TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

March 22, 2018 at 5:30 am

The fourth nor’easter in three weeks smacks into the Tri-State area, just in time for the start of spring. John Davitt, chief meteorologist for Spectrum News NY1, is here to discuss the strange weather. Plus, we’re checking in on the Department of Sanitation crews who are out on the front lines, battling the elements to ensure our main streets are passible. Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson documentary explored a true American hero. Tonight we examine the 1964 election and discuss how Robinson took on GOP candidate Barry Goldwater. Historian Matthew Delmont, who authored The Atlantic story “When Jackie Robinson Confronted a Trump-Like Candidate,” is here to talk about why the baseball legend aligned himself with the Republican party during the Civil Rights movement and to offer an analysis of the contrasts between then and now. Wilma Mankiller, overcame sexism to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief. The documentary “Mankiller,” airing this month on PBS, explores the legacy of one of America’s lesser known heroes. Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, director and producer of the film, joins us with a preview.

Aired on March 21, 2018.