Episode
February 04, 2016 at 6:19 pm

In honor of Black History Month and as part of our on-going American Graduate series, MetroFocus Contributor Andrea Vasquez sits down with Lauren Lake, founding member of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), and actress Naturi Naughton, a WEEN honoree, to discuss the organization and the challenges facing women of color.

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Episode
February 02, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Harry Enten, an analyst for FiveThirtyEight, joins us to discuss the Iowa caucus results. Infectious disease expert Dr. Bob Arnot brings us the facts about the mosquiteo-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization on Monday declared a global emergency. Star Trek’s George Takei joins us for the second of a two-part interview to reminisce about the good ol’ days on the USS Enterprise and discuss his role as an LGBT activist. In honor of Black History Month, we sit down with Kadiatou Diallo who remembers her son Amadou, the unarmed Liberian immigrant whose 1999 death sparked outrage in New York after police fired 41 shots, striking him 19 times.

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Episode
February 01, 2016 at 1:03 am

Littering, excessive noise and public consumption of alcohol. According to the “broken windows” policing policy that NYPD adheres to, addressing small infractions like these will help reduce crime overall. But New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson disagrees and is pushing a series of bills aimed at reforming a system that disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. A difference in wealth can mean a difference in health. In East Harlem, life expectancy is nine years fewer than the wealthier Upper West Side region. Illumination Fund’s Laurie Tisch, Unilever’s Alfie Vivian and Gabrielle Fialkoff from the mayor’s office introduce us to a new city initiative aimed at promoting health and wellness in the city’s most underserved communities. With one of our local governors vying to be the next President, we sit down with Matt Katz to discuss New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his road on the Presidential campaign trail. Oliva Wilde. Brad Paisley. Sanjay Gupta. We talk to them all on the red carpet at Save The Children’s annual gala that supports early childhood health and education.

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January 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer tells us about his report on the city’s homeless shelters. Johnathan Lovitz of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce discusses equality in business. We discuss the State Comptroller’s list of municipalities experiencing fiscal stress. In our on-going American Graduate series,we learn about Common Core standards and a growing number of students who are opting out.

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