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January 28, 2017 at 5:44 am

Tonight, a border war on Fifth Avenue? Sort of. On one side: Trump Tower. On the other: neighboring businesses. In between: a sea of traffic, barriers, and secret service. A recipe for disaster? You bet! But what is its financial impact on the city? Find out the inside story tonight from New York City councilmember Dan Garodnick, whose district is the site of where this battle is playing out.
Next, years after Hurricane Sandy hit, many of our neighbors still long to go home but can’t. We hear how the Nature Conservancy is working to relocate families with flooded homes.
Then, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and as the world honors the six million murdered in Hitler’s gas chambers, we take you to a Long Island institution whose job it is to ensure that we “never forget.”
Finally, you’ve heard of the Emmys, the Tonys, and the Oscars. Now, find out about the duPont Awards and why, in this age of alternative facts, they matter now more than ever.

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January 25, 2017 at 5:22 am

Tonight, PBS FRONTLINE digs deep to reveal how President Donald Trump, the real estate tycoon turned reality star, defied the odds, ascended to the White House, and what his actions say about how he will govern. We preview their groundbreaking investigation, Trump’s Road to the White House, which premieres tonight.

Then, Rachel Carson revolutionized the lives of every American with her book Silent Spring, which launched the modern environmental movement. Her American experience is ours, and we have her story ahead.

Finally, he knew while growing up on the mean streets of the city that his Bronx tale captured a snapshot of a special place and time. Now, with the help of Robert De Niro, actor Chazz Palminteri is taking his story from the silver screen to Broadway in A Bronx Tale: The Musical. He joins us to share his own memories of his old neighborhood, and how his story made it onstage.

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January 20, 2017 at 5:44 am

Tonight, in less than 24 hours, Donald Trump will be the president of these United States: a union many say is now divided. The mood inside Capitol Hill? From the left, New York Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will share her vision on working with the 45th president.

Then, New York Republican Congressman John Faso will be here with his view on working with President-elect Donald Trump.

Finally, a makeover for a presidential namesake. JFK International Airport is set for a major ten billion dollar overhaul. We have a preview of this soon-to-be transformed transportation hub.

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January 19, 2017 at 5:08 am

Tonight,as the inaugural preparations continue for the ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency, a preview of part 2 of PBS FRONTLINE’s “Divided States of America” from filmmaker Michael Kirk.

Then, big money, big business, and a toxic society. The Enron crisis nearly destroyed America, and its fallout lingers in the halls of congress to this day. Sherron Watkins, the whistleblower who had the courage to break her silence, takes us inside the scandal in tonight’s episode of “Playing By The Rules: Ethics at Work” which airs at 8pm on WLIW.

Next, President-elect Trump has had a notoriously combative relationship with the press. The Daily Beast’s editor in chief John Avlon ponders what President George Washington would have thought of the president elect and explores how our founding father dealt with the press.
Finally, a new beacon of light shines in Manhattan Harbor! We’ll take you to there.

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January 12, 2017 at 5:05 am

President-elect Trump meets the press and get his feet held to the fire with questions regarding Russian spying, election hacking, and alleged past sordid behavior. This all playing out in the wake of President Obama’s farewell address last night where he called for unity, and as confirmation hearings continue for the incoming cabinet. We’ve got unique perspective on this historic day from presidential historian Tim Naftali. Then, just after word that New York’s Indian Point will close, does our future hope for energy actually lie in the “nuclear option?” PBS NOVA’s Miles O’Brien takes us inside the debate and the reality. Finally, if you think you’re having a hard time dealing with this brutal winter, imagine what it’s like for animals in the wild. PBS NATURE’S documentary Snowbound gives us a rare glimpse into the surprising survival strategies of “the animals of winter.”

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