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October 22, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, each year, the Al Smith Charity Dinner takes place in New York City to raise funds to help support children in need as well as honor the memory of the Empire State’s 42nd governor, who was also the first Catholic U.S. presidential candidate. Last night, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were in attendance as speakers for the annual event, just one day after their last political debate of the season.

Although a theme promoted throughout the night was the effort to bring civility back to the national stage in politics, a theme reflective of Al Smith’s moniker “the happy warrior” a name he’s earned for his friendly style of political combat, the bad blood between this year’s presidential candidates couldn’t be ignored as each candidate quipped at each other in their respective speeches. Missed it? Don’t worry. In tonight’s Listening In, we’ll show you some of the best moments from last night’s dinner.

Then, we are only a few weeks away from what many political experts are calling an election like none other in our nation’s history. Whether or not that is true, both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that after all of the unprecedented incivility, this election will fundamentally transform the United States regardless of who wins the presidency. But just how true are those sentiments and what have American voters learned from all the campaigning and political discourse? New York Times best-selling author and presidential scholar at The Kings College in New York City, Amity Shlaes, joins us to help answer those questions and look at the impact of past elections.

Next, you might not be able to get a ticket to the room where it happens, but tonight, PBS’ Great Performances is giving viewers a special look inside the making of Hamilton through the lens of a documentary that is kicking off the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Hamilton’s America, directed by Alex Horwitz, follows Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the cast as this megahit musical rose from humble beginnings and went on to become a Broadway phenomenon – winning 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Director Alex Horowitz joins us on MetroFocus to share a sneak peek of this much-anticipated documentary before it airs tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS.

Finally, this Sunday, AMC’s The Walking Dead picks up where it left off last season with one of television’s biggest cliffhangers. Which character got brained by the show’s new villain, Negan, in last season’s finale? We went in search of an answer and found it at New York Comic Con, where The Walking Dead was the star attraction and the show’s creator and executive producer were on hand. Among all the superheroes and super-fans, MetroFocus had a chance to talk with the series creator Robert Kirkman and one of the executive producers, David Alpert, who gave us the inside scoop on what fans can expect this season.

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October 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm

You might not be able to get a ticket to the room where it happens, but tonight, PBS’ Great Performances is giving viewers a special look inside the making of Hamilton through the lens of a documentary that is kicking off the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Hamilton’s America, directed by Alex Horwitz, follows Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the cast as this megahit musical rose from humble beginnings and went on to become a Broadway phenomenon – winning 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Director Alex Horowitz joins us on MetroFocus to share a sneak peek of this much-anticipated documentary before it airs tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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October 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

This Sunday, AMC’s The Walking Dead picks up where it left off last season with one of television’s biggest cliffhangers. Which character got brained by the show’s new villain, Negan, in last season’s finale? We went in search of an answer and found it at New York Comic Con, where The Walking Dead was the star attraction and the show’s creator and executive producer were on hand. Among all the superheroes and super-fans, MetroFocus had a chance to talk with the series creator Robert Kirkman and one of the executive producers, David Alpert, who gave us the inside scoop on what fans can expect this season.

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October 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, that’s all she wrote! The last presidential debate of the season took place last night at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The candidates stated their views on a wide range of topics including the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, the economy, and immigration, but the biggest headline of the night came from Donald Trump. Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked the Republican candidate whether or not he would accept the results of this election and help unite the country should Hillary Clinton win the White House. After some skirting around the issue, Trump said he would keep the American people “in suspense,” and today, Trump has put out a statement that he would accept the results if he wins. Has the businessman made a fatal mistake? We discuss that and break down the rest of the debate with Adele Malpass, Chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party, and Hank Sheinkopf, President of Sheinkopf Communications Ltd, who has contributed to hundreds of political campaigns in the United States.

And in other news, we discuss three arrests making headlines in Long Island. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife, and the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto were taken into custody early this morning in connection with corruption charges including conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, and honest services fraud. We’ll have more details tonight.

Next, still can’t get a ticket to Hamilton? 20,000 students from New York City public schools serving low-income populations are getting the opportunity to see the sold out show, all for the cost of a Hamilton– $10. How? The show’s producers and the Rockefeller Foundation are picking up the rest of the tab. But the students don’t get to just walk into the Richard Rodgers Theatre and see Broadway’s biggest show. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has created an interactive study curriculum for them to study before seeing the hip-hop musical. This is all part of a successful education program and its history-making tools that are helping New York City students view their classrooms in a progressive light. James Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute , and Dr. Barbara McKeon, the Head of School at the Broome Street Academy, join us to discuss this transformative educational tool and look at how Broadway is helping kids become more engaged in U.S. history.

Finally, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is a one of a kind, state of the art cultural institution acting as a voice of tolerance across Long Island. Set in a former Gold Coast mansion, the center transports its visitors to a critical time in history and empowers them with vital lessons of understanding and acceptance. To commemorate this unique tribute to the lives of Long Island’s Holocaust survivors, Treasures of New York: Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center takes us to the site of this precious piece of history. Catch a sneak peek of the vital role this establishment plays as a resource for combating prejudices and violence in our world today and then watch the entire film tonight at 8 p.m. on WLIW21 and Sunday at 7 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

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October 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Still can’t get a ticket to Hamilton? 20,000 students from New York City public schools serving low-income populations are getting the opportunity to see the sold out show, all for the cost of a Hamilton– $10. How? The show’s producers and the Rockefeller Foundation are picking up the rest of the tab. But the students don’t get to just walk […]

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October 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is a one of a kind, state of the art cultural institution acting as a voice of tolerance across Long Island. Set in a former Gold Coast mansion, the center transports its visitors to a critical time in history and empowers them with vital lessons of understanding and acceptance. To commemorate this unique tribute […]

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October 20, 2016 at 5:35 am

This election has been full of insults, name calling, bullying, vilification of whole factions of society, allegations of illegal cover-ups and conspiracies, threats, and lewd talk of sexual prowess and even assault. All this could leave you wondering if there has ever been another presidential race as nasty as this war for the White House being waged between Hillary Clinton […]

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October 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm

This election has been full of insults, name calling, bullying, vilification of whole factions of society, allegations of illegal cover-ups and conspiracies, threats, and lewd talk of sexual prowess and even assault. All this could leave you wondering if there has ever been another presidential race as nasty as this war for the White House being waged between Hillary Clinton […]

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Laura and Jim Ross, and Shailaja and Umesh Nagarkatte.

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