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May 05, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Bella Abzug didn’t take “no” for an answer. The congresswoman was a New York political icon in the 70’s, and will forever be remembered as a champion of women’s rights, and for encouraging a new generation of women to take up leadership roles. Now, nearly twenty years after Bella’s passing, her daughter Liz continues her cause with a non-profit organization named after her mother. Liz Abzug shares with us how the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute is trying to level the political playing field by helping young women get the necessary education and training to become tomorrow’s leaders

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May 04, 2016 at 5:54 am

He was once one of the most powerful politicians in New York: one of the so-called “three men in the room” alongside former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted last year on seven counts of corruption charges, which included honest-services fraud, extortion and money laundering. Prosecutors had said that Silver accumulated nearly $4 million dollars in kickbacks from arrangements involving a real-estate company and an oncologist. Now, after nearly six months, Silver is set to receive his sentence, and we’re here to discuss its implications. Next, Auschwitz or Bergen-Belsen might immediately bring to mind the horrors of the Holocaust and concentration camps, but do you know the word Treblinka? If not, then you should. Treblinka was a Nazi extermination camp that operated for just fifteen months during World War II. In that time, as many as 1 million people were murdered in its gas chambers, with thousands of men, women, and children killed every day. In the end, only about 100 people were liberated from the camp. The last witness to the horrors within Treblinka, Samuel Willenberg, died this past February, but not before sharing his testimony of what happened behind the death camp’s walls. That testimony will be heard in PBS’ Treblinka’s Last Witness on May 4, but tonight, we have Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to talk about Treblinka’s legacy and Samuel Willenberg. Then finally, “Mercedes Benz,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Piece of My Heart.” Janis Joplin will always be remembered as a rock and roll legend, both in her career and her life, which ended tragically at just 27 years old due to a heroin overdose. Janis’ sister, Laura Joplin, joins us 45 years later to remember her sister’s life, and explosive voice, in anticipation of the new American Masters documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, which premieres nationwide tonight.

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May 03, 2016 at 6:28 pm

He was once one of the most powerful politicians in New York: one of the so-called “three men in the room” alongside former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted last year on seven counts of corruption charges, which included honest-services fraud, extortion and money laundering. Prosecutors had said that Silver accumulated nearly $4 million dollars in kickbacks from arrangements involving a real-estate company and an oncologist. Now, after nearly six months, Silver is set to receive his sentence, and we’re here to discuss its implications.

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May 03, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Auschwitz or Bergen-Belsen might immediately bring to mind the horrors of the Holocaust and concentration camps, but do you know the word Treblinka? If not, then you should. Treblinka was a Nazi extermination camp that operated for just fifteen months during World War II. In that time, as many as 1 million people were murdered in its gas chambers, with thousands of men, women, and children killed every day. In the end, only about 100 people were liberated from the camp. The last witness to the horrors within Treblinka, Samuel Willenberg, died this past February, but not before sharing his testimony of what happened behind the death camp’s walls. That testimony will be heard in PBS’ Treblinka’s Last Witness on May 4, but tonight, we have Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to talk about Treblinka’s legacy and Samuel Willenberg.

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May 03, 2016 at 5:42 am

Lately there has been plenty of finger-pointing among Republicans over what led to the rise of Donald Trump and his status as GOP front runner. Steven Rattner, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a former treasury advisor to President Obama, believes he knows the real reason for the billionaire businessman’s ascension and joins us tonight to share his take. Hint: Republicans should take a long, hard look at themselves. A year ago, Carmelyn Malalis took over as Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Within weeks of being in office, Malalis vowed to enforce the city’s human rights laws and revitalize the agency. Now, we speak with her to see what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done for undocumented immigrants who find themselves at the mercy of the law and discrimination. Every year, on the first Monday in May, New York City hosts its most fashionable and star-studded party, held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Not many score a ticket to the affair, organized by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and even less get to see what goes into planning the event. Now, in a new documentary, The First Monday in May, filmmaker Andrew Rossi gives us an inside look into last year’s exclusive Met Gala. He joins us to discuss the documentary and the extravagant “A-list” metropolitan event. Then finally, is the Bronx heading towards a renaissance? An article in the American Prospect is calling attention to new businesses and investments that are injecting the northern-most borough with greater life. Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres and executive editor of the American Prospect Harold Meyerson analyze this revival and consider whether or not these small changes are indicators of what’s to come.

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May 02, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Lately there has been plenty of finger-pointing among Republicans over what led to the rise of Donald Trump and his status as GOP front runner. Steven Rattner, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a former treasury advisor to President Obama, believes he knows the real reason for the billionaire businessman’s ascension and joins us tonight to share his take. Hint: Republicans should take a long, hard look at themselves.

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May 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

A year ago, Carmelyn Malalis took over as Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Within weeks of being in office, Malalis vowed to enforce the city’s human rights laws and revitalize the agency. Now, we speak with her to see what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done for undocumented immigrants who find themselves at the mercy of the law and discrimination.

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May 02, 2016 at 2:14 pm

For us in America, stories of the Greatest Generation evoke images of World War Two and the fight to confront the evil axis powers. In particular, images of our fathers and grandfathers serving and leading the world in a war against evil. Heroes who came home victorious, and those who gave their lives to defend humanity.

But what if your father was a high ranking Nazi official? Architects of Hitler’s final solution; perpetrators of the mass murder of millions in the most heinous of ways?

That’s what Philippe Sands, whose own family was lost during the Holocaust, stumbled upon while researching his upcoming book, East West Street, which is a look at the two men who simultaneously originated the ideas of genocide and crimes against humanity.

His research led him to Niklas Frank and Horst van Vector, the sons of high ranking Nazi officials.

Their subsequent journeys through both Europe and the past are chronicled in a powerful documentary called “My Nazi Legacy,” which premieres May 2nd on Independent Lens. Phillipe Sands, joined us to tell us about the emotional journey he chronicled.

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April 29, 2016 at 5:49 am

Donald Trump is never one to back down from a fight, and now he has a new one involving his now defunct Trump University. The university has faced a number of lawsuits over the years, with the most recent being one from New York’s Attorney General alleging that it operated illegally, and defrauded it’s students. Trump has pointed to overwhelmingly positive reviews of the university by its former students, but in a recent exclusive investigation by the New York Times, some very different feedback emerged. Steve Eder, the New York Times reporter who broke the story, dives into what the investigation has uncovered so far. Students dealing with poverty, abuse and instability at home often have a harder time achieving academic success and going on to higher education. The non-profit Children’s Defense Fund-New York advocates for children’s rights to education, health, safety and equity. As part of our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity and America,” we have a look at the organization’s Beat the Odds scholarship program, which recognizes a handful of students who have overcome tremendous obstacles. Next, under a new initiative, drug users could inject heroin while supervised by a nurse. Finally, performer Megan Hilty has made her mark on Manhattan. Best known for her role as Ivy Lynn on NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Megan Hilty is also a seasoned Broadway actress, having starred in “Wicked” and “9 to 5 The Musical.” More recently, Hilty snagged a Drama League Award nomination for her portrayal of Brooke Ashton in the revival of the slapstick comedy “Noises Off.” Now, she shares with us what it’s like channeling big names like Dolly Parton, and she talks about her upcoming live performance at the New York staple, the Café Carlyle.

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