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July 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

We continue our conversation with television producer Norman Lear, who is the latest subject in the new American Masters documentary depicting his life. The documentary, titled Norman Lear: Another Version of You, takes a look at how he became the man behind the screen that shaped a new generation of sitcoms in the 1970’s. Tonight, we switch gears from his legendary career, to his heart for political activism, speaking on subjects such as organizations he has started and what his opinions are concerning this current Presidential election.

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July 15, 2016 at 5:32 am

Tonight, in the age of iPhones and constant contact with the internet, technology has made it easier for people to record interactions with police. In fact, there is a decades-old consent decree preserving the right to do just that. But now, a New York City man named Ruben An is in the midst of a legal battle after he recorded a conversation between three officers and a man on the sidewalk in July 2014. An was held in jail for 15 hours and charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. A year later, the case went to trial and the jury found An not guilty on all counts. Now, An is filing a lawsuit to affirm that he was in the right the day he was arrested, and that the arrest violated his constitutional rights, on top of issuing a permanent injunction that would bar the NYPD from interfering with or retaliating against citizen videographers. Tonight, Ruben An’s attorneys on this case, Joshua Carrin and Cynthia Conti-Cook join us to discuss this unique case. Next, food waste is perhaps one of the biggest problems in the world that people are not talking about. You may not realize it, but statistics show the average American throws away over 20 pounds of food each month. With about 15 million children living in food insecure households nationwide, new programs are now being adopted in communities across the country to make sure leftovers end up on dinner plates – and not in landfills. New York City is no exception. As part of our ongoing reporting initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we’re taking a look at this problem with help from The Huffington Post, which recently launched a campaign called “Reclaim” to cut down on food waste. Then finally, meet the man who raised a generation and redefined comedy television in the 70’s. Norman Lear is best known for his hit shows like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son; titles that laid the groundwork for a new era in sitcoms and created a format that would be reused for countless other shows. Lear is now the subject of the newest American Masters installment, Norman Lear: Another Version of You, and he takes some time out to sit down with us and discuss the documentary.

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July 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

In the age of iPhones and constant contact with the internet, technology has made it easier for people to record interactions with police. In fact, there is a decades-old consent decree preserving the right to do just that. But now, a New York City man named Ruben An is in the midst of a legal battle after he recorded a conversation between three officers and a man on the sidewalk in July 2014. An was held in jail for 15 hours and charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. A year later, the case went to trial and the jury found An not guilty on all counts. Now, An is filing a lawsuit to affirm that he was in the right the day he was arrested, and that the arrest violated his constitutional rights, on top of issuing a permanent injunction that would bar the NYPD from interfering with or retaliating against citizen videographers. Tonight, Ruben An’s attorneys on this case, Joshua Carrin and Cynthia Conti-Cook join us to discuss this unique case.

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July 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Food waste is perhaps one of the biggest problems in the world that people are not talking about. You may not realize it, but statistics show the average American throws away over 20 pounds of food each month. With about 15 million children living in food insecure households nationwide, new programs are now being adopted in communities across the country to make sure leftovers end up on dinner plates – and not in landfills. New York City is no exception. As part of our ongoing reporting initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we’re taking a look at this problem with help from The Huffington Post, which recently launched a campaign called “Reclaim” to cut down on food waste.

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July 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Meet the man who raised a generation and redefined comedy television in the 70’s. Norman Lear is best known for his hit shows like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son; titles that laid the groundwork for a new era in sitcoms and created a format that would be reused for countless other shows. Lear is now the subject of the newest American Masters installment, Norman Lear: Another Version of You, and he takes some time out to sit down with us and discuss the documentary.

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July 13, 2016 at 5:33 am

A few weeks ago, we reported on the city homeless shelters you may have stayed in before: hotels. PIX 11 reporters Jay Dow and Mario Diaz joined us to show these “homeless hotels” in New York City that started housing families that are in danger of living on the streets, sometimes next to paying customers. Now, they are back to focus on the former Pan American Hotel that became a full-time homeless shelter in 2014, and their findings are worrisome to say the least: the shelter is home to level 3 sex offenders. In this Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we take a look this hotel and how this affects those that are trying to rise out of their situation.

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July 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the events of last week concerning the police shooting in Dallas and the deaths of 37 year old Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and 32 year old Philando Castile in Minnesota still affects the nation as it mourns and struggles with what comes next. Sterling died after being pinned down and fatally shot by police officers, and nearly 24 hours later, Castile was shot during a traffic stop and passed away shortly after. In response to the loss of those lives, protests erupted across the country, including Dallas, Texas, where a march for peace turned deadly when 25 year old army reserve veteran Micah Johnson gunned down and killed five police officers and injured more. Johnson was taken out by law enforcement shortly after, and bomb-making material was confirmed to have been found in his house over the weekend. Tonight, we have Manhattan Institute Fellow and author of War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe Heather MacDonald and NYPD veteran Darrin Porcher to put these events in perspective. Finally, sometimes, it’s good to get out into nature and get some fresh air, and that’s what Emmy award-winning journalist Michael Schneider is encouraging people to do with a new series on NJTV. On the Trail with Mike Schneider will guide viewers through the flora and fauna of America’s most iconic and breathtaking scenery. Schneider joins us to talk about this new series and how it’s looking to leave an impact. The first premieres and brings the great outdoors to your home on Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. on NJTV.

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July 09, 2016 at 5:31 am

It is the worst attack on our nation’s law enforcement since 9/11, the result of 2 police shootings, 2 videos and 2 black men dead. A peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas turned deadly last night when shots were fired in what appeared to be an orchestrated sniper attack. 12 officers were struck, 5 were killed and 2 civilians were wounded. The protest was one of many across the nation, in reaction to two officer involved shootings of African-American men in just two days. Those men were, 37 year old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and 32 year old Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The gunman, who died in a standoff with police, was ID’d as a 25 year old Army reservist who had served in Afghanistan. The first of his victims to be identified, was a former U.S. Marine and veteran cop who ironically had trained local police in Iraq and Afghanistan. And while the gunman claimed to have worked alone, police are still investigating possible suspects who may or may not have been complicit. Here in New York, dozens were arrested last night as more protests are expected this evening. We’ll speak with retired NYPD lieutenant Darrin Porcher, Vice President of Stratfor Intelligence and Former State Department special agent Scott Stewart, and Brooklyn NAACP President L. Joy Williams to discuss the effects of this tragedy on law enforcement, the black community and the nation. And we’ll go to Dallas for a report by WFAA’s Ron Corning on the latest on the sentiment within the community in the wake of this tragedy.

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July 08, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment claim against her former boss Roger Ailes, one of the most powerful media executives in America. Tonight, Gretchen gets real and shares in detail about her past personal journey as the victim of the sexual assault she was subjected to as she built her early career in television. Next, every June, the New York Yankees reach out to shine a spotlight on five people, families, or organizations that are giving back to the community and impacting them in a positive way. This year, one of the honorees Alvin Irby has been recognized for starting a non-profit called Barbershop Books, which helps young boys connect and get excited about reading. We were invited to help tell that story and get in on the fun as a group of school children were surprised by several Yankee players at a Harlem Bookshop. Then, more and more families are turning to New York City’s homeless shelters as an affordable housing crisis grips the region. In fact, the city’s 2016 Social Indicators Report shows that nearly 65,000 people entered city homeless shelters in 2015, and more than two thirds were families with children. Now, the NYC Department of Social Services has partnered with WNET Public Media to open a children’s waiting room in the homeless services intake center. MetroFocus contributor Andrea Vasquez takes us to the new space, designed to let children play and learn while their parents undergo the long process of entering the homeless system. Finally, every once in a while, a band comes together and redefines an entire genre of music that influences a generation. In the 50’s, there was the Four Seasons, in the 60’s there was the Beatles, and in the 70’s there was the Ramones, and they took punk to another level. The band took shape in Forest Hills, Queens, and their 1976 debut album titled simply “The Ramones” launched a career that spanned two decades. Although the four original Ramones from Forest Hills have since passed away, their music and their fans live on. Now, the Queens Museum is displaying their art and other memorabilia in an exhibit called “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” We take you through the exhibit and talk about the illustrious career of these punk rockers.

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