August 2, 2017: TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

An inside look at the upcoming transit hearings and reaching an end to our on-going days of delays.  Plus, an exclusive from NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.  New York is an urban heat island!  A place where fewer trees and large communities create an effect that keeps our temperatures rising!  We’re going to the heart of this phenomenon.  “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”   Immortal words by William Shakespeare in the classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  They also best describe Central Park’s Delacorte Theater where this beloved tale is being toldWe’ll take you backstage to this wonderful classic, just don’t mind the raccoons!  We take you behind the scenes of the storytelling series, “The Moth.”

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS.'

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE UPCOMING TRANSIT HEARINGS AS WE HOPEFULLY APPROACH THE END OF OUR DAYS OF DELAYS.

PLUS AN EXCLUSIVE FROM THE COU COUNCILMAN.

THE DETAILS AHEAD.

> NEW YORK IS AN URBAN HEAT ISLAND.

PLACE WHERE A GROWING POPULATION CREATE AN AFFECT THAT KEEPS OUR TEMPERATURES HIGH AND RISING.

> THOUGH SHE BE BUT LITTLE SHE IS FIERCE.

THESE IMMORTAL WORDS FROM WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

TONIGHT WE'LL TAKE YOU BACKSTAGE TO THIS WORK FULL OF WONDERS AND DREAMS.

DON'T MIND THE RACCOONS.

ALL THAT AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JACK FORD.

AS PART OF OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE, DAYS OF DELAYS, WE'RE TAKING AN EXTENSIVE LOOK AT THE TRANSIT PROBLEMS ENGULFING OUR CITY AND THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THE RIDERS.

STATS OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED THERE SUMMER.

IT'S COMING IN AT A COST OF MORE JOE UNVEILED THE PLAN PROMISING COMMUTERS EXTENSIVE REPAIRS, ADDED PERSONNEL AND BETTER COMMUNICATIONS.

DELAYS HAVE ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED HEARING FROM MID-AUGUST TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS.

WE'RE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME THE CHAIR OF THAT COMMITTEE.

NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

YOU AND I WERE TALKING A FEW MOMENTS AGO.

YOU HAD AN INTERESTING OBSERVATION ABOUT THE SIZE OF SUBWAY PROGRAM HERE AND HOW IT'S NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.

FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU.

THE REALITY IS THE MTA IS THE LARGEST TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW SYSTEMS THAT IS RUNNING 24 HOURS.

THAT ALSO CONNECT WITH ALL THE MUNICIPALITIES WHERE MIDDLE, UPPER AND WORKING CLASS LIVE.

SO, REALITY THAT WE HAVE SEEN ALL THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS TODAY SUCH AS THE ONE IN TOKYO AND CANADA, HONG KONG, WE WANT TO BE THERE.

WE WANT TO TAKE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO THE 21st CENTURY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR COMMITTEE AND THE HEARING.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING WILL COME FROM THE HEARING?

WE HOPE THE MTA WILL COME EXPLAINING WITH DETAILS AND HOW WE ARE TAKING THIS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO THE 21st CENTURY.

WHAT IS THE ANSWER THAT I HAD TO ALL THOSE QUESTIONS THAT IS TAKING NEW YORK IS TO BE SO FRUSTRATING.

I TAKE THE TRAIN EVERY DAY AND WE HAVE SEEN HOW WE DON'T KNOW WHEN WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING TO A DOCTOR APPOINTMENT.

WHEN WE'RE GOING TO GET TO OUR JOBS.

THE CITY AND THE STATE WE HAVE EMBRACING PROJECT.

WE TOOK 42nd STREET TO BE AN AREA IN THE '80S AND '90s, WE HAVE A LOT OF PROSTITUTION AND CRIME.

WE CAN DO THAT WITH MTA.

ANSWER NOT ONLY ON THE PLAN THAT PUT ON THE TABLE BUT ALSO THE LONG TERM PLAN ON HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE MODERNIZING THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

LET ME TALK ABOUT THE DIVISION OF POWERS, IF YOU WOULD HERE.

I SUSPECT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED BECAUSE WE OFTEN SEE CITY OFFICIALS POINTING AND SAYING IT'S THE STATE'S PROBLEM.

WE HAVE SEEN THE GOVERNOR AND STATE OFFICIALS SAYING NO, NO, THE CITY IS IN ON THIS PROBLEM BE US.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT THE SUBWAY SYSTEM IS EXPERIENCING?

THE MTA BOARD IS AN INDEPENDENT CORPORATION THAT MOST OF THE MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR EVEN THOUGH THE MAYOR ALSO THEY HAVE FEW SEAT ON THE BOARD.

ALSO THE GOVERNOR IS THE ONE --

THAT'S WHY WE HEAR PEOPLE SAY THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE REALLY HAS MORE POWER BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE SEATS ON THE BOARD?

THEY HAVE MORE SEATS ON THE BOARD AND APPOINT THE PERSON THAT WILL BE THE LEADER OF THE MTA.

IT'S NOT ONLY IN NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT.

I CONNECT THE ISLAND TO CONNECTICUT AND LONGER.

THAT'S WHY IN THIS TIME, WE HAD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE NOT ONLY TO BRING IMMEDIATE SOLUTION WHEN IT COME TO THE MAIN UPGRADING THE TRANSPORTATION SIGNAL.

ALSO HOW WE GOING TO BE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE MTA GOING MORE DIGITAL.

HOW CAN WE ALSO HAVE MORE PERMANENT REVENUE, RAISE MORE REVENUE SO THAT THE MTA, THEY WOULD HAVE AN ISSUE OF FUNDING.

THEY ALREADY HAVE 30 YEAR.

L.A., THEY ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM PLAN.

I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE OUR 20, 30-YEAR PLAN WHERE WE SHOULD SAY PRIVATE, PUBLIC AND -- PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR, TOGETHER WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RAISE AT LEAST $40 BILLION THAT WE CAN SAY THE MONEY THERE.

NOW WE QUESTION ABOUT WHO IS WITH THE MTA THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BUDGET.

THE VALUE ACCESS OF THE MTA IS $1 TRILLION.

THIS IS NOT LIKE A SMALL ENTITY.

THIS IS ABOUT ENTITY THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OR THE REAL ESTATE VALUE THEY CONTROL OR BE MORE DIGITAL SO THEY CAN RAISE MORE MONEY TO PUT A PLAN TOGETHER WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR THEY ALSO CAN ADOPT STATIONS.

I THINK THAT WORKING TOGETHER WE WILL BE TAKING THE MTA.

WHAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING MAKES A LOT OF SENSE.

THE NOTION OF A LONG TERM PLAN.

I MENTIONED IN THE INTRODUCTION THAT A SHORT TERM PLAN COSTING MORE THAN $800 MILLION.

DO WE KNOW ENOUGH YET ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THAT PLAN TO BE ABLE TO ASSESS ITS VIABILITY?

THEY ARE -- I WILL SAY THE PLAN HAS GOOD DETAILS.

THE PLAN WILL FOCUS RIGHT NOW ON THE MAINING AND UPGRADING THE THE SCHEDULE THAT THE MTA HAS TODAY TO COMPLETE THE UPGRADING TRANSPORTATION SIGNAL IS BY 2045.

WE HAVE SEEN HOW LA GUARDIA IS GOING TO RENOVATION.

NEW YORK IS SAYING THE BRIDGE HAS BEEN BUILT.

WE SHOULD HAVE PLAN TO UPGRADE THE TRANSPORTATION SIGNAL IN THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS.

OUR HOPE, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME HERE.

I HOPE WE CAN GET YOU BACK AFTER YOUR HEARING.

THANK YOU.

I WANT TO PUT AN EXCLUSIVE TO YOU WHICH IS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, TOGETHER, WE'RE FAMILY DINNERS WHO SHARE THE COMMITTEE WHO OVERSEE THE MTA.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A 24 HOUR TOUR THROUGH THE TRAINING STATIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO BE SPENDING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 7:00 IN THE MORNING TO 7:00 P.M.

STOPPING AT MANY TRAIN CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT WITH NEW YORKERS AND DOCUMENT THE REALITY OF TRAIN STATION SO WE CAN HAVE A BETTER IDEA ON HOW TO TAKE THE SYSTEM TO WHERE NEW YORK IS IN THE TOURIST THEY DESERVE.

THAT'S GREAT.

HOPE YOU'LL COME BACK AND PASS ON WHAT YOU'RE SEEING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

> ALL THIS TALK ABOUT THE HEAT GOT US THINKING HERE AT 'METROFOCUS' WHY IS IT THAT HEAT WAVE OR NOT IT SEEMS TO BE HOTTER IN THE CITY THAN ANYWHERE ELSE?

AS IT TURNS OUT THERE'S A REASON.

IT'S CALLED THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND AFFECT.

JENNA SAT DOWN WITH NATURE CONSERVE AND ASKED HIM WHAT THAT IS ALL ABOUT.

THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND AFFECT IS ON A HOT SUMMER'S DAY TEMPERATURES IN NEW YORK CITY, FOR EXAMPLE, BECAUSE OF OUR BUILDINGS, THE AMOUNT OF PAVEMENT, THE DARK RUSE THAT WE HAVE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING HERE, TEMPERATURES HERE IN THE CITY CAN BE ANYWHERE FROM 10, 15 TO 20 DEGREES HOTTER THAN THEY WOULD BE IN THE SUBURBS OR OUT IN RURAL AREAS.

WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS WE NEED TO GET ON TOP OF THIS.

WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO ABATE THIS.

THIS IS ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE AND IT CAN KILL AND MAKE SICK LARGE NUMBERS OF THE POPULATION.

WHAT ARE THOUGHTFUL SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS AND ELIMINATING THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND AFFECT.

DOES THIS RELATE TO GLOBAL WARMING?

IT DOES.

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS A HEAT WAVE IS ANY SERIES OF THREE DAYS OR MORE THAT ARE 90 DEGREES OR MORE.

WE'RE GOING TO SEE MORE AND MORE OF THAT WITH CLIMATE CHANGE IN GLOBAL WARMING.

WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS THREAT NOW SO THAT WE CAN BETTER PROTECT OUR PEOPLE AND HAVE A MORE LIVEABLE CITY.

I'M SURE EVERYBODY IN NEW YORK WOULD ALREADY SAY WE KNOW HOW HOT IT IS BUT FOR SOMEONE WHO IS NOT IN THE AREA, IF IT'S AN ISLAND, HOW DOES THAT COME INTO PLAY WITH THE HEAT?

IT SHOULD BE COOLER BECAUSE WE HAVE THE WATER?

THE NUMBER ONE INDICATOR ABOUT WHERE YOU GET HEAT IN THE CITY HAS TO DO WITH VEGETATION.

YOU'RE RIGHT.

THE FACT BEING ON THE COAST IS HELPFUL.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS LOOKED AT MAPS OF WHERE THE PARKS, ARE THE TREES, WHERE ARE THE GREEN SPACES AND WHERE DO YOU HAVE THESE SPIKES OF HEAT IN THE SUMMERTIME.

YOU SEE THIS VERY CLOSE CORRELATION WITH LACK OF VEGETATION AND TREES TO HIGH HEAT.

WHAT WE'RE SUGGESTING IS NATURE HAS A BIG ROLE TO PLAY IN SOLVING THE URBAN HEAT HIGH ISLAND AFFECT.

WHAT ROLE IS THAT NATURE IS GOING TO PLAY?

WE'RE LOOKING AT A COUPLE OF THINGS.

CAN WE CREATE MORE PARKS, MORE GREEN SPACES?

THAT WILL BRING DOWN MORE HEAT.

ALSO JUST BUSHES AND TREES ALONG STREETS.

THEY ARE GOOD FOR PROPERTY VALUES BUT THAT SHADE PROVIDES SUCH A COOLING AFFECT.

THEN THE OTHER POSSIBILITY IS GREEN ROOFS.

30% OF THE CITY IS IN ROOFS.

IF WE COULD START PUTTING MORE VEGETATION UP THERE AND CREATING LIVING SPACES WHETHER THEY ARE GARDENS OR JUST TREE AND GRASSY AREAS, THOSE ARE ALL THINGS THAT WILL HELP BRING DOWN SUMMERTIME TEMPERATURES.

ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THE MAYOR'S OFFICE IS LOOKING INTO?

THEY ARE.

IT'S NOT JUST QUESTIONS AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE AND RESILIENCY, BUT IT'S ALSO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

THIS IS A BIG HEALTH RISK.

TYPICALLY IT'S YOUNGER AND OLDER PEOPLE AND FOLKS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES THAT SUFFER THE MOST.

IT JUST MAKES LIFE HARD SO HARD FOR EVERYONE.

THE IDEA IS WHAT CAN WE DO.

IS IT AROUND NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH WE THINK WE'LL HAVE A ROLE IN TREES AND PARKS BUT THINGS AS SIMPLE AS PAINTING ROOFS WHITE.

IT'S A DARK, BLACK ROOF THAT ABSORBS ALL OF THAT HEAT FROM THE SUN.

WHEN YOU PAINT A ROOF WHITE, IT REFLECTS THE HEAT BACK OUT INTO THE ATMOSPHERE.

I'M SURE IT WILL BE A COMBINATION OF TREES, BUSHES AND PARKS AS WELL AS HOW WE GET SMARTER WITH A OUR ROOFTOP SPACES THAT WILL HELP THE CITY.

WHAT DOES THE AVERAGE NEW YORKER DO TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE HEAT?

THE FIRST IS DO ANYTHING YOU CAN TO REDUCE CLIMATE CHANGE.

IF WE CAN REDUCE EMISSIONS THAT'S A SOURCE OF THE CAUSE.

WHERE EVER YOU LIVE IN THE CITIES ARE THERE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A STREET TREE AROUND YOUR BUILDING OR HOME?

ARE THERE AN OPPORTUNITY WHERE YOU LIVE IN SHARE BUILDING OR INDIVIDUAL FAMILY DWELLING TO CHANGE THE COLOR OF YOUR ROOF TO ALLOW HEAT TO BE REFLECTED OFF.

THEN JUST STAYING AWARE.

WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT IS IT'S OFTEN SOME OF THE LOWER INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE IT'S REAL PROBLEM.

HELPING SUPPORT THE MAYOR.

THERE'S A BIT OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ISSUE WHERE WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE THE MOST THREATENED GET THE ASSISTANCE AND INVESTMENT THEY

I WOULD WONDER IF THERE WOULD BE ANY NEW LAWS OR SOMETHING PASSED TO GO ALONG WITH THIS TO FORCE PEOPLE.

LET'S FACE IT, SPACE IN MANHATTAN IS LIMITED.

IT IS.

WE HAVE SEEN THINGS HISTORICALLY AROUND REDUCING EMISSIONS BY CHANGING THE KINDS OF FUELS WE USE IN BUILDING.

HOW CAN WE GIVE BUILDERS AND NEIGHBORHOODS AND PROPERTY OWNERS MORE INCENTIVE TO DO THE RIGHT THING THROUGH TAX CREDIT OR OTHER THINGS.

THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IS A POLICY STRUCTURE THAT HELPS PEOPLE MAKE GOOD CHOICES AND MAKE THOSE CHOICES EASIER FOR THEM TO BRING NATURE BACK, DO THINGS LIKE PAINT ROOFS WHITE AND MAKE THE CITY MORE LIVABLE FOR ALL OF US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AGAIN.

IT WAS A PLEASURE.

IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO BE HERE.

GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

> LORD WOULD FOOL THESE MORTALS BE.

ONE OF SHAKESPEARES MOST HUMAN BEINGS.

NOW NEW YORKERS GET TO SEE TA PLAYED OUT FOR FREE UNDER THE STARS AT SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK OF THE NEW PRODUCTION OF A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM.

THE SUMMER STILL TEND UPON MY FAITH.

I DO LOVE THEE.

THEREFORE GO IS ME.

I'LL GIVE YOU FAIRIES TO ATTEND ON THEE AND THEY SHALL FETCH THE JEWELS FROM THE DEEP AND SING WHILE THOU FLOWERS DOES LEAP.

I WILL PURGE THY MORTAL GROSSNESS SO IT SHOWS LIKE A SPIRIT GOES.

THE THEATER IN CENTRAL PARK HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO AN ENCHANTED FOREST FULL OF COMEDY AND LOVE SICK COUPLES.

THE TASK OF DIRECTING THIS MERRY BAND OF LOVERS HAS FALLEN INTO THE DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF ITS GROUND BREAKING TONY WORKS.

KNOWN BEST FOR PLAYING TEVIA IN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF LAST YEAR.

HE TAKES ON THE ROLE OF AN AMATEUR ACTOR WHO MAKES A REAL DONKEY OF HIMSELF.

WELCOME TO BOTH YOU HAVE.

THANK YOU.

GREAT TO BE HERE.

THIS IS SUCH AN ICONIC PLAY THAT'S SO WELL KNOWN TO PEOPLE.

WHAT MADE YOU FEEL LIKE THIS IS A REALLY GOOD PLAY TO HAVE NOW.

THE DELACOURT SPACE IS REALLY A SPACE UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

BEING UNDER THAT OPEN SKY WITH 2,000 NEW YORKERS IS PARTICULARLY SPECIAL AND KIND OF LIVE EXPERIENCE.

FOR ME, MIDSUMMER IS THE PERFECT SHOW TO DO THERE.

I'VE BEEN IN 16 BROADWAY SHOWS AND THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE THEATER.

THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE.

THE LOVE OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO SEE IT AND THE PEOPLE IN THE SHOW AS WELL.

DO YOU FEEL IT IN A DIFFERENT WAY BECAUSE YOU'RE IN A SMALLER, INTIMATE OUT OPEN SPACE?

I THINK SO.

ON NIGHT IT RAINS WE STILL DO THE SHOW AND AUDIENCE MEMBERS COME WITH THEIR PONCHOS.

YOU CAN'T HAVE UMBRELLAS IN THERE.

PEOPLE PUT ON THEIR PONCHOS AND STAY.

I SAW IT IN THE RAIN.

IT WAS INCREDIBLY IMPRESSIVE.

YOU CAN SEE THE RAIN COMING DOWN.

THE AUDIENCES REALLY WANT TO BE THERE.

ABSOLUTELY.

MIDSUMMER IS A PERFECT COMEDY IN NOT ONLY IS IT HILARIOUS, IT HAS DEPTHS OF HUMAN TRUTH.

WANTING SOMETHING THAT WE CAN'T HAVE AND RELENTLESSLY PURSUING SOMETHING THAT WE'RE FOOLISH TO PURSUE.

THOSE THEMES PLAY OUT OVER THE COURSE OF THESE FOUR DIFFERENT STORIES.

YOU CAN SEE THEM REFRACTED AGAINST EACH OVER.

IT'S REALLY SATISFYING TO KNOW YOU'RE NOT ALONE THIS BEING AN IDIOT.

ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IN TERMS OF BEING AN ACTOR ON THIS PARTICULAR STAGE I THOUGHT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL WAS NOT ONLY THE DIVERSITY OF THE CAST BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF THE HISTORY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE IN TERMS OF THEIR FAMILIARITY WITH ACTING.

THIS IS REALLY LIKE A BROAD GROUP THAT YOU'VE GOT.

DOES THAT MAKE IT A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE?

IT IS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.

I THINK THERE'S FOUR GENERAL -- GENERATIONS OF ACTORS IN THE SHOW.

OUR OLDEST IS 93 AND THE YOUNGEST MAY BE 3.

WE LEARN FROM EACH OTHER AND WE RESPECT EACH OTHER.

IT'S GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE.

TRULY AN HONOR TO BE THERE EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.

I UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU'RE OFFER STAGE YOU'RE UNDER A SPECIAL GAUGE.

WE ARE.

RIGHT UNDERNEATH US IS FAMILY OF RACCOONS LIVING UNDER THE STAGE.

THEY'RE ALL THERE.

THEY COME OUT AT ABOUT 7:15.

IN TIME FOR THE SHOW.

THEY ARE BACKSTAGE WALKING AROUND.

HAVE THEY EVER COME OUT ON STAGE.

APPARENTLY THEY HAVE.

ONE WAS IN THE SHOW THE OTHER DAY.

HE WAS IN ONE OF THE TREES WHEN THE SHOW WAS GOING ON.

IN PAST PRODUCTIONS RACCOONS HAVE COME OUT AND COME OUT THE EDGE OF THE STAGE AND WATCHED THE SCENES A LITTLE BIT.

IT'S TRULY A THEATER FOR ALL NEW YORKERS.

THIS PLAY COMES JUXTAPOSE AGAINST JULIUS CEASAR FOR SOME I'M WONDER IF THAT'S PART OF THE REASON WHY IT WAS CHOSEN.

YOU HAD THESE TWO THAT BALANCED OUT AND MADE SORT OF A MORE, I WANT TO SAY FLUID OR PEACEFUL EXPERIENCE.

IT WAS PLANNED LONG BEFORE.

I THINK THERE WASN'T A PURPOSEFUL JUSTAPOSITION.

OKAY.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLAY.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTION.

THAT SOUNDING TOO SILLY, THERE'S A LOT OF LOVE IN THE ROOM.

IT REALLY IS.

THERE'S CREATIVITY AND BEAUTY AND IT ALL BECOMES, IT'S ALL THERE BECAUSE OF LEER.

I WANT TO THANK YOU BOTH FOR COMING DOWN TO SPEAK WITH US.

REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I HOPE MORE NEW YORKERS GET OUT TO SEE THE PLAY.

THANK YOU.

> EVERYONE HAS THEIR STORY AND WHO IF ANYONE WILL TELL IT?

FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS AN ORGANIZATION HAS EVERY DAY PEOPLE SHARE THEIR STORY ONE AT A TIME TO A ROOM OF STRANGERS.

THE SIMPLE PROCESS HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE THE HEARTS OF LISTENERS AS ONLY THE GIFT OF GOOD STORY TELLING CAN.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH A STORY TELLER AND HER COACH AT A RECENT EVENT THIS NEW YORK CITY.

THE MOTH IS NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

IT'S DEDICATED TO THE ART AND CRAFT OF TRUE PERSONAL STORY.

WE SAY THAT THESE PERSONAL STORIES HONOR BOTH THE COMMONALITY AND THE DIVERSITY OF THE HUMIDITY EXPERIENCE.

SOMETIMES THEY ARE HUMOROUS AND SOMETIMES THEY ARE HEARTBREAKING.

MOST OF THEM COVER THE POINTS IN BETWEEN.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR STORY TELLERS.

ONLY TEARS COULD TALK ON MY BEHALF.

I WAS A SOLDIER.

SERIES.

ONE IS THE MOTH MAIN STAGE, WHICH IS THE BULK OF WHAT YOU HEAR.

THE MOTH RADIO HOUR AND THE PODCAST.

WE HAVE OPEN MIKE SLAM NIGHTS THAT ARE NOW THIS 26 CITIES.

WE HAVE THE MOTH COMMUNITY PROGRAM WHICH BRINGS PERSONAL STORY TELLING WORKSHOPS TO COMMUNITY GROUPS IN THE STATES BUT NOW ALSO IN AFRICA.

TOMORROW NIGHT THE THEME IS GLOBAL STORIES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS.

I ASKED HER WHAT IS YOUR SUPER POWER, SHE SAID THE PERFECT ANSWER.

SHE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID BEING A WOMAN.

[ APPLAUSE ]

I'M THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF NEPAL AND ASSIGNMENT FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

I'M AN OBSTETRICIAN AND GYNECOLOGIST.

I'M FROM NEPAL AND BASED IN AND PUT IT IN THE MOMENT WITH YOUR FEELINGS.

ALL THE STORY TELLERS WERE PART OF PERSONAL STORY TELLING WORKSHOPS.

THE PURPOSE IS TO FIND THESE PERSONAL STORIES THAT THE STORY TELLERS CHOOSE TO TELL, THAT THEY WANT TO TELL.

TO HELP THEM CRAFT THE STORY BUT THEY WILL ALSO WANT TO TELL THOSE STORIES AND OTHER PERSONAL STORIES OUT IN THE WORLD.

LET'S TRY IT.

I'LL TAKE SOME NOTES AND WE'LL TIME IT.

WE CAN TALK TO HER AND SHE'S REALLY TRAINING ME ON STORY TELLING.

I'VE BEEN HELPING OUT IN HELD CAMP HERE.

I JUST FINISHED A SURGERY AND RESTING OVER A CUP OF TEA.

EVER SINCE I WAS A SMALL GIRL, LIKE I HAD ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD BE A DOCTOR ONE DAY.

THAT WAS WHAT MY DREAMS WERE.

IN OUR COUNTRY SO MANY WOMEN ARE JUST DYING.

THAT'S WHY I DECIDED TO DO OBSTETRICIAN AND REALLY BE ABLE THE PHONE RINGS.

I QUICKLY GRAB THE PHONE AS I KNOW IT'S FROM HOME.

SUDDENLY A HEAR A STRANGE MAN'S VOICE ON THE OTHER END.

I WANT YOU TO CHANGE THE REPORT OF A YOUNG GIRL YOU EXAMINED TWO MONTHS BACK.

THE PERSON YOU GAVE THE REPORT AGAINST IS ONE OF OUR CARRIERS AND HE'S IN POLICE CUSTODY.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE REPORT IS CHANGED TO NOT BEING SEXUAL ASSAULT.

WE BELONGED TO THE ARMED REBELS AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE IF YOU DON'T.

I WAS FRIGHTENED.

I DID NOT KNOW WHAT THIS MEANT FOR ME.

IN THE WORKSHOP WE TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO FIND, IN MANY CASES, THE BIG DECISIONS THAT YOU HAD TO MAKE THAT CHANGE THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE.

IT'S COMING TO MY MIND, SHE WAS ONLY 13 YEARS OLD.

THAT WAS THE VERDICT I HAD GIVEN.

NOW AT GUNPOINT, I WAS MADE TO CHANGE MY DECISION.

ALL I LONG I KNEW WHAT MY DECISION WOULD BE.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M FEELING AS CLOSE TO YOU IN YOUR STORY AS POSSIBLE.

TELL ME HOW THAT FELT.

GIVE ME ALL THE FEELINGS.

THE FEELING BACKS UP THE PLOT POINTS.

WE SAY IT'S NOT AND THEN AND THEN AND THEN.

IT'S WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR YOU.

NECESSARY FOR ME TO SAY I'M NO LONGER DOING A CLINICAL PRACTICE.

THE REASON IS MY WHOLE LIFE, I'M DOING ALL THAT AND NOW I'M JUST CASES.

.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT.

FOR ME IT'S SO IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE.

YEAH, THAT YOU HAD TO GIVE IT UP.

I JUST GET EMOTIONAL.

LET ME ASK YOU WHY DO YOU EMPOWER THE HEALTH WORKERS?

WHY DO YOU TEACH THE HEALTH WORKERS LIKE YOU DO?

THE REASON BEING SO THEY ARE CONFIDENT AND THEY ALSO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF --

ONCE WE HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS TO PULL OUT ALL THE PIECES, THEN WE TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN SO THERE'S A VERY DEFINABLE, PERSON ARC.

THAT THESE GIRLS DESERVE JUSTICE.

THEY DESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY.

I DECIDED I WOULD BE THEIR VOICE.

AT THE END THERE WERE LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO CAME TO ME AND JUST CONGRATULATED ME THAT REALLY SHOWED THEY REALLY FELT THE WAY I DID.

THE EXPRESSION WHICH THEY HAD ON THEIR FACE LIKE THEY WERE LIVING THOSE MOMENTS WITH ME.

I CONTINUE TO BUILD THE SKILLS OF FRONT LINE HEALTH WORKERS, TO EMPOWER THEM SO THEY CAN STAND THEY CAN STAND FOR THE SURVIVORS NO MATTER WHAT THE RISK.

NO ONE WILL EVER TURN THEIR BACK ON THEM AGAIN.

THANK YOU.

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