March 01, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Outer Space has been the final frontier for some time now, but Scott Kelly is about to end a historic year-long stint in that frontier. Former NASA Astronaut and Columbia University’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michael Massimino, stops by to tell us about Kelly’s historic mission. Find out what challenges Kelly will face upon his return and what this mission means for space exploration and discovery.

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March 01, 2016 at 5:00 am

We discuss the state of journalism in front of a studio audience with Columbia University’s Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism Steve Coll, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and PBS NewsHour Weekend Anchor Hari Sreenivasan. . Tune in to watch them discuss the importance of public broadcasting and how the industry has evolved over the years.

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February 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

Known as “Super Tuesday,” voters in more than a dozen states will make their presidential pick known next week on March 1. With so many caucuses and primaries taking place across the country, the 2016 presidential election is sure to see some changes. We sit down with Washington Post Columnist Chris Cillizza to talk about Super Tuesday and the Democratic Primary in South Carolina set for tomorrow. See if your favorite candidates may be continuing on the campaign trail or packing up to go home this time next week. We finish up our conversation with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. Tonight we delve into the Black Lives Matter movement, race relations, the upcoming presidential election and Obama’s potential Supreme Court nominee. The New York Public Library is featuring an exhibit titled “Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson,” which explores segregation and its history in communities across America. The exhibit’s manager Isissa Komada-John joins us to talk about the impact then and now. We speak with filmmaker June Cross, whose Independent Lens film “Wilhemina’s War,” showcases a community in South Carolina dealing with the harsh reality of AIDS.

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