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September 02, 2017 at 5:30 am

The year was 1964. Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old bar manager, was on her way home from work when she was attacked, raped and murdered. Her cries rang out through a sleepy Queens neighborhood. Legend has it that as many as 38 people heard what was going on and did nothing to stop it. That story soon spread around the world, but is that what really happened? Forget what you think you know because tonight we go inside the case with Kitty’s brother, William Genovese, who has made it his personal mission to set the record straight. Genovese is now the star of a documentary about his sister’s murder called The Witness, and he stops by along with the film’s director to talk about the case and its lasting impact on New York City. Next, nearly two weeks after her murder, Kitty Genovese was on her way to becoming just another victim in New York City where hundreds of people are killed every year. But a lunchtime sit-down between the police commissioner and a New York Times editor quickly changed just that. The newspaper ran a story reporting that 38 people had watched as a killer stalked and stabbed Genovese. Years later The New York Times corrected its reporting to say that many facts in the report were not true, but the impact of that original article still shapes public perception of the case today. Tonight, we dissect where the media went wrong and the evolution of the false narrative with investigative journalist and author Diane Dimond. Then finally, despite the urban legend surrounding Kitty Genovese’s murder, her case continues to be studied because of the reportedly large number of people who failed to come to her aid that lonely night. That behavioral reaction has come to be known as “The Bystander Effect” or “Kitty Genovese Syndrome.” Kitty Genovese authority and Fordham University professor Harold Takooshian joins us to discuss what could have happened that night and he’ll show us firsthand, through experiments staged on the streets of New York City, how “The Bystander Effect” or “Kitty Genovese Syndrome” can take hold.

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September 01, 2017 at 6:45 pm

The year was 1964. Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old bar manager, was on her way home from work when she was attacked, raped and murdered. Her cries rang out through a sleepy Queens neighborhood. Legend has it that as many as 38 people heard what was going on and did nothing to stop it. That story soon spread around the world, but is that what really happened? Forget what you think you know because tonight we go inside the case with Kitty’s brother, William Genovese, who has made it his personal mission to set the record straight. Genovese is now the star of a documentary about his sister’s murder called The Witness, and he stops by along with the film’s director to talk about the case and its lasting impact on New York City.

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September 01, 2017 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the neighborhood of Chelsea is a neighborhood of sharp contrasts. Home of The High Line, multi-million dollar condos, and tech giants like Google, Chelsea has seen rapid gentrification in the past three decades. And while many residents benefit from the development of the area, some in rent stabilized and public housing continue to struggle as prices and services rise. The New York Times housing reporter Mireya Navarro wrote an article that delved into the gentrification of this neighborhood, the wealth divide, and the anxious people who fear they will be forced out.

Then, he replaced Johnny Carson and made a name for himself on The Tonight Show, and now late-night legend Jay Leno joins us in a one-on-one interview to dish about his time on The Tonight Show, the current state of comedy, his car show Jay Leno’s Garage, and the presidential election. You won’t want to miss it.

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August 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm

He replaced Johnny Carson and made a name for himself on The Tonight Show, and now late-night legend Jay Leno joins us in a one-on-one interview to dish about his time on The Tonight Show, the current state of comedy, his car show Jay Leno’s Garage, and the presidential election. You won’t want to miss it.

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August 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm

You don’t have to travel to the far corners of the earth or invest in a pricey plane ticket for a great summer adventure. There’s still a few weeks left of summer and MetroFocus offers a bevy of summer-themed stories to make planning the perfect last minute day trip or staycation a breeze. Here are some of the highlights:   […]

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August 31, 2017 at 5:30 am

New Yorkers rally for immigrants’ rights as they prepare for President Trump’s expected decision to pull the “Dreamer” program on or before September 5th.  New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will join us with details on a plan to help immigrants get on the path to citizenship. This week marks the 20th Anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.  Tonight, we look back […]

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August 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm

Living in poverty, the Saffour family attempt to rebuild their lives in a difficult New Jersey neighborhood after escaping war in Syria.   Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB […]

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