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October 08, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, anticipation is mounting as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump get ready for their second presidential debate on Sunday. The rematch at Washington University in St. Louis comes almost two weeks after Clinton, the Democratic nominee, won their first showdown by consensus. Trump, the Republican nominee, was criticized for being ill-prepared and hopes to improve on that performance after working with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But will that be enough to help him capture the second debate? Or will Clinton continue to ride the wave of momentum and emerge victorious once again? Joining us tonight with a preview are Amy Holmes, a political analyst for the polling company Rasmussen Reports, and Mike Morey, a Democratic strategist who has worked for both New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Then, America has narrowed it down to two choices: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Both have spent decades in the public eye; Hillary as the First Lady and a political powerhouse who could hold her own in Washington and Donald as a successful business tycoon. And in little more than a month, one of them will hold one of the most powerful offices in the world, thanks to the people of this nation. A new FRONTLINE documentary coming to PBS dives into pivotal moments in each candidate’s life to paint a clearer picture of who they are. Using interviews with close friends and trusted advisors, The Choice examines the two people vying for the title of President of the United States. Producer Mike Wiser joins us to talk more about the documentary.

Next, two of the biggest issues in this year’s presidential election are rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility. Not only that, but these issues are everyday concerns for millions of Americans who used to buy into the idea that hard work leads to prosperity. Political comedian John Fugelsang is taking a candid look at these issues in his new documentary, Dream On, where he retraces the journey of French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville to see if the optimistic spirit of the American Dream is as existent as it was in 1831. In this latest installment of Chasing the Dream, John Fugelsang joins us to discuss the film and his findings before it airs tonight on PBS.

Then finally, Comic Con is set to be a super event this year, and it’s not just the classic superhero fans that are turning out in droves to attend. In fact, some fans might not even look alive! The Walking Dead is invading the festivities as the cast and crew of the hit show takes over Madison Square Garden and gives fans a sneak peek of the new season premiering October 23rd. Between the zombie extras, intense makeup, special effects, and ever-changing cast, it’s clear that lots of moving parts go into the making of a number one show on television. The Walking Dead’s Executive Producer and CEO of Skybound Entertainment David Alpert joins us with a look into the show and its new season that is sure to knock fans dead!

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October 07, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Anticipation is mounting as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump get ready for their second presidential debate on Sunday. The town hall rematch at Washington University in St. Louis comes almost two weeks after Clinton, the Democratic nominee, won their first showdown by consensus. Trump, the Republican nominee, was criticized for being ill-prepared and hopes to improve on that performance after […]

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October 07, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, City Hall is under serious scrutiny as Mayor Bill De Blasio’s political nonprofit organization, “The Campaign for One New York,” goes under investigation. The ethics violations that triggered the inspection have now led to a sweeping subpoena on our city’s seat of power and an extensive look into the communications between the mayor, his aides, the organization, and its donors. What are they looking for? Tonight, we’re digging for those answers with William K. Rashbaum, the New York Times reporter who broke the story.

Next, to this day it remains both one of the greatest aviation mysteries in history and a deeply personal tragedy for our area. On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport on its way to Paris, France. Twelve minutes later, the Boeing 747 jetliner exploded off the coast of Long Island and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 230 people on board. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the plane went down after a short circuit led to an explosion onboard, but not everyone agrees with the conclusion. 20 years after the crash, News 12 Long Island went back and interviewed those involved with the case to try and figure out what exactly happened. Tonight the producer behind that report, Brad Trettien, joins us to explain what he and his team uncovered.

Finally, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth boasts a career that spans all facets of show business, and now the notoriously bubbly performer is opening up to MetroFocus and revealing a side of her that’s never been seen…a sultry, jazzy side. Her new album, “The Art of Elegance,” has been described by critics as vibrant and beautiful, and has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz Chart. A bit of a departure from her Broadway persona. At the Great White Way, she’s known for roles such as Glinda the Good Witch in the original cast of Wicked and Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Now, she’s returning to her roots in a limited engagement at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in My Love Letter to Broadway. And after all that, she shows no signs of slowing down. By the end of this year, Chenoweth will have put out “The Art of Elegance,” designed a jewelry collection, and starred in NBC’s Hairspray Live! as Velma Von Tussle. Tonight, the multi-faceted actress takes time out of her jam-packed schedule to discuss what’s new and what’s next in her dazzling career.

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October 06, 2016 at 6:29 pm

City Hall is under serious scrutiny as Mayor Bill De Blasio’s political nonprofit organization, “The Campaign for One New York,” goes under investigation. The ethics violations that triggered the inspection have now led to a sweeping subpoena on our city’s seat of power and an extensive look into the communications between the mayor, his aides, the organization, and its donors. What are they looking for? Tonight, we’re digging for those answers with William K. Rashbaum, the New York Times reporter who broke the story.

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October 06, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, sparks flew as Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence defended their respective running mates at the vice presidential debate last night. Kaine repeatedly attacked Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and drew criticism for interrupting Pence throughout their debate. For the most part, Pence remained even-tempered and was tapped as the winner of the night by many pundits. But not everyone saw it that way. The New York Times published an editorial saying Pence set out to invent a new version of Trump and ignored his running mate’s history of controversial comments. To help us put it all in perspective, we’ll be joined tonight by Amy Holmes, a political analyst for the polling company Rasmussen Reports, and Mike Morey, a Democratic strategist.

Next, last month, the bodies of Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, were found viciously beaten near an elementary school just one week before the remains of Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, were uncovered just two miles away. Officials have since attributed their deaths to gang violence, specifically the work of Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13. MS-13 is a gang with roots in Los Angeles and El Salvador and for almost 20 years they have tormented the residents of the Long Island town of Brentwood. Local members of MS-13 have been accused of at least 14 murders since 2009. Now, in the wake of these four tragic deaths, authorities are redoubling their efforts to protect the community. New York Times reporter Liz Robbins joins us to give us an in-depth look into these horrifying events and discuss what steps are being taken to curb the violence.

Finally, on October 5, 1969, a group of actors dubbed themselves Monty Python’s Flying Circus and brought sketch comedy to British television and endless laughter to living rooms around the world. The show, later shortened to Monty Python, wasn’t originally meant to make the crossover to America, but the contagiously hilarious antics of the troupe eventually found a home on PBS. Tonight, we sit down with Monty Pythoner John Cleese to discuss the show’s monumental run from it’s humble beginnings to its international success.

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October 05, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Sparks flew as Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence defended their respective running mates at the vice presidential debate last night. Kaine repeatedly attacked Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and drew criticism for interrupting Pence throughout their debate. For the most part, Pence remained even-tempered and was tapped as the winner of the night by many pundits. But not everyone saw it that way. The New York Times published an editorial saying Pence set out to invent a new version of Trump and ignored his running mate’s history of controversial comments. To help us put it all in perspective, we’ll be joined tonight by Amy Holmes, a political analyst for the polling company Rasmussen Reports, and Mike Morey, a Democratic strategist.

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October 05, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Last month, the bodies of Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, were found viciously beaten near an elementary school just one week before the remains of Oscar Acosta, 19, and Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, were uncovered just two miles away. Officials have since attributed their deaths to gang violence, specifically the work of Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13. MS-13 is a gang with roots in Los Angeles and El Salvador and for almost 20 years they have tormented the residents of the Long Island town of Brentwood. Local members of MS-13 have been accused of at least 14 murders since 2009. Now, in the wake of these four tragic deaths, authorities are redoubling their efforts to protect the community. New York Times reporter Liz Robbins joins us to give us an in-depth look into these horrifying events and discuss what steps are being taken to curb the violence.

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October 05, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, our nation’s first vice president, John Adams, described the job as “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived, or his imagination conceived.” Is he right? As the person who is just a heartbeat away from the presidency, the vice president gets a unique window into history that only a select few could ever dream of having. This November, either Virginia Senator Tim Kaine or Indiana Governor Mike Pence will add their name to that historically unique roster. In anticipation of tonight’s vice-presidential debate and the election’s outcome, we look back at some of our best and worst vice presidents with presidential historian Tim Naftali.

Then, Silver and Skelos: They’re not just names that made headlines. They’re the disgraced former Speaker and Majority Leader of the Albany State House, a place that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara calls a “cauldron of corruption.” Bharara’s newest case is equally worthy of that title. Both his office and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have unveiled separate criminal charges against top state power brokers and prominent developers, including two former aides to Governor Cuomo and members of his inner circle, Joe Percoco and Todd Howe. All this is part of a wide-ranging corruption probe of major construction projects upstate tied to the government’s development program “Buffalo Billion.” As part of our ongoing series, Corruption Watch, we sit down with Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School to analyze this latest scandal in Albany.

Finally, best known for songs like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and “Annie’s Song,” singer and songwriter John Denver was a unique voice in the music world with a legendary career that spanned nearly four decades. Proclaimed the “country boy” of his time, Denver loved to sing about the clear, blue skies and country roads in the state of Colorado. With the 19th anniversary of his passing this month, PBS remembers this classic performer with a reprise of the documentary John Denver: Country Boy. We relive the life and career of John Denver with Tom Crum, a close friend and Denver’s former partner in the creation of an environmental foundation.

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