Episode
February 11, 2016 at 8:54 am

Which candidate exceeded expectations and which one fared worse than predicted? We’ll break down the results of the New Hampshire primary with Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent Nina Burleigh. Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced executive action to limit the use of so-called conversion therapy for LGBT youth. Matthew Shurka underwent conversion therapy when he was younger and now advocates against the practice. We’ll speak with him about what that experience was like. Creator of the popular blog “I Quant New York” and Data Analyst for the New York Post, Ben Wellington, tells us how he is using public data and information from city agencies to bring big issues to attention and brainstorming ways to change them. Executive Director of Marquis Studios David Marquis joins us to discuss the Marquis Inclusion Program, which uses arts to promote the inclusion of disabled children, and resulted from a partnership with recording artist Clay Aiken’s National Inclusion Project.

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Episode
February 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

Will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton go two-for-two and squeak past U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders? Will New York real estate mogul Donald Trump edge out U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio? We’ll discuss it all and more when MSNBC National Correspondent Joy-Ann Reid stops by to talk presidential politics ahead of the New Hampshire primary. Columbia University Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering Kartik Chandran explains how toilet water can be transformed into drinking water. New Jersey Capitol Report Host Steve Adubato explains the Garden State’s pension woes. Broadway actress and performer Christine Ebersole discusses her involvement with NJTV’s The American Songbook, which premieres Wednesday, Feb. 10.

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Episode
February 02, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Harry Enten, an analyst for FiveThirtyEight, joins us to discuss the Iowa caucus results. Infectious disease expert Dr. Bob Arnot brings us the facts about the mosquiteo-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization on Monday declared a global emergency. Star Trek’s George Takei joins us for the second of a two-part interview to reminisce about the good ol’ days on the USS Enterprise and discuss his role as an LGBT activist. In honor of Black History Month, we sit down with Kadiatou Diallo who remembers her son Amadou, the unarmed Liberian immigrant whose 1999 death sparked outrage in New York after police fired 41 shots, striking him 19 times.

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