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October 13, 2016 at 5:31 am

Tonight, 2017 is quickly approaching, and for Mayor Bill De Blasio, that means having to choose between running for re-election or passing the torch on to someone else. In 2013, De Blasio won the election by a landslide, with nearly 75% of the overall vote and 96% of the Black American vote. Nearly four years later, the polls may show very different results. In fact, an influential group of Black church leaders is so disappointed with the mayor and some of his economic policies that it’s trying to ensure he doesn’t get a second term. Reverend Dr. Johnnie Green, Pastor of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem, is the President of Mobilizing Preachers and Communities, the group that is trying to oust De Blasio. Reverend Dr. Green tells us why the mayor would have to “make a very sharp U-turn, and he would have to do it quick” in order to get the support of his organization back.

Next, Hispanic Heritage Month ends on October 15th, and MetroFocus is celebrating this vibrant community by sitting down with the legendary Gloria Estefan! This multi-talented and award-winning singer is part of the inspiration behind the hit Broadway musical On Your Feet!, but tonight, Gloria opens up about growing up Cuban and whether she and her husband, Emilio, will ever perform in their homeland. This Hispanic Heritage Month, PBS is honoring the people, ideas, and moments that inspire you by giving you the chance to share and be a part of a national conversation on what it means to be Hispanic! Share what you love by uploading a photo, video, or stories on social media using #MiHistoria.

Then, cases like the O.J. Simpson trial concerning the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, changed the way our country approached the issue of domestic violence. Today, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be victims of domestic violence or abuse in their lifetime, and despite the new visibility of this issue, there is still much to be done. New York was one of the states to address domestic violence head on with the help of current New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice John Leventhal, who presided over the nation’s first felony domestic violence court in Brooklyn when it was founded in 1996. Judge Leventhal details his experience behind the bench and what needs to be done to end what he sees as the “epidemic” of domestic violence in his book My Partner, My Enemy: An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims.

Finally, Hummingbirds: they may be little, but they are some of Mother Nature’s most amazing fliers. Their unique ability to fly up, down, left, right, backward, and even upside down is a trait seen in no other species of bird on Earth. Super Hummingbirds, a new Nature documentary airing tonight at 8 p.m. on PBS, gives us a never before seen look into the lives of these amazing little birds. We sit down with producer and cinematographer, Ann Johnson Prum for a preview.

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October 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Hummingbirds: they may be little, but they are some of Mother Nature’s most amazing fliers. Their unique ability to fly up, down, left, right, backward, and even upside down is a trait seen in no other species of bird on Earth. Super Hummingbirds, a new Nature documentary airing tonight at 8 p.m. on PBS, gives us a never before seen look into the lives of these amazing little birds. We sit down with producer and cinematographer, Ann Johnson Prum for a preview.

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October 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, as time ticks away, the Trump and Clinton campaigns become more and more about numbers, but events from both sides of the aisle this weekend have caused public opinion to sway. Between the release of a 2005 recording of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women and a press conference with women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, everything seemed to come to a head at the second presidential debate on Sunday night. The drama escalated as each candidate took aggressive swipes at each other on every topic possible. As the dust settles from a turbulent weekend in politics, many in the Republican Party are turning their backs on their own nominee, Donald Trump, even going as far as urging him to bow out. All these events have affected the standings of both candidates, but they each seem determined to see this race through to the end. Tonight, we speak to political writer Harry Enten from his headquarters at 538, to update you on everything you need to know from this constantly-changing race to the White House.

Next, if this past Sunday’s presidential debate is any indicator, the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be one of the most contentious in modern times. But what does it take to run for the most powerful office in the world? The Contenders: 16 for ’16 is a PBS series that looks at the most compelling and influential presidential campaigns of the past fifty years using first-hand accounts from many former presidential hopefuls, from Jesse Jackson and Howard Dean to Gary Hart and Pat Buchanan. Carlos Watson, host of The Contenders: 16 for ’16 and editor of OZY Media, takes us inside the next episode titled “The Conservatives,” airing tonight at 8 p.m. on Thirteen, which explores the campaigns of Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee in the 1964 election, and President Ronald Reagan.

Then, tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Jewish ‘Day of Atonement.’ In honor of the reverent holiday, we bring you a unique story in Jewish history that would have been largely forgotten if not for a Catholic priest. Father Patrick Desbois spent over a decade traveling across Eastern Europe in search of mass graves used by Nazi Germany killing squads to bury some 2 million Jews — roughly a third of those who died during the Holocaust. We sit down with Desbois to talk about his work and his goal: to learn from the past and stop this kind of genocide from happening again.

Finally, while New York is working on completing the Second Avenue subway line and Williamsburg prepares for the impending shutdown of the L train, London has embarked on a massive transit project of its own. The Crossrail Project is a super tunnel that will connect one end of London to the other and create 26 miles of new tunnels and connections to existing infrastructure. For the jam-packed, centuries-old city, this feat is no easy task and is filled with challenges and hazards at every turn. A new Nova documentary called Super Tunnel takes its audience underground to explain the importance of the new line while exploring risks this project poses to the city’s existing infrastructure. Tonight, NOVA Senior Producer Chris Schmidt takes us inside the film and gives us an exclusive look at Europe’s largest construction project.

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October 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Jewish ‘Day of Atonement.’ In honor of the reverent holiday, we bring you a unique story in Jewish history that would have been largely forgotten if not for a Catholic priest. Father Patrick Desbois spent over a decade traveling across Eastern Europe in search of mass graves used by Nazi Germany killing squads to bury some 2 million Jews — roughly a third of those who died during the Holocaust. We sit down with Desbois to talk about his work and his goal: to learn from the past and stop this kind of genocide from happening again.

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October 06, 2016 at 10:55 am

What better way to celebrate the birth of America than with Hamilton: an American Musical ? While the musical may chronicle the beginning of American history, the musical and it’s creator, Lin Manuel Miranda, have been makinghistory with this groundbreaking musical. With more than $60 million dollars in ticket sales, a Pulitzer prize, a Grammy, and a whopping 11 Tony Awards, it seems the world just can’t get enough of the famous founding father’s story. Tonight, we take a look at the bestselling book that goes into the making of the hip-hop musical and the Broadway revolution called Hamilton.

Find out where you can catch the hottest Hamilton fan experience in town, where you can get tickets to this sold out show, and for a special cast performance footage, check out our Metrofocus Extra! on Metrofocus.org

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September 28, 2016 at 5:29 am

Tonight, as the reviews roll in on both candidates from last night’s presidential debate, many believe Hillary Clinton walked away with a clear win. Among Hillary supporters, the verdict is that Trump seemed ill-prepared next to the calm, collected Clinton. Meanwhile, former New York mayor turned Trump advisor, Rudy Giuliani, placed the blame for Trump’s shortcomings on the moderator, Lester Holt. And still, some are calling the whole thing a draw between the Democratic and GOP candidate. Tonight, political analyst for Rasmussen Reports Amy Holmes and former Newsday columnist Ellis Henican join us to break down last night’s debate, give you the highlights, and offer some insights of their own.
Next, yesterday’s presidential debate promised to be a showdown for the ages and to a large extent, it delivered, with the candidates more or less laying out their respective cases amid numerous interruptions and the occasional name-calling. But what did audiences take away from the debate? ABC News correspondent and Intelligence Squared U.S. moderator John Donvan shares results from a debate viewing party hosted by Intelligence Squared and looks at whether last night’s event was any indicator that a new format is needed for future presidential debates.
Then finally, as the news crews pack up to go home and Hofstra University attempts to resume some semblance of normal college life, we hear once again from the students themselves. It seems to be the consensus among the youth at Hofstra that though excitement and Hofstra pride is still high, students are disappointed that the candidates failed to address the issues that affect them, most importantly student debt. Tonight, students and journalists for Hofstra’s Debate TV, Michael Fuller and Megan McGuire follow up with more about the energy on campus and what their peers are taking away from the experience.

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September 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm

As the news crews pack up to go home and Hofstra University attempts to resume some semblance of normal college life, we hear once again from the students themselves. It seems to be the consensus among the youth at Hofstra that though excitement and Hofstra pride is still high, students are disappointed that the candidates failed to address the issues that affect them, most importantly student debt. Tonight, students and journalists for Hofstra’s Debate TV, Michael Fuller and Megan McGuire follow up with more about the energy on campus and what their peers are taking away from the experience.

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September 24, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, Monday’s presidential debate has all the makings of something we’ve never seen before in modern politics. But beyond the expected hyperbolic verbal-sparring, will there be anything of substance that American voters will get out of the showdown? Intelligence Squared U.S., a nonpartisan organization whose goal is to raise the level of public discourse in the United States, wants to make sure there is. The organization has planned a handful of their own debates, including a viewing party at Lincoln Center following the first presidential debate that will have the audience analyze the showdown and discuss the way we debate in the U.S. ABC News correspondent and Intelligence Squared moderator John Donvan joins us once again with his take on what debates should look like versus what we may see this Monday.

Next, as November quickly approaches, the race for the White House is heating up. As the gap between the candidates narrows, the focus has fallen on obtaining the millennial vote, which is sure to be a priority as they prepare for the first debate at Hofstra. What can we expect from this coming debate and what do Trump and Clinton need to do to appeal to younger voters? We talk directly to the students at Hofstra University for the answers. Host of Hofstra University’s Debate TV Michael Fuller and production student for the show Megan McGuire join us to give us a preview of what’s to come as the nation waits in anticipation for their school to take the national stage next week.

Then finally, this Sunday, some of music’s biggest names will come together here in New York City for “The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.” Artists such as Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, and Marc Cohn will perform at the Beacon Theatre and at 350 other venues across the United States in remembrance of victims of gun violence and to raise awareness for sensible gun laws during this election season. Among those lending their voice to the cause and concert is singer, songwriter, author, and daughter of the late Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash. She joins us tonight to talk about the concert, its cause, and how she hopes to make a change.

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September 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

As November quickly approaches, the race for the White House is heating up. As the gap between the candidates narrows, the focus has fallen on obtaining the millennial vote, which is sure to be a priority as they prepare for the first debate at Hofstra. What can we expect from this coming debate and what do Trump and Clinton need to do to appeal to younger voters? We talk directly to the students at Hofstra University for the answers. Host of Hofstra University’s Debate TV Michael Fuller and production student for the show Megan McGuire join us to give us a preview of what’s to come as the nation waits in anticipation for their school to take the national stage next week.

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