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April 19, 2016 at 5:09 am

Is Donald Trump’s victory in New York an absolute guarantee? What are the chances Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders will topple former New York senator Hillary Clinton? In preparation of tomorrow’s primary, we break down the big picture when it comes to poll numbers and the candidates forecast to win. Next, In 2014, New York ranked 46th out of 50 states in terms of voter turnout. We get to the bottom of this trend with the help of Bill Rudin, chairman for the Association for a Better New York, whose new initiative “Promote the Vote” aims to increase voter participation across the state. Finally, the verdict is in for former NYPD officer Peter Liang, and despite an investigation into possible juror misconduct, the court has ruled against a mistrial. All that remains is his sentencing on April 19th. In an exclusive sit-down interview, Hertencia Petersen, the aunt of the shooting victim Akai Gurley, reflects on the case and speaks out about justice for her family.

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April 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

The verdict is in for former NYPD officer Peter Liang, and despite an investigation into possible juror misconduct, the court has ruled against a mistrial. All that remains is his sentencing on April 19th. In an exclusive sit-down interview, Hertencia Petersen, the aunt of the shooting victim Akai Gurley, reflects on the case and speaks out about justice for her family.

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April 16, 2016 at 5:08 am

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off in Brooklyn last night, and we’ll have reactions from the President of the NYU Democrats Chloe Chik and National Latino Outreach Strategist for Bernie Sanders Cesar Vargas. The panel takes on what is turning out to be key in clinching the nomination: young voters. Next, we have a taste of Ohio right here in the Big Apple. Just days away from the New York state primary on April 19, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich joins us for an exclusive interview to discuss the possibility of a contested convention and the biggest frustration he has faced on the campaign trail so far. Last week, on the grounds of alleged juror misconduct, ex-NYPD officer Peter Liang’s attorneys called for a new trial for Lian, who was convicted of fatally shooting a man in February. We’ll have the latest on the Peter Liang trial and what happened in the courtroom. Finally,the Tribeca Film Festival, founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, kicked off this week and will continue through April 24. Time Out New York film editor Joshua Rothkopf stops by with a preview of the festival and his list of five must-see films.

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April 15, 2016 at 5:24 am

We couldn’t have media legend Larry King sit down with us and not discuss Election 2016. King has interviewed just about every major player in politics and media, and he shares his perspective on the candidates and discusses the role of media in shaping the campaign. Next,the cost of living in the state of New York is sky high, so it’s surprising when someone steps up and asks to pay more in taxes. Filmmaker and CEO of Fork Films Abigail Disney, along with fifty other millionaires in New York, signed a document proposing a plan to Governor Andrew Cuomo that would increase taxes on upper-income New Yorkers. Disney joins us to explain how this plan would alleviate the financial burden on the middle class and fund infrastructure and programs for the less fortunate. Finally,
In honor of the Ken Burns latest documentary on baseball legend Jackie Robinson, we talk about the 1964 election and discuss how Jackie went up against GOP candidate Barry Goldwater. And we find out why the icon aligned himself with the Republican party during the Civil Rights movement.

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