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June 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Last week in our nation’s capitol, both elected representatives and the media gathered to break bread at the 72nd Annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner. The night, normally intended for putting partisanship aside and enjoying each others company, usually involves a few laughs courtesy of a featured entertainer. But this year’s speaker, Daily Show Correspondent Hasan Minhaj, wasn’t there just for the comedy. We listen in to his sobering speech concerning gun control laws in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

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June 17, 2016 at 5:39 am

Tonight, the right to vote is a large part of American democracy, but what makes a voter choose a candidate when they go to the polls? Filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason set out to create a documentary with the mission to discover just that. They join us to discuss their film How to Win an Election and to share their surprising conclusion that the issues discussed in debates and campaigns might not matter to voters as much as you’d think. Then finally, Marin Mazzie is a Broadway veteran, having appeared in classic shows like Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, and most recently, as Anna in The King and I. But, for the past year, it was her life off-stage that was perhaps the most demanding. On May 6, 2015, the stage star was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and began her fight to get back on Broadway. After 12 weeks of chemotherapy (what she refers to as “healing therapy”), a hysterectomy, a bowel resection and 12 more weeks of treatment, Marin Mazzie is back! And she joins us to share the lessons she’s learned and why her diagnosis became an unexpected gift.

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June 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The right to vote is a large part of American democracy, but what makes a voter choose a candidate when they go to the polls? Filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason set out to create a documentary with the mission to discover just that. They join us to discuss their film How to Win an Election and to share their surprising conclusion that the issues discussed in debates and campaigns might not matter to voters as much as you’d think.

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June 15, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, it’s Gay Pride month, and while New York City is preparing to celebrate with an array of events, many people are paying tribute to those who lost their lives this weekend in Orlando. Since news of the tragedy broke, crowds of people have been gathered outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn to hold vigil and remember the victims. Last night, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson joined mourners to help them cope and grieve over the tragedy. Tonight, he’ll be with us to talk about the LGBT community and discuss how the city will continue to pay homage to the victims as they celebrate this month. Next, investigations of Sunday’s attack in Orlando have revealed that the gunman, Omar Mateen, was previously questioned by the FBI for making inflammatory comments to co-workers in 2013 and for having possible connections to an American suicide bomber in 2014. The agency closed both investigations, finding that Mateen was not a threat at that time. Now questions are swirling about what law enforcement might have missed leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey joins us to explain the challenges facing investigators as they track suspected ISIS supporters, and how Mateen could have carried out an attack of this magnitude, undetected. Finally, we’ve all heard of smart phones but what about “smart guns”? So-called “smart gun” technology is actually not a thing of the future. It’s here already, and gun control advocates are continuing to push for more of it following the latest mass shooting in Orlando. Now New York City college students could play a role in improving the technology. As part of a competition rolled out earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking students to help design a firearm with a trigger that can only be fired by an authorized user. Adams joins us tonight to talk about his plan and tell us why he’s pushing for “smarter” guns.

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June 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

It’s Gay Pride month, and while New York City is preparing to celebrate with an array of events, many people are paying tribute to those who lost their lives this weekend in Orlando. Since news of the tragedy broke, crowds of people have been gathered outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn to hold vigil and remember the victims. Last night, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson joined mourners to help them cope and grieve over the tragedy. Tonight, he’ll be with us to talk about the LGBT community and discuss how the city will continue to pay homage to the victims as they celebrate this month.

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June 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Investigations of Sunday’s attack in Orlando have revealed that the gunman, Omar Mateen, was previously questioned by the FBI for making inflammatory comments to co-workers in 2013 and for having possible connections to an American suicide bomber in 2014. The agency closed both investigations, finding that Mateen was not a threat at that time. Now questions are swirling about what law enforcement might have missed leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey joins us to explain the challenges facing investigators as they track suspected ISIS supporters, and how Mateen could have carried out an attack of this magnitude, undetected.

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June 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

We’ve all heard of smart phones but what about “smart guns”? So-called “smart gun” technology is actually not a thing of the future. It’s here already, and gun control advocates are continuing to push for more of it following the latest mass shooting in Orlando. Now New York City college students could play a role in improving the technology. As part of a competition rolled out earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking students to help design a firearm with a trigger that can only be fired by an authorized user. Adams joins us tonight to talk about his plan and tell us why he’s pushing for “smarter” guns.

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June 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, it is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Fifty people are dead and even more left injured after Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The shooter, previously investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, has been confirmed by law enforcement to have pledged his allegiance to ISIS. The investigation is ongoing as new details emerge. Naveed Jamali, who is a Naval Intelligence Officer and Senior National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sat down with us to put this horrific event and its investigation into perspective, as we ask: Who was the shooter? What was his motivation and how can we prevent this from happening again? Next, political leaders in New York and across the country are denouncing the tragic shootings in an Orlando nightclub this weekend as an act of evil. But despite calls for unity, there is still a divide within the law enforcement community concerning gun control and our efforts to combat terrorism. Walid Phares- Donald Trump’s adviser on terrorism and national security, joins us to discuss this terrible event and analyze how to stop future attacks. Finally, though hearts were heavy, they were open, as Gay Pride month kicked off with tributes paid across the nation for the victims of the Orlando Shootings. In a powerful show of solidarity in New York City, One World Trade Center lit up in a rainbow of colors, and the Empire State Building went dark. Members of the LGBT and Muslim Communities gathered in Jackson Heights for a vigil to denounce violence. The man at the heart of the event was New York City Council member Daniel Dromm, who joined us on Metrofocus to discuss the communities reaction to this terrible tragedy.

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June 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

It is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Fifty people are dead and even more left injured after Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The shooter, previously investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, has been confirmed by law enforcement to have pledged his allegiance to ISIS. The investigation is ongoing as new details emerge. Naveed Jamali, who is a Naval Intelligence Officer and Senior National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sat down with us to put this horrific event and its investigation into perspective, as we ask: Who was the shooter? What was his motivation and how can we prevent this from happening again?

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