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April 12, 2016 at 5:09 am

As the New York state primary inches closer and closer, many are talking about the possibility of a brokered convention with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan ascending to the GOP nomination. But could it really be John Kasich for president with Marco Rubio as his vice president? That’s how Seth Abramson, a political contributor at The Huffington Post and an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire sees it, and he thinks the writing’s on the wall. The presidential candidates have continued campaigning in New York as the state approaches the critically important primaries — now just eight days away. Republican candidate Donald Trump has a sizeable double digit lead heading into next week’s Empire State vote, with thousands turning out for the billionaire businessman’s rallies. But is he starting to lose momentum? New York State Assemblyman Bill Nojay, a Republican and the co-chair for the Trump campaign in the state, has a look at the GOP race. Next, Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play Major League Baseball – a milestone in U.S. history that preceded the Civil Rights movement in the 50s and 60s. In anticipation of “Jackie Robinson,” a Ken Burns two-part documentary on the baseball icon (airing on PBS April 11 and 12), we look back at a conversation sportscaster Len Berman had with Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow. Finally, have you heard of The Door? Maybe not, but for thousands of young people here in New York City, the organization represents a lifeline and alternative to living on the streets. Executive Director Julie Shapiro and Ely Olivero, who was once homeless and turned her life around with help from the non-profit, talk about how The Door is opening many doors for marginalized young adults and teenagers in the city.

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April 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Have you heard of The Door? Maybe not, but for thousands of young people here in New York City, the organization represents a lifeline and alternative to living on the streets. Executive Director Julie Shapiro and Ely Olivero, who was once homeless and turned her life around with help from the non-profit, talk about how The Door is opening many doors for marginalized young adults and teenagers in the city.

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April 06, 2016 at 5:11 am

If you’re losing sleep over this election, we may have a remedy. In part one of our interview with Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post and author of the new book The Sleep Revolution, the media mogul shares her views on the upcoming presidential election. Most New Yorkers have experienced a train delay that completely derails their day. […]

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March 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

We talk to community activist, filmmaker and public speaker Brendan Fay about the long struggle for the LGBT community to be included in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Michael Waldman, author of “The Fight to Vote,” joins us to talk about his book on the history of every American’s right to be heard at the ballot box. MetroFocus Host Jenna Flanagan takes us to Poughkeepsie to meet a group of residents who are pushing back against their local utility company’s alleged illegal collection practices. We speak with the filmmakers behind a new documentary that showcases the fight to save Jamaica Bay.

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February 24, 2016 at 1:38 am

It’s a case that could have chilling repercussions on everyone privacy and security. Find out why the tech giant Apple is challenging the government’s demands to gain access to the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in December during an attack in San Bernardino. It’s New York’s most notorious jail. After the governor called it a “human tragedy” and local public officials vowed to close it down, we get an insider’s look from a witness to its horrors. We sit down with Mary Buser, author of “Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice At New York’s Most Notorious Jail.” In the second half of our two-part interview with record executive and music producer L.A. Reid, he talks to us in-depth about experience in the music industry from notable artist auditions to new vocalists who are hitting their stride today. How does the youngest and scrawniest of Emperor Penguin’s survive its first few months of life in frigid Antarctic temperatures? That’s the story that THIRTEEN’s “Nature” re-imagines in its amazing new documentary “Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale,” narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet.

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February 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

It’s New York’s most notorious jail. After the governor called it a “human tragedy” and local public officials vowed to close it down, we get an insider’s look from a witness to its horrors. We sit down with Mary Buser, author of “Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice At New York’s Most Notorious Jail.”

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