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November 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

The lighting of the Christmas tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center has been a holiday tradition for America and NBC, which broadcasts the spectacular event that signals the coming of the Christmas season. Ahead of tomorrow’s broadcast, we rock around the Christmas tree with a special history lesson from Al Roker, “America’s Weatherman” and anchor of the Today Show, who will once again host this year’s festivities.

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November 24, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, nearly 60,000 people are sleeping in New York City shelters every night, according to the most recent statistics from City Hall. That number is up 18 percent since Mayor de Blasio took office two years ago, but city officials say congestion in shelters would be much worse if not for large investments in homeless programs. For many people on the streets, part of the problem is that they don’t know where their families are or how to contact them. That’s where Miracle Messages steps in. The organization uses videos and social media to track down and reunite the homeless with their families. The group’s founder, Kevin Adler, joins us tonight to talk more about the city’s homeless problem and the miracles his organization is facilitating every day.

Next, 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. The 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, while you snuggle up with your loved ones in front of the TV, what are some of the top films sure to get you in the holiday spirit? Our friends from Fandango share their list of the best season-starters.

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November 22, 2016 at 6:13 pm

From an early age, we’re told: “Don’t to talk to strangers.” In a city of more than 8 million people, New Yorkers are notorious for sticking to that rule. But TED speaker Kio Stark argues we have everything to gain by acknowledging strangers. In her new book When Strangers Meet: How People You Don’t Know Can Transform You, she explains that it all starts with “hello.”

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November 22, 2016 at 5:43 am

Tonight, the challenges of having a president-elect living in the heart of Manhattan are posing unprecedented problems for New York. News this weekend that future First Lady Melania Trump will stay in the city as Barron Trump finishes out the school year is only expected to further complicate plans to protect the incoming first family while also allowing New Yorkers to go about their daily lives. Former New York City traffic commissioner and leading transportation advocate Sam Schwartz, otherwise known as Gridlock Sam, tells us what the city can do to prevent “Trump-lock Armageddon.”

Next, President-Elect Donald Trump campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare, which he often called a catastrophe. But his recent interview on CBS 60 Minutes suggests he may have changed his mind about completely repealing the Affordable Care Act. Is the new posture merely a change in tone? And if he does still intend to at least radically reform Obamacare, how will the changes affect us here in New York? Paul Howard, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explores what healthcare could look like under a Trump administration.

Finally, for more than 140 years, New York city’s 92nd Street Y has been a valuable center for the arts, culture and the community. They are now expanding their reach to connect people and communities around the world with their newly named Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. We look at how the new addition is re-imagining the role of the community center in the digital world, allowing everyone to give back and transform lives.

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November 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The challenges of having a president-elect living in the heart of Manhattan are posing unprecedented problems for New York. News this weekend that future First Lady Melania Trump will stay in the city as Barron Trump finishes out the school year is only expected to further complicate plans to protect the incoming first family while also allowing New Yorkers to go about their daily lives. Former New York City traffic commissioner and leading transportation advocate Sam Schwartz, otherwise known as Gridlock Sam, tells us what the city can do to prevent “Trump-lock Armageddon.”

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November 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm

For more than 140 years, New York city’s 92nd Street Y has been a valuable center for the arts, culture and the community. They are now expanding their reach to connect people and communities around the world with their newly named Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. We look at how the new addition is re-imagining the role of the community center in the digital world, allowing everyone to give back and transform lives.

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November 19, 2016 at 8:22 am

Tonight, after multiple setbacks and numerous protests, New York City is pressing play on its body camera program. The NYPD will be moving forward with a $6.4 million contract with the company VieVu to provide cameras and data storage for what would be one of the country’s largest body camera programs. Across the river in New Jersey, another city is already testing out police body cameras: Camden, one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the country. But now, after decades of economic downturn and violent crime, change is coming with help from the newly formed police force. MetroFocus producer William Jones takes to the streets of Camden, where officers are testing out this new technology to improve policing.

Next, as life expectancy reaches an all-time high, we as a city are aging. More than 1.4 million New Yorkers are 60 years of age or older. By 2030 that number is estimated to swell to more than 1.8 million, or 20% of city residents, raising demand for affordable housing and health and social services. We get a look at how the nonprofit Selfhelp is answering that call, providing care and services to thousands of aging New Yorkers.

Finally, maybe you’ve caught a compelling story on The Moth Radio Hour on WNYC, downloaded a podcast, or been to a live “story-slam”. The Moth has been dedicated to the art of simple storytelling, told live on stage with no script, just a microphone, a spotlight and a room full of strangers. We caught a behind the scenes look at one woman’s personal storytelling journey from the rural mountains of Nepal to women’s health advocate as part of The Moth’s global community program “Women In The World,” recently performed at Jazz At Lincoln Center.

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November 18, 2016 at 6:42 pm

As life expectancy reaches an all-time high, we as a city are aging. More than 1.4 million New Yorkers are 60 years of age or older. By 2030 that number is estimated to swell to more than 1.8 million, or 20% of city residents, raising demand for affordable housing and health and social services. We get a look at how the nonprofit Selfhelp is answering that call, providing care and services to thousands of aging New Yorkers.

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November 18, 2016 at 5:46 am

Tonight, Mayor de Blasio and President-Elect Donald Trump met for more than an hour yesterday where they discussed, among many things, Trump’s campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, and build a wall along the Mexican border. But what are the realities of his policies, and are the fears of undocumented immigrants legitimate? Michael Wildes, the immigration lawyer who defended the citizenship status of Melania Trump, joins us with his take on the future of immigration under Donald Trump.

Next, we’ve witnessed a significant increase in hate crimes across the country following last week’s election, including here in New York, where Governor Cuomo launched an investigation after swastika graffiti was discovered at student accommodation buildings at SUNY Geneseo. President-Elect Donald Trump has recently confronted the issue on 60 Minutes, but that has done little to assuage the fears of many who have been targeted. We discuss it all with Huffington Post journalist and Muslim-American Rowaida Abdelaziz and New York City Council-member Ritchie Torres.

Then, when natural disaster strikes, one New York-based organization is there to wade through flood waters and dig through debris to save animals. They’re the Guardians of Rescue, but they do much more than just enter disaster zones. Founder Robert Misseri joins us with a look at their mission protecting the well-being of animals in our community that are homeless, helpless and in need of a hug.

Finally, scattered across the five boroughs of New York City are vibrant organizations serving children and adults of all ages and from every walk of life. These are the settlement houses: centers that provide help and new opportunity to our urban population. The new documentary Treasures of New York: Settlement Houses, which airs tonight at 8pm on WLIW, explores how the 130-year old settlement house movement remains integral to New York City.

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