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February 12, 2016 at 7:28 am

In the first installment of a two-part interview and as part of our ongoing American Graduate series, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discusses the key challenges facing parents, students and educators in New York public schools. In our ongoing American Graduate series, your “personal astrophysicist” and director of the Hayden Planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us about the state of science education. You might know her as Judy Garland’s daughter: Entertainer Lorna Luft sits down with us to discuss what’s it’s like being “daughter of a legend” and how she overcame breast cancer. New York Fashion Week is here and runs through February 18. “Time Out New York” Editor Carla Sosenko directs us where to go during the high-style event if your name’s not on the VIP lists.

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February 08, 2016 at 11:56 pm

After a crane collapsed Friday in Lower Manhattan killing one person and injuring three others, we discuss the safety of the industry and how its regulated. New York City Councilman Richie Torres joins us to explain how a once-promising deal to reduce the horse-drawn carriage industry in Manhattan is no longer on the table. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James takes us through her offices annual list of the most irresponsible landlords in the city and discusses her proposed legislation to improve housing conditions. Brandon Stanton, the human behind Humans of New York, tells us how his new book, Humans of New York Stories, is different than his other works.

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February 06, 2016 at 10:56 am

Mayor Bill de Blasio painted his vision for the future and touted his accomplishments these last two years, particularly the city’s progress on crime, in his State of the City address last night. Meanwhile, two officers were shot just miles away in the Bronx. We discuss the night’s events and break down the politics in de Blasio’s speech with Journalist and Political Analyst Ellis Henican, Democratic Councilman Jumaane Williams and Manhattan Republican Party Chairwoman Adele Malpass.

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February 02, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Harry Enten, an analyst for FiveThirtyEight, joins us to discuss the Iowa caucus results. Infectious disease expert Dr. Bob Arnot brings us the facts about the mosquiteo-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization on Monday declared a global emergency. Star Trek’s George Takei joins us for the second of a two-part interview to reminisce about the good ol’ days on the USS Enterprise and discuss his role as an LGBT activist. In honor of Black History Month, we sit down with Kadiatou Diallo who remembers her son Amadou, the unarmed Liberian immigrant whose 1999 death sparked outrage in New York after police fired 41 shots, striking him 19 times.

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