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January 14, 2017 at 1:42 am

Tonight, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a question as relevant today as it was when he asked it: where do we go from here? WNYC’s Brian Lehrer hosts an event on Sunday at the famous Apollo Theater where our future and diverse fabric will be the focus.

Then, Sal Albanese is back! The former councilman wants to unseat Bill de Blasio, and tonight he’ll tell us how he will defeat the sitting mayor.

Next, a tribal elder and two Native Americans leave the reservation to demand a return of what was once theirs in a new documentary from PBS Independent Lens.

Finally, we have a sneak peek at a true American Master: August Wilson, in a PBS documentary called The Ground on Which I Stand.

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January 13, 2017 at 5:13 am

Tonight, after the president-elect’s knockdown, drag out with CNN’s Jim Acosta, all eyes turn to today’s Trump cabinet confirmation hearings. On that docket, Dr. Ben Carson, the president-elect’s pick for HUD secretary. But does Carson have the right skills for the job? This is an appointment that will impact all of us who live in the Tri-State area.

Next, here in the city, a fight for City Hall! Former councilman Sal Albanese officially throws his hat in the ring, joining the growing pack of mayoral candidates trying to unseat Bill de Blasio. Albanese will be here to make the case for why he’s the best person to occupy Gracie Mansion, and will share his thoughts on a possible run against Hillary Clinton.

Finally, before Muhammad Ali, there was Jack Johnson, boxing’s first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. His 1912 conviction by an all-white jury on what many claim was a trumped up, racially motivated morals charge, have many pleading with President Obama to formally pardon the icon before he leaves the White House: and the clock is ticking! We have the latest.

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January 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Here in the city, a fight for City Hall! Former councilman Sal Albanese officially throws his hat in the ring, joining the growing pack of mayoral candidates trying to unseat Bill de Blasio. Albanese will be here to make the case for why he’s the best person to occupy Gracie Mansion, and will share his thoughts on a possible run against Hillary Clinton.

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January 07, 2017 at 5:13 am

Tonight, Governor Cuomo’s recently announced proposal to offer free college tuition for students sounds like a great plan, but one expert gives it a failing grade. Find out why.

He’s one of many who wants to unseat Mayor Bill de Blasio. We get into the issues with New York State Senator Tony Avella in part two of our conversation with the mayoral contender.

Next, before it was a hit television show, there were the “real” Mad Men of Madison Avenue who manipulated each and every one of us. Their story is ahead as part of the new Smithsonian Channel four-part series The Real Mad Men of Advertising.

Finally, experience a sense of someone else’s reality with the new PBS Independent Lens documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things, which is a celebration of outcasts everywhere.

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January 06, 2017 at 5:32 am

New York State Senator Tony Avella thinks our homeless problem is getting worse, taxes are growing too high, and the quality of life is fading, and he wants to do something about it. In fact, he wants to unseat Bill de Blasio as mayor to make these problems go away. He’ll be here with his plan to fix what he thinks is broken in New York City.

Russians expelled from Long Island in the wake of the election hacking scandal. We have the latest on this drama playing out on the North Shore. Then, if you’re all about the next must have gadget and can’t afford to get out to the Consumer Electronics Show starting today in Las Vegas: fear not. We’re going to take you there and preview the latest that technology has to offer.

Finally, we’re headed to the heights, Jackson Heights that is, for an intimate look at the people and the dreams that make that neighborhood a special part of New York City.

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