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April 22, 2016 at 5:46 am

A number of former ‘Apprentice’ candidates who have spoken out denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for being one filled with sexism, xenophobia, racism, and violence. Trump fired back describing his apprentices as “failing wannabes” only interested in the limelight. In a MetroFocus exclusive, Tara Dowdell, who appeared on season three of The Apprentice, tells us why she believes the media mogul turned politician isn’t fit for the highest office. Next, veteran actor Matthew Modine has starred in acclaimed films as “Vision Quest” “Full Metal Jacket” and in the Showtime series “Weeds”, but for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Modine has stepped behind the camera. Director of the short-film “Super Sex,” Modine helps tell the story of two siblings who found a very special birthday gift for their aging dad. He joins us to talk about the film and his experience making it, especially about directing his daughter who stars in the short-film. Finally, on the eve of Passover, we are bringing you a different story about Jewish history that would have been largely forgotten if not for a Catholic priest. Father Patrick Desbois has 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 — or 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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April 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

On the eve of Passover, we are bringing you a different story about Jewish history that would have been largely forgotten if not for a Catholic priest. Father Patrick Desbois has 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 — or 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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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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