint, Mich. Residents unknowingly consumed water with dangerously high levels of lead for months after officials switched the city’s water source from Detroit to the Flint River. The elevated levels have caused serious sides effects, including hair loss and rashes. The potential impacts on children are […]

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February 04, 2016 at 6:19 pm

In honor of Black History Month and as part of our on-going American Graduate series, MetroFocus Contributor Andrea Vasquez sits down with Lauren Lake, founding member of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), and actress Naturi Naughton, a WEEN honoree, to discuss the organization and the challenges facing women of color.

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