New Jersey Transit and rail workers are back at the bargaining table this week in hopes of reaching a deal. If not, employees threaten to strike as soon as March 13, and officials are scrambling to secure a contingency plan for the more than 100,000 commuters. Former Deputy Executive Director of NJ Transit Martin Robins joins us to explain what’s driving the dispute and how a possible strike would impact you. Famed novelist Jerome Charyn returns home in his latest work, “In Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories. Charyn’s new novel depicts a world before and after urban renewal destroyed the borough’s gritty sanctity made famous by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joltin’ Joe. Charyn joins us to discuss why it was so difficult to make the journey home. You probably know him from his long-running eponymous television show: Dick Cavett joins us to discuss his most recent book “Brief Encounters,” a collection of his columns for the New York Times. While he’s here, we reminisce about his talk show days and all the big names in entertainment he’s rubbed elbows with over the years. Dame Maggie Smith is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actress best known for her roles from “Harry Potter” to Masterpiece Classics “Downton Abbey.” Although the Grantham family and the doors of Downton have closed for the last time, we sit down with Maggie Smith’s biographer, author Michael Coveney, to see what a post-Downton world holds for Smith.
New Jersey Transit and rail workers are back at the bargaining table this week in hopes of reaching a deal. If not, employees threaten to strike as soon as March 13, and officials are scrambling to secure a contingency plan for the more than 100,000 commuters. Former Deputy Executive Director of NJ Transit Martin Robins joins us to explain what’s driving the dispute and how a possible strike would impact you.
Managing Editor of “New York NOW” Matt Ryan joins us to give us a round-up of the biggest topics coming out of Albany, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide tour to promote his call for a boost in the state’s minimum wage.
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.
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.”
Here are some of the top sites being considered for historic designation during the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The commission’s members will consider nearly 100 items that were placed on the commission’s calendar before 2010.
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.
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.