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January 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer tells us about his report on the city’s homeless shelters. Johnathan Lovitz of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce discusses equality in business. We discuss the State Comptroller’s list of municipalities experiencing fiscal stress. In our on-going American Graduate series,we learn about Common Core standards and a growing number of students who are opting out.

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January 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm

We get an update on Long Island’s pollution problem, hear the latest on a City Council proposal that would impact the fate of the city’s historic sites and learn about actress and activist Anna Deavere Smith’s efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Plus, we go inside a Brooklyn school that’s using a unique program to prepare students for careers in science.

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January 05, 2016 at 7:15 pm

In the second of a two-part interview, outgoing New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch explains why she’s stepping down in March. Plus, we look back at journalist Geraldo Rivera’s 1972 landmark investigation of Staten Island’s Willowbrook State School, an institution for the developmentally disabled. His exposé forever changed the face of mental health.

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December 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

We catch up with fashion designer Betsey Johnson, a one-of-a-kind New York City personality. And we examine receivership, New York’s plan to turn around under-performing schools. MetroFocus Reporter Andrea Vasquez takes us behind the scenes of a website that helps you peruse more than 1 million charities to locate the right organization for your donation. And we introduce you to Genevieve Piturro, whose company gives sleepwear to kids in poverty.

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