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September 22, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, New Yorkers are always on the move, but one man in East Harlem refuses to move out of his apartment. Raymond Tirado is just one man out of the countless people who are worried about being pushed out of their neighborhood as New York City’s next gentrification project heats up. But while Mayor De Blasio has pledged to preserve and build affordable housing to ensure low-income residents of the area aren’t priced out, Raymond Tirado is digging in his heels and fighting to stay in the home he grew up in. Tirado, the subject of a documentary Last Tenant Standing in East Harlem, joins us with the film’s director, Andrew Padilla, to discuss the issue and how these projects affect other native New Yorkers.

Next, basketball legend and NBA star Shaquille O’Neal retired from the game after 19 seasons, but his name is still greatly revered in the world of basketball. The 7′ 1″ New Jersey native attributes his success on and off the court to the support and values instilled in him while he was young. Recently, he returned to his hometown of Newark to give back to the Boys and Girls Club on Avon Avenue where his story started. NJTV’s Michael Hill caught up with O’Neal at the Boys and Girls Club and asked him what it meant to him to have a place to go to when he was a kid and how he’s giving back. And don’t forget to log on to MetroFocus.org tonight to see the extended interview!

Then finally, young musicians came together from East End Arts Student Orchestra and The Perlman Music Program to harmonize in their fifth annual joint performance on eastern Long Island. East End Arts is an art education nonprofit based in Riverhead, and The Perlman Music Program is a training and mentorship program on Shelter Island founded by Toby Perlman, wife of violin viruoso Itzhak Perlman. Each group runs summer programs for young musicians from nearby and abroad. MetroFocus’ Andrea Vasquez was there as these classical musicians performed, and she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful music they create together.

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September 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Basketball legend and NBA star Shaquille O’Neal retired from the game after 19 seasons, but his name is still greatly revered in the world of basketball. The 7′ 1″ New Jersey native attributes his success on and off the court to the support and values instilled in him while he was young. Recently, he returned to his hometown of Newark to give back to the Boys and Girls Club on Avon Avenue where his story started. NJTV’s Michael Hill caught up with O’Neal at the Boys and Girls Club and asked him what it meant to him to have a place to go to when he was a kid and how he’s giving back. And don’t forget to log on to MetroFocus.org tonight to see the extended interview!

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September 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, who is the Chelsea bomber and did he have help? Yesterday, we followed reports of a shootout between police and Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect taken into custody for the New York and New Jersey bombings that hit both states this past weekend. And although they are scenes of what some are speculating to be acts of terror, New Yorkers remain calm and unfazed. Tonight, we look at new details that have surfaced about Rahami and his family, and how the attacks are making their mark on the election ahead of next week’s first presidential debate.

Next, after four years, $65 billion dollars in damage, and countless relief efforts, the region is still rebuilding the damage Superstorm Sandy left behind in its wake. Families and homeowners are still struggling to piece their lives back together, even after billions of dollars in relief money has been raised. So where did the money go? A new FRONTLINE documentary “Business of Disaster” follows the money trail and reveals who made a small fortune off of others misfortune. Correspondent Laura Sullivan, joins us to discuss the film and who makes their living off of disasters like Sandy.

Next, Wyandanch in the town of Babylon has earned a reputation for being one of the poorest communities on Long Island. Surrounded by some of the most well-to-do areas in the United States, this working class hamlet has struggled with poverty and crime. But that’s all changing. Wyandanch is currently is the middle of a $500 million redevelopment plan, which calls for affordable housing, commercial businesses, infrastructure and transportation improvements. In our continuing series, Chasing the Dream, Long Island Business Report anchor Jim Paymar takes us to this little corner of Suffolk County to tell us what the plan could mean for other struggling communities across our area and across the country.

Finally, back in 1939, Waitstill and Martha Sharp left their children behind in Massachusetts to rescue refugees and dissidents from the Nazis. Over the course of two years, the Sharps would save more than 130 people from the horrors of the Holocaust. Despite their heroics, the Sharps’ story remained largely untold for decades. Now it is coming to light as part of a documentary co-directed by their grandson and the filmmaker Ken Burns. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War makes its PBS premiere tonight at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN. Ahead of its debut, we sit down with Artemis Joukowsky, the Sharps’ grandson, to talk more about the film and his grandparents.

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September 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Wyandanch in the town of Babylon has earned a reputation for being one of the poorest communities on Long Island. Surrounded by some of the most well-to-do areas in the United States, this working class hamlet has struggled with poverty and crime. But that’s all changing. Wyandanch is currently is the middle of a $500 million redevelopment plan, which calls for affordable housing, commercial businesses, infrastructure and transportation improvements. In our continuing series, Chasing the Dream, Long Island Business Report anchor Jim Paymar takes us to this little corner of Suffolk County to tell us what the plan could mean for other struggling communities across our area and across the country.

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September 10, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, 45 years ago today, the inmates in Attica Prison rose up, taking guards hostage in one of the most important moments in civil rights history. Their actions protested years of mistreatment in the Upstate New York prison, and the situation continued for four long days as prisoners negotiated with state officials for improved living conditions. On the last day, Governor Rockefeller ordered armed state troopers to storm the prison and retake it by force. That decision would cost 39 prisoners and hostages their lives. More than four decades later, historian Heather Ann Thompson will join us to discuss her book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy and her journey to uncover hidden evidence for which no one has been held accountable.

Next, Sunday marks 15 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It’s a day New York City won’t soon forget, and we have built countless tributes to ensure that we don’t. Tonight, we take a look at a new documentary that chronicles the building of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and the most overlooked aspects of the somber setting: the trees. Director of The Trees, Scott Elliott, and the Executive Producer Katherine Drew join us to discuss the 400 swamp white oaks that make-up one of New York City’s largest urban forests and the life they bring back to Ground Zero.

Finally, for more than 50 years, THIRTEEN has become a cornerstone for public television and story-telling. Household names in everything from politics to entertainment have been interviewed and have shared their lives with us, from Julia Child, to Bill Moyers, to Dick Cavett, and countless others. To honor more than half a century of ground-breaking programming, THIRTEEN will offer a special presentation of Pioneers of Thirteen, a look back into their rich archives spanning from the 1960’s to the present. Tonight, President and CEO of THIRTEEN Neal Shapiro joins us to discuss the four-part special and the many people that have helped to pioneer this network into the trusted platform it is today, from Edward R. Murrow to Dustin Hoffman.

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September 09, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Sunday marks 15 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It’s a day New York City won’t soon forget, and we have built countless tributes to ensure that we don’t. Tonight, we take a look at a new documentary that chronicles the building of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and the most overlooked aspects of the somber setting: the trees. Director of The Trees, Scott Elliott, and the Executive Producer Katherine Drew join us to discuss the 400 swamp white oaks that make-up one of New York City’s largest urban forests and the life they bring back to Ground Zero.

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August 31, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, former Congressman Anthony Weiner found himself in the midst of sex scandals, starting in 2011 and again in 2013. Recently, the New York Post ran a report alleging a sexting scandal with an unidentified woman who provided sexually explicit conversations and photos to the paper in exchange for anonymity. The cyber-trysts reportedly began over the internet in 2015, and Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin, who stood by him through the previous two scandals, confirmed yesterday that she’s separating from her husband. We discuss the story and a larger issue it brings to light: sex and porn addiction. Psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere joins us to share his insights.

Then, 2017 is quickly approaching, and for Mayor Bill de Blasio, that would mean having to choose between running for re-election or passing the torch on to someone else. In 2013, de Blasio won the election in a landslide, with nearly 75% of the overall vote and 96% of the Black American vote. Nearly four years later, and the polls may show very different results. In fact, an influential group of Black church leaders is so disappointed with the mayor and some of his economic policies that it’s trying to ensure he doesn’t get a second term. Reverend Dr. Johnnie Green, Pastor of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem, is the President of Mobilizing Preachers and Communities, the group that is trying to oust de Blasio. Reverend Dr. Green used to fully support the mayor, but he joins us now to discuss why his support has dried up and how he is looking to change things around.

Finally, according to a recent study, nearly 64% of Nassau and Suffolk County renters cannot afford a typical two-bedroom apartment on Long Island. Pair that with fair housing law violations such as discrimination of potential renters, and Long Island quickly becomes a difficult place to thrive. What can be done to improve the island’s affordable and fair housing markets? President of Long Island Housing Partnership Peter Elkowitz and Executive Director of Long Island Housing Service Michelle Santantonio discuss that and how to make Long Island a more viable housing market for all in this latest installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.

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August 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm

According to a recent study, nearly 64% of Nassau and Suffolk County renters cannot afford a typical two-bedroom apartment on Long Island. Pair that with fair housing law violations such as discrimination of potential renters, and Long Island quickly becomes a difficult place to thrive. What can be done to improve the island’s affordable and fair housing markets? President of Long Island Housing Partnership Peter Elkowitz and Executive Director of Long Island Housing Service Michelle Santantonio discuss that and how to make Long Island a more viable housing market for all in this latest installment of Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America.

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August 10, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, the neighborhood of Chelsea is a neighborhood of sharp contrasts. Home of The High Line, multi-million dollar condos, and tech giants like Google, Chelsea has seen rapid gentrification in the past three decades. And while many residents benefit from the development of the area, some in rent stabilized and public housing continue to struggle as prices and services rise. The New York Times housing reporter Mireya Navarro wrote an article that delved into the gentrification of this neighborhood, the wealth divide, and the anxious people who fear they will be forced out.

Then, he replaced Johnny Carson and made a name for himself on The Tonight Show, and now late-night legend Jay Leno joins us in a one-on-one interview to dish about his time on The Tonight Show, the current state of comedy, his car show Jay Leno’s Garage, and the presidential election. You won’t want to miss it.

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