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February 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

It’s New York’s most notorious jail. After the governor called it a “human tragedy” and local public officials vowed to close it down, we get an insider’s look from a witness to its horrors. We sit down with Mary Buser, author of “Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice At New York’s Most Notorious Jail.”

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February 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

Over the weekend, thousands of people rallied to protest the conviction of former New York Police Officer Peter Liang. The rookie cop was found guilty this month of manslaughter for the fatal 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, an unarmed man in Brooklyn. We discuss the impact of the event and break down what this means for police-community relations. New Jersey Capitol Report Anchor Steve Adubato joins us to explain the Garden State’s estate tax and the efforts to eliminate it. We look ahead to Tuesday’s meeting of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee, which may finally determine the status of a backlog nearly 100 sites. Record executive and music producer L.A. Reid joins us for the first installment of a two-part interview to tell us about his new book “Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next.”

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February 20, 2016 at 11:33 am

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joins us to discuss proposals she announced during her second State of the City address. Along with her call for criminal reform regarding Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Mari Gilbert, mother of Shannan Gilbert, whose remains were discovered at Long Island’s Gilgo Beach, and the Gilbert family lawyer John Ray join us to talk about what’s next for the Gilgo Beach murder investigation in light of recent developments in the case. Carole King is a singer and songwriter that is responsible for nearly 100 hit singles including “Up On The Roof” and “One Fine Day.” In the upcoming American Masters documentary, we get an in-depth, backstage look into her life and legendary career. Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stargate Theatre Company is a program that allows court-involved youth to overcome their personal difficulties by writing and performing plays based on their own lives. Tonight, we talk to two people behind the project: Executive Producer Manhattan Theatre Club Executive Producer Barry Grove and Emmy Award-winning playwright and Stargate Theatre Company Artistic Director Judy Tate.

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February 19, 2016 at 1:32 am

Officials are saying President Obama is ending the estrangement between the U.S. and Cuba by visiting the country within the coming weeks as part of a larger tour of Latin America. Presidential Historian and American University Professor, Allan J. Lichtman, joins us to share his perspective on this historic trip to Havana. We continue our two-part interview with hip-hop mogul and Rush Communications CEO Russell Simmons, who tells us about his friendship with Donald Trump and shares his thoughts on the 2016 presidential race.In our on-going American Graduate series, MetroFocus Reporter Andrea Vasquez takes us inside Columbia University’s Teachers College, where a new program is training future teachers to leverage new technology in art classes.
Just in time for Lent: MetroFocus visits Carnegie Deli, one of New York’s last remaining authentic delis that just re-opened after a 10-month closure.

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