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March 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm

For years a young special needs student endured vicious verbal, emotional and at times, even physical abuse at the hands of a school bully, all while administrators turned a blind eye. After two years of torment, the young girl transferred to a private institution and her parents sued her previous school. Now, after an eight-year legal battle, the courts have ruled in the family’s favor. In our ongoing American Graduate series, we get the details from the girl’s father and learn about a student’s rights and a school’s responsibilities from their family lawyer.

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March 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

We look at the latest on the presidential election with Journalist Ellis Henican and Manhattan Republican Party Chairwoman Adele Malpass. Plus, we discuss President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Director of Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Elora Mukherjee talks to us about the rights many immigrants do not know they have. In part three of our conversation with former late-night talk show host Dick Cavett, we hear about his next adventure.

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March 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

New York City serves as a home for immigrants and asylum seekers all over but for many navigating the legal system alone is a challenge. Director of Columbia Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Elora Mukherjee talks to us the rights many immigrants do not know they have and the importance of representing them.

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March 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

The New York Times Reporter Steve Eder shares the findings from his investigation into claims against Donald Trump’s business school, Trump University. We hear from Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon about the threat of lead in New Jersey schools’ water. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tells us why he thinks New York should lift the ban on professional mixed martial arts fighting. And actor and 80s heartthrob Andrew McCarthy of the “Brat Pack” joins us to discuss his career in beloved movies like “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty In Pink” and his role in ABC’s new drama, “The Family.”

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March 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Back in 2004, Donald Trump founded Trump University, which offered online classes in business topics ranging from real estate to asset management. Since then, the university has been accused of being an illegally operated enterprise that defrauded its students. We are joined by The New York Times Reporter Steve Eder to discuss his findings from the paper’s investigations into Trump U.

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March 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

New York is the only state with a ban on professional MMA, mixed martial arts, fighting, which is why you’d be hard-pressed to catch a bout in Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center. But that might change in the coming weeks. The New York State Assembly is expected to change its stance on it. We speak to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to hear why he thinks this popular sport should be legalized in New York.

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March 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

We speak to former U.S. Senator Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell who led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal, talk to Luke Waters about his journey from undocumented Irish immigrant to leading NYPD detective and learn about New York City’s connection to the Easter Rebellion from New York Senior Editor Terry Golway.

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