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November 17, 2016 at 5:15 am

Tonight, Staten Island is ground zero for heroin addiction in New York City. So far, the island alone has seen over 70 suspected heroin related deaths this year. We investigate this growing opioid problem on “Heroin Island” with Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. Mcmahon, who has made combating this crisis a central focus for his office.

Then, with Donald Trump’s unexpected upset victory over Hillary Clinton, there is now a sense of urgency among many Americans to fight for gender equality, regardless of class or race. That fight for women’s freedom is something author Erica Jong has advocated for throughout her long writing career, from her groundbreaking first book Fear of Flying to her recent novel Fear of Dying. Erica Jong joins us to share her thoughts on the factors that truly lead to women’s liberation.

Finally, it’s the story of groundbreaking music-making you don’t want to miss. A new 8-episode PBS series, SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC, reveals the innovative changes in studio recording that have driven the evolution of music. Joshua Bennett, one of the series producers, and Hank Shocklee, record producer for the ‘80s and ‘90s hip- hop group Public Enemy join us with an inside look.

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November 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm

It’s the story of groundbreaking music-making you don’t want to miss. A new 8-episode PBS series, SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC, reveals the innovative changes in studio recording that have driven the evolution of music. Joshua Bennett, one of the series producers, and Hank Shocklee, record producer for the ‘80s and ‘90s hip- hop group Public Enemy join us with an inside look.

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November 16, 2016 at 5:30 am

New York City is once again stepping up security after ISIS stated in their magazine, Rumiyah, that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was an “excellent target” for an act of terrorism. The threat goes on to suggest the use of a car or vehicle to maximize destruction, reminiscent of the recent attack in Nice, where a 20-ton truck plowed through a crowded Bastille Day celebration. So is this a real threat? And if it is, what safety measures are being put in place to protect this holiday tradition? On tonight’s Listening In, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, John Miller discusses his assessment of this Thanksgiving threat and how New York City law enforcement will answer it.

One of the most notorious jails in the country is located in the East River, right across from the Manhattan skyline. Rikers Island is New York City’s largest correctional facility and the abuse and corruption that runs rampant within its walls have been well documented by authors, journalists, and detainees alike. Yet almost 80 percent of the more than 7,500 men and women detained at Rikers on any given day have not been convicted of the charges they face. Whether guilty or innocent, all the detainees find themselves in a culture of violence and fear that forces them to do whatever is necessary to survive. In this installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we take a look at a candid and harrowing documentary by Bill Moyers, Rikers brings viewers face to face with the men and women who have endured the correctional facility and lived to tell the tale. Tonight, award-winning director, longtime colleague of Bill Moyers, and producer of the film, Marc Levin joins us with Glenn E. Martin, a former Rikers detainee and President of JustLeadershipUSA, to discuss the film and the horrible truths within the walls at Rikers Island.

In the United States alone, more than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one during any given year. Caregiving is a job that can take its toll physically and emotionally, as the duty of looking after loved ones can add additional pressure to life’s day-to-day responsibilities. T.V. host and advocate Leeza Gibbons understands this struggle after taking care of her own mother during her fight with Alzheimer’s and going through additional health problems with her father. But while others might feel overwhelmed, Leeza is empowered to help other caregivers cope with the unique role of looking after their loved ones with her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection, using the money she won on President-elect Donald Trump’s former program, The Celebrity Apprentice. Tonight, in honor of National Caregivers Month, Leeza Gibbons joins us to talk about her organization, share her advice, and support other caregivers around the country.

You can’t see where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. At least, that’s the way the Museum of the City of New York sees it in a new exhibit, “New York at Its Core.” The permanent display takes visitors through a comprehensive history of the Big Apple, from its colonial beginnings as a Dutch village to the beloved mecca of art, culture, and innovation it is today. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez takes us to the first-of-its-kind exhibit before its premiere this weekend and shows us how the history of our city comes alive and helps us envision its bright future.

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November 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm

One of the most notorious jails in the country is located in the East River, right across from the Manhattan skyline. Rikers Island is New York City’s largest correctional facility and the abuse and corruption that runs rampant within its walls have been well documented by authors, journalists, and detainees alike. Yet almost 80 percent of the more than 7,500 men and women detained at Rikers on any given day have not been convicted of the charges they face. Whether guilty or innocent, all the detainees find themselves in a culture of violence and fear that forces them to do whatever is necessary to survive. In this installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we take a look at a candid and harrowing documentary by Bill Moyers, Rikers brings viewers face to face with the men and women who have endured the correctional facility and lived to tell the tale. Tonight, award-winning director, longtime colleague of Bill Moyers, and producer of the film, Marc Levin joins us with Glenn E. Martin, a former Rikers detainee and President of JustLeadershipUSA, to discuss the film and the horrible truths within the walls at Rikers Island.

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November 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

In the United States alone, more than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one during any given year. Caregiving is a job that can take its toll physically and emotionally, as the duty of looking after loved ones can add additional pressure to life’s day-to-day responsibilities. T.V. host and advocate Leeza Gibbons understands this […]

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November 15, 2016 at 6:26 pm

You can’t see where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. At least, that’s the way the Museum of the City of New York sees it in a new exhibit, “New York at Its Core.” The permanent display takes visitors through a comprehensive history of the Big Apple, from its colonial beginnings as a Dutch village to the beloved mecca of art, culture, and innovation it is today. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez takes us to the first-of-its-kind exhibit before its premiere this weekend and shows us how the history of our city comes alive and helps us envision its bright future.

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November 15, 2016 at 5:30 am

Bullying in schools is reportedly on the rise after President-elect Trump’s victory last week. Parents across the Tri-state are already raising concerns after hearing about taunting between classmates involving the campaign. Tonight we take a look at the issue with help from NBC New York, which recently investigated reports of bullying in Suffolk County, Long Island. Then we’ll be joined […]

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November 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Bullying in schools is reportedly on the rise after President-elect Trump’s victory last week. Parents across the Tri-state are already raising concerns after hearing about taunting between classmates involving the campaign. Tonight we take a look at the issue with help from NBC New York, which recently investigated reports of bullying in Suffolk County, Long Island. Then we’ll be joined […]

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November 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Last veterans day, Metrofocus introduced you to Toba Potosky, a Brooklyn resident who has spent the last 6 years raising public interest and funds to restore a nearly forgotten treasure- a World War II memorial in his neighborhood. The Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park was dedicated in 1951 as a monument to the nearly 12,000 Brooklynites who gave […]

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