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March 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

New York is the only state with a ban on professional MMA, mixed martial arts, fighting, which is why you’d be hard-pressed to catch a bout in Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center. But that might change in the coming weeks. The New York State Assembly is expected to change its stance on it. We speak to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to hear why he thinks this popular sport should be legalized in New York.

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March 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

We speak to former U.S. Senator Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell who led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal, talk to Luke Waters about his journey from undocumented Irish immigrant to leading NYPD detective and learn about New York City’s connection to the Easter Rebellion from New York Senior Editor Terry Golway.

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March 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm

When Luke Waters was in his 20s, he traveled from Ireland to the U.S. and remained in the country after his visa expired. He worked as a bartender before joining the NYPD where he would spend two decades rising up the ranks to become a leading homicide detective. Now retired, Waters joins us to talk about his career and experience as an undocumented Irish immigrant in his new book.

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March 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm

This year marks the centennial of the Easter Rebellion, an uprising in Dublin that led to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland, and by extension, a new Irish identity. Surprisingly, much of the philosophical and financial support for this movement originated in New York. Politico New York Senior Editor Terry Golway joins us to talk about this little-known connection in history.

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March 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

We talk to community activist, filmmaker and public speaker Brendan Fay about the long struggle for the LGBT community to be included in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Michael Waldman, author of “The Fight to Vote,” joins us to talk about his book on the history of every American’s right to be heard at the ballot box. MetroFocus Host Jenna Flanagan takes us to Poughkeepsie to meet a group of residents who are pushing back against their local utility company’s alleged illegal collection practices. We speak with the filmmakers behind a new documentary that showcases the fight to save Jamaica Bay.

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March 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. shares his critique of the GOP from his new book “Why The Right Went Wrong.” New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni discusses the stressful of waiting for college acceptance letters and whether picking the right school is as important as we think it is. Former late night TV host Dick Cavett, remembers iconic guests on his show, including actress Bette Davis, actor Marlon Brando and artist Salvador Dali.

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