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November 03, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Shakespeare may have said all the world’s a stage, but one theater group in particular has been using the stage to change the world since 1991. The Tectonic Theater Project has initiated dialogues on social and political issues with ground-breaking experimental plays such as The Laramie Project. As part of Tectonic’s 25th anniversary, the theater is putting on a benefit show featuring plays of the past and present. This star-studded event will be hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Jane Fonda, and is sure to be a night to remember in the theater. Tonight, a founder of this illustrious theater, Moises Kaufman, and Emmy award-winning actor Michael Emerson, will give us a preview of the benefit and a look back at Tectonic’s ground-breaking work.

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November 03, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, by the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

Then, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

Finally, gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 01, 2016 at 6:29 pm

In Newtown, Connecticut, it’s known simply as 12-14. December 14th, 2012 was the day a mentally unstable gunman armed with an assault rifle stormed through Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing six staff members and 20 first-graders before taking his own life. Nearly four years later, the tragedy, one of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation’s history, is still a […]

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November 01, 2016 at 6:28 pm

We are down to the wire! In fact, one week from today, America will head to the polls and elect the next President of the United States. But what does it take to run for the most powerful office in the world? The Contenders: 16 for ’16 is a PBS series that looks at the most compelling and influential presidential […]

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November 01, 2016 at 6:27 pm

She’s been called comedy’s lovable queen of mean and she’s known for saying what most people wouldn’t even dare to think. Lisa Lampanelli’s one-two punch of fiery wit and insult comedy have made her a pioneer in a field dominated by men. But she’s more than just a stand-up comedian, she’s a stand-up woman, raising over $130,000 for the “Gay […]

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November 01, 2016 at 5:41 am

Tonight, this election season has been filled with one political scandal after another, but with only eight days until America elects our next Commander in Chief, perhaps the biggest bombshell has just been detonated. The FBI is now sifting through newly discovered emails related to the ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. The new messages surfaced in an unrelated investigation regarding disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, who serves as a top aide to the Democratic nominee. The two reportedly shared the computer on which the emails were found.

This all came to light as a result of a letter FBI Director James Comey recently wrote to Congress to inform them of the discovery of new Clinton digital correspondences– a move that is being criticized as political and out of step with departmental policy. Was Comey’s timing deliberate and will this latest scandal influence your vote on Election Day? To answer those questions and more, we’ll speak with longtime Comey friend and adviser, former federal prosecutor and Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, and former Bill Clinton adviser, Democratic strategist and President of Sheinkopf Communications Ltd, Hank Sheinkopf.

Next, it looks like it’s full steam ahead for The Gateway Project, an infrastructure proposal that will add two new tunnels to improve rail connections between New York and New Jersey and avert what some are calling “Transportation Armageddon.” The project was recently placed on the President’s Permitting Dashboard, a process that will have any permitting needs for Gateway pushed to the front of the line. If all goes according to plan, New York Senator Chuck Schumer says that construction on the Hudson tunnel portion of the project could begin in 2019. But, is the project truly necessary? What obstacles stand in its way? And beyond that, why has it been so difficult to build and repair our nation’s infrastructure over the past few decades? Philip K. Howard, chair of Common Good, a nonpartisan coalition whose goal is to simplify government, joins us to discuss how critical The Gateway Project is for our region and the roadblocks that infrastructure projects face.

Finally, Happy Halloween! Tonight, MetroFocus celebrates with a terrifyingly true piece of American history: The Salem Witch Trials. Perhaps no historical event has been discussed, written about, or sensationalized quite like this famous, 17th-century witch hunt. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff continues to tell the tale with The Witches: Salem 1692, detailing the hidden stories of the unbelievable historical event. Tonight, Stacy Schiff joins us to discuss the trials, why they have captivated our minds for centuries, and why they are so important to our nation’s history.

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October 31, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Happy Halloween! Tonight, MetroFocus celebrates with a terrifyingly true piece of American history: The Salem Witch Trials. Perhaps no historical event has been discussed, written about, or sensationalized quite like this famous, 17th-century witch hunt. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff continues to tell the tale with The Witches: Salem 1692, detailing the hidden stories of the unbelievable historical event. Tonight, Stacy Schiff joins us to discuss the trials, why they have captivated our minds for centuries, and why they are so important to our nation’s history.

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October 29, 2016 at 5:41 am

Tonight, Nate Silver has earned a reputation for getting it very right when it comes to our presidential elections. He first burst onto the scene in 2008, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential race in 49 out of 50 states. Then he shocked everyone by getting all 50 states right in 2012. Now Silver is back at it again. Tonight, Nate Silver joins us to share what his team at FiveThirtyEight, the Manhattan-based website that uses statistical analysis to forecast results and predict outcomes in everything from politics to sports, is forecasting for Election night. It’s a segment you surely don’t want to miss!

Next, October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in this age of technology and social media, a bully’s reach goes far beyond the classroom. Cyberbullying puts harassment on a more public stage: the internet, where photos, videos, and text can circulate far beyond verbal attacks. Now, students from New York City schools are teaming up with AT&T to raise awareness about the reach of online bullying through film. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez shows us how these young filmmakers are making an impact and speaking out against cyberbullying.

Then, Director Sidney Lumet is known for his mastery in cinema and his ability to pull first-rate performances out of the actors in his films. He’s had a hand in cinematic classics like 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network, but now he’s stepping in front of the camera in American Master’s By Sidney Lumet. This documentary casts a lens over his life and 50-year career as one of the most accomplished and influential directors in the history of film. The documentary’s director, Nancy Buirski, joins us to discuss this Hollywood legend ahead of the film’s premiere tonight at New York City’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema and on PBS in early 2017.

Finally, Halloween is only three days away! If you don’t have any petrifying plans yet, never fear, because tonight, we’ll be sitting down with David Goldberg from Time Out New York to get some of the best haunts in the city. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly Jack-o-lantern jamborees, ghost tours, or a politically themed haunted house, we’ll let you know about all the Halloweekend events you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

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