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February 07, 2017 at 5:22 am

Tonight, cops crack the brutal murder of the Howard Beach jogger with help from the victim, Karina Vetrano, herself! All this as a jury deliberates the Etan Patz case nearly 38 years after the boy’s disappearance. We have updates on both cases from retired NYPD Lieutenant Darrin Porcher.

Next, legendary New York detective Bo Dietl wants to be our mayor! Will he take a bite out of the Big Apple the way he took a bite out of crime? He’ll be here to tell us.

Then, Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance talks about the backlash from his prayer at President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Finally, we explore how the film The Birth of a Nation ignited the battle for civil rights as part of the new Independent Lens documentary The Birth of a Movement.

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February 04, 2017 at 5:36 am

Tonight, as part of our ongoing initiative Peril and Promise, we take you to Long Island where an environmental catastrophe no one ever saw coming threatens the future of the region.
Then, one fast and furious group has a need for speed that’s proving deadly. We team up with our partners at Newsday to take you inside the world of illegal street racing.
Finally, he grew up in a life of poverty, drugs and jail, but chased his dreams to become a voice for his community. As part of our ongoing initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we share the story of artist and activist Daniel Beaty.

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February 02, 2017 at 5:04 am

Tonight, it has been less than two weeks since President Trump took office, and he’s already butting heads with political activists and leaders across the country, and here in New York. Tonight, we’ll tell you what his rocky relationship with Mayor de Blasio could mean for the city, and for you.

Next, the animal kingdom goes high-tech in this sneak peek at PBS NATURE’s five-part series Spy in the Wild, which premieres tonight at 8pm on Thirteen.

Finally, we may live in an era of technology, but what good are our gadgets if they can’t stay charged? PBS NOVA takes us on the search for the ultimate power source in their new documentary Search for the Super Battery.

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January 31, 2017 at 5:07 am

Tonight, President Trump’s travel ban sparks a battle cry heard across the country, as the nation grows more divided by the day. We’ll take you inside the protests for an exclusive interview with Steven Choi, the executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, and one of the men who inspired the demonstrations.

Next, Jack Ford and Rafael Pi Roman track the president’s executive order, from the streets to the courts, as we probe whether the ban follows the letter of the law.

Then, yesterday, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York celebrated 100 years of service with a luncheon featuring distinguished speakers such as Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The organization’s executive director, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, discusses what the organization is doing to help immigrants and refugees and how they will work with the Trump administration.

Finally, we preview a truly inspiring POV documentary called Seven Songs for a Long Life, which follows a few brave men and women who’ve learned to live life to the fullest when every moment counts.

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