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March 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

In the first of a two-part interview, former U.S. Senator and Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey discusses Donald Trump’s mastering of media platforms, from digital through television, and how he has connected with disenfranchised voters across the nation. Kerrey, a Democrat, tells us how illegal immigration, economic challenges and trade issues have contributed to the GOP presidential candidate’s rise and what he thinks of a possible Trump White House.

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March 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

Under Republican Party rules, a candidate has to win at least 1,237 delegates during the primaries to clinch the presidential nomination. If every candidate falls short, then delegates will choose their nominee at an open convention. Candidate Donald Trump says he expects to have enough delegates to win the nomination over Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but just in case he doesn’t, the New York real estate mogul is working on a plan. American University History Professor Allan Lichtman joins us to discuss the likelihood of a contested Republican National Convention, and how Trump is working to avoid that fate.
The terrorist attacks in Belgium reignited the debate here in America over the surveillance of Muslim communities, with presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz stating law enforcement should increase patrols in “Muslim neighborhoods.” How is the Muslim community reacting to these comments? We sit down with Arab American Association of New York Director Linda Sarsour to hear her take.
Are you saving for retirement? If not, you might want to start considering it: about one in five New Yorkers over the age of 65 is living in poverty. For our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity and America,” we look at the growing problem with AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and AARP Member Soossan Salmassi. So whether you’re already retired or have just begun to think about it, tune in to hear about the resources available to help you (and your parents and grandparents) make ends meet.
For the first time in its history, The Whitney Museum of American Art gets a new education center. Board of Trustees Co-Chair Laurie M. Tisch and Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education Kathryn Potts join us to share how the museum’s new education space is inspiring children, families and artists.

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March 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Under Republican Party rules, a candidate has to win at least 1,237 delegates during the primaries to clinch the presidential nomination. If every candidate falls short, then delegates will choose their nominee at an open convention. Candidate Donald Trump says he expects to have enough delegates to win the nomination over Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but just in case he doesn’t, the New York real estate mogul is working on a plan. American University History Professor Allan Lichtman joins us to discuss the likelihood of a contested Republican National Convention, and how Trump is working to avoid that fate.

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March 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The terrorist attacks in Belgium reignited the debate here in America over the surveillance of Muslim communities, with presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz stating law enforcement should increase patrols in “Muslim neighborhoods.” How is the Muslim community reacting to these comments? We sit down with Arab American Association of New York Director Linda Sarsour to hear her take.

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March 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Are you saving for retirement? If not, you might want to start considering it: about one in five New Yorkers over the age of 65 is living in poverty. For our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity and America,” we look at the growing problem with AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel and AARP Member Soossan Salmassi. So whether you’re already retired or have just begun to think about it, tune in to hear about the resources available to help you (and your parents and grandparents) make ends meet.

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March 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

We analyze the media’s coverage of the National Enquirer’s recent claims that presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz had multiple extramarital affairs. We hear from The Food Bank for New York City CEO Margarette Purvis about how the upcoming changes to SNAP eligibility will impact New York’s hungry. We talk politics with TV legend Dick Cavett in the last of our four-part interview. Plus, a look at the new award-winning Independent Lens documentary “An Honest Liar,” which depicts James “The Amazing” Randi’s life and the deceptive magicians he exposed to the masses.

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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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