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October 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is a one of a kind, state of the art cultural institution acting as a voice of tolerance across Long Island. Set in a former Gold Coast mansion, the center transports its visitors to a critical time in history and empowers them with vital lessons of understanding and acceptance. To commemorate this unique tribute […]

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October 15, 2016 at 5:02 am

Tonight, New Yorkers in Harlem are furious with Jon Girodes, the Republican candidate running to represent their district in the New York State Senate. These feelings ignited after the candidate made promises to serve racially stereotypical food at a local campaign event. Residents of New York’s 30th District, a primarily Black community, are making it completely clear that they don’t approve of the Girodes’ comments to serve “Kool-Aid, KFC and Watermelons.” NBC 4 I-Team Investigative Reporter, Sarah Wallace broke the story and tonight, joins us to tell us more.

Then, what once was a place for New Yorkers to enjoy the simple pleasures of nature in the middle of a bustling Manhattan has now become the dangerous backdrop for a number of robberies, assaults, and gang violence. Cell phone robbery and brutal assaults by roaming gangs have been on the rise in Central Park, with multiple incidents reported in the past month. This week, a woman in the park was robbed and assaulted before she managed to get away during an attempted rape. Her alleged assailant was arrested two days later after authorities tracked him down by using the victim’s “Find My iPhone” app. Luckily, that story has a better ending than most, but the public still remains on edge as these crimes become a trend, despite the fact that police say crime is down for the year in Central Park by about 35 percent. New York City Park Advocates’ Geoffrey Croft joins us to make sense of the statistics and share how the police plan to ensure the public’s safety.

Finally, tensions are hitting an all-time high in police forces across the country as countless videos come to light showing police shootings of unarmed black men. As Americans grow more irate over daily headlines, the debate over the use of force has come to the forefront of policing. Some veteran cops are even admitting to feeling uneasy when they don their badges, but what is the next generation of this occupation thinking? Tonight, MetroFocus’ William Jones heads to Monroe College in the Bronx where their criminal justice program is moving away from textbook learning in favor of putting their students on the virtual front lines.

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October 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Tensions are hitting an all-time high in police forces across the country as countless videos come to light showing police shootings of unarmed black men. As Americans grow more irate over daily headlines, the debate over the use of force has come to the forefront of policing. Some veteran cops are even admitting to feeling uneasy when they don their badges, but what is the next generation of this occupation thinking? Tonight, MetroFocus’ William Jones heads to Monroe College in the Bronx where their criminal justice program is moving away from textbook learning in favor of putting their students on the virtual front lines.

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October 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The national average rate of recidivism among prison inmates hovers above 60 percent. With the help of organizations like Rehabilitation Through the Arts, or RTA, that number plummets to about five percent. RTA is a creative arts program operating in multiple maximum and medium-security New York State correctional facilities. Its mission is to use the arts to transform those behind […]

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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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