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December 07, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Lidia Bastianich joins us to discuss her “Holiday for Heroes” PBS special. What’s on the menu, and who’s attending the celebratory feast aboard the USS George Washington? “Lidia Celebrates America” premieres on Sunday, December 18th at 4:30pm on Thirteen. Find more veteran resources.    

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November 15, 2016 at 6:28 pm

One of the most notorious jails in the country is located in the East River, right across from the Manhattan skyline. Rikers Island is New York City’s largest correctional facility and the abuse and corruption that runs rampant within its walls have been well documented by authors, journalists, and detainees alike. Yet almost 80 percent of the more than 7,500 men and women detained at Rikers on any given day have not been convicted of the charges they face. Whether guilty or innocent, all the detainees find themselves in a culture of violence and fear that forces them to do whatever is necessary to survive. In this installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, we take a look at a candid and harrowing documentary by Bill Moyers, Rikers brings viewers face to face with the men and women who have endured the correctional facility and lived to tell the tale. Tonight, award-winning director, longtime colleague of Bill Moyers, and producer of the film, Marc Levin joins us with Glenn E. Martin, a former Rikers detainee and President of JustLeadershipUSA, to discuss the film and the horrible truths within the walls at Rikers Island.

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November 15, 2016 at 5:30 am

Bullying in schools is reportedly on the rise after President-elect Trump’s victory last week. Parents across the Tri-state are already raising concerns after hearing about taunting between classmates involving the campaign. Tonight we take a look at the issue with help from NBC New York, which recently investigated reports of bullying in Suffolk County, Long Island. Then we’ll be joined […]

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November 09, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Looking back on last night’s election, historians may argue that President-elect Trump’s victory was a watershed moment for America’s media. Throughout the election, news outlets, have been largely accused and vilified by many in the political world for allegedly giving rise to a political novice- like our president-elect. But as the billionaire businessman ascends to the Oval Office- how should […]

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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 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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