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April 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Anyone who has visited Central Park knows it’s not just a walk in any old park, but a 750-acre nature oasis in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Well, tune in tonight and prepare to explore the city parks that have transformed the face of our country. The PBS and WTTW series 10 That Changed America transports viewers to the public spaces that have influenced the way we live, work, and play. Of course, Central Park and the High Line get their 15 minutes and for good reason.

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March 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

The New York Times Reporter Steve Eder shares the findings from his investigation into claims against Donald Trump’s business school, Trump University. We hear from Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon about the threat of lead in New Jersey schools’ water. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tells us why he thinks New York should lift the ban on professional mixed martial arts fighting. And actor and 80s heartthrob Andrew McCarthy of the “Brat Pack” joins us to discuss his career in beloved movies like “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty In Pink” and his role in ABC’s new drama, “The Family.”

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March 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

We talk to community activist, filmmaker and public speaker Brendan Fay about the long struggle for the LGBT community to be included in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Michael Waldman, author of “The Fight to Vote,” joins us to talk about his book on the history of every American’s right to be heard at the ballot box. MetroFocus Host Jenna Flanagan takes us to Poughkeepsie to meet a group of residents who are pushing back against their local utility company’s alleged illegal collection practices. We speak with the filmmakers behind a new documentary that showcases the fight to save Jamaica Bay.

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March 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

Columbia University Research Climate Scientist Dr. Radley Horton explains how climate change and rising sea levels could put New York City at risk. MetroFocus Contributor and New Jersey Capitol Report Co-Anchor Steve Adubato explains the Garden State lawmakers’ push to expand the state’s casino industry beyond Atlantic City casinos. We learn about an Upstate New York organization exploring alternative treatments for mental illness. We get a sneak peek of a new exhibit at historic Gracie Mansion that celebrates New York City’s diverse past.

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March 03, 2016 at 6:28 pm

More than 100 cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States. Here in New York, officials are reporting cases of a pesticide-resistant lice. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is leading the response to the Zika Virus, explains what you should and shouldn’t be worried about.

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March 02, 2016 at 8:26 am

FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten joins us to explain what’s at stake as voters in more than a dozen states prepare to make their pick for each party’s presidential nominee. The senior political writer will tell us what a good night would look like for the major players from both parties and predict who from the GOP field will be the next candidate to drop out of the race. Does Super Tuesday’s impact on the presidential election really hold up to the hype? American Presidential Historian and American University History Professor Allan Lichtman walks us through the event’s past and explains how much it matters when it comes to deciding the eventual nominees. Outer Space has been the final frontier for some time now, but Scott Kelly is about to end a historic year-long stint in that frontier. Former NASA Astronaut and Columbia University’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michael Massimino, stops by to tell us about Kelly’s historic mission. Find out what challenges Kelly will face upon his return and what this mission means for space exploration and discovery. The story of Dead Horse Bay is a little known chapter in the history of New York City’s development, and a lesser-known portion of Robert Moses involvement in changing the area’s landscape. ABC News Digital Producer Evan Simon joins us to discuss why this bay is considered trash to some but a treasure to others.

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