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August 06, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, climate change has New York City at the mercy of Mother Nature. With rising sea levels wreaking havoc around the globe, our city appeared on a list of 10 cities that are most vulnerable. Find out from climate scientist Dr. Radley Horton just how significant the flooding could become and what steps could possibly be taken to minimize the flooding.

Then, imagine walking up and down every single block in New York City. Sociology professor at the City College of New York William Helmreich did just that. It took him four years to comb through all five boroughs of the city– that’s roughly 6,000 miles– and he went through about ten pairs of shoes and spoke with hundreds of people who crossed his path. What did he find? It’s all in his new book The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City. Tonight, Helmreich joins us to give us insights into his adventure and talk about how he got a better understanding of our city’s crime, poverty, and gentrification issues.

Next, New York Harbor may become home to billions of oysters, but no, they’re not for you to have on the half shell. About 120 years ago, New York Harbor was the site of one of the richest oyster grounds in the world. Those mollusks acted as natural water filters and protected the city against rising sea levels and superstorms. But between all the pollution and over-eating over the past century, that important part of New York’s natural protection have all but disappeared. New York Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy Bill Ulfelder stops by to tell us how New York could once again become the “Oyster Capital of the World.”

Finally, guitar legend Warren Haynes might be best known for his role in rock band the Allman Brothers, but these days, he’s up to something slightly different. Still playing and touring, Haynes takes the time to sit down with MetroFocus’ Noah Eckstein to talk about preserving and expanding music and music education as his tour with the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration prepares for its last performance in Central Park.

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August 05, 2016 at 6:27 pm

New York Harbor may become home to billions of oysters, but no, they’re not for you to have on the half shell. About 120 years ago, New York Harbor was the site of one of the richest oyster grounds in the world. Those mollusks acted as natural water filters and protected the city against rising sea levels and superstorms. But between all the pollution and over-eating over the past century, that important part of New York’s natural protection have all but disappeared. New York Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy Bill Ulfelder stops by to tell us how New York could once again become the “Oyster Capital of the World.”

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August 05, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, on Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that he will be stepping down from his post next month. We listened in on his press conference where he thanked those who supported him through his 45 year-long career in the public eye. But what lies in store for the New York Police Department after Bratton takes his leave? Journalist Ellis Henican joins us to discuss what’s next for the Big Apple.

Then, Ally Hilfiger’s childhood was not easy despite being the daughter of renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. Her arduous health ordeal began at the age of seven when she was bitten by a tick. Her test was inconclusive, and for years she dealt with unbearable pain and misdiagnoses- from rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, to fibromyalgia. The pain being too great, Hilfiger says she turned to marijuana for relief. Her habit ultimately led to her being committed to a psychiatric hospital. In her new book Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me, Hilfiger opens up about her personal battle with Lyme disease, and shares how she hopes to help others.

Finally, it turns out millennials – or those born between 1985 and 1996 – as defined by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, are significantly worse off than the generation before them. In fact, the job market they entered several years ago during the Great Recession was similar to that of the Great Depression, or at least according to Scott Stringer. A recent report from his office shows millennials are struggling to make ends meet, earning 20 percent less than their predecessors did in the 1990s. The Comptroller joins us to talk more about his findings and tell us what the city needs to do in order to help this stalled generation.

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August 04, 2016 at 6:29 pm

On Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that he will be stepping down from his post next month. We listened in on his press conference where he thanked those who supported him through his 45 year-long career in the public eye. But what lies in store for the New York Police Department after Bratton takes his leave? Journalist Ellis Henican joins us to discuss what’s next for the Big Apple.

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August 03, 2016 at 5:23 am

Tonight, William J. Bratton has announced today that he will be stepping down from his position as commissioner of the New York Police Department next month. After a 45 year-long career that spanned the country, Bratton will take a job within the private sector. Top uniformed officer Chief James O’Neill will fill Bratton’s role after he leaves. We Listen In as Bratton spoke earlier today about his departure in a press conference.

Next, Brian Lehrer’s radio show on WNYC has covered politics, culture, and life in our region for over 25 years. During that time, Lehrer has interviewed both news-makers and regular listeners alike and created a unique community within New York media. Tonight, we go behind the scenes to take a look at how the show came together during last month’s presidential conventions.

Then, Koko the Gorilla isn’t your average ape. This 45-year-old primate was taught sign language as a youngster by an animal psychologist who has gone on to become her surrogate mother. For decades, Koko has received worldwide recognition for her ability to communicate with humans. But some in the scientific community are skeptical about her true ability to understand and respond to what people are saying. A new documentary, Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, from PBS and the BBC explores this remarkable animal’s life and the controversy surrounding her. Tonight we take a look at the film and sit down with the documentary’s producer to go inside Koko’s story.

Finally, as part of our ongoing series, Listening In, Nathan Lane opens up about fame and coming out as gay during a conversation with comedian Joy Behar at the 92nd Street Y. Lane, perhaps best known for his stage and film portrayals of Max Bialystock in The Producers, is not only a Broadway and television star, but also an LGBT activist and proud member of the gay community.

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August 02, 2016 at 6:29 pm

William J. Bratton has announced today that he will be stepping down from his position as commissioner of the New York Police Department next month. After a 45 year-long career that spanned the country, Bratton will take a job within the private sector. Top uniformed officer Chief James O’Neill will fill Bratton’s role after he leaves. We Listen In as Bratton spoke earlier today about his departure in a press conference.

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August 02, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Brian Lehrer’s radio show on WNYC has covered politics, culture, and life in our region for over 25 years. During that time, Lehrer has interviewed both news-makers and regular listeners alike and created a unique community within New York media. Tonight, we go behind the scenes to take a look at how the show came together during last month’s presidential conventions.

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August 02, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the year was 1968, and our nation was divided by political parties and heated ideological clashes. An unforgettable election season, one filled with triumphs and tragedies. It was marred by violence and assassinations, Vietnam, and a culture clash between the old and young… It was a year that forever changed this country. Then rose a politician who was unafraid to speak his mind, a politician who appealed to the alienated working white voter who was convinced the government had abandoned him. That politician… was George Wallace, but does he remind you of someone else who is currently running for President? Is history repeating itself in the form of Donald Trump? Boston Globe columnist and author Michael Cohen joins us to discuss his latest book, American Maelstrom, which documents the 1968 election and the politics of division. We discuss the 1968 election, how George Wallace and Donald Trump compare, and the significance of both the election of 1968 and 2016.

Next, Claressa Shields, also known as T-Rex, made history at 17 years old. In 2012, she was the first U.S. woman to take home the gold for boxing at the London Olympics. But Claressa’s story wasn’t always gold medals and historic wins; instead it’s an inspiring tale of how with hard work, determination, and perseverance anyone can overcome hardship and struggle. Zackary Canepari is one of the directors for a documentary showcasing the young Olympian, T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold. He stops by to tell us how Claressa Shields became the subject of his film and shares the road they took to follow her journey to Olympic success.

Then, the year was 1936. America was in the midst of the Great Depression. The world was turning its eyes to Berlin for the Olympics and the nation was struggling. Nine working-class young men from the University of Washington were given the opportunity to represent the country in rowing, beating out not only their prestigious Ivy League counterparts here at home, but going on to take the gold medal against Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. Hear their story in the new American Experience PBS documentary called The Boys of ’36 premiering tomorrow, August 2.

Finally, have you ever met a 94 year old style maven? Born and bred New Yorker Iris Apfel is known for her oversized glasses and original sense of style. She is the subject of a new documentary titled Iris, directed by the late Albert Maysles. His daughter and producer of the film, Rebekah Maysles, joins us to talk about the film, it’s subject, and her father. Iris will have its broadcast premiere on the POV series tonight on PBS at 10 p.m.

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August 01, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The year was 1968, and our nation was divided by political parties and heated ideological clashes. An unforgettable election season, one filled with triumphs and tragedies. It was marred by violence and assassinations, Vietnam, and a culture clash between the old and young… It was a year that forever changed this country. Then rose a politician who was unafraid to speak his mind, a politician who appealed to the alienated working white voter who was convinced the government had abandoned him. That politician… was George Wallace, but does he remind you of someone else who is currently running for President? Is history repeating itself in the form of Donald Trump? Boston Globe columnist and author Michael Cohen joins us to discuss his latest book, American Maelstrom, which documents the 1968 election and the politics of division. We discuss the 1968 election, how George Wallace and Donald Trump compare, and the significance of both the election of 1968 and 2016.

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