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April 08, 2016 at 6:25 pm

When Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate in 1947 and broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, it was a game-changer for the sport and the country and has since inspired numerous films, books, plays, and songs. Why did Robinson and the rest of the then-Brooklyn Dodgers generate so much passion and what was the impact on American culture? To find out, we sit down with David Krell, journalist and author of “Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and the Popular Culture”.

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April 07, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Could there be a retrial for former NYPD Officer Peter Liang? Liang was convicted of manslaughter in February for fatally shooting an unarmed man in a public housing stairwell. Juror Michael Vargas told the New York Daily News that his father was sent to prison for accidentally shooting a friend to death nearly 40 years ago, a detail he did not share with the judge prior to joining the trial. Now the lawyers for Liang have filed an appeal alleging juror misconduct. We talk to New York Daily News reporter Christina Carrega-Woodby who has the latest on the case.

GOP presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump held his first rally at Grumman Studios in Nassau County last night in preparation for the New York primary later this month. This was Trump’s first address in his home state and a reminder to New York supporters to turn out to for him.

Next, Playwright Eve Ensler, best known for her 1996 play “The Vagina Monologues,” puts the pen to paper again in an opinion piece for The Guardian titled “Let Donald Trump Be Our Unifier.” See what this women’s rights activist means when she says that the New York real estate mogul should unify us, how she feels about the upcoming election and societal norms that result in attacks against women.

Finally,Jackie Robinson is credited with breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball and faced years of backlash for it both on and off the field. Veteran Sportswriter Ira Berkow has written extensively about Robinson and joins us to explain how this famous baseball player dealt with portrayal of himself in the media and his role in both baseball and the civil rights movement.

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April 07, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Jackie Robinson is credited with breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball and faced years of backlash for it both on and off the field. Veteran Sportswriter Ira Berkow has written extensively about Robinson and joins us to explain how this famous baseball player dealt with portrayal of himself in the media and his role in both baseball and the civil rights movement.

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April 07, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Playwright Eve Ensler, best known for her 1996 play “The Vagina Monologues,” puts the pen to paper again in an opinion piece for The Guardian titled “Let Donald Trump Be Our Unifier.” See what this women’s rights activist means when she says that the New York real estate mogul should unify us, how she feels about the upcoming election and societal norms that result in attacks against women.

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April 06, 2016 at 5:11 am

If you’re losing sleep over this election, we may have a remedy. In part one of our interview with Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post and author of the new book The Sleep Revolution, the media mogul shares her views on the upcoming presidential election. Most New Yorkers have experienced a train delay that completely derails their day. […]

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April 05, 2016 at 6:26 pm

In his life and death, the beloved late Pope John Paul II has inspired millions both for his faith and service to the Catholic Church. But in spite of a large-than-life public persona, Saint John Paul led a private life that is only now coming to light. After discovering a cache of letters, the BBC revealed that for more than three decades, he exchanged intimate letters with a married Polish-American. The details will be revealed in the documentary “The Secrets of Saint John Paul” airing tonight at 9pm on Thirteen – and we have a preview.

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April 05, 2016 at 6:25 pm

A decade ago, celebrity chef, best-selling author, and Queens native Rocco DiSpirito was overweight and staring down a family history of heart disease. After a sobering conversation with his doctor, the self-proclaimed reformed “butter-holic” made some major dietary changes and has been following a healthy lifestyle ever since. He shares his secrets and tips from his new cookbook The Negative Calorie Diet.

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April 05, 2016 at 5:09 am

Meryl Streep. Laura Bush. Mindy Kaling. Where else would these powerful women leaders have a chance to convene? Award-winning journalist Tina Brown gives us some insight into her annual “Women in the World Summit”, now in its seventh year of enriching the lives of women through the stories of female trailblazers. Next, what secrets lie in King Tut’s tomb? We explore a piece of Ancient Egypt in New York City as we take a peek inside the exhibit “The Discovery of King Tut” where new mysteries about one of the world’s most famous archeological sites are waiting to be uncovered. Finally, a notorious white supremacist attempts to take over a small North Dakota town. And the town fights back. We talk to the filmmakers who captured this gripping true story in their documentary “Welcome to Leith.”

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