September 10, 2015: MetroFocus Full Episode

September 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

It has been 14 years since the attack of 9/11, but are we really any safer? With the recent rise of new terror groups like ISIS and Lone Wolf attacks on our soil and abroad, what can we citizens do to keep the peace? Michael Balboni, former Homeland Security Advisor for New York State, joins us for an insider’s look.

MetroFocus takes you inside One World Observatory at the World Trade Center, where even the elevator ride gives you a lesson through history. The ride features a breathtaking timelapse look at New York City from the 1500’s to the present. The buildings turn to skyscrapers, and as the clock passes through September 11, 2001, two of those skyscrapers disappear and one is re-erected. The moment is fast but unforgettable, and MetroFocus takes you there. Rafael Pi Roman discusses the inside story of the elevator with Michael Arad, designer of the 9/11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” and New York Times reporter David Dunlap, who covered this amazing ride through New York’s history.

New York Fashion Week has come to town amid growing controversy over the use of underage models on the runway. Recently Christian Dior’s new collection made waves this year by using a 14-year-old girl as the new face of its brand, re-igniting the long raging debate over using girls to sell to grown women. So when it comes to modeling, how young is too young? MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman asks Sara Ziff, founder of The Model Alliance, about the issues behind safety, rights and marketing of underage models on the catwalk.

The Jewish High Holidays draw near, though the celebrations may be somber this year as the NYPD and Anti-Defamation League caution the city to be vigilant amid widespread anti-Semitic attacks both here and abroad. MetroFocus anchor Jack Ford talks to Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, for an update.

High Holiday services have become one of the hottest and most expensive tickets in town. But should you pay to pray…or find another way? MetroFocus takes you to Community Synagogue on Long Island, where a congregation has found a high-tech way to worship.

And finally, holy cannoli! Calzones and pasta, oh my! The Feast of San Gennaro kicks off with the very best Italian culture and cuisine in the city. MetroFocus brings you to the center of the sights, the sounds and the smells!

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.


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