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June 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

It’s Gay Pride month, and while New York City is preparing to celebrate with an array of events, many people are paying tribute to those who lost their lives this weekend in Orlando. Since news of the tragedy broke, crowds of people have been gathered outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn to hold vigil and remember the victims. Last night, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson joined mourners to help them cope and grieve over the tragedy. Tonight, he’ll be with us to talk about the LGBT community and discuss how the city will continue to pay homage to the victims as they celebrate this month.

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June 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, it is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Fifty people are dead and even more left injured after Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The shooter, previously investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, has been confirmed by law enforcement to have pledged his allegiance to ISIS. The investigation is ongoing as new details emerge. Naveed Jamali, who is a Naval Intelligence Officer and Senior National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sat down with us to put this horrific event and its investigation into perspective, as we ask: Who was the shooter? What was his motivation and how can we prevent this from happening again? Next, political leaders in New York and across the country are denouncing the tragic shootings in an Orlando nightclub this weekend as an act of evil. But despite calls for unity, there is still a divide within the law enforcement community concerning gun control and our efforts to combat terrorism. Walid Phares- Donald Trump’s adviser on terrorism and national security, joins us to discuss this terrible event and analyze how to stop future attacks. Finally, though hearts were heavy, they were open, as Gay Pride month kicked off with tributes paid across the nation for the victims of the Orlando Shootings. In a powerful show of solidarity in New York City, One World Trade Center lit up in a rainbow of colors, and the Empire State Building went dark. Members of the LGBT and Muslim Communities gathered in Jackson Heights for a vigil to denounce violence. The man at the heart of the event was New York City Council member Daniel Dromm, who joined us on Metrofocus to discuss the communities reaction to this terrible tragedy.

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June 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

It is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Fifty people are dead and even more left injured after Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The shooter, previously investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, has been confirmed by law enforcement to have pledged his allegiance to ISIS. The investigation is ongoing as new details emerge. Naveed Jamali, who is a Naval Intelligence Officer and Senior National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sat down with us to put this horrific event and its investigation into perspective, as we ask: Who was the shooter? What was his motivation and how can we prevent this from happening again?

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June 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Though hearts were heavy, they were open, as Gay Pride month kicked off with tributes paid across the nation for the victims of the Orlando Shootings. In a powerful show of solidarity in New York City, One World Trade Center lit up in a rainbow of colors, and the Empire State Building went dark. Members of the LGBT and Muslim Communities gathered in Jackson Heights for a vigil to denounce violence. The man at the heart of the event was New York City Council member Daniel Dromm, who joined us on Metrofocus to discuss the communities reaction to this terrible tragedy.

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June 10, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, we can’t get enough of the Tony Awards anticipation! Co-host of PBS’ Theater Talk and Theater columnist for the New York Post Michael Riedel sits down with us to talk about who he thinks will be walking away with the coveted thespian awards. Who got snubbed in the nominations? What is the future of Broadway? Will Hamilton sweep up every category? Michael Riedel lets us know who he thinks is the best of Broadway this year. Then, Broadway’s bluegrass musical Bright Star has been nominated for 5 Tonys, including Best Actress in a Musical. That actress, Carman Cusack, is no stranger to Broadway. She’s starred in musicals like Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, yet this is her first Tony nomination. She shares with us her amazing journey in getting this unique musical to the stage, from workshopping it all the way back in 2013 to working with one of the writers of the show, beloved comedian and actor Steve Martin. Finally, Fiddler on the Roof earned a nomination for Best Revival of a Musical, but one of the show’s creators already knows he’ll be going home with a Tony on Sunday. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick is being honored with a lifetime achievement award. He sits down with host Jack Ford to talk about Fiddler from its opening night in 1964 to its recent revival on the Great White Way.

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June 09, 2016 at 6:29 pm

We can’t get enough of the Tony Awards anticipation! Co-host of PBS’ Theater Talk and Theater columnist for the New York Post Michael Riedel sits down with us to talk about who he thinks will be walking away with the coveted thespian awards. Who got snubbed in the nominations? What is the future of Broadway? Will Hamilton sweep up every category? Michael Riedel lets us know who he thinks is the best of Broadway this year.

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June 09, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Broadway’s bluegrass musical Bright Star has been nominated for 5 Tonys, including Best Actress in a Musical. That actress, Carman Cusack, is no stranger to Broadway. She’s starred in musicals like Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, yet this is her first Tony nomination. She shares with us her amazing journey in getting this unique musical to the stage, from workshopping it all the way back in 2013 to working with one of the writers of the show, beloved comedian and actor Steve Martin.

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June 09, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Fiddler on the Roof earned a nomination for Best Revival of a Musical, but one of the show’s creators already knows he’ll be going home with a Tony on Sunday. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick is being honored with a lifetime achievement award. He sits down with host Jack Ford to talk about Fiddler from its opening night in 1964 to its recent revival on the Great White Way.

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June 09, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, we’ll be recounting the results of yesterday’s primaries with a roundtable of political experts. Columnist and political analyst Ellis Henican and host of The Blaze Amy Holmes join us to talk about the candidates, the polls, and what’s ahead as the nation pushes on to the Presidential election in November. Then, performer Megan Hilty has made her mark on Manhattan. Best known for her role as Ivy Lynn on NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Megan Hilty is also a seasoned Broadway actress, having starred in “Wicked” and “9 to 5 The Musical.” More recently, Hilty snagged a Drama League Award nomination for her portrayal of Brooke Ashton in the revival of the slapstick comedy “Noises Off.” Now, she shares with us what it’s like channeling big names like Dolly Parton, and she talks about her upcoming live performance at the New York staple, the Café Carlyle.

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