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November 18, 2016 at 5:46 am

Tonight, Mayor de Blasio and President-Elect Donald Trump met for more than an hour yesterday where they discussed, among many things, Trump’s campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, and build a wall along the Mexican border. But what are the realities of his policies, and are the fears of undocumented immigrants legitimate? Michael Wildes, the immigration lawyer who defended the citizenship status of Melania Trump, joins us with his take on the future of immigration under Donald Trump.

Next, we’ve witnessed a significant increase in hate crimes across the country following last week’s election, including here in New York, where Governor Cuomo launched an investigation after swastika graffiti was discovered at student accommodation buildings at SUNY Geneseo. President-Elect Donald Trump has recently confronted the issue on 60 Minutes, but that has done little to assuage the fears of many who have been targeted. We discuss it all with Huffington Post journalist and Muslim-American Rowaida Abdelaziz and New York City Council-member Ritchie Torres.

Then, when natural disaster strikes, one New York-based organization is there to wade through flood waters and dig through debris to save animals. They’re the Guardians of Rescue, but they do much more than just enter disaster zones. Founder Robert Misseri joins us with a look at their mission protecting the well-being of animals in our community that are homeless, helpless and in need of a hug.

Finally, scattered across the five boroughs of New York City are vibrant organizations serving children and adults of all ages and from every walk of life. These are the settlement houses: centers that provide help and new opportunity to our urban population. The new documentary Treasures of New York: Settlement Houses, which airs tonight at 8pm on WLIW, explores how the 130-year old settlement house movement remains integral to New York City.

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November 16, 2016 at 5:30 am

New York City is once again stepping up security after ISIS stated in their magazine, Rumiyah, that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was an “excellent target” for an act of terrorism. The threat goes on to suggest the use of a car or vehicle to maximize destruction, reminiscent of the recent attack in Nice, where a 20-ton truck plowed through a crowded Bastille Day celebration. So is this a real threat? And if it is, what safety measures are being put in place to protect this holiday tradition? On tonight’s Listening In, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, John Miller discusses his assessment of this Thanksgiving threat and how New York City law enforcement will answer it.

One of the most notorious jails in the country is located in the East River, right across from the Manhattan skyline. Rikers Island is New York City’s largest correctional facility and the abuse and corruption that runs rampant within its walls have been well documented by authors, journalists, and detainees alike. Yet almost 80 percent of the more than 7,500 men and women detained at Rikers on any given day have not been convicted of the charges they face. Whether guilty or innocent, all the detainees find themselves in a culture of violence and fear that forces them to do whatever is necessary to survive. In this installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we take a look at a candid and harrowing documentary by Bill Moyers, Rikers brings viewers face to face with the men and women who have endured the correctional facility and lived to tell the tale. Tonight, award-winning director, longtime colleague of Bill Moyers, and producer of the film, Marc Levin joins us with Glenn E. Martin, a former Rikers detainee and President of JustLeadershipUSA, to discuss the film and the horrible truths within the walls at Rikers Island.

In the United States alone, more than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one during any given year. Caregiving is a job that can take its toll physically and emotionally, as the duty of looking after loved ones can add additional pressure to life’s day-to-day responsibilities. T.V. host and advocate Leeza Gibbons understands this struggle after taking care of her own mother during her fight with Alzheimer’s and going through additional health problems with her father. But while others might feel overwhelmed, Leeza is empowered to help other caregivers cope with the unique role of looking after their loved ones with her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection, using the money she won on President-elect Donald Trump’s former program, The Celebrity Apprentice. Tonight, in honor of National Caregivers Month, Leeza Gibbons joins us to talk about her organization, share her advice, and support other caregivers around the country.

You can’t see where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. At least, that’s the way the Museum of the City of New York sees it in a new exhibit, “New York at Its Core.” The permanent display takes visitors through a comprehensive history of the Big Apple, from its colonial beginnings as a Dutch village to the beloved mecca of art, culture, and innovation it is today. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez takes us to the first-of-its-kind exhibit before its premiere this weekend and shows us how the history of our city comes alive and helps us envision its bright future.

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November 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

New York City is once again stepping up security after ISIS stated in their magazine, Rumiyah, that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was an “excellent target” for an act of terrorism. The threat goes on to suggest the use of a car or vehicle to maximize destruction, reminiscent of the recent attack in Nice, where a 20-ton truck plowed through a crowded Bastille Day celebration. So is this a real threat? And if it is, what safety measures are being put in place to protect this holiday tradition? On tonight’s Listening In, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, John Miller discusses his assessment of this Thanksgiving threat and how New York City law enforcement will answer it.

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November 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

According to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives in 2014, which accounted for 18 percent of all suicides in America. That number is staggering but reveals the harsh reality that our nation’s veterans return to when they leave the battleground. Thankfully, there is someone in their corner. Dr. John Draper, […]

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November 04, 2016 at 5:48 am

Tonight, Long Island’s gang violence epidemic continues to rage on in Brentwood as another name is added to the growing list of casualties. The skeletal remains of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, a known gang member, were recently discovered in the woods behind the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. Many are beginning to worry that there are still more bodies to be found, and authorities remain on high alert as they investigate each murder and their possible connections to the notorious MS-13 gang. Tonight, in an exclusive MetroFocus interview, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini gives us an update on the investigations.

Then, with Election Day just around the corner, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our nation could be just days away from witnessing the ascension of our first female president. After 227 years of presidents and first ladies in the White House, many are bemused by the fact that if Hillary Clinton wins the election, that would make Bill a former president and… the nation’s first first gentleman? This thought has not escaped Gerald Weaver, an acclaimed author, political analyst, and former chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. For his second novel, The First First Gentleman, Weaver wraps a love story and a thriller into one, all while providing honest and insightful commentary on the nation’s political system. Tonight, he joins us to discuss the book and the current state of politics.

Finally, Shakespeare may have said all the world’s a stage, but one theater group in particular has been using the stage to change the world since 1991. The Tectonic Theater Project has initiated dialogues on social and political issues with ground-breaking experimental plays such as The Laramie Project. As part of Tectonic’s 25th anniversary, the theater is putting on a benefit show featuring plays of the past and present. This star-studded event will be hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Jane Fonda, and is sure to be a night to remember in the theater. Tonight, a founder of this illustrious theater, Moises Kaufman, and Emmy award-winning actor Michael Emerson, will give us a preview of the benefit and a look back at Tectonic’s ground-breaking work.

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November 03, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Long Island’s gang violence epidemic continues to rage on in Brentwood as another name is added to the growing list of casualties. The skeletal remains of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, a known gang member, were recently discovered in the woods behind the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. Many are beginning to worry that there are still more bodies to be found, and authorities remain on high alert as they investigate each murder and their possible connections to the notorious MS-13 gang. Tonight, in an exclusive MetroFocus interview, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini gives us an update on the investigations.

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November 03, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, by the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

Then, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

Finally, gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 02, 2016 at 6:29 pm

By the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

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November 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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