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February 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Politico New York’s Azi Paybarah joins us to discuss Michael Bloomberg’s consideration to make an independent run for the presidency. See how the former New York City mayor might shake up the polls in this year’s election. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and director Stanley Nelson stops by to talk about his new documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” Nelson explains how his perception of the group changed after making the film and draws parallels between the Black Panthers and the social justice movements we are witnessing today. Today’s students are overscheduled, overtested, underestimated, according to filmmaker, author and education advocate Vicki Abeles. She explores the issue in her new book “Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation,” and stops by to share her opinions on the challenges kids face in school and what she thinks can be done to help.

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February 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm

In the second installment of a two-part interview and as part of our ongoing American Graduate series, NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discusses receivership and her request for more education funding. As part of our ongoing American Graduate series, we take a look at Mott Haven Academy, which aims to help educate children in foster care or the welfare system. Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere and mastermind behind the “No Pants Subway Ride” prank, stops by to explain where the stunt started and what these viral jokes are trying to achieve.

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February 12, 2016 at 7:28 am

In the first installment of a two-part interview and as part of our ongoing American Graduate series, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discusses the key challenges facing parents, students and educators in New York public schools. In our ongoing American Graduate series, your “personal astrophysicist” and director of the Hayden Planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us about the state of science education. You might know her as Judy Garland’s daughter: Entertainer Lorna Luft sits down with us to discuss what’s it’s like being “daughter of a legend” and how she overcame breast cancer. New York Fashion Week is here and runs through February 18. “Time Out New York” Editor Carla Sosenko directs us where to go during the high-style event if your name’s not on the VIP lists.

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Episode
February 11, 2016 at 8:54 am

Which candidate exceeded expectations and which one fared worse than predicted? We’ll break down the results of the New Hampshire primary with Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent Nina Burleigh. Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced executive action to limit the use of so-called conversion therapy for LGBT youth. Matthew Shurka underwent conversion therapy when he was younger and now advocates against the practice. We’ll speak with him about what that experience was like. Creator of the popular blog “I Quant New York” and Data Analyst for the New York Post, Ben Wellington, tells us how he is using public data and information from city agencies to bring big issues to attention and brainstorming ways to change them. Executive Director of Marquis Studios David Marquis joins us to discuss the Marquis Inclusion Program, which uses arts to promote the inclusion of disabled children, and resulted from a partnership with recording artist Clay Aiken’s National Inclusion Project.

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