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December 02, 2016 at 5:45 am

Tonight, as president-elect Trump kicks off his victory tour, the New York Times starts a column on a troubling trend: the increase of hate crimes in America. They analyze 10 hate crime incidents in the first edition, in addition to resources and tips on responding to harassment. Will this column change the pattern, or simply fuel the fire? New York Times writer and editor Anna North joins us to discuss.

Next, George Mitchell, one of the most admired men in the world, is known for his wit, wisdom, and humble beginnings. The gentleman peacemaker, former Senate Majority Leader and US Special Envoy shares his take on the conflict in the Middle East and whether a change in guard in the Oval Office is likely to have any impact on the potential for a peace agreement.

Finally, Betty Buckley, also known as “the voice of Broadway”, won a Tony in 1983 for her role as Gizabella in the unforgettable Broadway show Cats. MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman recently had the chance to sit down with Buckley at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater for an exclusive interview. Find out how playing Gizabella shaped her life and career and the surprising inspiration for this memorable role.

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December 01, 2016 at 6:28 pm

As president-elect Trump kicks off his victory tour, the New York Times starts a column on a troubling trend: the increase of hate crimes in America. They analyze 10 hate crime incidents in the first edition, in addition to resources and tips on responding to harassment. Will this column change the pattern, or simply fuel the fire? New York Times writer and editor Anna North joins us to discuss.

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December 01, 2016 at 6:27 pm

George Mitchell, one of the most admired men in the world, is known for his wit, wisdom, and humble beginnings. The gentleman peacemaker, former Senate Majority Leader and US Special Envoy shares his take on the conflict in the Middle East and whether a change in guard in the Oval Office is likely to have any impact on the potential for a peace agreement.

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December 01, 2016 at 5:53 am

Tonight, the Trump team chose Twitter as their go-to outlet during the campaign, discrediting traditional media sources along the way. Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, how will the media adapt to cover the Trump administration? New York Post film critic and op-ed columnist, Kyle Smith discusses Trump’s unconventional relationship with the media and whether their coverage has been biased.

Next, who says bigger is always better? In the world of micro apartments, tiny could be the future of New York City living. New York Times Real Estate Editor Vivian S. Toy gives us a tour of the micro world some New Yorkers call home.

Finally, “G” is for gentrification, a buzz-word in many New York City neighborhoods. Student journalist Pamela Puello’s new film documents how rising prices and new construction drives many locals from their Harlem homes. Ellen Baxter, executive director of Broadway Housing Communities, helped shepherd a low-income housing complex called the Sugar Hill Project, featured in Puello’s film, which acts as an affordable option in the fight against gentrification. We hit the streets for a look at the changing neighborhood and what it means for the people living there.

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November 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The Trump team chose Twitter as their go-to outlet during the campaign, discrediting traditional media sources along the way. Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, how will the media adapt to cover the Trump administration? New York Post film critic and op-ed columnist, Kyle Smith discusses Trump’s unconventional relationship with the media and whether their coverage has been biased.

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November 30, 2016 at 5:13 am

Tonight, do you have enough pennies saved for a rainy day? A recent report from the non-profit Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development reveals that nearly 60% of New York City residents don’t have enough cash in the bank to cover household expenses for at least 3 months. Amy Zimmer outlines the troubling statistics facing many of our neighbors in a recent DNA Info article titled “Most New Yorkers are Roughly 1 Paycheck Away from Homelessness” and shares her findings with us as part of our ongoing initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.

Then, it’s the political pay-to-play corruption case that has cast a long shadow over state politics for the last two months: a far reaching, bid-rigging, bribery scheme that led investigators to the indictments just days ago of eight men. Two of those men, Joseph Percoco and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, are key members of Governor Cuomo’s inner circle and are facing charges including wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion and honest services fraud. What light could the felony trial shed on Albany’s shady dealings? Politico Albany Bureau Chief Jimmy Vielkind has the latest on what this could mean for the Governor.

Next, the lighting of the Christmas tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center has been a holiday tradition for America and NBC, which broadcasts the spectacular event that signals the coming of the Christmas season. Ahead of tomorrow’s broadcast, we rock around the Christmas tree with a special history lesson from Al Roker, “America’s Weatherman” and anchor of the Today Show, who will once again host this year’s festivities.

Finally, what makes a good leader? Can leadership be learned? And what are the consequences when leadership fails? There are just some of the questions raised by Steve Adubato, host of One-on-One With Steve Adubato, in his latest book Lessons in Leadership, which spotlights a wide gamut of innovators and provides concrete tools and tips for any aspiring leader. Adubato joins us to share his insight on the critical importance of good leadership.

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