METROFOCUS: OCTOBER 8, 2019

We have the details on a sobering report on racial inequality and income disparity in uptown Manhattan. As Jews around the tri-state observe the start of Yom Kippur, we have the story of a Catholic priest on a mission to find the remains of 2 million victims of genocide by unearthing the trail of bullets the Nazis left behind. In a new one-hour special, public media’s American Graduate initiative tells the story of the individuals and organizations providing support, advice and intervention services to the unemployed. Tonight, we focus on the victories in one high school in Baldwin on Long Island. In a new one-hour special, public media’s American Graduate initiative tells the story of the individuals and organizations providing support, advice and intervention services to the unemployed. Tonight, we focus on the victories in one high school in Baldwin on Long Island.

Aired on October 8, 2019. 

TRANSCRIPT

> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS' -- A SOBERING REPORT ON RACIAL INEQUALITY AND INCOME DISPARITY IN UPTOWN NEW YORK.

THE DISTURBING DETAILS AHEAD.

> A HEARTBREAKING MISSION.

AS JEWS OBSERVE THE STORT OF YOM KIPPUR, THE STORY OF A CATHOLIC PRIEST ON A MISSION TO FIND THE REMAINS OF VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE.

JOURNEYS TO JOBS.

A PBS AMERICAN GRADUATE SPECIAL TELLS THE STORY OF THE COMMUNITIES PROVIDING SUPPORT, ADVICE AND INTERVENTION SERVICES TO THE UNEMPLOYED.

IN A MOMENT, A LOOK AT THE VICTORIES IN ONE BALDWIN, LONG ISLAND, HIGH SCHOOL.

> AND LIGHTS, CAMERA, HAMPTONS.

THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS BACK THIS COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND.

WE HAVE A PREVIEW.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

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THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

> 'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY -- JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III, THE SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM.

BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALIND P. WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG, AND BY --

> INEQUALITY BETWEEN RACIAL AND ETHNIC GROUPS IN TERMS OF HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION IS OFTEN GREATER IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN THAN IT IS CITYWIDE.

CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN OF NEW YORK, A NONPROFIT CHILDRENS ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION, IS PROPOSING COMMUNITY DRIVEN SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF THE 500,000 RESIDENTS AND 90,000 CHILDREN IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN.

AND JOINING US TO TALK AS PART OF OUR ONGOING INITIATIVE CHASING THE DREAM, POVERTY AND OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA, IS JENNIFER MARCH, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR CERTAIN.

JENNIFER, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

JENNIFER, WHAT IS THE PRINCIPAL MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION?

SO CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AT CCC IS TO ENSURE EVERY CHILD IS HEALTHY AND EDUCATED AND SAFE.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO FOCUS ON NORTHERN MANHATTAN, AND WHAT IS NORTHERN MANHATTAN?

SO NORTHERN MANHATTAN INCLUDES WEST HARLEM, CENTRAL HARLEM AND WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.

AND WE CHOSE TO FOCUS OUR REPORT ON THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE WE HAVE A LARGE DATA SET CALLED KEEPING TRACK OF NEW YORK CITY'S CHILDREN.

AND WE LOOK AT THE DATA ACROSS DIFFERENT IMPORTANT DOMAINS, ECONOMIC SECURITY, HOUSING, HEALTH, EDUCATION, YOUTH AND FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.

WE SEE THAT NORTHERN MANHATTAN RANKS VERY HIGH RISK FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE NEEDS THAT ARE SHARED OVERALL IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN.

BUT LET'S FOCUS ON EACH OF WHAT YOU CALL THE COMMUNITY DISTRICTS.

TALK ABOUT -- WILL YOU TALK ABOUT THAT?

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF EACH OF THOSE DISTRICTS?

IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, WHAT'S A UNIQUE NEED IS SOCIAL ISOLATION THAT'S DRIVEN BY IMMIGRATION STATUS.

WE HAVE HIGHER RATES OF ADULTS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH ABILITY.

AND REALLY CONCERNS GIVEN THE NATIONAL CLIMATE AROUND IMMIGRATION ABOUT SEEKING SERVICES.

SO THAT'S ONE PARTICULAR UNIQUE NEED TO WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.

IN CENTRAL HARLEM AND WEST HARLEM, WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS LARGER THAN AVERAGE SHARES OF ADULT HOUSEHOLDS, HEADS THAT LACK A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND WHO ARE REALLY STUCK IN EMPLOYMENT SECTORS WHERE WAGE GROWTH IS LIMITED.

SO SPEAKING MORE BROADLY, YOU KNOW, HOW DOES THE POVERTY RATE OF NORTHERN MANHATTAN GENERALLY COMPARE TO THE POVERTY RATE CITYWIDE?

WELL, WHAT'S INTERESTING IS THAT THERE'S BEEN A MORE DRAMATIC DECLINE IN POVERTY RATES AND CHILD POVERTY RATES IN THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE THAN THE CITY OVERALL.

SO THE POVERTY RATE HAS DECLINED ALMOST 4% WHERE OVERALL IN THE CITY IT'S DECLINED 1% OVER THE LAST DECADE.

WHAT WE SEE, THOUGH, IS THEY ARE FAR HIGHER NUMBERS OF CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY IN THOSE DISTRICTS MEANING 60% OF CHILDREN ARE LIVING IN HOUSEHOLDS THAT EARN LESS THAN $38,000 A YEAR.

THAT'S DRAMATIC WHEN WE KNOW THE MEDIAN INCOME IN NEW YORK CITY IS ABOUT $56,000.

AND THE DROP OF THE POVERTY RATE IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN, I MEAN, I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT PARTS OF THAT, PARTICULARLY IN HARLEM, HAVE BEEN HIGHLY GENTRIFIED.

SO I'M WONDERING IF THE DROP IN POVERTY IS BECAUSE THE GENERAL POPULATION'S INCOME HAS INCREASED OR THE PEOPLE MOVING IN RAISE UP THE AVERAGE INCOME?

THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE WANTED TO DO THIS REPORT AND ACTUALLY SPEAK TO COMMUNITY RESIDENTS AND DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THESE DISTRICTS BECAUSE WE SAW MUCH HIGHER GROWTH IN INCOME IN THESE DISTRICTS AND LOWER RATES OF POVERTY WHICH MADE US QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT ALL RESIDENTS WERE BENEFITING FROM THAT LIFTING TIDE.

LET'S TALK ABOUT EDUCATION.

HOW DO STUDENTS FROM NORTHERN MANHATTAN PERFORM IN THE STATE MANDATED TESTS COMPARED TO STUDENTS CITYWIDE?

IT'S PARTICULARLY TROUBLING BECAUSE THEY'RE PASSING THE ESL OR ENGLISH LANGUAGE MATH AND ARTS AT RATES HALF THAT OF THE CITYWIDE AVERAGE.

SO THEIR SCHOOLS ARE REALLY POORLY RESOURCED, AND CHILDREN ARE NOT ATTAINING PASSING RATES AT THE LEVEL WE'D LIKE TO SEE.

SO AS THE REPORT SUGGESTS, IT'S NOT JUST NEEDS BUT STRENGTH IN THESE COMMUNITIES.

YOU TALK ABOUT THE INCREASING INCOME OF PARTS OF NORTHERN MANHATTAN.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER STRENGTHS THAT YOU WITNESS, THAT YOU REPORT?

I THINK WHAT THE REPORT AND WHAT OUR PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH PROCESS DEMONSTRATED IS THAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS, PARENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE, ARE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THINKING ABOUT HOW TO STRENGTHEN THEIR COMMUNITIES.

THERE'S A LARGE, VERY ROBUST HUMAN SERVICE, SOCIAL SERVICE INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE DISTRICT.

BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS, AND THAT THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE AND PARENTS THAT ARE ACTIVELY TRYING TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO ACCESS THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED TO BE UPWARDLY MOBILE, TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN THE WORKFORCE.

AND OUR CHALLENGE IS THE NEEDS ARE GREAT, AND WE NEEDED TO HELP THINK THROUGH HOW THEIR LOCAL ADVOCACY CAN BE INFORMED BY DATA AND HOW WE ENSURE THE CITY OF NEW YORK IS PAYING ATTENTION TO THESE TRENDS AND MAKING SURE THAT SERVICES ARE CONVENIENT, ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR THOSE THAT NEED THEM MOST.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS REPORT?

WELL, I HOPE WE -- MULTIPLE THINGS.

THE PROCESS WAS A YEAR-LONG PROCESS OF TALKING TO PEOPLE THAT LIVE AND WORK IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE WERE FOCUSED ON.

AND WE HOPE THAT THAT PROCESS HAS CREATED NEW RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH WHICH PEOPLE CAN EXPLORE COLLABORATIVE SERVICE MODELS AND ADVOCACY AT THE VERY LOVELY LEVEL.

AND WE'RE HOPING THE REPORT INFORMS OUR OWN ADVOCACY OF CITYWIDE INITIATIVES WHO MAKE INSURE ADDICTION PREVENSION RESOURCES ARE IN PLACE, NEW MODELS OF CHILD CARE AND OTHER THINGS THAT HELP PARENTS LIVE, WORK AND RAISE THEIR FAMILIES HERE.

JENNIFER, THANKS.

GOOD LUCK TO YOUR ORGANIZATION AND TO YOU.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

THANKS FOR HAVING US.

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> TONIGHT MARKS THE HOLIEST DAY ON THE JEWISH CALENDAR, YOM KIPPUR.

A DAY OF FASTING.

WE BRING YOU A STORY ABOUT JEWISH HISTORY.

ONE THAT LARGELY WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST TO HISTORY HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE WORK OF ONE CATHOLIC PRIEST.

FATHER PATRICK DUBOIS SPENT OVER A DECADE INVESTIGATING WHAT'S BEEN CALLED THE HOLOCAUST BY BULLETS.

HE AND HIS TEAM HAVE TRAVELED ACROSS EASTERN EUROPE IN SEARCH OF MASS GRAVES USED BY NAZI GERMANY KILLING SQUADS TO BURY SOME 2 MILLION JEWS OR ROUGHLY ONE-THIRD WHO DIED DURING THE HOLOCAUST.

THEIR DEATHS HAVE LONG BEEN OVERSHADOWED BY THE VICTIMS OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS INSPECT THE FORMER SOVIET UNION, THE MURDER THERE WAS LOCAL.

VILLAGES BECAME MASS GRAVES AS RESIDENTS BORE WITNESS.

FATHER PATRICK DUBOIS JOINS ME TO TALK MORE ABOUT HIS WORK.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU.

THANK YOU FOR COMING IN AND SPENDING TIME WITH US HERE.

YOU ARE A CATHOLIC PRIEST.

THAT'S RIGHT.

YOU ARE NOT A HISTORIAN.

YOU ARE NOT A DETECTIVE.

SO WHAT THEN DREW YOU TO THIS AND MADE THIS BECOME ESSENTIALLY YOUR LIFE'S CALLING?

FIRST, IT WAS A FAMILY STORY.

MY GRANDFATHER HAS BEEN DEPORTED AND I REALIZED THAT IN A SMALL VILLAGE WHEN HE WAS -- WHERE 17,000, 18,000 JEWS WERE SHOT AND YOU COULD FIND NOTHING.

AND IT WASN'T KNOWN.

I BEGAN TO ASK, WHERE ARE THE MASS GRAVES OF THE JEWS?

WHEN I FOUND THE FIRST ONE I REALIZED THEY KILLED JEWS AND THE FULL CONTINENT OF EXTERMINATION.

IT'S WHY WE HAVE EFFECTIVELY --

SO THE NUMBER, IN SORT OF LOOKING AT THE WORK YOU'VE DONE AND LISTENING TO SOME OF YOUR STORIES, I WAS STRUCK BY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DISCOVERING.

THE GRAVES, THE BODIES.

WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THAT NUMBER?

YEAH, I WAS VERY SURPRISED.

AND ALL PEOPLE OF MY TEAM.

THEY WERE SURPRISED.

I REMEMBER THE BIGGEST MASS GRAVE, 54,000 PEOPLE.

IT WAS -- THEY TOLD THEM THEY GO TO PALESTINE.

THEY TOOK A TRAIN.

AND AFTER ONE HOUR, THE TRAIN STOPPED.

IT WAS FINISHED.

NO PALESTINE.

AND THEY HAD TO WALK KILOMETERS TO 29 PIGSTIES AND SUDDENLY AROUND CHRISTMAS THE ROMANIANS DECIDED TO SHOOT THEM.

THEY REFUSED TO GO, THE FIRST ONES, SO THEY PUT BARBED WIRES AROUND ONE OF THE PIGSTY AND BURNED THEM ALIVE.

AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, HOW DO YOU FIND THESE SITES?

WE FIND THAT THROUGH THE ARCHIVES.

WE WORK REALLY LIKE POLICE WITH SOVIET AND GERMAN ARCHIVES.

AND MY TEAM WILL GO 11 PERSON ON THE GROUND.

WE TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE TO DO THAT.

AND WITH METAL DETECTOR, WE LOOK FOR THE CARTRIDGES AND INTERVIEW THE PEOPLE THAT WERE PRESENT AT THE KILLING BECAUSE WE USE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND EVERYBODY WANTED TO WATCH.

I REMEMBER IN A VILLAGE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL SAY TOMORROW NO SCHOOL BECAUSE WE KILL OUR ENEMIES.

AND SO THE MORNING AFTER 37 CHILDREN RUN TO THE PLACE AND IT WAS TOO EARLY.

THE GERMANS WERE NOT HERE AND THE JEWS, AND THEY WAITED TO SHOW THE SHOOTING.

WE CRIED ALL THE DAY.

AND I SAID WHAT DID YOU SAY?

AND THEY TOLD ME BECAUSE IT WAS DISTRESSING FOR THE CHILDREN.

SO I HAD TO -- IN A GENOCIDE, WHEN YOU WERE SURE YOU WERE NOT JEW, YOU WERE NOT GYPSY, NOT GAY, NOT COMMUNIST, SO IT WAS INTERESTING TO WATCH.

WHEN YOU ARE SAFE, PEOPLE LIKE TO SEE OTHER PEOPLE BEING KILLED.

YOU ARE TRYING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO GET THE WORLD TO UNDERSTAND, TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED HERE.

ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD NOW AND YOU LOOK AT WHAT ISIS IS DOING.

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION YOU'RE SEEING AND WHAT IS --

THE CONNECTION --

THE MESSAGE YOU ARE HOPE --

THE CONNECTION FOR THE KILLING UNITS OF THE GERMAN.

THE BIG QUESTION WE HAVE IS HOW SO FEW PEOPLE WITH THE HELP OF THE NEIGHBORS COULD KILL SO MANY PEOPLE.

YOU KNOW 2 MILLION JEWS HAVE BEEN SHOT, PLUS THE -- HOW COULD WE SUCCEED.

WE FOUGHT TRAIN, CAMP, FENCES.

WE ARE READY TO STUDY BECAUSE TODAY, TODAY THE -- TODAY THERE IS NO AUSCHWITZ ANYWHERE.

AND TODAY IN MIDDLE EAST, NOW TODAY WE ARE BACK TO KILL FACE TO FACE, ONE BY ONE, AND PEOPLE COME TO SHOOT IN PARIS OR TO SHOOT IN TOULOUSE OR IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, THEY DO IT ONE BY ONE.

AND I THINK AFTER AUSCHWITZ, THE MASS KILLERS DECIDED TO STOP AUSCHWITZ AND SAY, NO, NOW WE COME BACK KILLING PERSONAL CRIME.

SO WE HAVE TO STUDY HOLOCAUST BY BULLETS BECAUSE IT'S -- OF MASS CRIMES OF TODAY.

WHEN YOU MEET UP WITH THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW OLD AND YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THEIR VILLAGE.

OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAVE BROWN, HIS GRANDFATHER SURVIVED THE CAMPS.

CAME BACK TO HIS HOMETOWN IN POLAND, AND HE WAS PART OF A GROUP THAT THEY ACTUALLY DUG UP THE BODIES OF -- CALLED THE MARTYRS OF THE FOREST, AND THEY PROVIDED A PROPER BURIAL FOR THEM.

HE HAS A PICTURE OF THAT.

SO THERE IS A COMMUNITY COMING BACK TO EMBRACE THEIR OWN COMMUNITY.

DID THE -- DID YOU FIND WHEN YOU TALKED TO THESE PEOPLE THAT THERE WAS ANY GUILT AMONGST THE ONES WHO WITNESSED THIS?

SO I WOULD SAY NO.

THE FIRST THING THEY WANT TO SPEAK.

THEY WANT TO SPEAK.

THEY KNOW THE POOREST PEOPLE CARRY THE SECRET OF HOLOCAUST.

AND SO WHY THEY WANT TO SPEAK?

THERE'S A PROVERB.

TO SAY THE WORD IT'S FINISHED WHEN WE BURY THE LAST VICTIM.

FOR THEM, WHY COME TO FINISH THE WORK.

THEY ARE PAINFUL MEMORIES, DIFFICULT MEMORIES BUT THEY ARE MEMORIES THAT WE NEED TO CAPTURE AND TO HOLD SO THAT HOPEFULLY THINGS LIKE THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO TELL THOSE STORIES.

FATHER, IT'S A PLEASURE MEETING YOU.

TAKE CARE NOW.

YOU, TOO.

> PUT HIM ON THE PHONE AND LET YOU TALK TO HIM, OKAY?

HELLO.

HI.

FRANK.

THIS IS JIMMY HOFFA.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE INTO DOWN HERE IN ALABAMA.

GUILTED FROM THE MOMENT THAT YOU'RE BORN.

I WAS BORN READY, MR. SHELBY.

HIT IT.

THAT'S JUST A TASTE OF WHAT'S TO COME AT THIS YEAR'S HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

TAKING PLACE THIS COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND.

YOU CAN EXPECT TO FIND PLENTY OF FILMS WITH BIG NAMES ATTACHED TO THEM INCLUDING MATT DAMON, MARTIN SCORCESE AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

ALSO A WIDE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES IN THE OFFING.

HERE WITH A PREVIEW OF HAPPENINGS ON AND OFF THE SCREEN IS THE FESTIVAL'S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID NUGENT.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THEYS FOR HAVING ME.

SO THE HAMPTONS FILM FESTIVAL.

SO MANY DIFFERENT FILMS TO BE SEEN HERE.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE ONES THAT STOOD OUT TO YOU.

WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITES?

OUR OPENING NIGHT FILM IS CALLED 'JUST MERCY' ABOUT BRIAN STEVENSON.

I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

HE'S AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYER IN THE '80s WHO MOVES DOWN SOUTH TO HELP DEFEND SOME PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T HAVE PROPER REPRESENTATION ON DEATH ROW.

OUR CLOSING NIGHT FILM IS CALLED 'WAVES' BY TREY EDWARD SCHULTZ.

ANOTHER ONE I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

WITH STERLING K. BROWN.

INCREDIBLY MOVING STORY ABOUT A FAMILY IN FLORIDA.

MARTIN SCORSESE'S 'THE IRISHMAN' WHICH WE'RE THRILLED TO SHARE WITH OUR AUDIENCES.

WE'VE GOT A LOT OF DOCUMENTARIES.

A REALLY STRONG SHORTS PROGRAM THIS YEAR.

WE HAVE A LOT OF FILMS I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ENJOY.

SPEAKING OF 'THE IRISHMAN' BECAUSE THAT'S GOTTEN A LOT OF BUZZ.

IS THIS GOING TO BE DEBUTING?

WILL FANS BE ABLE TO MEET ANYONE WHO HAS INTERACTED WITH THE FILM, WORKED ON IT?

WE'LL HAVE THE PRODUCER AND A FEW OF THE ACTOR COMES OUT TO TALK ABOUT THE FILM BEFORE THE SCREENING.

AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FILMS SO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME TO SEE IT.

AND IT JUST LOOKS SO GREAT ON THE BIG SCREEN.

I'M REALLY HAPPY PEOPLE GET THE CHANCE TO FINALLY SEE IT.

ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS ABOUT FILM FESTIVALS IS, OF COURSE, THERE'S THE BIG SCREEN FILMS AND BIG-NAME ACTORS.

ALSO THE SMALLER PIECES WE WOULD OTHERWISE MISS.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF THE INDIE FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES THAT MAY NOT BE GETTING THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE?

YEAH, SO 'FOR SALMA' IS ABOUT A REALLY BRAVE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT STAYED BEHIND DURING THE SYRIAN WAR AND WORKED IN A HOSPITAL THERE.

WE'VE GOT THE SUBJECT OF ONE OF THE SUBJECTS OF THE FILM AND TWO CO-DIRECTORS.

AND ALEC BALDWIN, OUR CO-CHAIR OF THE FESTIVAL, IS GOING TO DO ONE OF HIS LIVE RECORDINGS OF HIS PODCAST 'HERE'S THE THING' WITH THE FILMMAKERS AND THE SUBJECT.

WE HAVE A STRONG LINEUP OF DOCUMENTARIES.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'M REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT AND OUR FESTIVAL'S PROGRAMMING TEAM IS PASSIONATE ABOUT.

THAT'S ONE IN PARTICULAR I'M EXCITED ABOUT.

WHAT ABOUT THE INDIE FILMS.

SOMETIMES THOSE ARE WHERE YOU GET THESE GREAT GEMS AND BREAKOUT FILMS OR STARS.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF THOSE AS WELL.

WE HAVE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL FILMS.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE AIM TO DO IS TO SHOWCASE FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT OTHERWISE DON'T GET A CHANCE TO BE SEEN OUT THERE.

WE'RE GOING TO SCREEN 'PARASITE' WHICH WON AT CANNES THIS YEAR.

I'M THINK PEOPLE WILL BE THRILLED.

OF COURSE, FILM FESTIVAL IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF THE STARS TO BE HONORED.

I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE TWO VERY BIG NAMES THAT ARE GOING TO GET HONORS AT THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?

WE'RE HAVING ALFRE WOODARD COME OUT AND DO ONE OF OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH.

SHE'S THE STAR OF A FILM CALLED 'CLEMENCY' WHICH WON THE GRAND JURY PRIZE AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL EARLIER THIS YEAR.

WE'RE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM HER.

AND WE'RE HONORING BRIAN DE PALME.

ALEC BALDWIN WILL DO A CONVERSATION WITH BRIAN DE PALMA AND WE'LL SCREEN HIS FILM 'BLOWOUT.'

SO THEN IT'S THE HAMPTONS FOR COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND.

FOR PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY MAYBE WRITE HAMPTONS OFF OF THEIR VACATION LIST ONCE LABOR DAY COMES AROUND --

THAT TO TIME OF YEAR TO BE OUT THERE.

WHAT IS IT THAT PEOPLE, WHERE EXACTLY ARE THEY GOING TO BE GOING AND WHAT SHOULD THEY EXPECT?

WE'RE FROM EAST HAMPTON, SOUTH HAMPTON, SAG HARBOR, ALL OVER THE PLACE.

A LOT OF DIFFERENT VENUES WE DO OUR PROGRAMS AT.

AND IT'S JUST SUCH A NICE TIME OF YEAR TO BE OUT THERE.

MANY OF OUR SCREENINGS TAKE PLACE IN EAST HAMPTON, BUT SOUTH HAMPTON AND SAG HARBOR HAVE A LOT AS WELL.

AND A LOT OF SCREENINGS IN SOUTH HAMPTON AS WELL BOUTH AT THE CINEMA THERE AND THE SOUTH HAMPTON ART CENTER.

IT'S AN EASY FESTIVAL TO NAVIGATE.

PEOPLE GET INTIMIDATED BY FESTIVALS.

BUT LAST YEAR, WE HAD AROUND 150 SCREENINGS, 97% OF THOSE SCREENINGS WE SOLD RUSH TICKETS OR THE TICKETS WE SELL 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE FILM STARTS WHERE WE HAVE SOME EMPTY SEATS.

IT'S GREAT TO PLAN AHEAD.

IF YOU PLAN AHEAD, YOU CAN MAKE SURE TO GET WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE.

BUT ALSO JUST SHOWING UP.

WE HOLD A FEW SEATS FOR BADGE HOLDERS AND THEN WE JUST SELL THOSE TICKETS 15 MINUTES BEFORE.

TAKE A CHANCE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE THE FILM THAT MARTIN SCORSESE MADE, ALTHOUGH IT'S A HELL OF A FILM BUT CHECK OUT WHATEVER FILM IS PLAYING.

WE THINK WE HAVE A STRONG LINEUP THIS YEAR.

I THINK, IF FOR SOMETHING ELSE, THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE HAMPTONS WITHOUT RESERVATIONS AND STILL GET IN.

THERE YOU GO.

ABSOLUTELY.

REASON ENOUGH TO GO.

WELL, THANK YOU.

FOR MORE ON THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, INCLUDING HOW TO GET TICKETS, HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> ACCORDING TO THE U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE UNITED STATES HAS RECENTLY HIT HISTORICALLY LOW LEVELS.

WITH THAT ANOTHER BOOM.

THERE ARE ROUGHLY 7.2 MILLION JOBS AVAILABLE.

BUT WITH SO MANY JOB OPENINGS, HOW EXACTLY ARE EMPLOYERS FINDING SKILLFUL WORKERS TO FILL THESE POSITIONS?

AS PART OF THE 'AMERICAN GRADUATE' GETTING TO WORK INITIATIVE, PBS NEWS HOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR HARI SREENIVASAN SHRINES A LIGHT ON THE INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS CONNECTING JOB SEEKERS TO EMPLOYMENT IN A NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL TITLED 'JOURNEY TO JOBS.'

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT HISTORIC LOWS.

YET IN MANY INDUSTRIES THERE'S A GROWING DISPARITY BETWEEN OPEN POSITION AND QUALIFIED WORKERS TO FILL THEM.

I'M HARI SREENIVASAN.

JOIN US FOR A LOOK AT HOW ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BRIDGING THE SKILLS GAP CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOB SEEKERS AND BUILDING THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE.

JOURNEY TO JOBS.

AND JOINING ME IS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF BALDWIN SCHOOL DISTRICT, DR. SHERRY.

SHE HAS FACILITATED A SIMILAR PROGRAM ON LONG ISLAND THAT'S PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATION.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

ALL RIGHT.

SO FIRST OFF, LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM THAT YOU ARE RUNNING FOR YOUR STUDENTS BECAUSE THIS SOUNDS REALLY UNIQUE FOR A PUBLIC SCHOOL.

SO WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS AROUND OUR STUDENTS.

AND WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY THE NEED TO PREPARE THEM FOR COLLEGE AND FOR WORK BEYOND COLLEGE.

IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL IN PARTICULAR, WE HAVE A FULL BLOWN ACADEMY PROGRAM THAT GIVES OUR STUDENTS THE EXPERIENCES WE THINK THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES POST HIGH SCHOOL.

SO WE ARE WORKING REALLY DILL GENTLY AT DEVELOPING THOSE ACADEMIES BASED ON THE FUTURE OF WORK.

OF COURSE, NOW CAN YOU GIVE US SOME SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE OPTIONS THE STUDENTS HAVE?

BECAUSE THIS IS A PRETTY BROAD RANGE.

THESE KIDS ARE ABLE TO GET THEIR HANDS IN AND LEARN FROM DOING, NOT JUST FROM SITTING IN A CLASSROOM AND BEING TAUGHT.

CURRENTLY WE HAVE SIX ACADEMIES.

AND EVERY ACADEMY IS -- WE LIKE TO SAY THAT IT'S TRIANGULATED.

SO WE HAVE RIGOROUS COURSE WORK, COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE WORK IN EACH ACADEMY.

WE HAVE EXPERIENCES OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL DAY IN THE FORM OF SHADOW DAYS AND INTERNSHIPS.

AND WE HAVE COMPETITIONS IN EVERY ACADEMY THAT ALLOWS OUR STUDENTS TO APPLY THE SKILLS THEY ARE LEARNING IN THEIR ACADEMY CLASSES.

ONE PARTICULAR EXAMPLE WE HAVE A MEDICAL ACADEMY AND OUR STUDENTS TAKE COURSES LIKE RADIOOLOGY, EMT CLASSES WHERE THEY ARE REALLY LEARNING THE SKILLS TO BE ANYTHING IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.

THEY SPEND A LOT OF TIME OUTSIDE SCHOOL IN OUR PARTNERS, NORTHWELL HEALTH, MERCY HOSPITAL, FOR EXAMPLE, AND THEN THEY PARTICIPATE IN SPARK CHALLENGES THAT APPLY THE SKILLS THAT THEY ARE LEARNING IN EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES.

AND SO IN ADDITION TO THE MEDICAL ACADEMY, I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE A BUSINESS ACADEMY AND THAT SOME OF THE KIDS HAVE BECOME CEOs OF THEIR OWN SMALL BUSINESSES.

SO WE HAVE ONE PARTICULAR COURSE IN OUR BUSINESS ACADEMY THAT'S CALLED VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE.

IN THAT COURSE, OUR KIDS ARE ACTUALLY DESIGNING AND DEVELOPING THEIR -- A FULL-BLOWN BUSINESS.

THE KIDS ARE CEOs.

THEY ARE CFOs.

THEY HAVE MARKETING DEPARTMENTS.

THEY DEVELOP EVERYTHING IN THE BUSINESS THAT A REGULAR BUSINESS WOULD HAVE, INCLUDING MARKETING MATERIALS, A WEBSITE, PROMO MATERIALS, A BUSINESS PLAN.

THE TRUTH IS, THOSE BUSINESSES ARE READY TO GO.

AND ALL WE REALLY NEED IS THE FORUM TO OPEN THOSE BUSINESS.

TO BE HONEST, COLLEGE GETS IN THE WAY OF IT BECAUSE OUR KID GOES ON TO COLLEGE, OTHERWISE THEY'D HAVE BUSINESSES THEY COULD START TOMORROW.

I WANT TO MAKE A CLARIFICATION FOREVER PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY.

WHAT KIND OF A DISTRICT IS BALDWIN BECAUSE I THINK WHEN PEOPLE HEAR SOME OF THESE ELITE PROGRAMS YOU'RE OFFERING THEY'RE GOING TO ASSUME, WELL, THAT MUST BE AN ELITE DISTRICT.

TELL ME ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF YOUR STUDENTS?

I'LL SAY WE'RE ELITE IN TERMS OF PERSONALITY.

THE KIDS IN MY SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE THE NICEST, MOST RESPECTFUL, WONDERFUL KIDS YOU'VE EVER MET.

BUT IN TERMS OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR DISTRICT, WE'RE VERY MUCH A MIDDLE CLASS COMMUNITY.

WE ARE ABOUT 47% AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

30% HISPANIC.

14% WHITE.

ABOUT 4% OTHER AND 4% ASIAN.

SO WE REALLY DO REPRESENT THE WORLD AT LARGE.

AND SO OFFERING THESE DIFFERENT ACADEMIES TO THE STUDENTS, I'M WONDERING, HOW DOES THAT SHAPE OR CHANGE PERHAPS WOULD BE THE WORD, THEIR PERCEPTION OF WHAT IT IS THEY'RE CAPABLE OF AND PERHAPS GIVE THEM CLARITY ON WHAT IT IS THEY WANT TO DO IN THE WORLD?

WHAT WE FIND AFTER SPEAKING WITH OUR STUDENTS IS THAT THEY LEARN AS MUCH ABOUT WHAT THEY DON'T WANT TO DO WHEN THEY GRADUATE --

THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

AS THEY LEARN -- YES, BELIEVE ME.

AS A MOM OF A DAUGHTER WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING INTO MEDICINE WHEN SHE CHANGED HER MIND HALFWAY INTO HER UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO MAKE SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY GO ON TO COLLEGE.

BUT WE GIVE OUR STUDENTS EXPERIENCES IN PRE-ACADEMY STARTING IN GRADE EIGHT BECAUSE WE FOUND IF THEY GET A CHANCE TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT ACADEMIES IN GRADE EIGHT, BY THE TIME THEY GET TO HIGH SCHOOL AND GRADE NINE, THEY HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING, PARTICULARLY OF WHAT THEY DON'T WANT TO STUDY.

BUT THEY HAVE A MUCH MORE NARROWED FOCUS ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE THEIR PATH IS GOING TO BE.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, I THINK THAT'S AN EXCELLENT POINT TO LEAVE IT ON.

SOUNDS LIKE AMAZING WORK YOU GUYS ARE DOING OUT THERE.

WE'D LOVE TO COME AND SEE MORE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

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