Have you ever heard of the expression ‘mob shaming?’ It’s formal definition is “a large group or crowd of people who are angry or difficult to control. Mob shaming has happened since the beginning of civilization and with the invention of social media and the internet, a cyber mob can dole out more damage than the stereotypical torch-and-pitchforks horde. It’s hard to imagine being the subject of such hate, but one 18-year-old, Tyler Clementi, didn’t have to. Clementi was a talented violinist and a freshman at Rutgers University when he was outed by his college roommate as gay by having an intimate encounter secretly streamed live not only to the entire campus, but to the world via Twitter. He experienced it, paid the ultimate price for it, and remains an example of not only how mob shaming can affect a person, but the struggles that LGBT youth face. Now, Tyler Clementi’s mother, Jane, and older brother, James, join us to talk about their personal tragedy and how they turned his death into something powerful.
Brooklyn is the largest of New York City’s boroughs, and it’s caught a lot of flack for being the freshly-gentrified home to New York City’s hipsters. But tonight in this special episode of MetroFocus, we’re only showing you the best of the borough from Coney Island to Bushwick.
The New York Aquarium in Brooklyn is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States. The Wildlife Conservation Society oversees it and four other zoos in New York, and now this beloved aquarium is getting a face-lift. So what can the city’s marine-life-lovers expect from the changes? Cristian Samper, President and CEO of The Wildlife Conservation Society gives us a preview.
Tonight, Newsday political editor Jack Sirica takes us inside some of the most contentious primary races in the state taking place tomorrow, and explores the impact of their outcomes for New York ahead of the November election. We also discuss the proposal by Councilman Joe Borelli for Staten Island to secede from New York City. Next, Author & Journalist Tavis Smiley joins us to address the biggest political issues facing America currently. The host of the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS discusses his Ending Poverty Initiative and his thoughts on how President Obama has handled the poverty crisis plaguing the nation. Smiley, who in the past has termed Donald Trump a ‘religious and racial arsonist’, also offers his perspective on the 2016 presidential election and how the Republican nominee has resonated with a large swath of voters across the country. Finally, Marilu Henner, best known for starring on the hit sitcom ‘Taxi,’ joins us with her husband Michael Brown to discuss how they beat Brown’s bladder and lung cancer. And get this: they did it without chemotherapy or radiation. Together, they tell the story in Henner’s new autobiography ‘Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer.’
Marilu Henner, best known for starring on the hit sitcom ‘Taxi,’ joins us with her husband Michael Brown to discuss how they beat Brown’s bladder and lung cancer. And get this: they did it without chemotherapy or radiation. Together, they tell the story in Henner’s new autobiography ‘Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer.’
Tonight, it’s Gay Pride month, and while New York City is preparing to celebrate with an array of events, many people are paying tribute to those who lost their lives this weekend in Orlando. Since news of the tragedy broke, crowds of people have been gathered outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn to hold vigil and remember the victims. Last night, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson joined mourners to help them cope and grieve over the tragedy. Tonight, he’ll be with us to talk about the LGBT community and discuss how the city will continue to pay homage to the victims as they celebrate this month. Next, investigations of Sunday’s attack in Orlando have revealed that the gunman, Omar Mateen, was previously questioned by the FBI for making inflammatory comments to co-workers in 2013 and for having possible connections to an American suicide bomber in 2014. The agency closed both investigations, finding that Mateen was not a threat at that time. Now questions are swirling about what law enforcement might have missed leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey joins us to explain the challenges facing investigators as they track suspected ISIS supporters, and how Mateen could have carried out an attack of this magnitude, undetected. Finally, we’ve all heard of smart phones but what about “smart guns”? So-called “smart gun” technology is actually not a thing of the future. It’s here already, and gun control advocates are continuing to push for more of it following the latest mass shooting in Orlando. Now New York City college students could play a role in improving the technology. As part of a competition rolled out earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking students to help design a firearm with a trigger that can only be fired by an authorized user. Adams joins us tonight to talk about his plan and tell us why he’s pushing for “smarter” guns.
We’ve all heard of smart phones but what about “smart guns”? So-called “smart gun” technology is actually not a thing of the future. It’s here already, and gun control advocates are continuing to push for more of it following the latest mass shooting in Orlando. Now New York City college students could play a role in improving the technology. As part of a competition rolled out earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking students to help design a firearm with a trigger that can only be fired by an authorized user. Adams joins us tonight to talk about his plan and tell us why he’s pushing for “smarter” guns.
Tonight, many lead-foot drivers haven’t been able to pass through a school zone undetected in the five boroughs since the introduction of speed cameras. And depending how you look at it, that might be a good thing, since city hall claims students being hit by cars is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children under 14. So far, there are 140 of these cameras city-wide, issuing fines at fifty dollars for each offense. Now, lawmakers are looking to add over 2,000 more with the intention to run them 24/7 in order to diminish the amount of students being hit by cars. City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joins us to discuss why he’s pushing Albany to place these cameras in front of all city schools and to debate the criticism against these cameras. Then, legendary entertainer Michael Feinstein has been dubbed the “Ambassador of the American Songbook,” and we sit down with him to talk about how he is using his talent to further entertain and educate and preserve American music classics. He lets us in on his latest projects in music and art and how they will leave lasting impressions on their audiences.
Tonight, New York City food pantries have been running dry and that’s on top of Mayor DeBlasio proposing further funding cuts in his preliminary fiscal budget. Now, the organization Food Bank For New York City is asking the mayor to up funding from $8.2 million to $22 million in order to support the emergency food assistance program. The Vice President for Research and Public Affairs for this organization, Triada Stampas, sits down with us to explain the strain budget cuts have put on the city’s food banks and pantries and how they are working with the Mayor and city council to rectify the issue. We’re also joined by 69-year-old Myriam Rias. She’s worked her entire life but is still dependent on these pantries to feed her family. She offers us her thoughts on the impact further cuts will have on her livelihood and health. Next, he made millions building and selling tech companies and now he’s a star investor, swimming with the sharks on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec, in his new book You Don’t Have to Be A Shark: Creating Your Own Success, draws from his life experiences to share tips on how you too can strike it rich using the skills you didn’t know you had. Then finally, you may know her as Thelma Harper in the hit ’80’s sitcom Mama’s Family but she’s also an alum of The Carol Burnett Show. Tonight, Vicki Lawrence is here reminiscing about some classic moments from The Carol Burnett Show ahead of the upcoming PBS special Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches where comedy legend Carol Burnett walks us through the stories behind some of her favorite scenes.