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April 20, 2016 at 5:52 am

From a staff lawyer at General Electric to the media mastermind who ran NBC, Bob Wright is an industry visionary. In his new book, The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks, Bob Wright chronicles the highs and lows of his luminous career and the unlikely journey that led him to establish the organization Autism Speaks with his wife. In this special edition of MetroFocus, Wright speaks candidly about his tenure at NBC, his thoughts about Donald Trump and most importantly, his new mission: to tackle the ever-rising rate of autism. For him, it’s personal.

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April 05, 2016 at 5:09 am

Meryl Streep. Laura Bush. Mindy Kaling. Where else would these powerful women leaders have a chance to convene? Award-winning journalist Tina Brown gives us some insight into her annual “Women in the World Summit”, now in its seventh year of enriching the lives of women through the stories of female trailblazers. Next, what secrets lie in King Tut’s tomb? We explore a piece of Ancient Egypt in New York City as we take a peek inside the exhibit “The Discovery of King Tut” where new mysteries about one of the world’s most famous archeological sites are waiting to be uncovered. Finally, a notorious white supremacist attempts to take over a small North Dakota town. And the town fights back. We talk to the filmmakers who captured this gripping true story in their documentary “Welcome to Leith.”

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April 02, 2016 at 5:09 am

Small government, low taxes and fiscal restraint. Words synonymous with the origins of the tea party. Or are they? Author Jeff Nesbit was in the room when he witnessed the beginning of an alliance between big oil and big tobacco that would align with the aims of the tea party movement.
In part two of our candid conversation with former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey, he tells us why he’s backing Hillary Clinton even though he’s critical of her time as Secretary of State. The former Nebraska governor also shares his disappointment on how Congress has handled President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
Move over Elmo, Grover, Oscar and Big Bird — there’s a new character coming to Sesame Street and her name is Julia. She’s part of a Sesame Workshop’s new nationwide initiative, “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.” Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disabilities, and we hear from Vice President of Community and Family Engagement Dr. Jeanette Betancourt about how Sesame Workshop’s new initiative aims to help families and children address its challenges.
With the season finale of AMC’s zombie juggernaut “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, we sit down with the man who brought you Rick Grimes and his gang. In the second of our two-part interview, AMC Networks President and CEO Josh Sapan joins us to discuss how the TV network is not only surviving but thriving amid the threat of nearly limitless channels, fractured viewership and competition from online venues.

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April 01, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Move over Elmo, Grover, Oscar and Big Bird — there’s a new character coming to Sesame Street and her name is Julia. She’s part of a Sesame Workshop’s new nationwide initiative, “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.” Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disabilities, and we hear from Vice President of Community and Family Engagement Dr. Jeanette Betancourt about how Sesame Workshop’s new initiative aims to help families and children address its challenges.

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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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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Laura and Jim Ross, and Shailaja and Umesh Nagarkatte.

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