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September 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm

It’s the war on our southern border that few seem to want to talk about except, perhaps, for political gain. It’s a level of violence that according to the Mexican government has left over 164,000 dead and 23,000 missing since 2007. The new POV documentary “Kingdom of Shadows” explores this vicious struggle involving drug cartels, corrupt law enforcement officials and […]

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September 17, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the debates this election season have been unprecedented in modern politics, but imagine if they looked a little different, and the candidates actually discussed the issues on Americans’ minds rather than scream over each other and hurl insults. Intelligence Squared U.S. is an organization that seeks to restore civility and constructive public discourse to today’s media landscape, with their ultimate goal being to provide a new forum for intelligent debates of opposing viewpoints. Now they’ve set their sights on this election with a Change.org petition called “Fix America’s Presidential Debates!” to implement their style of informed debate for the current nominees. Intelligence Squared U.S. moderator and ABC News Correspondent John Donvan joins us to discuss intelligence squared and how their model may influence future presidential debates.

Next, PBS’ Spotlight Education Week nears it’s close, just in time for tomorrow’s American Graduate Day! We’ll have a preview of the public television project that aims to help local communities find ways to keep students on the path to graduation. What can you expect from the program and how does WNET hope to revolutionize learning? WNET’s Vice President of Education Carole Wacey joins us to answer those questions and offer more insight into American Graduate Day.

Then, what started as a Connecticut family’s birthday tradition evolved into a non-profit that’s given thousands of children the chance to make another kid smile. Growing up, Maya and Layla Wofsy made teddy bears on their birthdays to donate to children in need. Now teenagers, the girls and their parents host community and school events where children make stuffed animals and care packages through their organization Kidz Give Back. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez was there for one of the “Stuffed With Love” events at a Harlem school, and shows us what a difference these toys make for the kids who get them, as well as those who make them.

Finally, this week in history, a young, black woman was able to run from the shackles of 19th century slavery to freedom and forever changed the world. Known as “The Moses of Her People,” Harriet Tubman continued to travel into the southern states and liberated more than 300 slaves through the Underground Railroad over the course of 11 years. Tonight, in honor of this American legend, we’ll take you to her home in Upstate New York, which has become a historic site run by the National Park Service.

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September 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The debates this election season have been unprecedented in modern politics, but imagine if they looked a little different, and the candidates actually discussed the issues on Americans’ minds rather than scream over each other and hurl insults. Intelligence Squared U.S. is an organization that seeks to restore civility and constructive public discourse to today’s media landscape, with their ultimate goal being to provide a new forum for intelligent debates of opposing viewpoints. Now they’ve set their sights on this election with a Change.org petition called “Fix America’s Presidential Debates!” to implement their style of informed debate for the current nominees. Intelligence Squared U.S. moderator and ABC News Correspondent John Donvan joins us to discuss intelligence squared and how their model may influence future presidential debates.

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September 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm

PBS’ Spotlight Education Week nears it’s close, just in time for tomorrow’s American Graduate Day! We’ll have a preview of the public television project that aims to help local communities find ways to keep students on the path to graduation. What can you expect from the program and how does WNET hope to revolutionize learning? WNET’s Vice President of Education Carole Wacey joins us to answer those questions and offer more insight into American Graduate Day.

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September 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm

What started as a Connecticut family’s birthday tradition evolved into a nonprofit that’s given thousands of children the chance to make another kid smile. Growing up, Maya and Layla Wofsy made teddy bears on their birthdays to donate to children in need. Now teenagers, the girls and their parents host community and school events where children make stuffed animals and care packages through their organization Kidz Give Back. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez was there for one of the “Stuffed With Love” events at a Harlem school, and shows us what a difference these toys make for the kids who get them, as well as those who make them.

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September 16, 2016 at 6:26 pm

This week in history, a young, black woman was able to run from the shackles of 19th century slavery to freedom and forever changed the world. Known as “The Moses of Her People,” Harriet Tubman continued to travel into the southern states and liberated more than 300 slaves through the Underground Railroad over the course of 11 years. Tonight, in honor of this American legend, we’ll take you to her home in Upstate New York, which has become a historic site run by the National Park Service.

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September 16, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, from pro-wrestler to Navy SEAL and actor, Jesse Ventura has done it all, but he shocked many in the country when he became Minnesota Governor in 1999. Since leaving office in 2003, Ventura has remained in the public eye by writing books and being vocal on many controversial matters from the Kennedy assassination to the war on drugs and marijuana legalization. A longtime friend of Donald Trump, a one-time supporter of Bernie Sanders and a current supporter of Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, Jesse Ventura joins us tonight to share his thoughts on this year’s presidential election, the current state of American politics, and tells us why he would never throw his hat into this ring.

Next, Jahana Hayes is a history teacher at the John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. This year, she took home an outstanding title for her contribution to the field of education: 2016 Teacher of the Year. As she continues to hold the title, she will travel as an ambassador in her profession, hoping to encourage other teachers around the nation to follow the path she blazed in the classroom. We get the chance to speak to her as she travels and discuss the challenges she’s faced, her secrets to success in the classroom, and what it’s like to hold that distinct honor.

Then finally, school may have started in America, but around the world, there are still children who don’t have access to what many believe is a natural right: a basic education. Back in 2000, the United Nations set out to change that with the goal that come 2015, children everywhere would have the ability to complete a full course of primary education. Over the course of the past 16 years, cameras were rolling and followed 5 children from around the globe in their pursuit to finish a basic education. Now, a film called Time for School gives us a look into the lives of Nanavi in Benin, Jefferson in Brazil, Neeraj in India, Joab in Kenya, and Shugufa in Afghanistan. Nina Chaudry, the film’s director and producer, joins us tonight to share more about the making of this documentary and discuss the harrowing experience of these individuals as they strove to finish their schooling

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September 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

From pro-wrestler to Navy SEAL and actor, Jesse Ventura has done it all, but he shocked many in the country when he became Minnesota Governor in 1999. Since leaving office in 2003, Ventura has remained in the public eye by writing books and being vocal on many controversial matters from the Kennedy assassination to the war on drugs and marijuana legalization. A longtime friend of Donald Trump, a one-time supporter of Bernie Sanders and a current supporter of Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, Jesse Ventura joins us tonight to share his thoughts on this year’s presidential election, the current state of American politics, and tells us why he would never throw his hat into this ring.

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