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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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February 12, 2016 at 7:28 am

In the first installment of a two-part interview and as part of our ongoing American Graduate series, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discusses the key challenges facing parents, students and educators in New York public schools. In our ongoing American Graduate series, your “personal astrophysicist” and director of the Hayden Planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us about the state of science education. You might know her as Judy Garland’s daughter: Entertainer Lorna Luft sits down with us to discuss what’s it’s like being “daughter of a legend” and how she overcame breast cancer. New York Fashion Week is here and runs through February 18. “Time Out New York” Editor Carla Sosenko directs us where to go during the high-style event if your name’s not on the VIP lists.

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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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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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