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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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December 10, 2015 at 6:28 pm

We talk to Columbia Climate Scientist Dr. Radley Horton about how climate change will impact the city, just as the international climate summit in Paris is wrapping up. The New York Times columnist Nick Kristof joins us to discuss the gun violence we face in the U.S. and steps to reduce it. And style maven and CEO of the Villency Design Group Eric Villency explains Frank Siantra’s iconic style.

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