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August 02, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the year was 1968, and our nation was divided by political parties and heated ideological clashes. An unforgettable election season, one filled with triumphs and tragedies. It was marred by violence and assassinations, Vietnam, and a culture clash between the old and young… It was a year that forever changed this country. Then rose a politician who was unafraid to speak his mind, a politician who appealed to the alienated working white voter who was convinced the government had abandoned him. That politician… was George Wallace, but does he remind you of someone else who is currently running for President? Is history repeating itself in the form of Donald Trump? Boston Globe columnist and author Michael Cohen joins us to discuss his latest book, American Maelstrom, which documents the 1968 election and the politics of division. We discuss the 1968 election, how George Wallace and Donald Trump compare, and the significance of both the election of 1968 and 2016.

Next, Claressa Shields, also known as T-Rex, made history at 17 years old. In 2012, she was the first U.S. woman to take home the gold for boxing at the London Olympics. But Claressa’s story wasn’t always gold medals and historic wins; instead it’s an inspiring tale of how with hard work, determination, and perseverance anyone can overcome hardship and struggle. Zackary Canepari is one of the directors for a documentary showcasing the young Olympian, T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold. He stops by to tell us how Claressa Shields became the subject of his film and shares the road they took to follow her journey to Olympic success.

Then, the year was 1936. America was in the midst of the Great Depression. The world was turning its eyes to Berlin for the Olympics and the nation was struggling. Nine working-class young men from the University of Washington were given the opportunity to represent the country in rowing, beating out not only their prestigious Ivy League counterparts here at home, but going on to take the gold medal against Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. Hear their story in the new American Experience PBS documentary called The Boys of ’36 premiering tomorrow, August 2.

Finally, have you ever met a 94 year old style maven? Born and bred New Yorker Iris Apfel is known for her oversized glasses and original sense of style. She is the subject of a new documentary titled Iris, directed by the late Albert Maysles. His daughter and producer of the film, Rebekah Maysles, joins us to talk about the film, it’s subject, and her father. Iris will have its broadcast premiere on the POV series tonight on PBS at 10 p.m.

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August 01, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The year was 1968, and our nation was divided by political parties and heated ideological clashes. An unforgettable election season, one filled with triumphs and tragedies. It was marred by violence and assassinations, Vietnam, and a culture clash between the old and young… It was a year that forever changed this country. Then rose a politician who was unafraid to speak his mind, a politician who appealed to the alienated working white voter who was convinced the government had abandoned him. That politician… was George Wallace, but does he remind you of someone else who is currently running for President? Is history repeating itself in the form of Donald Trump? Boston Globe columnist and author Michael Cohen joins us to discuss his latest book, American Maelstrom, which documents the 1968 election and the politics of division. We discuss the 1968 election, how George Wallace and Donald Trump compare, and the significance of both the election of 1968 and 2016.

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July 30, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the right to vote is a large part of American democracy, but what makes a voter choose a candidate when they go to the polls? Filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason set out to create a documentary with the mission to discover just that. They join us to discuss their film How to Win an Election and to share their surprising conclusion that the issues discussed in debates and campaigns might not matter to voters as much as you’d think.

Next, is the drinking water safe in New Jersey? After the water crisis in Flint, the quality of water has been questioned in many areas throughout the country. Lead-contaminated water was found in many Newark public schools, heightening the concern of people in the region. New Jersey Capitol Report co-anchor and MetroFocus contributor Steve Adubato is here to break down the larger problems surrounding New Jersey water.

Then finally, in just a week, Rio de Janeiro will be awash with athletes, media, and tourists as the world tunes in for the Olympic Games. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee crowned the city as the host of the 2016 Olympics and the reaction was joyous. But despite the celebrations that took place seven years ago, Rio has faced many struggles including an economic downturn, political scandal, corruption, and organized crime. What legacy will this city leave on the Olympics this year? Award-winning journalist and Associated Press Correspondant in Rio de Janiero, Juliana Barbassa witnessed it all. She chronicles it in Dancing with the Devil in the City of God and she joins us to talk about the roadblocks this Olympic host has run into leading up to the games.

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July 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Is the drinking water safe in New Jersey? After the water crisis in Flint, the quality of water has been questioned in many areas throughout the country. Lead-contaminated water was found in many Newark public schools, heightening the concern of people in the region. New Jersey Capitol Report co-anchor and MetroFocus contributor Steve Adubato is here to break down the larger problems surrounding New Jersey water.

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July 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

In just a week, Rio de Janeiro will be awash with athletes, media, and tourists as the world tunes in for the Olympic Games. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee crowned the city as the host of the 2016 Olympics and the reaction was joyous. But despite the celebrations that took place seven years ago, Rio has faced many struggles including an economic downturn, political scandal, corruption, and organized crime. What legacy will this city leave on the Olympics this year? Award-winning journalist and Associated Press Correspondant in Rio de Janiero, Juliana Barbassa witnessed it all. She chronicles it in Dancing with the Devil in the City of God and she joins us to talk about the roadblocks this Olympic host has run into leading up to the games.

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July 29, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, today is the last day of the Democratic National Convention, and after a long week of speeches and American pride, Hillary Clinton is finally due to take the stage. We speak with Congressman Frank Pallone about the latest, and what we can expect from Hillary during the final moments of the DNC.

Next, ow safe are we online? We Listen In to the sixth annual International Conference on Cyber Security at New York’s Fordham University, as FBI Director James Comey speaks on current cyber threats to the nation, and the FBI’s multi-faceted plan to address these threats.

Then, author, activist, and journalist Marc Lamont Hill joins us again to talk about his book titled Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. The book, which delves into recent current events such as the protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, and the water crisis in Flint, analyzes these events through the lens of race and class. Are there forces within our society that target the vulnerable and exploit them? Marc Lamont Hill talks about that, shine light on the bigger picture in the undercurrent our current events.

Finally, The Whitney Museum of American Art opened a new education center this year. See what went into the planning of this space dedicated to engaging participants of all ages in art education. Board of Trustees Co-Chair Laurie M. Tisch and Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education Kathryn Potts join us to share how the museum’s new space is inspiring children, families and artists.

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July 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Author, activist, and journalist Marc Lamont Hill joins us again to talk about his book titled Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. The book, which delves into recent current events such as the protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, and the water crisis in Flint, analyzes these events through the […]

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