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December 17, 2016 at 7:18 am

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff gives us a fascinating look at how advances in military medicine are changing the lives of America’s service members. Woodruff, who was critically injured covering the War in Iraq in 2006 and was saved by military medical care, brings his personal understanding of the issues to this special half-hour exploration.

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December 16, 2016 at 4:03 am

Find out Mayor de Blasio’s thoughts on the Trump presidency, its potential impact on New York’s working poor, the future of the Democratic Party, terror threats to the city, and what the mayor feels are his greatest accomplishments and challenges. WABC Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter joins MetroFocus host Jack Ford with analysis of his conversation with the mayor on ABC 7’s Up Close.

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December 15, 2016 at 5:05 am

Get paid to house your homeless friends and relatives for the holidays! We’ve got the details of New York’s “Home for the Holidays” program in an exclusive interview with Steven Banks, NYC Commissioner of Social Services.

Then, the Brooklyn-Queens Connection starts to gain steam! We’ve got the details of this ambitious $2.5 billion project, and four years ago today the worst mass school shooting in US history occurred: 20 children under the age of 7 were murdered along with 6 staffers in Newtown Connecticut. Can a community move forward after such horrific heartbreak?

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December 09, 2016 at 5:33 am

After the recent deaths of children supervised by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, we sit down for an EXCLUSIVE interview with New York Public Advocate Letitia James to discuss why A.C.S. is failing NYC’s children and what must be done to fix the problem.

Then, there are 8 million people in New York and over 2 million rats in Manhattan. Can we get the problem under control & are feral cats the answer to our vermin problem?

Next, John Lennon was murdered on this day in 1980. Yet, his legacy lives beyond his music and humanitarianism. Tonight, the inside story of Lennon’s legal victory that forever changed our country.

Finally, a new documentary “Hugs and Knishes” explores the rich history of Jewish food and its cultural impact across all of America.

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December 08, 2016 at 6:28 am

Time magazine picks Donald Trump as its Person of the Year. But is it a win or a wash for our new commander in chief, as the magazine calls him the “President of the ‘Divided States of America?’” Time joins us to discuss. Food pantries in Brooklyn and Staten Island are going bare, leaving those in need hungry for the […]

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November 30, 2016 at 5:13 am

Tonight, do you have enough pennies saved for a rainy day? A recent report from the non-profit Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development reveals that nearly 60% of New York City residents don’t have enough cash in the bank to cover household expenses for at least 3 months. Amy Zimmer outlines the troubling statistics facing many of our neighbors in a recent DNA Info article titled “Most New Yorkers are Roughly 1 Paycheck Away from Homelessness” and shares her findings with us as part of our ongoing initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.

Then, it’s the political pay-to-play corruption case that has cast a long shadow over state politics for the last two months: a far reaching, bid-rigging, bribery scheme that led investigators to the indictments just days ago of eight men. Two of those men, Joseph Percoco and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, are key members of Governor Cuomo’s inner circle and are facing charges including wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion and honest services fraud. What light could the felony trial shed on Albany’s shady dealings? Politico Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind has the latest on what this could mean for the Governor.

Next, the lighting of the Christmas tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center has been a holiday tradition for America and NBC, which broadcasts the spectacular event that signals the coming of the Christmas season. Ahead of tomorrow’s broadcast, we rock around the Christmas tree with a special history lesson from Al Roker, “America’s Weatherman” and anchor of the Today Show, who will once again host this year’s festivities.

Finally, what makes a good leader? Can leadership be learned? And what are the consequences when leadership fails? There are just some of the questions raised by Steve Adubato, host of One-on-One With Steve Adubato, in his latest book Lessons in Leadership, which spotlights a wide gamut of innovators and provides concrete tools and tips for any aspiring leader. Adubato joins us to share his insight on the critical importance of good leadership.

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November 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

What makes a good leader? Can leadership be learned? And what are the consequences when leadership fails? There are just some of the questions raised by Steve Adubato, host of One-on-One With Steve Adubato, in his latest book Lessons in Leadership, which spotlights a wide gamut of innovators and provides concrete tools and tips for any aspiring leader. Adubato joins us to share his insight on the critical importance of good leadership.

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