Episode
March 05, 2016 at 9:00 am

Compared to this time last year, transit crime is up 25 percent and assault is up by 14 percent. In this year alone, there have been 15 slashings in the subway. Curtis Sliwa, an American anti-crime activist and founder and CEO of Guardian Angels, joins us to comment on why the group is back in the subways for the first time in more than 20 years. Managing Editor of “New York NOW” Matt Ryan joins us to give us a round-up of the biggest topics coming out of Albany. The final season of Downton Abbey is currently airing on PBS. As the show counts down to the final episode, we look back with senior culture editor and writer for The Daily Beast Tim Teeman. He explains why Downton and the Grantham family captured the hearts of so many viewers. The stretch of 8th Street between Third Avenue and Avenue A is known as St. Marks Place, which has served as the backdrop to music videos and artworks throughout the decades. Ada Calhoun, author of ‘St. Marks is Dead,’ examines the history of this iconic area and why its days–as it is–may be numbered.

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March 01, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Outer Space has been the final frontier for some time now, but Scott Kelly is about to end a historic year-long stint in that frontier. Former NASA Astronaut and Columbia University’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michael Massimino, stops by to tell us about Kelly’s historic mission. Find out what challenges Kelly will face upon his return and what this mission means for space exploration and discovery.

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