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August 05, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Imagine walking up and down every single block in New York City. Sociology professor at the City College of New York William Helmreich did just that. It took him four years to comb through all five boroughs of the city– that’s roughly 6,000 miles– and he went through about ten pairs of shoes and spoke with hundreds of people who crossed his path. What did he find? It’s all in his new book The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City. Tonight, Helmreich joins us to give us insights into his adventure and talk about how he got a better understanding of our city’s crime, poverty, and gentrification issues.

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August 04, 2016 at 6:28 pm

It turns out millennials – or those born between 1985 and 1996 – as defined by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, are significantly worse off than the generation before them. In fact, the job market they entered several years ago during the Great Recession was similar to that of the Great Depression, or at least according to Scott Stringer. A recent report from his office shows millennials are struggling to make ends meet, earning 20 percent less than their predecessors did in the 1990s. The Comptroller joins us to talk more about his findings and tell us what the city needs to do in order to help this stalled generation.

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August 03, 2016 at 5:23 am

Tonight, William J. Bratton has announced today that he will be stepping down from his position as commissioner of the New York Police Department next month. After a 45 year-long career that spanned the country, Bratton will take a job within the private sector. Top uniformed officer Chief James O’Neill will fill Bratton’s role after he leaves. We Listen In as Bratton spoke earlier today about his departure in a press conference.

Next, Brian Lehrer’s radio show on WNYC has covered politics, culture, and life in our region for over 25 years. During that time, Lehrer has interviewed both news-makers and regular listeners alike and created a unique community within New York media. Tonight, we go behind the scenes to take a look at how the show came together during last month’s presidential conventions.

Then, Koko the Gorilla isn’t your average ape. This 45-year-old primate was taught sign language as a youngster by an animal psychologist who has gone on to become her surrogate mother. For decades, Koko has received worldwide recognition for her ability to communicate with humans. But some in the scientific community are skeptical about her true ability to understand and respond to what people are saying. A new documentary, Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, from PBS and the BBC explores this remarkable animal’s life and the controversy surrounding her. Tonight we take a look at the film and sit down with the documentary’s producer to go inside Koko’s story.

Finally, as part of our ongoing series, Listening In, Nathan Lane opens up about fame and coming out as gay during a conversation with comedian Joy Behar at the 92nd Street Y. Lane, perhaps best known for his stage and film portrayals of Max Bialystock in The Producers, is not only a Broadway and television star, but also an LGBT activist and proud member of the gay community.

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August 02, 2016 at 6:29 pm

William J. Bratton has announced today that he will be stepping down from his position as commissioner of the New York Police Department next month. After a 45 year-long career that spanned the country, Bratton will take a job within the private sector. Top uniformed officer Chief James O’Neill will fill Bratton’s role after he leaves. We Listen In as Bratton spoke earlier today about his departure in a press conference.

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August 02, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Brian Lehrer’s radio show on WNYC has covered politics, culture, and life in our region for over 25 years. During that time, Lehrer has interviewed both news-makers and regular listeners alike and created a unique community within New York media. Tonight, we go behind the scenes to take a look at how the show came together during last month’s presidential conventions.

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August 02, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, the year was 1968, and our nation was divided by political parties and heated ideological clashes. An unforgettable election season, one filled with triumphs and tragedies. It was marred by violence and assassinations, Vietnam, and a culture clash between the old and young… It was a year that forever changed this country. Then rose a politician who was unafraid to speak his mind, a politician who appealed to the alienated working white voter who was convinced the government had abandoned him. That politician… was George Wallace, but does he remind you of someone else who is currently running for President? Is history repeating itself in the form of Donald Trump? Boston Globe columnist and author Michael Cohen joins us to discuss his latest book, American Maelstrom, which documents the 1968 election and the politics of division. We discuss the 1968 election, how George Wallace and Donald Trump compare, and the significance of both the election of 1968 and 2016.

Next, Claressa Shields, also known as T-Rex, made history at 17 years old. In 2012, she was the first U.S. woman to take home the gold for boxing at the London Olympics. But Claressa’s story wasn’t always gold medals and historic wins; instead it’s an inspiring tale of how with hard work, determination, and perseverance anyone can overcome hardship and struggle. Zackary Canepari is one of the directors for a documentary showcasing the young Olympian, T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold. He stops by to tell us how Claressa Shields became the subject of his film and shares the road they took to follow her journey to Olympic success.

Then, the year was 1936. America was in the midst of the Great Depression. The world was turning its eyes to Berlin for the Olympics and the nation was struggling. Nine working-class young men from the University of Washington were given the opportunity to represent the country in rowing, beating out not only their prestigious Ivy League counterparts here at home, but going on to take the gold medal against Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers. Hear their story in the new American Experience PBS documentary called The Boys of ’36 premiering tomorrow, August 2.

Finally, have you ever met a 94 year old style maven? Born and bred New Yorker Iris Apfel is known for her oversized glasses and original sense of style. She is the subject of a new documentary titled Iris, directed by the late Albert Maysles. His daughter and producer of the film, Rebekah Maysles, joins us to talk about the film, it’s subject, and her father. Iris will have its broadcast premiere on the POV series tonight on PBS at 10 p.m.

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August 01, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Have you ever met a 94 year old style maven? Born and bred New Yorker Iris Apfel is known for her oversized glasses and original sense of style. She is the subject of a new documentary titled Iris, directed by the late Albert Maysles. His daughter and producer of the film, Rebekah Maysles, joins us to talk about the film, it’s subject, and her father. Iris will have its broadcast premiere on the POV series tonight on PBS at 10 p.m.

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July 28, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, things in Philadelphia are amping up after another round of passionate speeches last night at the Democratic National Convention. With President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden headlining the slew of speakers for tonight, among those names is former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. We take the time to talk to Barbara Casbar Siperstein, the first elected transgender DNC member, about Hillary’s victories and what is left to be done.

Next, the AIDS epidemic still ravages America, and now your kids may be at risk. While a cure is still yet to be found, confidential, affordable treatment and preventative medicine such as PrEP is accessible to adults in need. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 less than 50 percent of New Yorkers ages 13 to 24 took medications that reduced their HIV to very low levels. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now aiming to end new HIV infections in New York by 2020 by proposing legislature giving minors a right to confidential access to HIV prevention and care. Executive Director of the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center, William Murphy, joins us to talk about the current state of this virus in New York and advancements in prevention such as Pre-Exposure Prophylasxis, or PrEP.

Then, lots of dissention has arisen over undocumented immigrants in America, especially after GOP front-runner Donald Trump made his feelings clear on illegal aliens. Julissa Arce, among many, is one of the voices that goes against Trump and his negative views on the subject. Although she was the Vice President of Goldman Sachs from 2010 to 2011 and Director of Merrill Lynch from 2012 to 2014, up until 2009 Arce was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. In 2012, Julissa started the Ascend Educational Fund, a volunteer-based nonprofit that aims to provide educational scholarships and mentorship to students of exceptional promise and helps them reach their full potential through higher education. She joins us to talk about her journey to her American dream and what her fund is looking to accomplish.

And finally, we’ll take you to a treasured urban oasis in the northern part of New York City: The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. A national landmark, this botanical garden covers 250 acres with beautiful landscapes, is internationally renowned for plant research, education and conservation, and caps off with its classic and iconic conservatory building. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of this New York gem, a newly revised book titled The New York Botanical Garden documents this iconic garden as the unparalleled epitome of New York City’s beauty.

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July 27, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The AIDS epidemic still ravages America, and now your kids may be at risk. While a cure is still yet to be found, confidential, affordable treatment and preventative medicine such as PrEP is accessible to adults in need. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 less than 50 percent of New Yorkers ages 13 to 24 took medications that reduced their HIV to very low levels. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now aiming to end new HIV infections in New York by 2020 by proposing legislature giving minors a right to confidential access to HIV prevention and care. Executive Director of the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center, William Murphy, joins us to talk about the current state of this virus in New York and advancements in prevention such as Pre-Exposure Prophylasxis, or PrEP

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