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January 04, 2016 at 6:24 pm

In the first of a two-part interview, outgoing New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch discusses the controversial Common Core standards. And as the final season of Downton Abbey gets underway, we chat with some of the show’s biggest fans at a special Manhattan event. Plus, in our on-going “Listening In” series, we tune in to singer and songwriter Patti Smith at The New Yorker Festival.

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December 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

We catch up with fashion designer Betsey Johnson, a one-of-a-kind New York City personality. And we examine receivership, New York’s plan to turn around under-performing schools. MetroFocus Reporter Andrea Vasquez takes us behind the scenes of a website that helps you peruse more than 1 million charities to locate the right organization for your donation. And we introduce you to Genevieve Piturro, whose company gives sleepwear to kids in poverty.

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December 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

New York Post’s theater columnist Michael Riedel takes on the history of Broadway in his new book, “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle For Broadway.” New Jersey Capitol Report Anchor Steve Adubato explains how the gas tax can help fund New Jersey’s road repair. And we hear from New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about Common Core.

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December 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm

As war rages on in Syria, the debate over accepting refugees heats up in the U.S. We discuss the crisis with former Middle East envoy Ambassador Dennis Ross. Actress Sonia Manzano tells us what she’s up to now after retiring from the PBS children’s show. Finally, we’ll take you to the “Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones Beach.”

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, Jody and John Arnhold, Rosalind P. Walter, Ellen and James S. Marcus, the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Laura and Jim Ross.

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