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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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February 02, 2016 at 9:18 am

On the night of the Iowa caucus, Fordham University Professor of Politics Christina Greer explains why the Midwest state matters in the presidential election. Star Trek’s George Takei joins us for the first of a two-part interview to discuss his role on the Broadway show “Allegiance,” which is inspired by his experience at a Japanese internment camp during World War II. In our on-going “Chasing the Dream” series on poverty and opportunity in America, we hear the remarkable story of Jessie Garcia, who went from living in a homeless shelter to earning a paycheck as a case worker.

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