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November 04, 2016 at 5:48 am

Tonight, Long Island’s gang violence epidemic continues to rage on in Brentwood as another name is added to the growing list of casualties. The skeletal remains of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, a known gang member, were recently discovered in the woods behind the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. Many are beginning to worry that there are still more bodies to be found, and authorities remain on high alert as they investigate each murder and their possible connections to the notorious MS-13 gang. Tonight, in an exclusive MetroFocus interview, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini gives us an update on the investigations.

Then, with Election Day just around the corner, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our nation could be just days away from witnessing the ascension of our first female president. After 227 years of presidents and first ladies in the White House, many are bemused by the fact that if Hillary Clinton wins the election, that would make Bill a former president and… the nation’s first first gentleman? This thought has not escaped Gerald Weaver, an acclaimed author, political analyst, and former chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. For his second novel, The First First Gentleman, Weaver wraps a love story and a thriller into one, all while providing honest and insightful commentary on the nation’s political system. Tonight, he joins us to discuss the book and the current state of politics.

Finally, Shakespeare may have said all the world’s a stage, but one theater group in particular has been using the stage to change the world since 1991. The Tectonic Theater Project has initiated dialogues on social and political issues with ground-breaking experimental plays such as The Laramie Project. As part of Tectonic’s 25th anniversary, the theater is putting on a benefit show featuring plays of the past and present. This star-studded event will be hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Jane Fonda, and is sure to be a night to remember in the theater. Tonight, a founder of this illustrious theater, Moises Kaufman, and Emmy award-winning actor Michael Emerson, will give us a preview of the benefit and a look back at Tectonic’s ground-breaking work.

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November 03, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Shakespeare may have said all the world’s a stage, but one theater group in particular has been using the stage to change the world since 1991. The Tectonic Theater Project has initiated dialogues on social and political issues with ground-breaking experimental plays such as The Laramie Project. As part of Tectonic’s 25th anniversary, the theater is putting on a benefit show featuring plays of the past and present. This star-studded event will be hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Jane Fonda, and is sure to be a night to remember in the theater. Tonight, a founder of this illustrious theater, Moises Kaufman, and Emmy award-winning actor Michael Emerson, will give us a preview of the benefit and a look back at Tectonic’s ground-breaking work.

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November 03, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, by the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

Then, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

Finally, gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 01, 2016 at 6:27 pm

She’s been called comedy’s lovable queen of mean and she’s known for saying what most people wouldn’t even dare to think. Lisa Lampanelli’s one-two punch of fiery wit and insult comedy have made her a pioneer in a field dominated by men. But she’s more than just a stand-up comedian, she’s a stand-up woman, raising over $130,000 for the “Gay […]

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October 29, 2016 at 5:41 am

Tonight, Nate Silver has earned a reputation for getting it very right when it comes to our presidential elections. He first burst onto the scene in 2008, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential race in 49 out of 50 states. Then he shocked everyone by getting all 50 states right in 2012. Now Silver is back at it again. Tonight, Nate Silver joins us to share what his team at FiveThirtyEight, the Manhattan-based website that uses statistical analysis to forecast results and predict outcomes in everything from politics to sports, is forecasting for Election night. It’s a segment you surely don’t want to miss!

Next, October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in this age of technology and social media, a bully’s reach goes far beyond the classroom. Cyberbullying puts harassment on a more public stage: the internet, where photos, videos, and text can circulate far beyond verbal attacks. Now, students from New York City schools are teaming up with AT&T to raise awareness about the reach of online bullying through film. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez shows us how these young filmmakers are making an impact and speaking out against cyberbullying.

Then, Director Sidney Lumet is known for his mastery in cinema and his ability to pull first-rate performances out of the actors in his films. He’s had a hand in cinematic classics like 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network, but now he’s stepping in front of the camera in American Master’s By Sidney Lumet. This documentary casts a lens over his life and 50-year career as one of the most accomplished and influential directors in the history of film. The documentary’s director, Nancy Buirski, joins us to discuss this Hollywood legend ahead of the film’s premiere tonight at New York City’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema and on PBS in early 2017.

Finally, Halloween is only three days away! If you don’t have any petrifying plans yet, never fear, because tonight, we’ll be sitting down with David Goldberg from Time Out New York to get some of the best haunts in the city. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly Jack-o-lantern jamborees, ghost tours, or a politically themed haunted house, we’ll let you know about all the Halloweekend events you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

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October 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in this age of technology and social media, a bully’s reach goes far beyond the classroom. Cyberbullying puts harassment on a more public stage: the internet, where photos, videos, and text can circulate far beyond verbal attacks. Now, students from New York City schools are teaming up with AT&T to raise awareness about […]

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October 28, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, “I will fight this thing all the way ’til I see all the officers involved in my dad’s case arrested… I cannot accept anything less than these officers going to jail and I will fight until it happens.” Erica Garner refuses to stay silent after the death of her father, Eric Garner, which has sparked outrage not only within his own family but nationwide. His last words, “I can’t breathe.” are being used as a battle cry for social movements between police and their communities. Amidst all the protesting, Erica’s voice is certainly being heard, and she’s not holding back. After making controversial statements against prominent politicians such as Hillary Clinton and President Obama, she’s made it very clear that she won’t rest until those responsible for her father’s death are brought to justice. Tonight, in a MetroFocus exclusive interview, Erica Garner reacts to the recent developments in her father’s case, as federal prosecutors in Brooklyn hand the reins over to their counterparts from Washington D.C. Make sure you don’t miss this deeply personal conversation about her life since her father’s death, her outrage at the justice that she feels has not yet been served, and what she’s doing to honor her father.

Next, In 2013, T.V. journalist and news anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America, Amy Robach, underwent a mammogram, that she filmed and allowed to be broadcast nationally for a segment that promoted breast cancer awareness and early detection methods for women. Little did she know, that her very public mammogram would save her own life. The results from the test came back positive and was the beginning of Robach’s battle with cancer. Three years later, Robach is healthy and opening up about what she learned along the journey in a deeply personal memoir, Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy In My Darkest Hour. Amy joins us to discuss this book, her career as a journalist, and how she’s using her story as a platform to reach women.

Then finally, Bruce Springsteen is a legendary rocker who is best known for his powerhouse songs and live performances that have inspired a generation of music fans. But after 40 years of stunning concert-goers, the legendary musician is using his voice to write the story of his life. His new autobiography, Born To Run, brings the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his beloved songs, and after seven long years of labor, the memoir has finally hit shelves. Former MTV and VH1 Executive, founder of Rob Barnett Media, and longtime Bruce Springsteen fan, Rob Barnett joins us to discuss the new look this book provides into the life of Bruce Springsteen. To celebrate , PBS is reairing a tribute to the Boss this Saturday; check your local listings for times.

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October 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm

In 2013, T.V. journalist and news anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America, Amy Robach, underwent a mammogram, that she filmed and allowed to be broadcast nationally for a segment that promoted breast cancer awareness and early detection methods for women. Little did she know, that her very public mammogram would save her own life. The results from the test came back positive and was the beginning of Robach’s battle with cancer. Three years later, Robach is healthy and opening up about what she learned along the journey in a deeply personal memoir, Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy In My Darkest Hour. Amy joins us to discuss this book, her career as a journalist, and how she’s using her story as a platform to reach women.

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