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November 04, 2016 at 6:28 pm

The last jobs report before Election Day was released this morning, and the results show positive growth across the board. So what do higher wages and lower unemployment rates mean for the polls? For some, it means that the trajectory of our current administration is headed in a good direction, and lends confidence to those who claim our economy would thrive under a Clinton presidency, but today a stumping Donald Trump said the jobs report is disastrous. We turn to The Wall Street Journal for the real takeaways and break down the findings with WSJ markets reporter, Paul Vigna.

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November 04, 2016 at 6:26 pm

This year’s Democratic National Convention was full of passionate, compelling speeches from celebrities, politicians, and one of the most powerful orations was delivered by activist Anastasia Somoza. She’s fought tirelessly for the rights of those with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. “She has invested in me. She believes in me. and in a country where 56 million Americans with disabilities so often feel invisible, Hillary Clinton sees me,” Somoza said before endorsing Hillary Clinton in front of a thunderous, supportive crowd at the DNC. But Anastasia’s work has gone far beyond the United States. In fact, this New Yorker has been around the globe to promote the rights of the disabled, and tonight, she joins us to share her inspiring message.

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November 04, 2016 at 5:48 am

Tonight, Long Island’s gang violence epidemic continues to rage on in Brentwood as another name is added to the growing list of casualties. The skeletal remains of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, a known gang member, were recently discovered in the woods behind the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. Many are beginning to worry that there are still more bodies to be found, and authorities remain on high alert as they investigate each murder and their possible connections to the notorious MS-13 gang. Tonight, in an exclusive MetroFocus interview, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini gives us an update on the investigations.

Then, with Election Day just around the corner, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our nation could be just days away from witnessing the ascension of our first female president. After 227 years of presidents and first ladies in the White House, many are bemused by the fact that if Hillary Clinton wins the election, that would make Bill a former president and… the nation’s first first gentleman? This thought has not escaped Gerald Weaver, an acclaimed author, political analyst, and former chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. For his second novel, The First First Gentleman, Weaver wraps a love story and a thriller into one, all while providing honest and insightful commentary on the nation’s political system. Tonight, he joins us to discuss the book and the current state of politics.

Finally, Shakespeare may have said all the world’s a stage, but one theater group in particular has been using the stage to change the world since 1991. The Tectonic Theater Project has initiated dialogues on social and political issues with ground-breaking experimental plays such as The Laramie Project. As part of Tectonic’s 25th anniversary, the theater is putting on a benefit show featuring plays of the past and present. This star-studded event will be hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Jane Fonda, and is sure to be a night to remember in the theater. Tonight, a founder of this illustrious theater, Moises Kaufman, and Emmy award-winning actor Michael Emerson, will give us a preview of the benefit and a look back at Tectonic’s ground-breaking work.

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November 03, 2016 at 6:28 pm

With Election Day just around the corner, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our nation could be just days away from witnessing the ascension of our first female president. After 227 years of presidents and first ladies in the White House, many are bemused by the fact that if Hillary Clinton wins the election, that would make Bill a former president and… the nation’s first first gentleman? This thought has not escaped Gerald Weaver, an acclaimed author, political analyst, and former chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. For his second novel, The First First Gentleman, Weaver wraps a love story and a thriller into one, all while providing honest and insightful commentary on the nation’s political system. Tonight, he joins us to discuss the book and the current state of politics.

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November 03, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, by the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

Then, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

Finally, gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 02, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Tonight, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

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November 01, 2016 at 6:28 pm

We are down to the wire! In fact, one week from today, America will head to the polls and elect the next President of the United States. But what does it take to run for the most powerful office in the world? The Contenders: 16 for ’16 is a PBS series that looks at the most compelling and influential presidential […]

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November 01, 2016 at 5:41 am

Tonight, this election season has been filled with one political scandal after another, but with only eight days until America elects our next Commander in Chief, perhaps the biggest bombshell has just been detonated. The FBI is now sifting through newly discovered emails related to the ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. The new messages surfaced in an unrelated investigation regarding disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, who serves as a top aide to the Democratic nominee. The two reportedly shared the computer on which the emails were found.

This all came to light as a result of a letter FBI Director James Comey recently wrote to Congress to inform them of the discovery of new Clinton digital correspondences– a move that is being criticized as political and out of step with departmental policy. Was Comey’s timing deliberate and will this latest scandal influence your vote on Election Day? To answer those questions and more, we’ll speak with longtime Comey friend and adviser, former federal prosecutor and Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, and former Bill Clinton adviser, Democratic strategist and President of Sheinkopf Communications Ltd, Hank Sheinkopf.

Next, it looks like it’s full steam ahead for The Gateway Project, an infrastructure proposal that will add two new tunnels to improve rail connections between New York and New Jersey and avert what some are calling “Transportation Armageddon.” The project was recently placed on the President’s Permitting Dashboard, a process that will have any permitting needs for Gateway pushed to the front of the line. If all goes according to plan, New York Senator Chuck Schumer says that construction on the Hudson tunnel portion of the project could begin in 2019. But, is the project truly necessary? What obstacles stand in its way? And beyond that, why has it been so difficult to build and repair our nation’s infrastructure over the past few decades? Philip K. Howard, chair of Common Good, a nonpartisan coalition whose goal is to simplify government, joins us to discuss how critical The Gateway Project is for our region and the roadblocks that infrastructure projects face.

Finally, Happy Halloween! Tonight, MetroFocus celebrates with a terrifyingly true piece of American history: The Salem Witch Trials. Perhaps no historical event has been discussed, written about, or sensationalized quite like this famous, 17th-century witch hunt. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff continues to tell the tale with The Witches: Salem 1692, detailing the hidden stories of the unbelievable historical event. Tonight, Stacy Schiff joins us to discuss the trials, why they have captivated our minds for centuries, and why they are so important to our nation’s history.

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October 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

This election season has been filled with one political scandal after another, but with only eight days until America elects our next Commander in Chief, perhaps the biggest bombshell has just been detonated. The FBI is now sifting through newly discovered emails related to the ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. The new messages surfaced in an unrelated investigation regarding disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, who serves as a top aide to the Democratic nominee. The two reportedly shared the computer on which the emails were found.
This all came to light as a result of a letter FBI Director James Comey recently wrote to Congress to inform them of the discovery of new Clinton digital correspondences– a move that is being criticized as political and out of step with departmental policy. Was Comey’s timing deliberate and will this latest scandal influence your vote on Election Day? To answer those questions and more, we’ll speak with longtime Comey friend and adviser, former federal prosecutor and Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, and former Bill Clinton adviser, Democratic strategist and President of Sheinkopf Communications Ltd, Hank Sheinkopf.

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