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April 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Every day, about one hundred thousand New York City kids make their way through metal detectors on their way to class. Metal detectors in schools have become a prominent security measure not only in New York City, but across the country. While supporters point to dangers they’ve prevented, proponents of their removal claim they make schools feel like prisons. Are they necessary? Greg Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, which represents the city’s school safety officers, explores the debate..

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April 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Exclusive and expensive: two words often synonymous with arts and culture in New York City. But think again. NYC Inspires is a new initiative that seeks to change that perception by making city landmarks more affordable and accessible. The program is set on raising forty million dollars in funding with the aim of getting kids out of the classroom and into some of the cultural treasures across all five boroughs. New York City Council Member and Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer is a supporter, and he explains the importance of having students experience these cultural institutions.

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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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