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March 03, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Drones were one of the hottest items to find under your Christmas tree in 2015, which left many concerned with privacy, but Randy Scott Slavin is here to tell us about the second annual new York City Drone Film Festival. This event celebrates drone technology for its cinematic value and the submissions for the festival are sure to blow you away.

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March 02, 2016 at 8:26 am

FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten joins us to explain what’s at stake as voters in more than a dozen states prepare to make their pick for each party’s presidential nominee. The senior political writer will tell us what a good night would look like for the major players from both parties and predict who from the GOP field will be the next candidate to drop out of the race. Does Super Tuesday’s impact on the presidential election really hold up to the hype? American Presidential Historian and American University History Professor Allan Lichtman walks us through the event’s past and explains how much it matters when it comes to deciding the eventual nominees. Outer Space has been the final frontier for some time now, but Scott Kelly is about to end a historic year-long stint in that frontier. Former NASA Astronaut and Columbia University’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michael Massimino, stops by to tell us about Kelly’s historic mission. Find out what challenges Kelly will face upon his return and what this mission means for space exploration and discovery. The story of Dead Horse Bay is a little known chapter in the history of New York City’s development, and a lesser-known portion of Robert Moses involvement in changing the area’s landscape. ABC News Digital Producer Evan Simon joins us to discuss why this bay is considered trash to some but a treasure to others.

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March 01, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Outer Space has been the final frontier for some time now, but Scott Kelly is about to end a historic year-long stint in that frontier. Former NASA Astronaut and Columbia University’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michael Massimino, stops by to tell us about Kelly’s historic mission. Find out what challenges Kelly will face upon his return and what this mission means for space exploration and discovery.

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March 01, 2016 at 5:00 am

We discuss the state of journalism in front of a studio audience with Columbia University’s Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism Steve Coll, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and PBS NewsHour Weekend Anchor Hari Sreenivasan. . Tune in to watch them discuss the importance of public broadcasting and how the industry has evolved over the years.

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February 24, 2016 at 1:38 am

It’s a case that could have chilling repercussions on everyone privacy and security. Find out why the tech giant Apple is challenging the government’s demands to gain access to the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in December during an attack in San Bernardino. It’s New York’s most notorious jail. After the governor called it a “human tragedy” and local public officials vowed to close it down, we get an insider’s look from a witness to its horrors. We sit down with Mary Buser, author of “Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice At New York’s Most Notorious Jail.” In the second half of our two-part interview with record executive and music producer L.A. Reid, he talks to us in-depth about experience in the music industry from notable artist auditions to new vocalists who are hitting their stride today. How does the youngest and scrawniest of Emperor Penguin’s survive its first few months of life in frigid Antarctic temperatures? That’s the story that THIRTEEN’s “Nature” re-imagines in its amazing new documentary “Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale,” narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet.

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February 19, 2016 at 1:32 am

Officials are saying President Obama is ending the estrangement between the U.S. and Cuba by visiting the country within the coming weeks as part of a larger tour of Latin America. Presidential Historian and American University Professor, Allan J. Lichtman, joins us to share his perspective on this historic trip to Havana. We continue our two-part interview with hip-hop mogul and Rush Communications CEO Russell Simmons, who tells us about his friendship with Donald Trump and shares his thoughts on the 2016 presidential race.In our on-going American Graduate series, MetroFocus Reporter Andrea Vasquez takes us inside Columbia University’s Teachers College, where a new program is training future teachers to leverage new technology in art classes.
Just in time for Lent: MetroFocus visits Carnegie Deli, one of New York’s last remaining authentic delis that just re-opened after a 10-month closure.

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