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July 26, 2016 at 5:39 am

Tonight, with the Republican convention in the rear view, Democrats are now gathering in Philadelphia to begin their own convention and anoint Hillary Clinton for President. But while the anticipation is building, party leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz was met with heckling and disruption as she gave a speech this morning. She will be stepping down as soon as the convention wraps, amid pressure from the WikiLeaks emails release, one of which show staffers discussing how to weaken Sanders’ support by referencing his faith, as well as Hillary’s campaign saying the Russian government may have orchestrated the debacle. Is this an omen for what is to come, or will the Democratic party pull it together? How will Bernie Sanders react when he takes the stage tonight? We speak to New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who was the chair of Bernie Sanders’ campaign in that state, about the tumultuous first day of the Democratic convention.

Next, America has the largest prison population in the world, and in New York City, 4000 people are locked up in jail, although they haven’t been convicted of any crime. They remain there, awaiting trial, not because their crime demands it, but because they simply cannot afford to pay their bail. In a new documentary titled Limbo, three prisoners tell their story and the high price they are forced to pay as a result of our country’s bail system. Filmmaker Razan Ghalayini and senior planner at Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections Insha Rahman join us to talk about the broken criminal justice system in America and whether it discriminates against the poor while costing us $9 billion a year.

Then finally, who said STEM skills were best learned in a classroom? Mohonk Preserve is breaking the status quo for STEM kids and taking their lessons outside, using the natural environment to reinforce science, math, technology and engineering programs. MetroFocus’ Jenna Flanagan takes us to the preserve and shows you how the program is taking kids from areas like Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, making them comfortable with the outdoors, and melding it with their interests in STEM.

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July 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm

America has the largest prison population in the world, and in New York City, 4000 people are locked up in jail, although they haven’t been convicted of any crime. They remain there, awaiting trial, not because their crime demands it, but because they simply cannot afford to pay their bail. In a new documentary titled Limbo, three prisoners tell their story and the high price they are forced to pay as a result of our country’s bail system. Filmmaker Razan Ghalayini and senior planner at Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections Insha Rahman join us to talk about the broken criminal justice system in America and whether it discriminates against the poor while costing us $9 billion a year.

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July 23, 2016 at 7:01 am

Tonight, it has been a long week of speeches and political commentary, but the Republican National Convention is over. Christine Todd Whitman– former New Jersey Governor and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President George W. Bush– joins us with reaction to the events of the week, and shares her thoughts on the direction of the Republican party.

Then finally, this year, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center will feature the Public Domain Chorus, a group of 1,000 vocalists composed by David Lang and conducted by Simon Halsey. We talk to these musically-gifted men about how they scoured New York City to find, compile, choreograph, and coordinate this massive chorus into a utopian experience that would honor Mozart’s work.

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July 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm

This year, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center will feature the Public Domain Chorus, a group of 1,000 vocalists composed by David Lang and conducted by Simon Halsey. We talk to these musically-gifted men about how they scoured New York City to find, compile, choreograph, and coordinate this massive chorus into a utopian experience that would honor Mozart’s work.

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July 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the GOP Convention heads into Day 3 as the focus shifts to opportunity and prosperity, and we continue to keep you updated on the highlights. Tonight, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Eric Trump, and Indiana Governor and presumptive Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence are set to speak. New York State Senator and alternate at-large delegate Thomas Croci sits down with us to talk about what’s been going on in Cleveland, and what is to come.

Next, today is the 47th anniversary since the first man walked on the moon. That first man might have been Neil Armstrong, but tonight, we talk to the man who was just a few steps behind him. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin continues to explore and advocate for space travel decades after the Apollo 11 mission landed him on the moon in 1969. We meet Aldrin in the Space Shuttle Pavilion on the deck of the Intrepid Museum where he opens up with us about his famous journey, and talks about the lessons he’s sharing in his new book No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked On The Moon.

Then finally, growing up, most of what kids know is the world right outside their doorstep, but ABC News veteran Melvin McCray is trying to broaden the horizons of student journalists through the lens of a camera. McCray created and directs the Digital Media Training Program in Harlem where he hopes to teach students video reporting skills so they can better understand the communities they live in and tell the stories that are important to them. Nathalie Cabrera, a student reporter in the program, is covering the ongoing Boko Haram tragedy in Africa. But it turns out that what seems like a situation half a world away still impacts New York City. Melvin McCray and Nathalie Cabrera stop by to discuss the program and how Cabrera’s project relates back to our larger community here.

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July 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Growing up, most of what kids know is the world right outside their doorstep, but ABC News veteran Melvin McCray is trying to broaden the horizons of student journalists through the lens of a camera. McCray created and directs the Digital Media Training Program in Harlem where he hopes to teach students video reporting skills so they can better understand the communities they live in and tell the stories that are important to them. Nathalie Cabrera, a student reporter in the program, is covering the ongoing Boko Haram tragedy in Africa. But it turns out that what seems like a situation half a world away still impacts New York City. Melvin McCray and Nathalie Cabrera stop by to discuss the program and how Cabrera’s project relates back to our larger community here.

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July 20, 2016 at 5:25 am

Tonight, from the drop of the gavel, catch the highlights of yesterday’s GOP convention and what to look forward to tonight as the focus shifts to the economy. This morning, Melania Trump is in the midst of a plagiarism controversy after giving a speech that was very similar to one Michelle Obama gave in 2008. Tonight, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Kentucky Senator and majority leader Mitch McConnell, Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and more are set to speak as Donald Trump tries to unite the Republican party. We have the latest, and you won’t want to miss it. We’ll speak with Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, who is a lead GOP fundraiser in New Jersey and an official fundraiser for the Trump campaign.

Next, the 2016 Election is said to be the most polarizing Presidential race in over 20 years. In the end, it will be up to the people to decide who gets to move into the White House, but who are American voters, and what issues are they concerned about? VICE reporter Abdullah Saeed and two co-workers, Martina de Alba and Wibert Cooper, set out on a road trip across the country to find out. They documented their journey in an ongoing series called “VICE DOES AMERICA.” Abdullah and Martina join us to talk about their trip and what they learned from it.

Then finally, Motown was a sensational genre of music during the 1960’s and 70’s that produced an impressive roster of stars from Stevie Wonder, to Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, and more. All these artists had a hand in creating the musical soundtrack that played an important role in the racial integration of pop music. Behind all that, was a legendary label named Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., who would go on to produce song after song that would top charts and be featured in the four time Tony nominated Motown the Musical, which recently returned to Broadway for a limited run. Gordy joins us with the musical’s director, Charles Randolph-Wright, to talk about the show and why it’s still relevant today.

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July 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

The 2016 Election is said to be the most polarizing Presidential race in over 20 years. In the end, it will be up to the people to decide who gets to move into the White House, but who are American voters, and what issues are they concerned about? VICE reporter Abdullah Saeed and two co-workers, Martina de Alba and Wibert Cooper, set out on a road trip across the country to find out. They documented their journey in an ongoing series called “VICE DOES AMERICA.” Abdullah and Martina join us to talk about their trip and what they learned from it.

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July 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Motown was a sensational genre of music during the 1960’s and 70’s that produced an impressive roster of stars from Stevie Wonder, to Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, and more. All these artists had a hand in creating the musical soundtrack that played an important role in the racial integration of pop music. Behind all that, was a legendary label named Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy Jr., who would go on to produce song after song that would top charts and be featured in the four time Tony nominated Motown the Musical, which recently returned to Broadway for a limited run. Gordy joins us with the musical’s director, Charles Randolph-Wright, to talk about the show and why it’s still relevant today.

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