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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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April 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

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.

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April 13, 2016 at 5:26 am

The political climate is heating up here in New York as Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton prepare to duke it out Thursday night in Brooklyn. So what can we expect when they take center stage for their debate later this week? Political analyst and Sanders supporter Nomiki Konst joins Mike Morey, a Clinton backer and the former communications director for New York Senator Chuck Schumer, for a preview of the much anticipated debate.
The gloves have been off for quite some time, and as the New York primary campaign wages on, there’s little suggestion the tides will change. Indeed, Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s first appearance in the city was met with jeering and heckling. Even Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. had words for the candidate, calling him a “hypocrite.” He explains his position with us. Next, the remarkable life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson is the focus of Ken Burns latest series airing tonight on PBS. Years since the baseball luminary’s passing, he continues to excite public fascination, but for those who actually lived this history firsthand, it left an indelible mark. Media legend Larry King shares what it was like to witness Robinson take to the field for the first time. Finally, anyone who has visited Central Park knows it’s not just a walk in any old park, but a 750-acre nature oasis in the middle of a bustling metropolis. Well, tune in tonight and prepare to explore the city parks that have transformed the face of our country. The PBS and WTTW series 10 That Changed America transports viewers to the public spaces that have influenced the way we live, work, and play. Of course, Central Park and the High Line get their 15 minutes and for good reason.

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