Preview Jan. 9: Online Game Spies, Wonder Women, a New Museum

December 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

The next edition of MetroFocus takes viewers inside the online world to see how spies may have been using multi-player online games to hunt terrorists. The New York Times video journalist A.J. Chavar shows us how intelligence agencies might have infiltrated these virtual worlds using avatars as the Times’ Washington correspondent Mark Mazzetti and ProPublica’s Justin Elliott explain their reporting on classified documents disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Who says seniors can’t cross the digital divide?  Multimedia producer Marisa Wong takes us to the Senior Planet, a non-profit technology training center in Chelsea where seniors get online and back into the workforce.  The center is the first of its kind in the nation and has long waiting lists for upcoming classes.

In her new book, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for PerfectionDebora Spar, president of Barnard College, asks the question, “Can women have it all?”  Spar’s answer is both provocative and a challenge to the generations of women who are growing up after 1970s style-feminism.  She tells MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman,  “If what you really want to be is active in your kid’s communities and president of the PTA, then don’t beat yourself up for not being an astrophysicist.”

As season four begins on the “Masterpiece” on PBS series “Downton Abbey,” executive producer Rebecca Eaton shares stories from her memoir “Making Masterpiece.” With a string of hits spanning more than a quarter century running the program, Eaton admits she initially turned “Downton Abbey” down but tells Pi Roman, “I must be the luckiest woman in show business because it went around the circle of other American television executives to co-produce and nobody picked it up.”

And finally, a visit to a new museum that is collecting very recent history.  At the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space on the Lower East Side the focus is on a vanishing culture that began in abandoned buildings where squatters took charge in the 1970’s. The founders say squatters inspired some of New York’s now accepted practices including urban gardening and bicycling, and they have the photos, videos and documents to prove it.