Episode
March 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

Forced out of their homes and onto the street for a crime they didn’t commit. It’s a new trend, based on an old law. We’ve got the story. New York is on the verge of becoming the last state in the country to legalize professional mixed martial arts. Earlier this week, members of the state assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the sport back to the Empire State after a 20-year hiatus. But not everyone is backing MMA. We sit down with Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to discuss her opposition to one of the country’s fastest-growing sports. It’s spring time and that means it’s time for the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. It’s America’s most-attended auto show and kicks off today. We’re joined by automotive expert Mike Caudill for help navigating this year’s offerings of hybrids, muscle cars and futuristic concepts.

Continue Reading

Episode
March 24, 2016 at 5:00 am

In the Belgian capitol of Brussels on Tuesday, three bombs detonated at the city’s airport and metro station, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 100 others. The city was put on lock down as authorities searched for those behind the terror attacks. Here in New York City, the police department was put on high alert and increased its officer presence at transit hubs around the city. To help us sort out the details, we’re joined by former director of the Central Intelligence Agency Ambassador R. James Woolsey. We sit down with Manhattan Republican Party Chairwoman Adele Malpass and New York State Democratic Party Executive Director Basil Smilke to discuss the state of the election and how the candidates are faring. Who’s ahead? Who’s lagging? And who will win those coveted delegate votes? We’ll break down the most recent polls, dissect GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s relationship with the media and discuss how the attacks in Brussels could shift the candidates’ focus to national security. Andre Hatchett spent nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. His 1991 conviction was based on an unreliable witness, a bad defense team and critical evidence that the prosecution never disclosed to the defense. More than two decades later he was finally exonerated of all charges and his conviction was reversed with the help of The Innocence Project, a national organization dedicated to freeing the wrongly convicted. The organization’s Co-Director Barry Scheck joins us to explain how Hatchett’s new legal counsel worked with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit to expose the loopholes in his case and highlight how disturbingly easy it was to convict an innocent person in this country.

Continue Reading

Clip
March 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm

In the Belgian capitol of Brussels on Tuesday, three bombs detonated at the city’s airport and metro station, killing dozens of people and injuring more than 100 others. The city was put on lock down as authorities searched for those behind the terror attacks. Here in New York City, the police department was put on high alert and increased its officer presence at transit hubs around the city. To help us sort out the details, we’re joined by former director of the Central Intelligence Agency Ambassador R. James Woolsey.

Continue Reading

Episode
March 11, 2016 at 10:16 am

“Looks like the seven levels of hell.” That’s how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo described Penn Station at a transportation event Tuesday. We look at his $3 billion plan to revitalize it. We’ve seen Donald Trump the GOP candidate, but who is Donald Trump the businessman? We take a look at the man that started the empire before he ever set foot on the campaign trail with reporter for Bloomberg News in New York, Max Abelson. In our on-going American Graduate series, we take a look at a program that allows students to train in the STEM industry at no cost. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, died this past Sunday and in the time since, she has been remembered by both former Presidents and First Ladies alike. We take a look at what Nancy Reagan’s New York City looked like during the time she spent here.

Continue Reading

Episode
March 08, 2016 at 5:00 am

New Jersey Transit and rail workers are back at the bargaining table this week in hopes of reaching a deal. If not, employees threaten to strike as soon as March 13, and officials are scrambling to secure a contingency plan for the more than 100,000 commuters. Former Deputy Executive Director of NJ Transit Martin Robins joins us to explain what’s driving the dispute and how a possible strike would impact you. Famed novelist Jerome Charyn returns home in his latest work, “In Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories. Charyn’s new novel depicts a world before and after urban renewal destroyed the borough’s gritty sanctity made famous by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joltin’ Joe. Charyn joins us to discuss why it was so difficult to make the journey home. You probably know him from his long-running eponymous television show: Dick Cavett joins us to discuss his most recent book “Brief Encounters,” a collection of his columns for the New York Times. While he’s here, we reminisce about his talk show days and all the big names in entertainment he’s rubbed elbows with over the years. Dame Maggie Smith is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actress best known for her roles from “Harry Potter” to Masterpiece Classics “Downton Abbey.” Although the Grantham family and the doors of Downton have closed for the last time, we sit down with Maggie Smith’s biographer, author Michael Coveney, to see what a post-Downton world holds for Smith.

Continue Reading

Clip
March 07, 2016 at 6:30 pm

New Jersey Transit and rail workers are back at the bargaining table this week in hopes of reaching a deal. If not, employees threaten to strike as soon as March 13, and officials are scrambling to secure a contingency plan for the more than 100,000 commuters. Former Deputy Executive Director of NJ Transit Martin Robins joins us to explain what’s driving the dispute and how a possible strike would impact you.

Continue Reading

March 07, 2016 at 6:29 pm

In the event of a stoppage, no rail service will be provided on the Northeast Corridor (including the Princeton Branch/Dinky), North Jersey Coast, Morris & Essex (including Gladstone), Main/Bergen County, Montclair-Boonton, Raritan Valley, Pascack Valley, Atlantic City, and Port Jervis lines. The contingency plan includes adding capacity to existing New York commuter bus routes in close proximity to rail stations, […]

Continue Reading

Episode
March 05, 2016 at 9:00 am

Compared to this time last year, transit crime is up 25 percent and assault is up by 14 percent. In this year alone, there have been 15 slashings in the subway. Curtis Sliwa, an American anti-crime activist and founder and CEO of Guardian Angels, joins us to comment on why the group is back in the subways for the first time in more than 20 years. Managing Editor of “New York NOW” Matt Ryan joins us to give us a round-up of the biggest topics coming out of Albany. The final season of Downton Abbey is currently airing on PBS. As the show counts down to the final episode, we look back with senior culture editor and writer for The Daily Beast Tim Teeman. He explains why Downton and the Grantham family captured the hearts of so many viewers. The stretch of 8th Street between Third Avenue and Avenue A is known as St. Marks Place, which has served as the backdrop to music videos and artworks throughout the decades. Ada Calhoun, author of ‘St. Marks is Dead,’ examines the history of this iconic area and why its days–as it is–may be numbered.

Continue Reading

Mutual of America

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Anderson Family Fund, Judy and Josh Weston, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Rosalind P. Walter, The Dorothy Schiff Endowment for News and Public Affairs Programming, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jody and John Arnhold, the Tiger Baron Foundation, the Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Metropolitan Media Fund, Laura and Jim Ross, the Dorothy Pacella Fund, in memory of Vincent Pacella and Shailaja and Umesh Nagarkatte.

WNET

© 2016 WNET All Rights Reserved.

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019