MetroFocus Preview Sept. 19: Unemployment, Poverty Solutions, BioBlitz

September 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

The next edition of MetroFocus features some of the best segments from the past months beginning with a look behind the jobs numbers that perplex economists and drive the conversation on the campaign trail. Unemployment is dropping but what kinds of jobs are being created and how much do they pay?

MetroFocus visits a small start-up grocery store in the booming Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg to find out. Host Rafael Pi Roman follows up with an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Kusisto who analyzes the economic recovery in the New York region.

MetroFocus looks at an innovative solution for the homeless and working poor in the Bronx. Multimedia producer Marisa Wong takes us to “Part of the Solution,” a non-profit organization that offers a unique mailroom for those with no permanent place to call home. Host Rafael Pi Roman follows up with an interview with Ralph da Costa Nunez, president and CEO of the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness about his new book The Poor Among Us: A History of Family Poverty and Homelessness in New York City.

As the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy looms, The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist Peter Kareiva explains how nature can protect us from natural disasters. Pi Roman interviews Kareiva about a new study from The Natural Capital Project that outlines the value of marshes, dunes and much more in protecting millions of coastal residents.

And finally, a walk on the wild side in Central Park as part of the 24-hour “BioBlitz,” where scientists, park volunteers and students from the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York came together to try to find out how many species of plants, animals and insects live in the 843-acre urban park.