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March 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

Under Republican Party rules, a candidate has to win at least 1,237 delegates during the primaries to clinch the presidential nomination. If every candidate falls short, then delegates will choose their nominee at an open convention. Candidate Donald Trump says he expects to have enough delegates to win the nomination over Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but just in case he doesn’t, the New York real estate mogul is working on a plan. American University History Professor Allan Lichtman joins us to discuss the likelihood of a contested Republican National Convention, and how Trump is working to avoid that fate.
The terrorist attacks in Belgium reignited the debate here in America over the surveillance of Muslim communities, with presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz stating law enforcement should increase patrols in “Muslim neighborhoods.” How is the Muslim community reacting to these comments? We sit down with Arab American Association of New York Director Linda Sarsour to hear her take.
Are you saving for retirement? If not, you might want to start considering it: about one in five New Yorkers over the age of 65 is living in poverty. For our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity and America,” we look at the growing problem with AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and AARP Member Soossan Salmassi. So whether you’re already retired or have just begun to think about it, tune in to hear about the resources available to help you (and your parents and grandparents) make ends meet.
For the first time in its history, The Whitney Museum of American Art gets a new education center. Board of Trustees Co-Chair Laurie M. Tisch and Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education Kathryn Potts join us to share how the museum’s new education space is inspiring children, families and artists.

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March 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Are you saving for retirement? If not, you might want to start considering it: about one in five New Yorkers over the age of 65 is living in poverty. For our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity and America,” we look at the growing problem with AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and AARP Member Soossan Salmassi. So whether you’re already retired or have just begun to think about it, tune in to hear about the resources available to help you (and your parents and grandparents) make ends meet.

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March 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

We analyze the media’s coverage of the National Enquirer’s recent claims that presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz had multiple extramarital affairs. We hear from The Food Bank for New York City CEO Margarette Purvis about how the upcoming changes to SNAP eligibility will impact New York’s hungry. We talk politics with TV legend Dick Cavett in the last of our four-part interview. Plus, a look at the new award-winning Independent Lens documentary “An Honest Liar,” which depicts James “The Amazing” Randi’s life and the deceptive magicians he exposed to the masses.

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March 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Beginning April 1, fewer people in New York will be eligible for food stamps. The state is updating its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, requirements to be more selective, and food banks across the region are bracing for the change, expecting to see more hungry residents in need of their services. Food Bank for New York City CEO Margarette Purvis joins us to provide perspective on this critical issue and how organizations like hers are preparing to address the increased need.

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March 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

Forced out of their homes and onto the street for a crime they didn’t commit. It’s a new trend, based on an old law. We’ve got the story. New York is on the verge of becoming the last state in the country to legalize professional mixed martial arts. Earlier this week, members of the state assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the sport back to the Empire State after a 20-year hiatus. But not everyone is backing MMA. We sit down with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to discuss her opposition to one of the country’s fastest-growing sports. It’s spring time and that means it’s time for the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. It’s America’s most-attended auto show and kicks off today. We’re joined by automotive expert Mike Caudill for help navigating this year’s offerings of hybrids, muscle cars and futuristic concepts.

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March 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

We look at the latest on the presidential election with Journalist Ellis Henican and Manhattan Republican Party Chairwoman Adele Malpass. Plus, we discuss President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Director of Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Elora Mukherjee talks to us about the rights many immigrants do not know they have. In part three of our conversation with former late-night talk show host Dick Cavett, we hear about his next adventure.

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March 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

Columbia University Research Climate Scientist Dr. Radley Horton explains how climate change and rising sea levels could put New York City at risk. MetroFocus Contributor and New Jersey Capitol Report Co-Anchor Steve Adubato explains the Garden State lawmakers’ push to expand the state’s casino industry beyond Atlantic City casinos. We learn about an Upstate New York organization exploring alternative treatments for mental illness. We get a sneak peek of a new exhibit at historic Gracie Mansion that celebrates New York City’s diverse past.

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