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January 31, 2017 at 5:07 am

Tonight, President Trump’s travel ban sparks a battle cry heard across the country, as the nation grows more divided by the day. We’ll take you inside the protests for an exclusive interview with Steven Choi, the executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, and one of the men who inspired the demonstrations.

Next, Jack Ford and Rafael Pi Roman track the president’s executive order, from the streets to the courts, as we probe whether the ban follows the letter of the law.

Then, yesterday, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York celebrated 100 years of service with a luncheon featuring distinguished speakers such as Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The organization’s executive director, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, discusses what the organization is doing to help immigrants and refugees and how they will work with the Trump administration.

Finally, we preview a truly inspiring POV documentary called Seven Songs for a Long Life, which follows a few brave men and women who’ve learned to live life to the fullest when every moment counts.

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January 28, 2017 at 5:44 am

Tonight, a border war on Fifth Avenue? Sort of. On one side: Trump Tower. On the other: neighboring businesses. In between: a sea of traffic, barriers, and secret service. A recipe for disaster? You bet! But what is its financial impact on the city? Find out the inside story tonight from New York City councilmember Dan Garodnick, whose district is the site of where this battle is playing out.
Next, years after Hurricane Sandy hit, many of our neighbors still long to go home but can’t. We hear how the Nature Conservancy is working to relocate families with flooded homes.
Then, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and as the world honors the six million murdered in Hitler’s gas chambers, we take you to a Long Island institution whose job it is to ensure that we “never forget.”
Finally, you’ve heard of the Emmys, the Tonys, and the Oscars. Now, find out about the duPont Awards and why, in this age of alternative facts, they matter now more than ever.

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January 27, 2017 at 5:19 am

Tonight, President Trump put pen to paper and signed an executive order to bring the country one step closer to building a wall between the United States and Mexico. The president also pledges to go after sanctuary cities like ours that offer security to illegal immigrants: a move that could cost our city over 10 billion dollars, and could potentially rip families apart. Our local officials have started the protests, and we’ll take you there!
Next, the March for Life happens tomorrow in Washington, but not without controversy in the shadow of last week’s history-making women’s march. One of the march participants will be here with their plan of action.
Then, last night, we brought you the story of the legacy that Alexander Hamilton’s widow Eliza left behind for the children of New York City. Tonight, we’ll take you even further back into history as we head up north to Hamilton’s Albany.
Finally, Gung hay fat choy! It’s the eve of Chinese New Year! The rooster is honored this year, and we have a special preview from the Chinese music and dance company, Shen Yun.

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January 26, 2017 at 5:36 am

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to send low and middle-class students to college for free. Sounds like a great plan. So, why is the Chairman of the New York State Assembly’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force crying foul? Assemblyman Marcos Crespo is here to explain why Cuomo’s proposal is broken, and why New York’s neediest will be left out.

Next, do you have what it takes to change the life of a child? If so, now’s your chance! It’s mentoring month, and as part of our ongoing Chasing the Dream initiative, we have the details about the NYC Youth Mentoring Initiative and the impact it will make on the city’s poorest students.

Then, National School Choice Week is here and happening in your neighborhood! Find out about the events in your area, and the education options available to you.

Finally, Alexander Hamilton, our rock star Founding Father, did not throw away his shot. But, it was his wife Eliza who provided one for thousands of children, and continues to do so even today. We take a look back to see how the orphanage she founded still lives on and continues to help New York City’s children.

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