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May 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Trailer parks. Beyond the stigma and the stereotypes, for families who can’t afford a traditional home, they can be a lifeline worth fighting for. That’s why neighbors from a Long Island trailer park in Nassau County recently banded together to stave off eviction and save their homes. Their struggle is the subject of a Newsday documentary, The Last Trailer Park. Tonight, as part of our ongoing initiative, “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America,” we take a look at the film and speak with its producer.

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May 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Tonight, we also delve into an epidemic impacting thousands of Americans across the Tri-State every year: eviction. Harvard University professor Matthew Desmond gives us a firsthand look at the harsh realities of living in a trailer park. The sociologist made one his home for about half a year and watched as families were evicted and forced into shelters. Desmond took thousands of pages of notes as he chronicled their stories. That research has been called “the most comprehensive, detailed data on American urban poverty, housing and eviction” and is now the foundation of his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

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May 24, 2016 at 5:48 am

Sex, lies and social media come together on the big screen in the documentary Weiner, which follows former congressman Anthony Weiner after his highly publicized sexting scandal as he made a bid to rehabilitate his image and become mayor of New York City in 2013. The film paints a candid portrait of the politician and his fall from grace, shot by his former staffer turned filmmaker. We have a preview of what is being hailed as one of the best documentaries about a political campaign ever. Then, for director Jason Moore, the world of theater exists both on stage and in Tinseltown. Then a young director, he took a small off-Broadway hit and brought it to Broadway. That show? The 2004 Tony Award-winner Avenue Q. Jason then made his transition to Hollywood directing a little feature film you may have heard of called Pitch Perfect. But now he’s back on the Great White Way helming the comedy Fully Committed with Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Moore joins us to discuss Fully Committed and why he loves directing in New York City and Hollywood.

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May 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Sex, lies and social media come together on the big screen in the documentary Weiner, which follows former congressman Anthony Weiner after his highly publicized sexting scandal as he made a bid to rehabilitate his image and become mayor of New York City in 2013. The film paints a candid portrait of the politician and his fall from grace, shot by his former staffer turned filmmaker. We have a preview of what is being hailed as one of the best documentaries about a political campaign ever.

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May 21, 2016 at 5:59 am

She was one of the more than fifty women featured in The New York Times’ recent expose about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s treatment of women. Barbara Res was the lead engineer on the Trump Tower project, and now she’s sharing her experience working for the billionaire businessman. In light of some of Trump’s more controversial comments, how does she feel about her former boss seeking the highest office? Earlier this month, the New York state legislature passed a bill to raise New York’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to as much as $15 an hour. But how much you make may all depend on where you live in New York. Upstate workers will only reach $12.50 an hour, and that increase won’t be met until 2021. Though the legislation has been hailed as a victory by many in the state and around the country, for some low wage earners and small business owners, the pay increase comes with a dose of uncertainty. Jenna Flanagan has the story. Next, for 70 years, the non–profit Northside Center for Child Development in New York City has been an important resource for making sure children and families that are touched by mental illness have access to the support, acceptance and enrichment they deserve. For National Mental Health Awareness Month, ABC News correspondent and anchor Deborah Roberts, who supports the non-profit, and Dr. Thelma Dye, the center’s executive director, share how they are working to overcome the stigmas associated with mental health conditions. Then finally,over the course of a handful of months, New York Magazine reporters went to one block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. They knocked on every door, crashed the block party, and hunted through public records to track down and interview over sixty current and former block residents. The results not only revealed the transformation of the people there, but also the history of a single neighborhood over the past 135 years. Senior Editor of New York Magazine Genevieve Smith shares their story.

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May 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm

She was one of the more than fifty women featured in The New York Times’ recent expose about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s treatment of women. Barbara Res was the lead engineer on the Trump Tower project, and now she’s sharing her experience working for the billionaire businessman. In light of some of Trump’s more controversial comments, how does she feel about her former boss seeking the highest office?

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May 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Earlier this month, the New York state legislature passed a bill to raise New York’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to as much as $15 an hour. But how much you make may all depend on where you live in New York. Upstate workers will only reach $12.50 an hour, and that increase won’t be met until 2021. Though the legislation has been hailed as a victory by many in the state and around the country, for some low wage earners and small business owners, the pay increase comes with a dose of uncertainty. Jenna Flanagan has the story.

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May 20, 2016 at 5:56 am

Hamilton! It’s the Broadway smash musical about America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton that is making history with a record sixteen Tony Award nominations, and with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award wins. Good luck getting tickets: the show is always sold-out. But if you can’t get tickets, a new book titled Hamilton: The Revolution, written by the show’s creator and lead performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and theater critic Jeremy McCarter, contains the play’s complete libretto, as well as an account of the groundbreaking hip-hop musical’s creation. We look at the evolution of the revolution called Hamilton with the help of McCarter, who shares what it was like to be in the room where history was made.

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May 18, 2016 at 5:56 am

Gentrification. The word has become ingrained in our society as it spreads across the country. As gentrification changes the nature of cities across America through displacement of long-time residents, a new short documentary Degentrify America, which is part of the Take 5: Justice in America series from AMC Networks’ SundanceNow Doc Club, looks at this trend’s impact closer to home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This past March there were 60,000 people in New York City’s homeless shelter system. Over 23,000 were children. Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is the head of the city’s largest shelter organization called Women in Need, and invited us to look at how they are helping families rebuild their lives. Next, he’s been to the moon and back, but now he’s taken one giant leap onto MetroFocus. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin continues to explore and advocate for space travel 46 years after the Apollo 11 mission landed him on the moon. We meet Aldrin in the Space Shuttle Pavilion on the deck of the Intrepid Museum where he opens up with us about his famous journey, and talks about the lessons he’s sharing in his new book No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked On The Moon. Finally, the Big Apple is home to a variety of exotic wildlife, and we’re not talking about pigeons and rodents. You might not think wildlife when you hear New York City, but endangered animals inhabit the surrounding waters and face constant danger. Cristián Samper, the President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, shares what the organization is doing to ensure their survival.

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