March 17, 2018 at 5:30 am

In Upstate New York, one county is accusing New York City officials of illegally sending homeless families to relocate to their community. Broome County, recently plead to the city, “stop paying your homeless to move here.” Tonight, we discuss the fallout from this controversial plan with the county’s executive, Jason Garnar. When Luke Waters was in his twenties, he traveled from Ireland to the U.S., remaining in the country after his visa expired. He worked as a bartender before joining the NYPD, where he would spend two decades rising up the ranks to become a leading homicide detective. As part of the ongoing multi-platform reporting initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity and America,” we sit down with Waters to discuss his career and experience as an undocumented Irish immigrant. As spring approaches, so does baseball season. Tonight, we’ll remember the legacy of Jackie Robinson. Robinson is credited with breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball despite years of backlash for it both on and off the field. Veteran sports writer Ira Berkow joins us to explain how Robinson dealt with his portrayal in the media, and his role in baseball and the civil rights movement.

Aired on March 16, 2018.


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