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October 31, 2016: Comey & Clinton Under Fireclip
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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October 31, 2016: A Faster Commute?clip
October 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

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.

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October 31, 2016: Terrifying True Halloween Taleclip
October 31, 2016 at 6:27 pm

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 28, 2016: Exclusive: Nate Silver Election Forecast. Ending Cyberbullying. Sidney Lumet: In Focus. 5 “Don’t Miss” Halloween Hotspots.episode
October 29, 2016 at 5:41 am

Tonight, Nate Silver has earned a reputation for getting it very right when it comes to our presidential elections. He first burst onto the scene in 2008, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential race in 49 out of 50 states. Then he shocked everyone by getting all 50 states right in 2012. Now Silver is back at it again. Tonight, Nate Silver joins us to share what his team at FiveThirtyEight, the Manhattan-based website that uses statistical analysis to forecast results and predict outcomes in everything from politics to sports, is forecasting for Election night. It’s a segment you surely don’t want to miss!

Next, October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and in this age of technology and social media, a bully’s reach goes far beyond the classroom. Cyberbullying puts harassment on a more public stage: the internet, where photos, videos, and text can circulate far beyond verbal attacks. Now, students from New York City schools are teaming up with AT&T to raise awareness about the reach of online bullying through film. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez shows us how these young filmmakers are making an impact and speaking out against cyberbullying.

Then, Director Sidney Lumet is known for his mastery in cinema and his ability to pull first-rate performances out of the actors in his films. He’s had a hand in cinematic classics like 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network, but now he’s stepping in front of the camera in American Master’s By Sidney Lumet. This documentary casts a lens over his life and 50-year career as one of the most accomplished and influential directors in the history of film. The documentary’s director, Nancy Buirski, joins us to discuss this Hollywood legend ahead of the film’s premiere tonight at New York City’s Lincoln Plaza Cinema and on PBS in early 2017.

Finally, Halloween is only three days away! If you don’t have any petrifying plans yet, never fear, because tonight, we’ll be sitting down with David Goldberg from Time Out New York to get some of the best haunts in the city. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly Jack-o-lantern jamborees, ghost tours, or a politically themed haunted house, we’ll let you know about all the Halloweekend events you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

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October 28, 2016: Exclusive: Nate Silver Election Forecastclip
October 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Nate Silver has earned a reputation for getting it very right when it comes to our presidential elections. He first burst onto the scene in 2008, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential race in 49 out of 50 states. Then he shocked everyone by getting all 50 states right in 2012. Now Silver is back at it […]

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October 27, 2016: FEDERAL CASE: Eric Garner’s Daughter Reacts. Amy Robach’s Breast Cancer Victory. Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words.episode
October 28, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, “I will fight this thing all the way ’til I see all the officers involved in my dad’s case arrested… I cannot accept anything less than these officers going to jail and I will fight until it happens.” Erica Garner refuses to stay silent after the death of her father, Eric Garner, which has sparked outrage not only within his own family but nationwide. His last words, “I can’t breathe.” are being used as a battle cry for social movements between police and their communities. Amidst all the protesting, Erica’s voice is certainly being heard, and she’s not holding back. After making controversial statements against prominent politicians such as Hillary Clinton and President Obama, she’s made it very clear that she won’t rest until those responsible for her father’s death are brought to justice. Tonight, in a MetroFocus exclusive interview, Erica Garner reacts to the recent developments in her father’s case, as federal prosecutors in Brooklyn hand the reins over to their counterparts from Washington D.C. Make sure you don’t miss this deeply personal conversation about her life since her father’s death, her outrage at the justice that she feels has not yet been served, and what she’s doing to honor her father.

Next, In 2013, T.V. journalist and news anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America, Amy Robach, underwent a mammogram, that she filmed and allowed to be broadcast nationally for a segment that promoted breast cancer awareness and early detection methods for women. Little did she know, that her very public mammogram would save her own life. The results from the test came back positive and was the beginning of Robach’s battle with cancer. Three years later, Robach is healthy and opening up about what she learned along the journey in a deeply personal memoir, Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy In My Darkest Hour. Amy joins us to discuss this book, her career as a journalist, and how she’s using her story as a platform to reach women.

Then finally, Bruce Springsteen is a legendary rocker who is best known for his powerhouse songs and live performances that have inspired a generation of music fans. But after 40 years of stunning concert-goers, the legendary musician is using his voice to write the story of his life. His new autobiography, Born To Run, brings the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his beloved songs, and after seven long years of labor, the memoir has finally hit shelves. Former MTV and VH1 Executive, founder of Rob Barnett Media, and longtime Bruce Springsteen fan, Rob Barnett joins us to discuss the new look this book provides into the life of Bruce Springsteen. To celebrate , PBS is reairing a tribute to the Boss this Saturday; check your local listings for times.

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October 27, 2016: FEDERAL CASE: Eric Garner’s Daughter Reactsclip
October 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

“I will fight this thing all the way ’til I see all the officers involved in my dad’s case arrested… I cannot accept anything less than these officers going to jail and I will fight until it happens.” Erica Garner refuses to stay silent after the death of her father, Eric Garner, which has sparked outrage not only within his own family but nationwide. His last words, “I can’t breathe.” are being used as a battle cry for social movements between police and their communities. Amidst all the protesting, Erica’s voice is certainly being heard, and she’s not holding back. After making controversial statements against prominent politicians such as Hillary Clinton and President Obama, she’s made it very clear that she won’t rest until those responsible for her father’s death are brought to justice. Tonight, in a MetroFocus exclusive interview, Erica Garner reacts to the recent developments in her father’s case, as federal prosecutors in Brooklyn hand the reins over to their counterparts from Washington D.C. Make sure you don’t miss this deeply personal conversation about her life since her father’s death, her outrage at the justice that she feels has not yet been served, and what she’s doing to honor her father.

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October 26, 2016: BREAKING: Feds Take Garner Case. Sinkholes: Buried Alive! Stars Shine For LGBT Youth! “Africa’s Gentle Giants”episode
October 27, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, new developments in the Eric Garner case are making headlines today as the Justice Department shakes up the investigation against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer responsible for putting Garner in the chokehold that became the catalyst for his death. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” caused national outrage and have become a mantra for Black Lives Matter protests and the conversation surrounding the use of force in police encounters. The New York Times reports that the Justice Department replaced the federal investigators handling the case in Brooklyn with their counterparts from Washington D.C. While New York feds are furious about the decision, saying that the shuffle is a move to make an example of Pantaleo, some believe that it’s a step in ensuring that justice is served. Tonight, former NYPD lieutenant Darren Porcher weighs in on this case and the significance of this shift in power.

Next, earlier this year, a water main break on the Upper West Side flooded the streets, damaged basements, and opened up a large sinkhole on Amsterdam Avenue that swallowed an SUV. This is hardly a first for New York. Last year an even larger sinkhole swallowed a whole intersection in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. This phenomenon of the ground suddenly and unexpectedly collapsing beneath our feet is occurring more frequently around the globe and is a dangerous and sometimes even fatal occurrence. The threat they pose and their causes are documented in the NOVA film, Sinkholes— Buried Alive. Tonight, we’ll take an in-depth look at the film with its producer Larry Klein.

Then, while there have been monumental victories in the fight for equality among the LGBT community, advocates are quick to point out that there is still a long way to go. In fact, many LGBT youth are rejected by their own families and forced to leave home because of their sexuality. Studies show that LGBTQ youth make up about 40 percent of the homeless youth population in New York City. Not only that, but LGBTQ youth on the streets experience higher rates of sexual assault, violence, trauma, HIV infection, mental health issues, and substance abuse compared to their heterosexual peers living on the streets. The Ali Forney Center is dedicated to helping this vulnerable part of the population, providing safe shelter, health care, and a nurturing environment to get young people back on their feet. In this latest installment of Giving Back, we Listen In to a recent benefit gala the Ali Forney Center held to honor the legacy of the late Bea Arthur, an actress who fought for LGBT rights and was a key benefactor for the center’s work.

Finally, dealing with big oil, poachers and gunfire is nothing new to animal rescue missions in Africa. But while much attention has been paid to the real possibility that elephants and rhinos could be extinct within two decades, wildlife experts may have let giraffes slip through the cracks to suffer their own “silent extinction.” One particularly committed giraffe researcher, however, has not ignored their plight, and with his family and extended rescue team, has committed himself to relocating and protecting these long-necked-leaf-eaters before it’s too late. PBS Nature’s executive producer, Fred Kaufman joins us with a look at the series’ new documentary Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants which shines a light on the efforts to protect these threatened animals.

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October 26, 2016: BREAKING: Feds Take Garner Caseclip
October 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

New developments in the Eric Garner case are making headlines today as the Justice Department shakes up the investigation against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer responsible for putting Garner in the chokehold that became the catalyst for his death. Garner‘s last words, “I can’t breathe,” caused national outrage and have become a mantra for Black Lives Matter protests and the […]

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