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December 08, 2016 at 6:28 am

Time magazine picks Donald Trump as its Person of the Year. But is it a win or a wash for our new commander in chief, as the magazine calls him the “President of the ‘Divided States of America?’” Time joins us to discuss. Food pantries in Brooklyn and Staten Island are going bare, leaving those in need hungry for the […]

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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 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Last week, 49-year-old Connie Watton was pushed to her death in front on an oncoming train in a Times Square subway station. Multiple eyewitnesses identified 30-year-old Melanie Liverpool-Turner as the person who shoved the unsuspecting straphanger to her fatal end. Liverpool-Turner was known to authorities prior to the incident, having recently been taken to Bellevue Hospital by police after she […]

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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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