December 8: Tonight on MetroFocusepisode
December 09, 2016 at 5:33 am

After the recent deaths of children supervised by the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, we sit down for an EXCLUSIVE interview with New York Public Advocate Letitia James to discuss why A.C.S. is failing NYC’s children and what must be done to fix the problem.

Then, there are 8 million people in New York and over 2 million rats in Manhattan. Can we get the problem under control & are feral cats the answer to our vermin problem?

Next, John Lennon was murdered on this day in 1980. Yet, his legacy lives beyond his music and humanitarianism. Tonight, the inside story of Lennon’s legal victory that forever changed our country.

Finally, a new documentary “Hugs and Knishes” explores the rich history of Jewish food and its cultural impact across all of America.

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December 7, 2016: LIDIA’S “HOLIDAY FOR HEROES”clip
December 07, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Lidia Bastianich joins us to discuss her “Holiday for Heroes” PBS special. What’s on the menu, and who’s attending the celebratory feast aboard the USS George Washington? “Lidia Celebrates America” premieres on Sunday, December 18th at 4:30pm on Thirteen. Find more veteran resources.    

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December 6: Tonight on MetroFocusepisode
December 07, 2016 at 6:28 am

From swastikas on sidewalks to threats directed at a policewoman and transit employee wearing hijabs; hate crimes are on the rise in Manhattan since the election! Tonight a MetroFocus EXCLUSIVE with the NYC Human Rights Commissioner on what is being done to protect New Yorkers.

Then, could the hostile partisanship of the 2016 election actually help Washington bridge the bipartisan divide? Democratic Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes has the details.

Finally, what was once 4 miles of decaying piers and dangerous paths is now the beautiful Hudson River Park! Join us for an exclusive tour.

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December 2: TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
December 03, 2016 at 6:58 am

Amy Goodman celebrates 20 years of award-winning journalism with her upcoming national tour. She also speaks about her recent arrest at a Dakota Pipeline protest.

Next, George Mitchell shares his advice for the Trump administration abroad. Specifically, how might we negotiate peace between Israel and Pakistan?

Finally, This Sunday, an unlikely mix of world leaders, royalty, and Hollywood actors meet in Havana, Cuba for Fidel Castro’s funeral. Who’s on the guest list?

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December 1: Troubling Trends: NYT Tracks Post-Election Hate. George Mitchell and the Trump World View. EXCLUSIVE: A “Memory” with Betty Buckleyepisode
December 02, 2016 at 5:45 am

Tonight, as president-elect Trump kicks off his victory tour, the New York Times starts a column on a troubling trend: the increase of hate crimes in America. They analyze 10 hate crime incidents in the first edition, in addition to resources and tips on responding to harassment. Will this column change the pattern, or simply fuel the fire? New York Times writer and editor Anna North joins us to discuss.

Next, George Mitchell, one of the most admired men in the world, is known for his wit, wisdom, and humble beginnings. The gentleman peacemaker, former Senate Majority Leader and US Special Envoy shares his take on the conflict in the Middle East and whether a change in guard in the Oval Office is likely to have any impact on the potential for a peace agreement.

Finally, Betty Buckley, also known as “the voice of Broadway”, won a Tony in 1983 for her role as Gizabella in the unforgettable Broadway show Cats. MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman recently had the chance to sit down with Buckley at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater for an exclusive interview. Find out how playing Gizabella shaped her life and career and the surprising inspiration for this memorable role.

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