November 8, 2016: Nail-Biting Elections. Murder in the 40th Precinct. Bob Woodruff: Military Medicine.

November 09, 2016 at 5:27 am

Tonight, today is a historic day in the making, but we don’t know how the election will turn out yet. It could be a blowout, a traditional victory that separates the candidates by several points, or it could be a real nail-biter such as the 2000 race between Al Gore and George W. Bush, where weeks of political disputes and recounting delayed the final results. Besides that infamous contest, which immortalized “the hanging chad,” what other election thrillers have there been in our nation’s history? Presidential historian and CNN contributor Tim Naftali joins us with a look back at more close calls in American election history.

Then, on June 11, 2016, 28-year-old Jessica White watched her children play on a playground outside of the John Adams Housing project in the Bronx. She was talking with her mother, Gola White when shots rang out in the area. In a split-second decision that any mother would have made, Jessica ran over to protect her three children; but that decision would ultimately cost her her life. Jessica White is just one of many who have fallen victim to crime in the Bronx’s 40th precinct, and although New York City crime is at a historic low, each tragic loss of life calls more attention to an issue of security in the South Bronx. To understand why these killings persist, The New York Times committed a team of reporters to the neighborhood at the beginning of this year. In a series of in-depth articles published throughout 2016, they documented the lives of those lost. Two members of that reporting team Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker join us tonight.

Finally, between 2001 and 2014, more than 5,300 U.S. service members were killed in action during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, but out of the thousands of wounded soldiers who made it to combat hospitals, 96% made it home alive. Now, a new NJTV documentary, Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, follows ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff to the front lines of medicine and explores how medical techniques have advanced and given hope to our wounded military service members.

Woodruff, who was critically injured in 2006 while covering the War in Iraq, joins us to share his deeply personal perspective towards military medicine and gives us a preview of the special before it airs on NJTV tomorrow night at 8 p.m. and nationally on PBS stations at 10 p.m. (Check your local listings).

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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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