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August 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm

About 1.4 million New Yorkers – many of them women, children, elderly and disabled – rely on food pantries and soup kitchens. Tonight’s latest installment of our ongoing reporting initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, takes a real look at hunger in our city, and the many New Yorkers who struggle to make ends meet. Photojournalist Joey O’Loughlin spent three years documenting people on food pantry lines around the city, and now some of her portraits are on display at the Brooklyn Historical Society in an exhibit titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Portraits of Hunger in NYC.” Tonight, we’ll take a look at what O’Loughlin discovered about what the hungry of New York City looks like, and who they are might surprise you.

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August 12, 2016 at 5:32 am

Tonight, after a career boasting 696 home runs, 2,781 games played, and a 12 year-long career with the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez will play his last game tomorrow night and then hang up his pinstriped uniform for good. During his time with the Yankees, A-Rod has been one of the most polarizing characters in the game of baseball. But whether you love him or hate him, what will his legacy be? Emmy award-winning sportscaster Len Berman joins us to share his perspective on this Yankee who is considered one of the greatest Major Leaguers.

Next, it has now been 34 years since Kathleen Durst, first wife to real estate heir and suspected serial killer Robert Durst, disappeared. Former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro picked up the cold case 20 years ago when she was Westchester District Attorney and has made it her mission to bring Robert Durst to justice for the murders not only of his wife Kathleen, but also of his neighbor and a longtime friend. Now, after the release of HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro joins us to discuss her personal and professional relationship with this case and her book He Killed Them All.

Finally, if you were a millionaire, what would you spend your money on? For some New Yorkers, that’s no fantasy, but they’re not looking to spend their cash on themselves. 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 work for the state and where they want the money to go.

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August 10, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, the neighborhood of Chelsea is a neighborhood of sharp contrasts. Home of The High Line, multi-million dollar condos, and tech giants like Google, Chelsea has seen rapid gentrification in the past three decades. And while many residents benefit from the development of the area, some in rent stabilized and public housing continue to struggle as prices and services rise. The New York Times housing reporter Mireya Navarro wrote an article that delved into the gentrification of this neighborhood, the wealth divide, and the anxious people who fear they will be forced out.

Then, he replaced Johnny Carson and made a name for himself on The Tonight Show, and now late-night legend Jay Leno joins us in a one-on-one interview to dish about his time on The Tonight Show, the current state of comedy, his car show Jay Leno’s Garage, and the presidential election. You won’t want to miss it.

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August 09, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The neighborhood of Chelsea is a neighborhood of sharp contrasts. Home of The High Line, multi-million dollar condos, and tech giants like Google, Chelsea has seen rapid gentrification in the past three decades. And while many residents benefit from the development of the area, some in rent stabilized and public housing continue to struggle as prices and services rise. The New York Times housing reporter Mireya Navarro wrote an article that delved into the gentrification of this neighborhood, the wealth divide, and the anxious people who fear they will be forced out.

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August 05, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, on Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that he will be stepping down from his post next month. We listened in on his press conference where he thanked those who supported him through his 45 year-long career in the public eye. But what lies in store for the New York Police Department after Bratton takes his leave? Journalist Ellis Henican joins us to discuss what’s next for the Big Apple.

Then, Ally Hilfiger’s childhood was not easy despite being the daughter of renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. Her arduous health ordeal began at the age of seven when she was bitten by a tick. Her test was inconclusive, and for years she dealt with unbearable pain and misdiagnoses- from rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, to fibromyalgia. The pain being too great, Hilfiger says she turned to marijuana for relief. Her habit ultimately led to her being committed to a psychiatric hospital. In her new book Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me, Hilfiger opens up about her personal battle with Lyme disease, and shares how she hopes to help others.

Finally, it turns out millennials – or those born between 1985 and 1996 – as defined by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, are significantly worse off than the generation before them. In fact, the job market they entered several years ago during the Great Recession was similar to that of the Great Depression, or at least according to Scott Stringer. A recent report from his office shows millennials are struggling to make ends meet, earning 20 percent less than their predecessors did in the 1990s. The Comptroller joins us to talk more about his findings and tell us what the city needs to do in order to help this stalled generation.

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August 04, 2016 at 6:28 pm

It turns out millennials – or those born between 1985 and 1996 – as defined by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, are significantly worse off than the generation before them. In fact, the job market they entered several years ago during the Great Recession was similar to that of the Great Depression, or at least according to Scott Stringer. A recent report from his office shows millennials are struggling to make ends meet, earning 20 percent less than their predecessors did in the 1990s. The Comptroller joins us to talk more about his findings and tell us what the city needs to do in order to help this stalled generation.

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July 30, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the right to vote is a large part of American democracy, but what makes a voter choose a candidate when they go to the polls? Filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason set out to create a documentary with the mission to discover just that. They join us to discuss their film How to Win an Election and to share their surprising conclusion that the issues discussed in debates and campaigns might not matter to voters as much as you’d think.

Next, is the drinking water safe in New Jersey? After the water crisis in Flint, the quality of water has been questioned in many areas throughout the country. Lead-contaminated water was found in many Newark public schools, heightening the concern of people in the region. New Jersey Capitol Report co-anchor and MetroFocus contributor Steve Adubato is here to break down the larger problems surrounding New Jersey water.

Then finally, in just a week, Rio de Janeiro will be awash with athletes, media, and tourists as the world tunes in for the Olympic Games. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee crowned the city as the host of the 2016 Olympics and the reaction was joyous. But despite the celebrations that took place seven years ago, Rio has faced many struggles including an economic downturn, political scandal, corruption, and organized crime. What legacy will this city leave on the Olympics this year? Award-winning journalist and Associated Press Correspondant in Rio de Janiero, Juliana Barbassa witnessed it all. She chronicles it in Dancing with the Devil in the City of God and she joins us to talk about the roadblocks this Olympic host has run into leading up to the games.

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July 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

In just a week, Rio de Janeiro will be awash with athletes, media, and tourists as the world tunes in for the Olympic Games. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee crowned the city as the host of the 2016 Olympics and the reaction was joyous. But despite the celebrations that took place seven years ago, Rio has faced many struggles including an economic downturn, political scandal, corruption, and organized crime. What legacy will this city leave on the Olympics this year? Award-winning journalist and Associated Press Correspondant in Rio de Janiero, Juliana Barbassa witnessed it all. She chronicles it in Dancing with the Devil in the City of God and she joins us to talk about the roadblocks this Olympic host has run into leading up to the games.

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July 29, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, today is the last day of the Democratic National Convention, and after a long week of speeches and American pride, Hillary Clinton is finally due to take the stage. We speak with Congressman Frank Pallone about the latest, and what we can expect from Hillary during the final moments of the DNC.

Next, ow safe are we online? We Listen In to the sixth annual International Conference on Cyber Security at New York’s Fordham University, as FBI Director James Comey speaks on current cyber threats to the nation, and the FBI’s multi-faceted plan to address these threats.

Then, author, activist, and journalist Marc Lamont Hill joins us again to talk about his book titled Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. The book, which delves into recent current events such as the protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, and the water crisis in Flint, analyzes these events through the lens of race and class. Are there forces within our society that target the vulnerable and exploit them? Marc Lamont Hill talks about that, shine light on the bigger picture in the undercurrent our current events.

Finally, The Whitney Museum of American Art opened a new education center this year. See what went into the planning of this space dedicated to engaging participants of all ages in art education. 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 space is inspiring children, families and artists.

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