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January 12, 2017 at 5:05 am

President-elect Trump meets the press and get his feet held to the fire with questions regarding Russian spying, election hacking, and alleged past sordid behavior. This all playing out in the wake of President Obama’s farewell address last night where he called for unity, and as confirmation hearings continue for the incoming cabinet. We’ve got unique perspective on this historic day from presidential historian Tim Naftali. Then, just after word that New York’s Indian Point will close, does our future hope for energy actually lie in the “nuclear option?” PBS NOVA’s Miles O’Brien takes us inside the debate and the reality. Finally, if you think you’re having a hard time dealing with this brutal winter, imagine what it’s like for animals in the wild. PBS NATURE’S documentary Snowbound gives us a rare glimpse into the surprising survival strategies of “the animals of winter.”

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January 11, 2017 at 5:55 am

Today is day two of the Cuomo “State of the State Tour” rolls into Long Island. His plans, and their impact on our community, are in detail tonight. Then, the weather may be cold but according to reports, not as chilly as the relationship between Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. City & State Magazine has the latest on what has come to be known in New York simply as “The Feud.” Finally, imagine a nuclear bomb more powerful than Hiroshima hitting Arkansas and wiping ten million people off the face of the Earth. It almost happened! One of the most frightening stories you’ve likely never heard from a man who lived to tell it.

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January 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

Governor Cuomo bucks tradition, and takes his show on the road to deliver six separate State of the State speeches over the next three days starting in Manhattan. We’ve got the details of what he said. Next, it’s a question that stretches from Indian Point, New York to Fukushima, Japan: just how do we contain tons of nuclear waste and prevent a catastrophe for future generations? The scary scenarios are ahead in the PBS Independent Lens documentary, Containment. Finally, on this night in 1983, inmates held guards hostage at Sing Sing prison. We look back at that siege and why it still matters.

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January 07, 2017 at 5:13 am

Tonight, Governor Cuomo’s recently announced proposal to offer free college tuition for students sounds like a great plan, but one expert gives it a failing grade. Find out why.

He’s one of many who wants to unseat Mayor Bill de Blasio. We get into the issues with New York State Senator Tony Avella in part two of our conversation with the mayoral contender.

Next, before it was a hit television show, there were the “real” Mad Men of Madison Avenue who manipulated each and every one of us. Their story is ahead as part of the new Smithsonian Channel four-part series The Real Mad Men of Advertising.

Finally, experience a sense of someone else’s reality with the new PBS Independent Lens documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things, which is a celebration of outcasts everywhere.

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