Preview Feb. 27: Hillary Clinton Book, Coney Island Lighthouse, Ramen Noodle Maker

Encore: February 27, 2014

The next edition of MetroFocus examines the success of mentoring in the public schools with a repeat of reporter Rick Karr’s  visit to the Academy for Software Engineering near Union Square.

Karr shows us how the new public high school is incorporating the iMentor program into the curriculum and, in a follow up interview,  iMentor CEO Mike O’Brien tells MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman, “We’re trying to partner with the schools that have the biggest college challenge, serving majority first-generation college students from low-income communities, and prove that those students can get into college and complete college at the same rates as their peers all across the country.”

Will she or won’t she? Even with the presidential election more than two years away, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination. Jonathan Allen, White House reporter for Bloomberg News, and Amie Parnes, Senior White House correspondent for The Hill, join MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman to discuss their new book, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.”

While writing the book, Allen said he was surprised by “the number of Republicans who talked about how much they respect [Clinton] and like her personally, even though they disagree with her politically. I think we were very surprised at the sort of genuine admiration for her, if not affection for her, from people who dealt with her on a regular basis on Capitol Hill.”

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students Max Kutner and Johannes Musial have the story of the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the United States, Frank Schubert, keeper of Coney Island Light. Schubert moved into the lighthouse with his family in 1960 and worked there even after the United States Coast Guard began automating lighthouses in the 1980s and phasing out keepers.

Today, the lighthouse remains in the private, gated community of Sea Gate, making it difficult to visit. Scott Schubert, Schubert’s grandson remembers spending many childhood days there. “It’s important for me to keep alive the memory of my grandfather, but also it serves as a representation of someone that was watching over Coney Island and really taking care of it,” Schubert said. “He definitely wanted people to know really that at least someone was there.”

And think ramen noodles are only a college student staple? Multimedia producer Marisa Wong introduces us to a third-generation noodle maker who is turning ramen into a restaurant best seller. Kenshiro Uki is the general manager of Sun Noodle, a company that specializes in making Japanese artisan noodles for local shops and restaurants. Sun Noodle was started by Uki’s father, Hidehito Uki, who brought it from Japan to Hawaii in 1981, and Los Angeles in 2004.

After seeing a surge in popularity, Kenshiro Uki opened a factory in Teterboro, New Jersey in 2012. “We always say it’s kind of like this reverse import, because in Japan, it started with this artisan ramen and then Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen for people throughout the war,” Uki said. “In the US, we started with instant ramen and now we’re kind of doing this artisan, craft ramen.”

MetroFocus airs:

WLIW:  Wednesday, 2/26 at 7:30pm

Thirteen:  Thursday, 2/27 at 8:30pm

NJTV: Thursday, 2/27 at 10:30pm


MetroFocus is made possible by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Janet Prindle Seidler, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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