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December 08, 2016 at 6:28 am

Time magazine picks Donald Trump as its Person of the Year. But is it a win or a wash for our new commander in chief, as the magazine calls him the “President of the ‘Divided States of America?’” Time joins us to discuss. Food pantries in Brooklyn and Staten Island are going bare, leaving those in need hungry for the […]

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December 07, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Lidia Bastianich joins us to discuss her “Holiday for Heroes” PBS special. What’s on the menu, and who’s attending the celebratory feast aboard the USS George Washington? “Lidia Celebrates America” premieres on Sunday, December 18th at 4:30pm on Thirteen. Find more veteran resources.    

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December 01, 2016 at 5:53 am

Tonight, the Trump team chose Twitter as their go-to outlet during the campaign, discrediting traditional media sources along the way. Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, how will the media adapt to cover the Trump administration? New York Post film critic and op-ed columnist, Kyle Smith discusses Trump’s unconventional relationship with the media and whether their coverage has been biased.

Next, who says bigger is always better? In the world of micro apartments, tiny could be the future of New York City living. New York Times Real Estate Editor Vivian S. Toy gives us a tour of the micro world some New Yorkers call home.

Finally, “G” is for gentrification, a buzz-word in many New York City neighborhoods. Student journalist Pamela Puello’s new film documents how rising prices and new construction drives many locals from their Harlem homes. Ellen Baxter, executive director of Broadway Housing Communities, helped shepherd a low-income housing complex called the Sugar Hill Project, featured in Puello’s film, which acts as an affordable option in the fight against gentrification. We hit the streets for a look at the changing neighborhood and what it means for the people living there.

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November 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm

“G” is for gentrification, a buzz-word in many New York City neighborhoods. Student journalist Pamela Puello’s new film documents how rising prices and new construction drives many locals from their Harlem homes. Ellen Baxter, executive director of Broadway Housing Communities, helped shepherd a low-income housing complex called the Sugar Hill Project, featured in Puello’s film, which acts as an affordable option in the fight against gentrification. We hit the streets for a look at the changing neighborhood and what it means for the people living there.

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November 18, 2016 at 5:46 am

Tonight, Mayor de Blasio and President-Elect Donald Trump met for more than an hour yesterday where they discussed, among many things, Trump’s campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, and build a wall along the Mexican border. But what are the realities of his policies, and are the fears of undocumented immigrants legitimate? Michael Wildes, the immigration lawyer who defended the citizenship status of Melania Trump, joins us with his take on the future of immigration under Donald Trump.

Next, we’ve witnessed a significant increase in hate crimes across the country following last week’s election, including here in New York, where Governor Cuomo launched an investigation after swastika graffiti was discovered at student accommodation buildings at SUNY Geneseo. President-Elect Donald Trump has recently confronted the issue on 60 Minutes, but that has done little to assuage the fears of many who have been targeted. We discuss it all with Huffington Post journalist and Muslim-American Rowaida Abdelaziz and New York City Council-member Ritchie Torres.

Then, when natural disaster strikes, one New York-based organization is there to wade through flood waters and dig through debris to save animals. They’re the Guardians of Rescue, but they do much more than just enter disaster zones. Founder Robert Misseri joins us with a look at their mission protecting the well-being of animals in our community that are homeless, helpless and in need of a hug.

Finally, scattered across the five boroughs of New York City are vibrant organizations serving children and adults of all ages and from every walk of life. These are the settlement houses: centers that provide help and new opportunity to our urban population. The new documentary Treasures of New York: Settlement Houses, which airs tonight at 8pm on WLIW, explores how the 130-year old settlement house movement remains integral to New York City.

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November 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Scattered across the five boroughs of New York City are vibrant organizations serving children and adults of all ages and from every walk of life. These are the settlement houses: centers that provide help and new opportunity to our urban population. The new documentary Treasures of New York: Settlement Houses, which airs tonight at 8pm on WLIW, explores how the 130-year old settlement house movement remains integral to New York City.

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