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September 01, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Without a doubt, one of the biggest fads of the summer has been Pokemon GO, a mobile app that brings the animated Japanese anime to life. Since the app’s release in early July, users have had the opportunity to virtually catch and collect Pokemon in their communities and around the world. It sounds harmless enough, but a report by New York State Senators Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino found that many of these Pokemon wound up popping up at addresses of known sex offenders in New York City. New York State Senator Jeffrey Klein joins us to discuss bills he and other lawmakers are sponsoring and how he hopes to help kids still have fun playing Pokemon GO and similar games while ensuring their safety.

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September 01, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Huma Abedin may be making headlines as the now estranged and embarrassed wife of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, but she is not just the woman who stood by his side through his first two sexting scandals as well as his 2013 campaign for mayor of New York City. Abedin is one of the top aides and closest confidantes to Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and an instrumental part of the campaign trail. She’s been described as the candidate’s second daughter and has even stood in for Clinton at several campaign-related events. Even though she lives and works so close to the public eye, the question still remains: Who, exactly, is Huma Abedin? Vanity Fair Contributing Editor William D. Cohan joins us to shine some light on the story behind this enigmatic political figure.

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August 31, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, former Congressman Anthony Weiner found himself in the midst of sex scandals, starting in 2011 and again in 2013. Recently, the New York Post ran a report alleging a sexting scandal with an unidentified woman who provided sexually explicit conversations and photos to the paper in exchange for anonymity. The cyber-trysts reportedly began over the internet in 2015, and Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin, who stood by him through the previous two scandals, confirmed yesterday that she’s separating from her husband. We discuss the story and a larger issue it brings to light: sex and porn addiction. Psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere joins us to share his insights.

Then, 2017 is quickly approaching, and for Mayor Bill de Blasio, that would mean having to choose between running for re-election or passing the torch on to someone else. In 2013, de Blasio won the election in a landslide, with nearly 75% of the overall vote and 96% of the Black American vote. Nearly four years later, and the polls may show very different results. In fact, an influential group of Black church leaders is so disappointed with the mayor and some of his economic policies that it’s trying to ensure he doesn’t get a second term. Reverend Dr. Johnnie Green, Pastor of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem, is the President of Mobilizing Preachers and Communities, the group that is trying to oust de Blasio. Reverend Dr. Green used to fully support the mayor, but he joins us now to discuss why his support has dried up and how he is looking to change things around.

Finally, according to a recent study, nearly 64% of Nassau and Suffolk County renters cannot afford a typical two-bedroom apartment on Long Island. Pair that with fair housing law violations such as discrimination of potential renters, and Long Island quickly becomes a difficult place to thrive. What can be done to improve the island’s affordable and fair housing markets? President of Long Island Housing Partnership Peter Elkowitz and Executive Director of Long Island Housing Service Michelle Santantonio discuss that and how to make Long Island a more viable housing market for all in this latest installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.

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August 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner found himself in the midst of sex scandals, starting in 2011 and again in 2013. Recently, the New York Post ran a report alleging a sexting scandal with an unidentified woman who provided sexually explicit conversations and photos to the paper in exchange for anonymity. The cyber-trysts reportedly began over the internet in 2015, and Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin, who stood by him through the previous two scandals, confirmed yesterday that she’s separating from her husband. We discuss the story and a larger issue it brings to light: sex and porn addiction. Psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere joins us to share his insights.

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August 30, 2016 at 6:28 pm

2017 is quickly approaching, and for Mayor Bill de Blasio, that would mean having to choose between running for re-election or passing the torch on to someone else. In 2013, de Blasio won the election in a landslide, with nearly 75% of the overall vote and 96% of the Black American vote. Nearly four years later, and the polls may show very different results. In fact, an influential group of Black church leaders is so disappointed with the mayor and some of his economic policies that it’s trying to ensure he doesn’t get a second term. Reverend Dr. Johnnie Green, Pastor of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem, is the President of Mobilizing Preachers and Communities, the group that is trying to oust de Blasio. Reverend Dr. Green used to fully support the mayor, but he joins us now to discuss why his support has dried up and how he is looking to change things around.

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August 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm

According to a recent study, nearly 64% of Nassau and Suffolk County renters cannot afford a typical two-bedroom apartment on Long Island. Pair that with fair housing law violations such as discrimination of potential renters, and Long Island quickly becomes a difficult place to thrive. What can be done to improve the island’s affordable and fair housing markets? President of Long Island Housing Partnership Peter Elkowitz and Executive Director of Long Island Housing Service Michelle Santantonio discuss that and how to make Long Island a more viable housing market for all in this latest installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.

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August 30, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, how was former nursing home Rivington House sold and slated to become luxury condos if there was a deed restriction on the property? That’s what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is probing after the De Blasio administration handled the sale of the former nursing home. As we continue our ongoing series, Corruption Watch, former Federal Prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers joins us to discuss just one of the several headaches that the De Blasio administration faces as Bharara investigates City Hall, and the recent court victory that may allow Bharara to pursue the state pensions belonging to disgraced politicians Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver for unpaid forfeiture from ill-gotten gains.

Next, what was supposed to be Amber Scorah’s first day back at work after the birth of her son would turn out to be something far more tragic. In July of 2015, Amber left her 3 month-old newborn son, Karl, at an unlicensed daycare in SoHo. When she went back to check on him just a few hours later, she made the horrifying discovery that her son had died. It’s a nightmare no parent should ever have to go through, but it was a reality for Amber and now she is fighting to change parental leave laws in the hope that no other parent has to choose between working to provide for their family or being present to care for them. She joins us to discuss how she’s calling on legislators to ensure paid leave for working parents across the country.

Finally, how could a record released more than 35 years ago still be selling out venues like Madison Square Garden? Bruce Springsteen’s “The River Tour” is coming to the iconic New York City arena, but if you’re trying to get tickets, you’ll need nothing short of a miracle. We discuss why the music and its artist is still captivating audiences decades later with Peter Ames Carlin, the author of the New York Times best-seller Bruce, the first biography in 25 years to be written with the musician’s full cooperation.

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August 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm

How was former nursing home Rivington House sold and slated to become luxury condos if there was a deed restriction on the property? That’s what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is probing after the De Blasio administration handled the sale of the former nursing home. As we continue our ongoing series, Corruption Watch, former Federal Prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers joins us to discuss just one of the several headaches that the De Blasio administration faces as Bharara investigates City Hall, and the recent court victory that may allow Bharara to pursue the state pensions belonging to disgraced politicians Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver for unpaid forfeiture from ill-gotten gains.

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August 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

What was supposed to be Amber Scorah’s first day back at work after the birth of her son would turn out to be something far more tragic. In July of 2015, Amber left her 3 month-old newborn son, Karl, at an unlicensed daycare in SoHo. When she went back to check on him just a few hours later, she made the horrifying discovery that her son had died. It’s a nightmare no parent should ever have to go through, but it was a reality for Amber and now she is fighting to change parental leave laws in the hope that no other parent has to choose between working to provide for their family or being present to care for them. She joins us to discuss how she’s calling on legislators to ensure paid leave for working parents across the country.

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