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April 20, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves as he goes toe-to-toe with some of America’s biggest corporations, accusing them of “destroying the moral fabric of America.” According to the Democratic presidential candidate, these large companies are guilty of tax avoidance. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and former chair of the Congressional Budget Office, joins us to share his perspective on the battle that’s brewing.

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April 15, 2016 at 5:24 am

We couldn’t have media legend Larry King sit down with us and not discuss Election 2016. King has interviewed just about every major player in politics and media, and he shares his perspective on the candidates and discusses the role of media in shaping the campaign. Next,the cost of living in the state of New York is sky high, so it’s surprising when someone steps up and asks to pay more in taxes. Filmmaker and CEO of Fork Films Abigail Disney, along with fifty other millionaires in New York, signed a document proposing a plan to Governor Andrew Cuomo that would increase taxes on upper-income New Yorkers. Disney joins us to explain how this plan would alleviate the financial burden on the middle class and fund infrastructure and programs for the less fortunate. Finally,
In honor of the Ken Burns latest documentary on baseball legend Jackie Robinson, we talk about the 1964 election and discuss how Jackie went up against GOP candidate Barry Goldwater. And we find out why the icon aligned himself with the Republican party during the Civil Rights movement.

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April 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The cost of living in the state of New York is sky high, so it’s surprising when someone steps up and asks to pay more in taxes. Filmmaker and CEO of Fork Films Abigail Disney, along with fifty other millionaires in New York, signed a document proposing a plan to Governor Andrew Cuomo that would increase taxes on upper-income New Yorkers. Disney joins us to explain how this plan would alleviate the financial burden on the middle class and fund infrastructure and programs for the less fortunate.

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April 09, 2016 at 6:09 am

In the second of a two-part interview, former U.S. Senator and Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey discusses why he’s backing Hillary Clinton for president despite being critical of the way in which the former secretary of state handled the turmoil in Libya and her email servers. Kerrey, a Democrat, also explains why he believes Republicans in Congress are failing to do their jobs by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Also, PFLAG, the nation’s largest organization for families, friends and allies of the LGBTQ community, honored entertainers, media stars, and businesses at its 8th Annual Straight for Equality Gala. Reporter Andrea Vasquez talked to stars and supporters on the red carpet about the important role of LGBTQ allies in the fight for equal rights. Next, in the second installment of our two-part interview, media mogul, and author of The Sleep Revolution Arianna Huffington tells us how we can all sleep our way to being the best person we can be and how a good dose of rest can transform your life one night at a time. Finally, when Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate in 1947 and broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, it was a game-changer for the sport and the country and has since inspired numerous films, books, plays, and songs. Why did Robinson and the rest of the then-Brooklyn Dodgers generate so much passion and what was the impact on American culture? To find out, we sit down with David Krell, journalist and author of Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and the Popular Culture.

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April 06, 2016 at 5:11 am

If you’re losing sleep over this election, we may have a remedy. In part one of our interview with Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post and author of the new book The Sleep Revolution, the media mogul shares her views on the upcoming presidential election. Most New Yorkers have experienced a train delay that completely derails their day. […]

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April 05, 2016 at 5:09 am

Meryl Streep. Laura Bush. Mindy Kaling. Where else would these powerful women leaders have a chance to convene? Award-winning journalist Tina Brown gives us some insight into her annual “Women in the World Summit”, now in its seventh year of enriching the lives of women through the stories of female trailblazers. Next, what secrets lie in King Tut’s tomb? We explore a piece of Ancient Egypt in New York City as we take a peek inside the exhibit “The Discovery of King Tut” where new mysteries about one of the world’s most famous archeological sites are waiting to be uncovered. Finally, a notorious white supremacist attempts to take over a small North Dakota town. And the town fights back. We talk to the filmmakers who captured this gripping true story in their documentary “Welcome to Leith.”

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