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April 25, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Central Park is among New York City’s most famous landmarks. But a nearly bankrupt New York City in the 1970’s saw a city-wide disintegration of park services, which left the park crime-ridden and painted with graffiti. Enter Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, who launched the Central Park Conservancy in the 1980’s and restored the park back to its former glory. Rogers chronicles the development of Central Park and six other of the city’s green treasures in her book, Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design.

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April 23, 2016 at 6:40 am

North Carolina made headlines last month after Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill limiting public restroom access for transgender individuals. This week, a federal appeals court overturned a similar anti-transgender policy at a Virginia high school, which may affect the challenges being made to the North Carolina law. Mitchell Gold, a prominent gay activist and the chairman of North Carolina-based furniture company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, joins us to discuss North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” and its broader implications. Today is Earth Day, and the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. We’re getting into the spirit by taking a look at one of New York City’s smelliest treasures. The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn has earned a reputation for its less-than-glamorous odor. What most people don’t know though, is the role the canal played in famous chapters of American history, including the Revolutionary War and the Industrial Revolution. The author and historian of the book Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal digs into the waterway’s past and explores how the canal shaped modern-day Brooklyn. Next, Every day, about one hundred thousand New York City kids make their way through metal detectors on their way to class. Metal detectors in schools have become a prominent security measure not only in New York City, but across the country. While supporters point to dangers they’ve prevented, proponents of their removal claim they make schools feel like prisons. Are they necessary? Greg Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, which represents the city’s school safety officers, explores the debate. Finally, exclusive and expensive: two words often synonymous with arts and culture in New York City. But think again. NYC Inspires is a new initiative that seeks to change that perception by making city landmarks more affordable and accessible. The program is set on raising forty million dollars in funding with the aim of getting kids out of the classroom and into some of the cultural treasures across all five boroughs. New York City Council Member and Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer is a supporter, and he explains the importance of having students experience these cultural institutions.

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April 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm

North Carolina made headlines last month after Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill limiting public restroom access for transgender individuals. This week, a federal appeals court overturned a similar anti-transgender policy at a Virginia high school, which may affect the challenges being made to the North Carolina law. Mitchell Gold, a prominent gay activist and the chairman of North Carolina-based furniture company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, joins us to discuss North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” and its broader implications.

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April 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Exclusive and expensive: two words often synonymous with arts and culture in New York City. But think again. NYC Inspires is a new initiative that seeks to change that perception by making city landmarks more affordable and accessible. The program is set on raising forty million dollars in funding with the aim of getting kids out of the classroom and into some of the cultural treasures across all five boroughs. New York City Council Member and Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer is a supporter, and he explains the importance of having students experience these cultural institutions.

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April 22, 2016 at 5:46 am

A number of former ‘Apprentice’ candidates who have spoken out denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for being one filled with sexism, xenophobia, racism, and violence. Trump fired back describing his apprentices as “failing wannabes” only interested in the limelight. In a MetroFocus exclusive, Tara Dowdell, who appeared on season three of The Apprentice, tells us why she believes the media mogul turned politician isn’t fit for the highest office. Next, veteran actor Matthew Modine has starred in acclaimed films as “Vision Quest” “Full Metal Jacket” and in the Showtime series “Weeds”, but for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Modine has stepped behind the camera. Director of the short-film “Super Sex,” Modine helps tell the story of two siblings who found a very special birthday gift for their aging dad. He joins us to talk about the film and his experience making it, especially about directing his daughter who stars in the short-film. Finally, on the eve of Passover, we are bringing you a different story about Jewish history that would have been largely forgotten if not for a Catholic priest. Father Patrick Desbois has 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 — or 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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April 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

A number of former ‘Apprentice’ candidates who have spoken out denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for being one filled with sexism, xenophobia, racism, and violence. Trump fired back describing his apprentices as “failing wannabes” only interested in the limelight. In a MetroFocus exclusive, Tara Dowdell, who appeared on season three of The Apprentice, tells us why she believes the media mogul turned politician isn’t fit for the highest office.

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April 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

On the eve of Passover, we are bringing you a different story about Jewish history that would have been largely forgotten if not for a Catholic priest. Father Patrick Desbois has 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 — or 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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April 21, 2016 at 5:58 am

The polls are closed, and the results are in: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won the Empire State. Yesterday’s New York primary promised to be a game-changer in the race to the White House, and we explore its impact with the help of The Blaze anchor Amy Holmes, and Mike Morey, a democratic strategist and former communications director for Senator Chuck Schumer. Next, former NYPD officer Peter Liang was convicted by a jury in February for fatally shooting unarmed Akai Gurley. Yesterday, a judge spared him from prison time: reducing that conviction from manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide, and sentencing him to five years’ probation and at least 800 hours of community service. In a MetroFocus exclusive, the family reacts and Akai Gurley’s aunt, Hertencia Petersen, expresses their outrage. She’s joined by amNewYork reporter Alison Fox, who brings us the latest city-wide reaction to the sentencing. Finally, Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves as he goes toe-to-toe with some of America’s biggest corporations, accusing them of “destroying the moral fabric of America.” According to the Democratic presidential candidate, these large companies are guilty of tax avoidance. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and former chair of the Congressional Budget Office, joins us to share his perspective on the battle that’s brewing.

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