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March 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

We hear the story of James “The Amazing” Randi, who has spent his life entertaining audiences with his mastery of magic, escape, and trickery. The new award-winning documentary, “An Honest Liar,” by co-producer and co-director Justin Weinstein, depicts Randi’s life and the deceptive magicians he exposed to the masses.

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March 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

Forced out of their homes and onto the street for a crime they didn’t commit. It’s a new trend, based on an old law. We’ve got the story. New York is on the verge of becoming the last state in the country to legalize professional mixed martial arts. Earlier this week, members of the state assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the sport back to the Empire State after a 20-year hiatus. But not everyone is backing MMA. We sit down with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to discuss her opposition to one of the country’s fastest-growing sports. It’s spring time and that means it’s time for the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. It’s America’s most-attended auto show and kicks off today. We’re joined by automotive expert Mike Caudill for help navigating this year’s offerings of hybrids, muscle cars and futuristic concepts.

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March 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm

New York is on the verge of becoming the last state in the country to legalize professional mixed martial arts. Earlier this week, members of the state assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the sport back to the Empire State after a 20-year hiatus. But not everyone is backing MMA. We sit down with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to discuss her opposition to one of the country’s fastest-growing sports.

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March 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

In light of the Brussels attacks, former director of New York homeland security Michael Balboni joins us to discuss what the global community is getting right, and more importantly getting wrong, when it comes to gaining and sharing critical intelligence. New York Magazine Columnist Frank Rich joins us to discuss how presidential candidate Donald Trump is disrupting the Republican Party’s status quo. Peggy Noonan has been heralded for her thoughtful choice of words, especially as the voice behind President Ronald Reagan’s speech following the 1986 Challenger disaster. As part of our on-going “Listening In” series, we eavesdrop on her conversation with former Florida congressman-turned-talk show host Joe Scarborough to get a peek into Noonan’s mind. Trying to get tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s “The River Tour” stop at Madison Square Garden this month? Sorry to dash your dreams but the show is officially sold out. How is it possible for the 35-year-old “River” album to sell out such a venue? To help us answer that we’re joined by Peter Ames Carlin, the author of the New York Times best-seller “Bruce,” the first biography in 25 years to be written with the musician’s full cooperation.

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March 24, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Trying to get tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s “The River Tour” stop at Madison Square Garden this month? Sorry to dash your dreams but the show is officially sold out. How is it possible for the 35-year-old “River” album to sell out such a venue? To help us answer that we’re joined by Peter Ames Carlin, the author of the New York Times best-seller “Bruce,” the first biography in 25 years to be written with the musician’s full cooperation.

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March 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

Rabbis from across the country rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a demonstration in our nation’s capitol. We’re speaking with Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, to find out why America’s Jewish leaders do not want to see him as Commander-in-Chief. It’s a murder case gripping Upstate New York: a 12-year-old boy strangled and his mother’s boyfriend is charged. The New York Times Albany Bureau Chief Jesse McKinley takes us inside a killing and upcoming trial that has put a small town on edge and has raised questions about racial bias and the people in charge of protecting us. For years a young special needs student endured vicious verbal, emotional and at times, even physical abuse at the hands of a school bully, all while administrators turned a blind eye. After two years of torment, the young girl transferred to a private institution and her parents sued her previous school. Now, after an eight-year legal battle, the courts have ruled in the family’s favor. In our ongoing American Graduate series, we get the details from the girl’s father and learn about a student’s rights and a school’s responsibilities from their family lawyer. Tomorrow is the Jewish holiday of Purim, which dictates one should drink to excess and celebrate, but it’s underlying message is sobering. But before you pick up that glass of wine tomorrow, take a visit with us to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.

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