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November 08, 2016 at 6:28 pm

On June 11, 2016, 28-year-old Jessica White watched her children play on a playground outside of the John Adams Housing project in the Bronx. She was talking with her mother, Gola White when shots rang out in the area. In a split-second decision that any mother would have made, Jessica ran over to protect her three children; but that decision would ultimately cost her her life. Jessica White is just one of many who have fallen victim to crime in the Bronx’s 40th precinct, and although New York City crime is at a historic low, each tragic loss of life calls more attention to an issue of security in the South Bronx. To understand why these killings persist, The New York Times committed a team of reporters to the neighborhood at the beginning of this year. In a series of in-depth articles published throughout 2016, they documented the lives of those lost. Two members of that reporting team Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker join us tonight.

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November 06, 2016 at 12:01 pm

It just takes a short trip to Leonia, New Jersey to travel more than 65 million years back in time. At Field Station: Dinsosaurs, paleontologists-in-training get a peek into a prehistoric world and learn how to study it as a scientist. The park is covered with more than 30 life-sized robotic dinosaurs, including several that lived – and died – […]

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November 05, 2016 at 5:30 am

The verdict is in, and two former members of Governor Chris Christie’s administration were found guilty on all counts related to the 2013 Bridgegate scandal. Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly were convicted this morning for coordinating the inexplicable closure of toll lanes in New Jersey that caused massive traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge. The transit fiasco was […]

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November 04, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Come Sunday, the streets of New York City will once again belong to the runners. The annual New York City Marathon gets underway this weekend with 50,000 competitors from all around the world. Some will be competing for the first time; others will be trying to beat personal bests. And while many of us would quake in our sneakers at the prospect of running 26.2 miles through all five boroughs, one man is always up for the task! At 73 years young, David Obelkevich is the only runner who can say he or she has finished the race every year since it became a five-borough affair… 40 years ago. Now, he’s determined to do it again! The retired music teacher from the Upper West Side has been getting ready for weeks, and tonight, he’ll be taking some time away from his training to join us before the big race.

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November 03, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, by the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

Then, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

Finally, gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 02, 2016 at 6:29 pm

By the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

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November 01, 2016 at 6:29 pm

In Newtown, Connecticut, it’s known simply as 12-14. December 14th, 2012 was the day a mentally unstable gunman armed with an assault rifle stormed through Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing six staff members and 20 first-graders before taking his own life. Nearly four years later, the tragedy, one of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation’s history, is still a […]

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November 01, 2016 at 6:28 pm

We are down to the wire! In fact, one week from today, America will head to the polls and elect the next President of the United States. But what does it take to run for the most powerful office in the world? The Contenders: 16 for ’16 is a PBS series that looks at the most compelling and influential presidential […]

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November 01, 2016 at 6:27 pm

She’s been called comedy’s lovable queen of mean and she’s known for saying what most people wouldn’t even dare to think. Lisa Lampanelli’s one-two punch of fiery wit and insult comedy have made her a pioneer in a field dominated by men. But she’s more than just a stand-up comedian, she’s a stand-up woman, raising over $130,000 for the “Gay […]

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