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March 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

Rabbis from across the country rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a demonstration in our nation’s capitol. We’re speaking with Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, to find out why America’s Jewish leaders do not want to see him as Commander-in-Chief. It’s a murder case gripping Upstate New York: a 12-year-old boy strangled and his mother’s boyfriend is charged. The New York Times Albany Bureau Chief Jesse McKinley takes us inside a killing and upcoming trial that has put a small town on edge and has raised questions about racial bias and the people in charge of protecting us. For years a young special needs student endured vicious verbal, emotional and at times, even physical abuse at the hands of a school bully, all while administrators turned a blind eye. After two years of torment, the young girl transferred to a private institution and her parents sued her previous school. Now, after an eight-year legal battle, the courts have ruled in the family’s favor. In our ongoing American Graduate series, we get the details from the girl’s father and learn about a student’s rights and a school’s responsibilities from their family lawyer. Tomorrow is the Jewish holiday of Purim, which dictates one should drink to excess and celebrate, but it’s underlying message is sobering. But before you pick up that glass of wine tomorrow, take a visit with us to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.

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March 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

We look at the latest on the presidential election with Journalist Ellis Henican and Manhattan Republican Party Chairwoman Adele Malpass. Plus, we discuss President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Director of Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Elora Mukherjee talks to us about the rights many immigrants do not know they have. In part three of our conversation with former late-night talk show host Dick Cavett, we hear about his next adventure.

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March 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

New York City serves as a home for immigrants and asylum seekers all over but for many navigating the legal system alone is a challenge. Director of Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Elora Mukherjee talks to us the rights many immigrants do not know they have and the importance of representing them.

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March 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

The New York Times Reporter Steve Eder shares the findings from his investigation into claims against Donald Trump’s business school, Trump University. We hear from Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon about the threat of lead in New Jersey schools’ water. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tells us why he thinks New York should lift the ban on professional mixed martial arts fighting. And actor and 80s heartthrob Andrew McCarthy of the “Brat Pack” joins us to discuss his career in beloved movies like “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty In Pink” and his role in ABC’s new drama, “The Family.”

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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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