Episode
February 01, 2016 at 1:03 am

Littering, excessive noise and public consumption of alcohol. According to the “broken windows” policing policy that NYPD adheres to, addressing small infractions like these will help reduce crime overall. But New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson disagrees and is pushing a series of bills aimed at reforming a system that disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. A difference in wealth can mean a difference in health. In East Harlem, life expectancy is nine years fewer than the wealthier Upper West Side region. Illumination Fund’s Laurie Tisch, Unilever’s Alfie Vivian and Gabrielle Fialkoff from the mayor’s office introduce us to a new city initiative aimed at promoting health and wellness in the city’s most underserved communities. With one of our local governors vying to be the next President, we sit down with Matt Katz to discuss New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his road on the Presidential campaign trail. Oliva Wilde. Brad Paisley. Sanjay Gupta. We talk to them all on the red carpet at Save The Children’s annual gala that supports early childhood health and education.

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January 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer tells us about his report on the city’s homeless shelters. Johnathan Lovitz of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce discusses equality in business. We discuss the State Comptroller’s list of municipalities experiencing fiscal stress. In our on-going American Graduate series,we learn about Common Core standards and a growing number of students who are opting out.

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January 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Ex-mayor Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley discusses the role of the government in public health. Kevin Powell (a familiar face to those who watched MTV’s “Real World”) shares his lifelong struggle to overcome a legacy of poverty. And Executive Director of the New Renaissance Basketball Association Andy Borman explains how orange patches on kids’ sports jerseys fight gun violence.

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