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June 03, 2016 at 6:41 am

Tonight, New York City food pantries have been running dry and that’s on top of Mayor DeBlasio proposing further funding cuts in his preliminary fiscal budget. Now, the organization Food Bank For New York City is asking the mayor to up funding from $8.2 million to $22 million in order to support the emergency food assistance program. The Vice President for Research and Public Affairs for this organization, Triada Stampas, sits down with us to explain the strain budget cuts have put on the city’s food banks and pantries and how they are working with the Mayor and city council to rectify the issue. We’re also joined by 69-year-old Myriam Rias. She’s worked her entire life but is still dependent on these pantries to feed her family. She offers us her thoughts on the impact further cuts will have on her livelihood and health. Next, he made millions building and selling tech companies and now he’s a star investor, swimming with the sharks on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec, in his new book You Don’t Have to Be A Shark: Creating Your Own Success, draws from his life experiences to share tips on how you too can strike it rich using the skills you didn’t know you had. Then finally, you may know her as Thelma Harper in the hit ’80’s sitcom Mama’s Family but she’s also an alum of The Carol Burnett Show. Tonight, Vicki Lawrence is here reminiscing about some classic moments from The Carol Burnett Show ahead of the upcoming PBS special Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches where comedy legend Carol Burnett walks us through the stories behind some of her favorite scenes.

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June 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

He made millions building and selling tech companies and now he’s a star investor, swimming with the sharks on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec, in his new book You Don’t Have to Be A Shark: Creating Your Own Success, draws from his life experiences to share tips on how you too can strike it rich using the skills you didn’t know you had.

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June 02, 2016 at 6:26 pm

You may know her as Thelma Harper in the hit ’80’s sitcom Mama’s Family but she’s also an alum of The Carol Burnett Show. Tonight, Vicki Lawrence is here reminiscing about some classic moments from The Carol Burnett Show ahead of the upcoming PBS special Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches where comedy legend Carol Burnett walks us through the stories behind some of her favorite scenes.

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June 01, 2016 at 12:42 pm

The year was 1964. Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old bar manager, was on her way home from work when she was attacked, raped and murdered. Her cries rang out through a sleepy Queens neighborhood. Legend has it that as many as 38 people heard what was going on and did nothing to stop it. That story soon spread around the world, but is that what really happened? Forget what you think you know because tonight we go inside the case with Kitty’s brother, William Genovese, who has made it his personal mission to set the record straight. Genovese is now the star of a documentary about his sister’s murder called The Witness, and he stops by along with the film’s director to talk about the case and its lasting impact on New York City. Next, nearly two weeks after her murder, Kitty Genovese was on her way to becoming just another victim in New York City where hundreds of people are killed every year. But a lunchtime sit-down between the police commissioner and a New York Times editor quickly changed just that. The newspaper ran a story reporting that 38 people had watched as a killer stalked and stabbed Genovese. Years later The New York Times corrected its reporting to say that many facts in the report were not true, but the impact of that original article still shapes public perception of the case today. Tonight, we dissect where the media went wrong and the evolution of the false narrative with investigative journalist and author Diane Dimond. Then finally, despite the urban legend surrounding Kitty Genovese’s murder, her case continues to be studied because of the reportedly large number of people who failed to come to her aid that lonely night. That behavioral reaction has come to be known as “The Bystander Effect” or “Kitty Genovese Syndrome.” Kitty Genovese authority and Fordham University professor Harold Takooshian joins us to discuss what could have happened that night and he’ll show us firsthand, through experiments staged on the streets of New York City, how “The Bystander Effect” or “Kitty Genovese Syndrome” can take hold.

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May 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

The year was 1964. Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old bar manager, was on her way home from work when she was attacked, raped and murdered. Her cries rang out through a sleepy Queens neighborhood. Legend has it that as many as 38 people heard what was going on and did nothing to stop it. That story soon spread around the world, but is that what really happened? Forget what you think you know because tonight we go inside the case with Kitty’s brother, William Genovese, who has made it his personal mission to set the record straight. Genovese is now the star of a documentary about his sister’s murder called The Witness, and he stops by along with the film’s director to talk about the case and its lasting impact on New York City.

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May 27, 2016 at 5:58 am

The battlefield is not the last place where our troops face combat. For many veterans who return from the trials of war, they can be locked in an ongoing struggle with their own minds that can lead to drugs or suicide just to quell their suffering. The new POV documentary Of Men and War, which premieres May 30 at 10pm on PBS, follows the grueling journey of returning soldiers and their families at The Pathway Home in California, where they are set on their own path to recovering from PTSD and the emotional pain of their memories. Next, the public four-year high school graduation rate for New York City students has recently hit a high of 70 percent, and although that number may not sound like much, it is 2 percentage points higher than the previous year. As part of our ongoing initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we spotlight one Harlem school who has proved that the average is not the norm. At the St. Aloysius School in Harlem, students go on to graduate from high school at a rate of 96 percent. But that success may soon be cut short because the school, which has been a fixture in the community for 76 years, will be forced to close its doors for good. If St. Aloysius cannot reach its fundraising goals by next month, the community will lose this Harlem beacon of hope forever. Then finally, they were called the Mount Rushmore of country music. In 1985, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson formed the greatest country-western music super group of all time: The Highwaymen. Their legendary story is the subject of the new American Masters documentary The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End which premieres May 27 at 9pm on PBS. Country music artist Jessi Colter, who was married to Waylon Jennings, shines light on the lasting impact of the iconic quartet.

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May 26, 2016 at 6:28 pm

The battlefield is not the last place where our troops face combat. For many veterans who return from the trials of war, they can be locked in an ongoing struggle with their own minds that can lead to drugs or suicide just to quell their suffering. The new POV documentary Of Men and War, which premieres May 30 at 10pm on PBS, follows the grueling journey of returning soldiers and their families at The Pathway Home in California, where they are set on their own path to recovering from PTSD and the emotional pain of their memories.

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May 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

They were called the Mount Rushmore of country music. In 1985, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson formed the greatest country-western music super group of all time: The Highwaymen. Their legendary story is the subject of the new American Masters documentary The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End which premieres May 27 at 9pm on PBS. Country music artist Jessi Colter, who was married to Waylon Jennings, shines light on the lasting impact of the iconic quartet.

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May 24, 2016 at 5:48 am

Sex, lies and social media come together on the big screen in the documentary Weiner, which follows former congressman Anthony Weiner after his highly publicized sexting scandal as he made a bid to rehabilitate his image and become mayor of New York City in 2013. The film paints a candid portrait of the politician and his fall from grace, shot by his former staffer turned filmmaker. We have a preview of what is being hailed as one of the best documentaries about a political campaign ever. Then, for director Jason Moore, the world of theater exists both on stage and in Tinseltown. Then a young director, he took a small off-Broadway hit and brought it to Broadway. That show? The 2004 Tony Award-winner Avenue Q. Jason then made his transition to Hollywood directing a little feature film you may have heard of called Pitch Perfect. But now he’s back on the Great White Way helming the comedy Fully Committed with Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Moore joins us to discuss Fully Committed and why he loves directing in New York City and Hollywood.

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