March 03, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Drones were one of the hottest items to find under your Christmas tree in 2015, which left many concerned with privacy, but Randy Scott Slavin is here to tell us about the second annual new York City Drone Film Festival. This event celebrates drone technology for its cinematic value and the submissions for the festival are sure to blow you away.

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February 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

Over the weekend, thousands of people rallied to protest the conviction of former New York Police Officer Peter Liang. The rookie cop was found guilty this month of manslaughter for the fatal 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, an unarmed man in Brooklyn. We discuss the impact of the event and break down what this means for police-community relations. New Jersey Capitol Report Anchor Steve Adubato joins us to explain the Garden State’s estate tax and the efforts to eliminate it. We look ahead to Tuesday’s meeting of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee, which may finally determine the status of a backlog nearly 100 sites. Record executive and music producer L.A. Reid joins us for the first installment of a two-part interview to tell us about his new book “Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next.”

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February 19, 2016 at 1:32 am

Officials are saying President Obama is ending the estrangement between the U.S. and Cuba by visiting the country within the coming weeks as part of a larger tour of Latin America. Presidential Historian and American University Professor, Allan J. Lichtman, joins us to share his perspective on this historic trip to Havana. We continue our two-part interview with hip-hop mogul and Rush Communications CEO Russell Simmons, who tells us about his friendship with Donald Trump and shares his thoughts on the 2016 presidential race.In our on-going American Graduate series, MetroFocus Reporter Andrea Vasquez takes us inside Columbia University’s Teachers College, where a new program is training future teachers to leverage new technology in art classes.
Just in time for Lent: MetroFocus visits Carnegie Deli, one of New York’s last remaining authentic delis that just re-opened after a 10-month closure.

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February 17, 2016 at 3:55 am

On July 23rd, 2007, two ex-convicts entered the Connecticut home of Dr. William Petit and killed and tortured his wife and two young daughters. Petit was nearly bludgeoned to death but managed to escape. Eight years later, Ryan D’Agostino captures Petit’s story of tragedy and survival in his new book, “The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town.” The author joins us tonight. Travel was often perilous and unwelcoming for African Americans prior to 1964, but that’s where the “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” became vital, with suggestions for places to eat, stay and refuel that would be safe and welcoming for black travelers. To preserve this important piece of history, the New York Public Library is making 30 years of the travel guide available for free digitally on its website. MetroFocus Host Jenna Flanagan takes us within the archives to learn about the origin of the Green Book and its journey to the web. Curious about the grid that New York City was built on in the 19th century? Historian and author of “City on a Grid: How New York Became New York,” Gerard Koeppel walks us through the origin’s of our city’s road network and the debate over whether it was effective. Russell Simmons, co-Founder of Def Jam Records, activist and author, joins us for the first of a two-part interview to talk about his new book, ‘The Happy Vegan,’ which serves as a guide to conscious eating, veganism and the benefits of healthy living.

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