For Veterans Day, MetroFocus with Staff Sgt. Travis Mills about life as a quadruple amputee. Plus, we follow television sound engineer Toba Potosky on his mission to restore the Brooklyn World War II memorial.
On his third and voluntary deployment to Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills suffered an unimaginable loss: all four of his limbs. He discusses his new book, “Tough as They Come,” how he continues to overcome life’s challenges and physical barriers, and why he became an advocate for veterans and amputees.
We follow Toba Potosky, president of the Cadman Park Conservancy, on his mission to re-open and restore the Brooklyn World War II memorial erected by New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses in 1951.
Teaching racial tolerance to NYPD recruits with “Anne & Emmett,” New Jersey’s mounting public pension crisis, and the new Independent Lens | PBS documentary “Stray Dog,” which follows one Vietnam War veteran and explores the struggles that vets still face today.
Can a piece of theater teach New York City police recruits about tolerance and racism? The NYPD has added “Anne & Emmett,” a one-act play which imagines a conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, to its recruit training this fall. MetroFocus host Jack Ford gets an inside look with “Anne & Emmett” playwright Janet Langhart Cohen and her husband and co-producer, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.
Politico’s Terry Golway looks at the history of feuds between New York’s mayors and governors. And ahead of this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” featuring Donald Trump, we speak with National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Co-Founder and Chairman Felix Sanchez about the Hispanic community’s outrage over his appearance. Plus, Gilbert Gottfried of PBS’s “Cyberchase.”
Center for an Urban Future’s Senior Researcher Adam Forman breaks down a new report that suggests New York may no longer be a haven for artists.
New York Daily News Reporter Dan Rivoli explains the turf war between the taxi industry and the rideshare app Uber that’s raging across New York City. New Jersey Capitol Report Anchor Steve Adubato dissects the politics of the Newark public school system. We sit down with Shuli Eshel, Israeli-born filmmaker behind “A Voice Among The Silent,” which premieres Nov. 8 on Thirteen. And a visit to the Alice Austen House on Staten Island for a look at the life and work of one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers.