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October 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm

This year, millenials are not the only youth who will vote in the election, some high schoolers will also gain the privilege to head to the polls and cast their voteS on Election Day. But the reality is, most of them won’t show up, as youth voter turnout is at an all-time low. During the 2014 midterm election, only 20 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds participated in the election, which is the lowest youth turnout in the past 40 years. Gina Figliozzi, a recent graduate from Smithtown High School East on Long Island, wanted to try and turn those dismal numbers around. After voting for the first time during April’s primaries, she made a poster in the hope that she would interest her peers to vote. Her teacher, Tim Needles, took notice of the poster and entered it in a national contest from PBS LearningMedia called “Meet Me in D.C.” Out of 400 entries, Gina was chosen to be one of the competition’s two winners and earned herself a free trip to Washington D.C. She joins us tonight with Tim Needles to discuss why youth turnout on Election Day is going to be vital, and why simple acts like hers could make a difference.

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October 25, 2016 at 5:30 am

After 11 Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and sold out shows until summer of 2017, it’s no doubt: Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biggest Broadway hit to date. In July, Miranda stepped away from the show and his role as the title character, Alexander Hamilton. The torch passed on to his alternate, Javier Muñoz, who has been stepping in as Hamilton […]

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October 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

After 11 Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and sold out shows until summer of 2017, it’s no doubt: Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s biggest Broadway hit to date. In July, Miranda stepped away from the show and his role as the title character, Alexander Hamilton. The torch passed on to his alternate, Javier Muñoz, who has been stepping in as Hamilton […]

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October 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

New York City, home to over 8 million residents, has a history of bringing people together across all religions, races, and social classes. Now, 3,000 religious leaders are preparing to gather at the Jacob Javits Center for this year’s Movement Day Global Cities, an annual conference that aims to address various issues facing New York and other major cities all […]

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October 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Victoria Pannell may only be 17 years old, but that hasn’t stopped her from leaving her mark on the world through activism and social justice. Pannell has been a vocal figure on a variety of issues ranging from stemming the K2 epidemic to calling for relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina.  One issue, however, stands above the rest.  At 13 […]

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October 22, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, each year, the Al Smith Charity Dinner takes place in New York City to raise funds to help support children in need as well as honor the memory of the Empire State’s 42nd governor, who was also the first Catholic U.S. presidential candidate. Last night, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were in attendance as speakers for the annual event, just one day after their last political debate of the season.

Although a theme promoted throughout the night was the effort to bring civility back to the national stage in politics, a theme reflective of Al Smith’s moniker “the happy warrior” a name he’s earned for his friendly style of political combat, the bad blood between this year’s presidential candidates couldn’t be ignored as each candidate quipped at each other in their respective speeches. Missed it? Don’t worry. In tonight’s Listening In, we’ll show you some of the best moments from last night’s dinner.

Then, we are only a few weeks away from what many political experts are calling an election like none other in our nation’s history. Whether or not that is true, both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that after all of the unprecedented incivility, this election will fundamentally transform the United States regardless of who wins the presidency. But just how true are those sentiments and what have American voters learned from all the campaigning and political discourse? New York Times best-selling author and presidential scholar at The Kings College in New York City, Amity Shlaes, joins us to help answer those questions and look at the impact of past elections.

Next, you might not be able to get a ticket to the room where it happens, but tonight, PBS’ Great Performances is giving viewers a special look inside the making of Hamilton through the lens of a documentary that is kicking off the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Hamilton’s America, directed by Alex Horwitz, follows Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the cast as this megahit musical rose from humble beginnings and went on to become a Broadway phenomenon – winning 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Director Alex Horowitz joins us on MetroFocus to share a sneak peek of this much-anticipated documentary before it airs tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS.

Finally, this Sunday, AMC’s The Walking Dead picks up where it left off last season with one of television’s biggest cliffhangers. Which character got brained by the show’s new villain, Negan, in last season’s finale? We went in search of an answer and found it at New York Comic Con, where The Walking Dead was the star attraction and the show’s creator and executive producer were on hand. Among all the superheroes and super-fans, MetroFocus had a chance to talk with the series creator Robert Kirkman and one of the executive producers, David Alpert, who gave us the inside scoop on what fans can expect this season.

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October 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Each year, the Al Smith Charity Dinner takes place in New York City to raise funds to help support children in need as well as honor the memory of the Empire State’s 42nd governor, who was also the first Catholic U.S. presidential candidate. Last night, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were in attendance as speakers for the annual event, just one day after their last political debate of the season.
Although a theme promoted throughout the night was the effort to bring civility back to the national stage in politics, a theme reflective of Al Smith’s moniker “the happy warrior” a name he’s earned for his friendly style of political combat, the bad blood between this year’s presidential candidates couldn’t be ignored as each candidate quipped at each other in their respective speeches. Missed it? Don’t worry. In tonight’s Listening In, we’ll show you some of the best moments from last night’s dinner.

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October 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

We are only a few weeks away from what many political experts are calling an election like none other in our nation’s history. Whether or not that is true, both Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that after all of the unprecedented incivility, this election will fundamentally transform the United States regardless of who wins the presidency. But just how true are those sentiments and what have American voters learned from all the campaigning and political discourse? New York Times best-selling author and presidential scholar at The Kings College in New York City, Amity Shlaes, joins us to help answer those questions and look at the impact of past elections.

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October 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm

You might not be able to get a ticket to the room where it happens, but tonight, PBS’ Great Performances is giving viewers a special look inside the making of Hamilton through the lens of a documentary that is kicking off the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Hamilton’s America, directed by Alex Horwitz, follows Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the cast as this megahit musical rose from humble beginnings and went on to become a Broadway phenomenon – winning 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Director Alex Horowitz joins us on MetroFocus to share a sneak peek of this much-anticipated documentary before it airs tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter, Ellen and James S. Marcus, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Laura and Jim Ross.

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