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January 13, 2017 at 5:13 am

Tonight, after the president-elect’s knockdown, drag out with CNN’s Jim Acosta, all eyes turn to today’s Trump cabinet confirmation hearings. On that docket, Dr. Ben Carson, the president-elect’s pick for HUD secretary. But does Carson have the right skills for the job? This is an appointment that will impact all of us who live in the Tri-State area.

Next, here in the city, a fight for City Hall! Former councilman Sal Albanese officially throws his hat in the ring, joining the growing pack of mayoral candidates trying to unseat Bill de Blasio. Albanese will be here to make the case for why he’s the best person to occupy Gracie Mansion, and will share his thoughts on a possible run against Hillary Clinton.

Finally, before Muhammad Ali, there was Jack Johnson, boxing’s first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. His 1912 conviction by an all-white jury on what many claim was a trumped up, racially motivated morals charge, have many pleading with President Obama to formally pardon the icon before he leaves the White House: and the clock is ticking! We have the latest.

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January 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Before Muhammad Ali, there was Jack Johnson, boxing’s first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. His 1912 conviction by an all-white jury on what many claim was a trumped up, racially motivated morals charge, have many pleading with President Obama to formally pardon the icon before he leaves the White House: and the clock is ticking! We have the latest.

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January 12, 2017 at 5:05 am

President-elect Trump meets the press and get his feet held to the fire with questions regarding Russian spying, election hacking, and alleged past sordid behavior. This all playing out in the wake of President Obama’s farewell address last night where he called for unity, and as confirmation hearings continue for the incoming cabinet. We’ve got unique perspective on this historic day from presidential historian Tim Naftali. Then, just after word that New York’s Indian Point will close, does our future hope for energy actually lie in the “nuclear option?” PBS NOVA’s Miles O’Brien takes us inside the debate and the reality. Finally, if you think you’re having a hard time dealing with this brutal winter, imagine what it’s like for animals in the wild. PBS NATURE’S documentary Snowbound gives us a rare glimpse into the surprising survival strategies of “the animals of winter.”

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January 11, 2017 at 6:48 pm

President-elect Trump meets the press and get his feet held to the fire with questions regarding Russian spying, election hacking, and alleged past sordid behavior. This all playing out in the wake of President Obama’s farewell address last night where he called for unity, and as confirmation hearings continue for the incoming cabinet. We’ve got unique perspective on this historic day from presidential historian Tim Naftali.

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January 11, 2017 at 5:55 am

Today is day two of the Cuomo “State of the State Tour” rolls into Long Island. His plans, and their impact on our community, are in detail tonight. Then, the weather may be cold but according to reports, not as chilly as the relationship between Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. City & State Magazine has the latest on what has come to be known in New York simply as “The Feud.” Finally, imagine a nuclear bomb more powerful than Hiroshima hitting Arkansas and wiping ten million people off the face of the Earth. It almost happened! One of the most frightening stories you’ve likely never heard from a man who lived to tell it.

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January 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

Governor Cuomo bucks tradition, and takes his show on the road to deliver six separate State of the State speeches over the next three days starting in Manhattan. We’ve got the details of what he said. Next, it’s a question that stretches from Indian Point, New York to Fukushima, Japan: just how do we contain tons of nuclear waste and prevent a catastrophe for future generations? The scary scenarios are ahead in the PBS Independent Lens documentary, Containment. Finally, on this night in 1983, inmates held guards hostage at Sing Sing prison. We look back at that siege and why it still matters.

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