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November 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Staten Island is ground zero for heroin addiction in New York City. So far, the island alone has seen over 70 suspected heroin related deaths this year. We investigate this growing opioid problem on “Heroin Island” with Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. Mcmahon, who has made combating this crisis a central focus for his office.

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November 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm

With Donald Trump’s unexpected upset victory over Hillary Clinton, there is now a sense of urgency among many Americans to fight for gender equality, regardless of class or race. That fight for women’s freedom is something author Erica Jong has advocated for throughout her long writing career, from her groundbreaking first book Fear of Flying to her recent novel Fear of Dying. Erica Jong joins us to share her thoughts on the factors that truly lead to women’s liberation.

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November 16, 2016 at 5:30 am

New York City is once again stepping up security after ISIS stated in their magazine, Rumiyah, that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was an “excellent target” for an act of terrorism. The threat goes on to suggest the use of a car or vehicle to maximize destruction, reminiscent of the recent attack in Nice, where a 20-ton truck plowed through a crowded Bastille Day celebration. So is this a real threat? And if it is, what safety measures are being put in place to protect this holiday tradition? On tonight’s Listening In, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, John Miller discusses his assessment of this Thanksgiving threat and how New York City law enforcement will answer it.

One of the most notorious jails in the country is located in the East River, right across from the Manhattan skyline. Rikers Island is New York City’s largest correctional facility and the abuse and corruption that runs rampant within its walls have been well documented by authors, journalists, and detainees alike. Yet almost 80 percent of the more than 7,500 men and women detained at Rikers on any given day have not been convicted of the charges they face. Whether guilty or innocent, all the detainees find themselves in a culture of violence and fear that forces them to do whatever is necessary to survive. In this installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we take a look at a candid and harrowing documentary by Bill Moyers, Rikers brings viewers face to face with the men and women who have endured the correctional facility and lived to tell the tale. Tonight, award-winning director, longtime colleague of Bill Moyers, and producer of the film, Marc Levin joins us with Glenn E. Martin, a former Rikers detainee and President of JustLeadershipUSA, to discuss the film and the horrible truths within the walls at Rikers Island.

In the United States alone, more than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one during any given year. Caregiving is a job that can take its toll physically and emotionally, as the duty of looking after loved ones can add additional pressure to life’s day-to-day responsibilities. T.V. host and advocate Leeza Gibbons understands this struggle after taking care of her own mother during her fight with Alzheimer’s and going through additional health problems with her father. But while others might feel overwhelmed, Leeza is empowered to help other caregivers cope with the unique role of looking after their loved ones with her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection, using the money she won on President-elect Donald Trump’s former program, The Celebrity Apprentice. Tonight, in honor of National Caregivers Month, Leeza Gibbons joins us to talk about her organization, share her advice, and support other caregivers around the country.

You can’t see where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. At least, that’s the way the Museum of the City of New York sees it in a new exhibit, “New York at Its Core.” The permanent display takes visitors through a comprehensive history of the Big Apple, from its colonial beginnings as a Dutch village to the beloved mecca of art, culture, and innovation it is today. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez takes us to the first-of-its-kind exhibit before its premiere this weekend and shows us how the history of our city comes alive and helps us envision its bright future.

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November 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

New York City is once again stepping up security after ISIS stated in their magazine, Rumiyah, that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was an “excellent target” for an act of terrorism. The threat goes on to suggest the use of a car or vehicle to maximize destruction, reminiscent of the recent attack in Nice, where a 20-ton truck plowed through a crowded Bastille Day celebration. So is this a real threat? And if it is, what safety measures are being put in place to protect this holiday tradition? On tonight’s Listening In, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, John Miller discusses his assessment of this Thanksgiving threat and how New York City law enforcement will answer it.

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November 15, 2016 at 5:30 am

Bullying in schools is reportedly on the rise after President-elect Trump’s victory last week. Parents across the Tri-state are already raising concerns after hearing about taunting between classmates involving the campaign. Tonight we take a look at the issue with help from NBC New York, which recently investigated reports of bullying in Suffolk County, Long Island. Then we’ll be joined […]

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November 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Bullying in schools is reportedly on the rise after President-elect Trump’s victory last week. Parents across the Tri-state are already raising concerns after hearing about taunting between classmates involving the campaign. Tonight we take a look at the issue with help from NBC New York, which recently investigated reports of bullying in Suffolk County, Long Island. Then we’ll be joined […]

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November 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has found a new target: gun trafficking. A new report from his office called “Target on Trafficking” reveals the glaring trends he says are undermining New York’s strong gun laws, which are some of the toughest in the nation. In that report, was this glaring statistic: 74 percent of all crime guns recovered […]

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November 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Last night, anti-Trump protesting continued in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City. The landmark building stands as a constant reminder of the irrefutable commercial and political influence the business mogul has had on this city for decades. As President-elect, that influence is going national, but how will Trump’s victory and his proposed policies directly […]

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November 11, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, President Obama welcomed Donald Trump to the White House this morning to begin the process of passing the presidential torch to his newly-elected successor. Last night, anti-Trump protests erupted across the country, from Los Angeles, where American flags were burned in the streets, to Chicago, where police barricades were erected to try and control the crowds. The streets of Manhattan were no exception. Thousands chanted slogans such as, “Donald Trump, go away. Racist. Sexist. Anti-gay,” as they marched from Union Square to Trump Tower. 65 New Yorkers were arrested, mostly on charges of disorderly conduct outside of Trump’s headquarters and penthouse apartment, and some burned the American flag and effigies of Donald Trump in the street. All of this comes after the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, asked her supporters to give the president-elect a “chance to lead.” Tonight, we fill you in on the protesting and give updates on the many pending legal battles that are moving forward despite Trump’s win.

Next, President-Elect Donald Trump may have taken home a big win for the Republican party, which is not only poised to hold the presidency but the majority in Congress as well. While many in the GOP are excited to hold much of the nation’s power, one prominent Republican is not enthused at the thought of having Donald Trump as our Commander in Chief. Christine Todd Whitman was formerly the Governor of New Jersey and hasn’t been a fan of Trump since the beginning of his campaign. In fact, she’s gone so far as to urge her fellow Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton. Tonight, she joins us to react to Trump’s victory and discuss how these developments may affect her party.

Then, tomorrow is Veterans Day, a U.S. holiday that commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918 and the official end of World War I. In the 98 years that have passed, we take the day to remember and thank veterans for their service to protect our beloved Land of the Free. Here in Manhattan, the New York City Veterans Day Parade pays homage to our servicemen at home and abroad and allows New Yorkers to show their respect and support every November 11th. Held and organized by the United War Veterans Council, this year’s parade is sure to be an amazing event. Tonight, we discuss the festivities with Dan McSweeney and Ryan Hegg, two members of the council who organize the parade every year.

Also, in 2010 DOC NYC began it’s inaugural year in the West Village’s IFC Center, hosting over 60 events over the course of seven days. Six years later DOC NYC has become one of, if not the largest, documentary film festivals in the country, having showcased over 200 films and events last year. This festival promises to continue the tradition as they host hundreds of new, ground-breaking films. We have an inside look at the cinematic excitement to come as DOC NYC’s Artistic Director Thom Powers gives us a preview of what’s to come.

Finally, the Hearst Tower stands as an impressive, geometric contribution to the iconic New York City skyline. The 46-story-tall steel and glass skyscraper sits atop an art deco base that was originally built in 1928 and gives a stunning picture of New York City’s past and present. The building, its construction, and its history is explored in Treasures of New York, Hearst Tower. We have a preview of this documentary with Lord Norman Foster, Pritzker Prize-winning architect, as well as the architect behind the design of the Hearst Tower, who will take us for a unique tour of the building. Also, don’t miss the full episode, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. on WLIW and Sunday November 13th at 7 p.m. on Thirteen.

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