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March 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Over the weekend, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders won primaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state, narrowing rival Hillary Clinton’s lead and placing even more pressure on the 291 delegates at stake in New York’s primary last month. But Sanders enjoyed limited time in the spotlight as a controversy brewed on the Republican side. A National Enquirer article alleges Sen. Ted Cruz has committed at least five extramarital affairs. Cruz denounced the story and accused candidate Donald Trump’s team of planting the smear. The issues gives rise to important ethical question when covering a campaign, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Professor Betsy West joins us to answer them all.

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March 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Beginning April 1, fewer people in New York will be eligible for food stamps. The state is updating its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, requirements to be more selective, and food banks across the region are bracing for the change, expecting to see more hungry residents in need of their services. Food Bank for New York City CEO Margarette Purvis joins us to provide perspective on this critical issue and how organizations like hers are preparing to address the increased need.

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March 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

Forced out of their homes and onto the street for a crime they didn’t commit. It’s a new trend, based on an old law. We’ve got the story. New York is on the verge of becoming the last state in the country to legalize professional mixed martial arts. Earlier this week, members of the state assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the sport back to the Empire State after a 20-year hiatus. But not everyone is backing MMA. We sit down with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to discuss her opposition to one of the country’s fastest-growing sports. It’s spring time and that means it’s time for the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. It’s America’s most-attended auto show and kicks off today. We’re joined by automotive expert Mike Caudill for help navigating this year’s offerings of hybrids, muscle cars and futuristic concepts.

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March 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm

New York is on the verge of becoming the last state in the country to legalize professional mixed martial arts. Earlier this week, members of the state assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the sport back to the Empire State after a 20-year hiatus. But not everyone is backing MMA. We sit down with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to discuss her opposition to one of the country’s fastest-growing sports.

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March 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

In light of the Brussels attacks, former director of New York homeland security Michael Balboni joins us to discuss what the global community is getting right, and more importantly getting wrong, when it comes to gaining and sharing critical intelligence. New York Magazine Columnist Frank Rich joins us to discuss how presidential candidate Donald Trump is disrupting the Republican Party’s status quo. Peggy Noonan has been heralded for her thoughtful choice of words, especially as the voice behind President Ronald Reagan’s speech following the 1986 Challenger disaster. As part of our on-going “Listening In” series, we eavesdrop on her conversation with former Florida congressman-turned-talk show host Joe Scarborough to get a peek into Noonan’s mind. Trying to get tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s “The River Tour” stop at Madison Square Garden this month? Sorry to dash your dreams but the show is officially sold out. How is it possible for the 35-year-old “River” album to sell out such a venue? To help us answer that we’re joined by Peter Ames Carlin, the author of the New York Times best-seller “Bruce,” the first biography in 25 years to be written with the musician’s full cooperation.

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