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June 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Whether you’re for it or against it, you can’t argue that firearms are a big part of America. But it’s also hard to ignore the fact that they are far too common and easy to obtain. That’s the dialogue that filmmaker Sheldon Candis is trying to start with his new documentary Who Will Survive America which follows his journey to legally purchase a gun. He talks to us about the film, its takeaway, and how he felt going through the gun-buying process.

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June 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

According to statistics, 80 percent of teens and young adults have been kicked out of their homes because of their sexuality, and a staggering 60 percent of that demographic is African American. Former NFL player, Wade Davis has become an advocate for LGBT equality and acceptance after revealing he was gay after retiring from the football field. He takes us inside the struggle of being young, black, and gay, and explains how he’s helping these LGBT community members with his organization, the You Can Play Project.

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June 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

We’re kicking off this week by celebrating the LGBT community, as the city gears up in anticipation of the Pride Parade that is taking place this coming Sunday. But while this month is a celebration of the rights this community has obtained thus far, it is important to remember that there is still much to do. Michealangelo Signorile, radio talk show host and a leading voice for gay activism, is here to tell us why homophobia is still very much an issue that this community faces and what’s next in their fight. Next, last week in our nation’s capitol, both elected representatives and the media gathered to break bread at the 72nd Annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner. The night, normally intended for putting partisanship aside and enjoying each others company, usually involves a few laughs courtesy of a featured entertainer. But this year’s speaker, Daily Show Correspondent Hasan Minhaj, wasn’t there just for the comedy. We listen in to his sobering speech concerning gun control laws in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Finally, Pride Month all started on June 28th, 1969, when LGBT New Yorkers rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village that was a safe haven for those in the community. The raid, and subsequent riot, was the spark that ignited the modern gay rights movement, and is still celebrated each June. Decades later, the mass shooting at a gar night club in Orlando is a remind of how far the LGBT community still has to go in their quest for equality and to feel safe. The community will continue marching forward for this year’s Pride Month, with countless gatherings, rallies, fundraisers, parades, and parties planned. Having trouble deciding which celebrations to participate in and show your pride? Time Out New York editor Will Pulos is here to tell you about the top five blowouts that you don’t want to miss.

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June 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

We’re kicking off this week by celebrating the LGBT community, as the city gears up in anticipation of the Pride Parade that is taking place this coming Sunday. But while this month is a celebration of the rights this community has obtained thus far, it is important to remember that there is still much to do. Michealangelo Signorile, radio talk show host and a leading voice for gay activism, is here to tell us why homophobia is still very much an issue that this community faces and what’s next in their fight.

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June 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Pride Month all started on June 28th, 1969, when LGBT New Yorkers rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village that was a safe haven for those in the community. The raid, and subsequent riot, was the spark that ignited the modern gay rights movement, and is still celebrated each June. Decades later, the mass shooting at a gar night club in Orlando is a remind of how far the LGBT community still has to go in their quest for equality and to feel safe. The community will continue marching forward for this year’s Pride Month, with countless gatherings, rallies, fundraisers, parades, and parties planned. Having trouble deciding which celebrations to participate in and show your pride? Time Out New York editor Will Pulos is here to tell you about the top five blowouts that you don’t want to miss.

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June 17, 2016 at 5:39 am

Tonight, the right to vote is a large part of American democracy, but what makes a voter choose a candidate when they go to the polls? Filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason set out to create a documentary with the mission to discover just that. They join us to discuss their film How to Win an Election and to share their surprising conclusion that the issues discussed in debates and campaigns might not matter to voters as much as you’d think. Then finally, Marin Mazzie is a Broadway veteran, having appeared in classic shows like Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, and most recently, as Anna in The King and I. But, for the past year, it was her life off-stage that was perhaps the most demanding. On May 6, 2015, the stage star was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and began her fight to get back on Broadway. After 12 weeks of chemotherapy (what she refers to as “healing therapy”), a hysterectomy, a bowel resection and 12 more weeks of treatment, Marin Mazzie is back! And she joins us to share the lessons she’s learned and why her diagnosis became an unexpected gift.

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June 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The right to vote is a large part of American democracy, but what makes a voter choose a candidate when they go to the polls? Filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason set out to create a documentary with the mission to discover just that. They join us to discuss their film How to Win an Election and to share their surprising conclusion that the issues discussed in debates and campaigns might not matter to voters as much as you’d think.

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June 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Marin Mazzie is a Broadway veteran, having appeared in classic shows like Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, and most recently, as Anna in The King and I. But, for the past year, it was her life off-stage that was perhaps the most demanding. On May 6, 2015, the stage star was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and began her fight to get back on Broadway. After 12 weeks of chemotherapy (what she refers to as “healing therapy”), a hysterectomy, a bowel resection and 12 more weeks of treatment, Marin Mazzie is back! And she joins us to share the lessons she’s learned and why her diagnosis became an unexpected gift.

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June 15, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, it’s Gay Pride month, and while New York City is preparing to celebrate with an array of events, many people are paying tribute to those who lost their lives this weekend in Orlando. Since news of the tragedy broke, crowds of people have been gathered outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn to hold vigil and remember the victims. Last night, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson joined mourners to help them cope and grieve over the tragedy. Tonight, he’ll be with us to talk about the LGBT community and discuss how the city will continue to pay homage to the victims as they celebrate this month. Next, investigations of Sunday’s attack in Orlando have revealed that the gunman, Omar Mateen, was previously questioned by the FBI for making inflammatory comments to co-workers in 2013 and for having possible connections to an American suicide bomber in 2014. The agency closed both investigations, finding that Mateen was not a threat at that time. Now questions are swirling about what law enforcement might have missed leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey joins us to explain the challenges facing investigators as they track suspected ISIS supporters, and how Mateen could have carried out an attack of this magnitude, undetected. Finally, we’ve all heard of smart phones but what about “smart guns”? So-called “smart gun” technology is actually not a thing of the future. It’s here already, and gun control advocates are continuing to push for more of it following the latest mass shooting in Orlando. Now New York City college students could play a role in improving the technology. As part of a competition rolled out earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking students to help design a firearm with a trigger that can only be fired by an authorized user. Adams joins us tonight to talk about his plan and tell us why he’s pushing for “smarter” guns.

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