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September 09, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Sunday marks 15 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It’s a day New York City won’t soon forget, and we have built countless tributes to ensure that we don’t. Tonight, we take a look at a new documentary that chronicles the building of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and the most overlooked aspects of the somber setting: the trees. Director of The Trees, Scott Elliott, and the Executive Producer Katherine Drew join us to discuss the 400 swamp white oaks that make-up one of New York City’s largest urban forests and the life they bring back to Ground Zero.

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September 09, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, this November, voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will all decide whether to join ranks with states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington and legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Meanwhile, Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and Missouri will decide whether to legalize the prescription use of the drug for medical purposes. New York passed marijuana-use legislation in 2014 with the Compassionate Care Act, which legalized medical marijuana. One activist at the forefront of marijuana legislation is the former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura. He joins us to discuss his book, Marijuana Manifesto, and makes the case for legalizing cannabis.

Next, as the 15th anniversary of the terrible attack on the World Trade Center quickly approaches, we take a look at the 9/11 Memorial, a steadfast tribute to those killed and the brave men and women who served the city that day. Today, a Freedom Tower now stands as a testament to the resiliency of the city, boasting an expansive view of the island, exhibits that educate attendees about the city as well as the building itself and several options for dining. But one of the building’s most engaging attractions may be one of the city’s least known and most amazing features: an elevator that offers a time lapse view of New York City. Starting at the very beginning of New York’s history in the year 1500, the elevator ride takes us through hundreds of years to the present. Visitors can watch the skyline appear and change as the city grows before their eyes. We discuss the inside story of the elevator with Michael Arad, designer of the 9/11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” and New York Times reporter David Dunlap, who covered this amazing ride through New York’s history.

Then, Gucci is one of the top names in fashion, synonymous with wealth, prestige, and class. Although Gucci won’t be holding a show here in New York during this Fashion Week, we take a moment to remember the visionary who transformed his father’s small Florentine luggage company into a globally known symbol for high fashion. Aldo Gucci, despite his business success, harbored a secret in his personal life: his mistress Bruna Palombo and their love child, Patricia. Patricia Gucci joins us to discuss her book, In the Name of Gucci, a Memoir, where she chronicles the untold love story between her parents and details her own personal relationship with her father.

Finally, where would you go if you wanted to find the greenest block in Brooklyn? Every year the Brooklyn Botanic Garden sets out to settle that question with its “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” competition. This year, out of over 150 entrants, the winner for 2016 is the 300 East 25th Street Block Association in Flatbush. We went to see for ourselves just how green it was and discovered far more than what we expected for this NYC borough.

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September 08, 2016 at 6:29 pm

This November, voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will all decide whether to join ranks with states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington and legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Meanwhile, Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and Missouri will decide whether to legalize the prescription use of the drug for medical purposes. New York passed marijuana-use legislation in 2014 with the Compassionate Care Act, which legalized medical marijuana. One activist at the forefront of marijuana legislation is the former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura. He joins us to discuss his book, Marijuana Manifesto, and makes the case for legalizing cannabis.

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September 08, 2016 at 6:28 pm

As the 15th anniversary of the terrible attack on the World Trade Center quickly approaches, we take a look at the 9/11 Memorial, a steadfast tribute to those killed and the brave men and women who served the city that day. Today, a Freedom Tower now stands as a testament to the resiliency of the city, boasting an expansive view of the island, exhibits that educate attendees about the city as well as the building itself and several options for dining. But one of the building’s most engaging attractions may be one of the city’s least known and most amazing features: an elevator that offers a time lapse view of New York City. Starting at the very beginning of New York’s history in the year 1500, the elevator ride takes us through hundreds of years to the present. Visitors can watch the skyline appear and change as the city grows before their eyes. We discuss the inside story of the elevator with Michael Arad, designer of the 9/11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” and New York Times reporter David Dunlap, who covered this amazing ride through New York’s history.

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September 07, 2016 at 5:29 am

Tonight, “the deciders in this year’s presidential election will be young people and citizens of color,” said America By The Numbers’ Anchor and Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa. The 2016 Presidential Election is already proving to be a polarizing political race which has divided Americans across the nation. But which Americans have the power? A new election special of America By The Numbers titled “The New Deciders” will examine voters who will have a large portion of the power and influence that will determine our next president. Maria Hinojosa discusses the documentary with us before it airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Thirteen.

Next, one woman is looking to change the way the public sees Sunday morning political talk shows. Multi-award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien is the familiar face that will be anchoring Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, a relaunch of Hearst’s one season-old Sunday political magazine show. The show premieres this coming weekend, and O’Brien is with us tonight to discuss how she plans to go beyond the norm in political television and expand the conversation.

Then finally, Boston, Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando, and Nice: These are just a handful of cities that witnessed horrible acts of terror in recent years. This month will mark 15 years since the devastating terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. And as hard as it might be to admit, this year will be the first year that children in schools will learn about the attack as an event in history instead of a day they will never forget. Does terror look the same today as it did on the morning of 9/11? Producer, director, and correspondent Miles O’Brien will join us to discuss his new PBS Nova special, 15 Years of Terror and how terror has evolved since 2001.

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September 06, 2016 at 6:29 pm

“The deciders in this year’s presidential election will be young people and citizens of color,” said America By The Numbers’ Anchor and Executive Producer Maria Hinojosa. The 2016 Presidential Election is already proving to be a polarizing political race which has divided Americans across the nation. But which Americans have the power? A new election special of America By The Numbers titled “The New Deciders” will examine voters who will have a large portion of the power and influence that will determine our next president. Maria Hinojosa discusses the documentary with us before it airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Thirteen.

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September 06, 2016 at 6:28 pm

One woman is looking to change the way the public sees Sunday morning political talk shows. Multi-award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien is the familiar face that will be anchoring Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, a relaunch of Hearst’s one season-old Sunday political magazine show. The show premieres this coming weekend, and O’Brien is with us tonight to discuss how she plans to go beyond the norm in political television and expand the conversation.

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September 06, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Boston, Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando, and Nice: These are just a handful of cities that witnessed horrible acts of terror in recent years. This month will mark 15 years since the devastating terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. And as hard as it might be to admit, this year will be the first year that children in schools will learn about the attack as an event in history instead of a day they will never forget. Does terror look the same today as it did on the morning of 9/11? Producer, director, and correspondent Miles O’Brien will join us to discuss his new PBS Nova special, 15 Years of Terror and how terror has evolved since 2001.

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September 03, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, rent increases are a fact of life here in New York City but a proposed hike in Queens is being called excessive, even for the world of New York real estate. The landlord in this case is Amtrak, which rents out space owned by the railroad under the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria. A handful of homeowners there have been using the land as their backyards for generations, paying a fee of around $25 every year. Now the railroad wants to raise the rent and not just by a couple hundred dollars. For some, the rent could go up to over $26,000 a year. The railroad says these lease holders have not seen rent hikes in more than 70 years, and they will be paying a fraction of the fair market rental rates. Our guest tonight does not see it that way. Congressman Joe Crowley is the representative for the 14th district, which includes this Queens neighborhood, and he has intervened on behalf of the homeowners. He joins us with an update on the situation.

Next, Billy Crystal continues his conversation with baseball legend Joe Torre and his wife, Ali. After finally opening up about his abusive childhood at the hands of his father, Joe Torre created the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation. The organization focuses on educating kids about the effects of domestic violence and abuse in order to give them hope that they are not alone. In this second installment, Billy, Joe, and Ali reflect back on Joe’s career on and off the field and how the lessons of his past has helped him communicate with his players.

Finally, Tony Danza is perhaps best known for starring in beloved and long-running television shows, Taxi and Who’s the Boss. But his career goes beyond what you might’ve seen on the small screen. Danza not only established himself as a Broadway star in hits like The Producers and A View from the Bridge, but also as a cabaret song and dance man. Tony’s latest cabaret act, Standards & Stories debuted to a sold out audience at the famous Carlyle Hotel in New York City. The show received rave reviews, and he joins us to discuss its success ahead of his performance at Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below on September 8th and 9th.

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