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October 11, 2016 at 6:26 pm

While New York is working on completing the Second Avenue subway line and Williamsburg prepares for the impending shutdown of the L train, London has embarked on a massive transit project of its own. The Crossrail Project is a super tunnel that will connect one end of London to the other and create 26 miles of new tunnels and connections to existing infrastructure. For the jam-packed, centuries-old city, this feat is no easy task and is filled with challenges and hazards at every turn. A new Nova documentary called Super Tunnel takes its audience underground to explain the importance of the new line while exploring risks this project poses to the city’s existing infrastructure. Tonight, NOVA Senior Producer Chris Schmidt takes us inside the film and gives us an exclusive look at Europe’s largest construction project.

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October 11, 2016 at 5:30 am

If you’re from New Jersey, expect an unpleasant surprise when you go to fill up your gas tank. The price per gallon for gas is going to hike up 23 cents, a price that Governor Chris Christie has agreed on with the state’s Democratic leaders. Where will the added nickels and dimes go? The state’s depleted transportation fund, which foots […]

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October 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck was in middle school when her father came out to her and her sister as transgender. Now, she tells that story in an emotional and revealing documentary From This Day Forward. This POV film explores her father’s transition to a woman and aims to gain a deeper understanding of how her family and her parents’ marriage got […]

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October 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

You may know Danny Aiello from his roles in iconic films, from Moonstruck to his Academy Award-nominated performance as pizzeria owner Sal Frangione in Spike Lee’s 1989 Do the Right Thing. But ‘actor’ is not the only role he’s played in the course of his life. Recently he’s revealed more of himself in his autobiography I Only Know Who I […]

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October 08, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, anticipation is mounting as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump get ready for their second presidential debate on Sunday. The rematch at Washington University in St. Louis comes almost two weeks after Clinton, the Democratic nominee, won their first showdown by consensus. Trump, the Republican nominee, was criticized for being ill-prepared and hopes to improve on that performance after working with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But will that be enough to help him capture the second debate? Or will Clinton continue to ride the wave of momentum and emerge victorious once again? Joining us tonight with a preview are Amy Holmes, a political analyst for the polling company Rasmussen Reports, and Mike Morey, a Democratic strategist who has worked for both New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Then, America has narrowed it down to two choices: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Both have spent decades in the public eye; Hillary as the First Lady and a political powerhouse who could hold her own in Washington and Donald as a successful business tycoon. And in little more than a month, one of them will hold one of the most powerful offices in the world, thanks to the people of this nation. A new FRONTLINE documentary coming to PBS dives into pivotal moments in each candidate’s life to paint a clearer picture of who they are. Using interviews with close friends and trusted advisors, The Choice examines the two people vying for the title of President of the United States. Producer Mike Wiser joins us to talk more about the documentary.

Next, two of the biggest issues in this year’s presidential election are rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility. Not only that, but these issues are everyday concerns for millions of Americans who used to buy into the idea that hard work leads to prosperity. Political comedian John Fugelsang is taking a candid look at these issues in his new documentary, Dream On, where he retraces the journey of French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville to see if the optimistic spirit of the American Dream is as existent as it was in 1831. In this latest installment of Chasing the Dream, John Fugelsang joins us to discuss the film and his findings before it airs tonight on PBS.

Then finally, Comic Con is set to be a super event this year, and it’s not just the classic superhero fans that are turning out in droves to attend. In fact, some fans might not even look alive! The Walking Dead is invading the festivities as the cast and crew of the hit show takes over Madison Square Garden and gives fans a sneak peek of the new season premiering October 23rd. Between the zombie extras, intense makeup, special effects, and ever-changing cast, it’s clear that lots of moving parts go into the making of a number one show on television. The Walking Dead’s Executive Producer and CEO of Skybound Entertainment David Alpert joins us with a look into the show and its new season that is sure to knock fans dead!

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October 07, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Two of the biggest issues in this year’s presidential election are rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility. Not only that, but these issues are everyday concerns for millions of Americans who used to buy into the idea that hard work leads to prosperity. Political comedian John Fugelsang is taking a candid look at these issues in his new documentary, […]

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October 07, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, City Hall is under serious scrutiny as Mayor Bill De Blasio’s political nonprofit organization, “The Campaign for One New York,” goes under investigation. The ethics violations that triggered the inspection have now led to a sweeping subpoena on our city’s seat of power and an extensive look into the communications between the mayor, his aides, the organization, and its donors. What are they looking for? Tonight, we’re digging for those answers with William K. Rashbaum, the New York Times reporter who broke the story.

Next, to this day it remains both one of the greatest aviation mysteries in history and a deeply personal tragedy for our area. On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport on its way to Paris, France. Twelve minutes later, the Boeing 747 jetliner exploded off the coast of Long Island and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 230 people on board. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the plane went down after a short circuit led to an explosion onboard, but not everyone agrees with the conclusion. 20 years after the crash, News 12 Long Island went back and interviewed those involved with the case to try and figure out what exactly happened. Tonight the producer behind that report, Brad Trettien, joins us to explain what he and his team uncovered.

Finally, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth boasts a career that spans all facets of show business, and now the notoriously bubbly performer is opening up to MetroFocus and revealing a side of her that’s never been seen…a sultry, jazzy side. Her new album, “The Art of Elegance,” has been described by critics as vibrant and beautiful, and has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz Chart. A bit of a departure from her Broadway persona. At the Great White Way, she’s known for roles such as Glinda the Good Witch in the original cast of Wicked and Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Now, she’s returning to her roots in a limited engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in My Love Letter to Broadway. And after all that, she shows no signs of slowing down. By the end of this year, Chenoweth will have put out “The Art of Elegance,” designed a jewelry collection, and starred in NBC’s Hairspray Live! as Velma Von Tussle. Tonight, the multi-faceted actress takes time out of her jam-packed schedule to discuss what’s new and what’s next in her dazzling career.

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