METROFOCUS: JANUARY 15, 2020

Are Muslim survivors of abuse being silenced by their own communities when they try to seek help? HuffPost reporter Rowaida Abdelaziz shares the results of her shocking investigation. As the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in New York grows, so do the concerns over the drug’s effect on teens. Journalist and author, Alex Berenson examines “The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.” Correspondent Maddie Orton takes us inside Dr. Laser’s holographic studio, where he creates dimensional works of science and art.

Aired on January 15, 2020. 

TRANSCRIPT

> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS.'

AN INDEPTH LOOK AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND RACE.

ARE MUSLIM SURVIVORS OF ABUSE BEING SILENCED BY THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES WHEN THEY TRY TO SEEK HELP?

HERE WITH THE RESULTS OF THE SHOCKING INVESTIGATION.

THEN THE DARKER SIDE OF CANNABIS.

AS GOVERNOR CUOMO RENEWS HIS EFFORTS TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN NEW YORK, THERE IS A GROWING CONCERN OVER THE DRUG'S EFFECT ON TEENS.

JOURNALISTS AND AUTHOR ALEX BERENSON EXAMINES THE TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA, MENTAL ILLNESS AND VIOLENCE.

> PLUS, DR. LASER TREATS TO US A LIGHT SHOW LIKE WE'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

THE CORRESPONDENT TAKES US INSIDE HIS HOSPITAL GRAPHIC STUDIO OF DIMENSIONAL WORKS OF ART.

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

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, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG, AND BY --

> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

THE STATISTICS ARE ASTOUNDING.

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, ONE IN FOUR WOMEN ARE SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

AND AN EVEN MORE STARTLING FACT, ACCORDING TO UNITED NATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE, 137 WOMEN WERE KILLED EVERY DAY BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER OR RELATIVE IN 2017.

NOW A RECENT INVESTIGATION HAS DISCOVERED WITHIN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, WOMEN WHO TRY TO SEEK HELP ARE OFTEN SILENCED BY THEIR OWN NEIGHBORS OR FACE ISLAM PHOBIC STEREO TIMES.

HERE'S A DETAILED INVESTIGATION IN THE ARTICLE.

SHE JOINS ME NOW.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT TOPIC TO DISCUSS.

HOW DID YOU COME TO THIS?

ABSOLUTELY.

PART OF MY JOB AT THE 'HUFFINGTON POST' IS HATE CRIMES.

ONE OF THE TRENDS THAT I SAW, IT WAS OFTEN MUSLIM WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS ABUSE AND MUSLIM WOMEN WHO HAPPEN TO WEAR THE HIJAB OR THE HEAD SCARF TEND TO BE TARGETS.

PEOPLE NOT KNOWING FAITH MARKERS.

WHEN I TRIED DIGGING DEEP ENTIRE THE OBSTACLES THAT WOMEN IN PARTICULAR FACE IN THIS COMMUNITY, I STARTED TALKING TO SURVIVORS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND IT OPENED A WHOLE NEW CAN OF WORMS FOR ME.

THERE WAS A SPECIFIC WOMAN WHOSE STORY YOU WERE ABLE TO TELL AND I BELIEVE THAT WAS A CATALYST TO GO EVEN FURTHER INTO THIS ISSUE.

YEAH.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACROSS THE PLATFORM IS A TABOO NO MATTER WHERE YOU COME FROM.

I SPOKE TO DOZENS OF WOMEN AND ALL OF THEM REQUESTED THAT THEY TALK TO ME ANONYMOUSLY.

WHEN I SPOKE TO NOR, A YOUNG WOMAN BASED IN THE BAY AREA, WHO WAS THE INCREDIBLE STRONG WOMAN WHO DETAILED TO ME A TRAGIC AND AWFUL INCIDENT WHERE SHE SAW HER FATHER MURDER HER MOTHER, NOT THAT LONG AGO.

A CAN YOU PLEASE YEARS AGO AND IT HAS INSPIRED HER TO GO INTO THIS WORK AND NOW AN ADVOCATE.

SHE WAS ONE OF A VERY FEW WEAPON WILL ON.

IN THIS INSTANCE, IT WAS ON THE RECORD.

THE ONLY WOMAN WHO AGREED TO DO SO.

SO THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS FOR PEOPLE WHO AREN'T MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY MIGHT NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND.

WHAT IS THE, I DON'T WANT TO SAY THE DISCONNECT BUT PERHAPS THE CHALLENGE OR THE HURDLES THAT PEOPLE MIGHT FACE ABOUT COMING FORWARD AND GOING TO THE AUTHORITIES, QUHAS MOST WOULD SAY THAT'S WHAT YOU DO.

I THINK WHEN I WAS INVESTIGATING, THERE WERE A LOT OF SIMILAR CHALLENGES THAT MUSLIM WOMEN FACE THAT ANY OTHER WOMAN WITH A RACIAL BACKGROUND FACE.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE.

IT IS AN ISSUE THAT PLAGUES ALLER COMMUNITIES, FAITH-BASED, GENDER, RACE, ET CETERA.

BUT MUSLIM WOMEN FACE CHALLENGES WHEN THEY WERE SEEKING HELP.

OFTENTIMES THEY'RE FIGHTING THROUGH A CULTURAL STIGMA WITHIN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY.

AND OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY, THEY WERE TELLING ME THEY CONTENDED WITH ISLAM PHOBIA.

SO THERE IS A TUMULTUOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WHEN YOU'RE TALKING WITH INFORMANTS AND SPYING.

IN NEW YORK, THAT WAS AN ISSUE.

OR WOMEN WHO WENT TO MAIN STREAM AGENCIES AND PEOPLE SAYING, IF YOU'RE A MUSLIM, ISN'T IT NORMAL FOR MEN TO BE VIOLENT AND WOMEN TO BE OPPRESSED?

WHICH IS AN AWFUL AND FAR FROM THE TRUTH TYPE OF STEREO TYPE THAT MUSLIM WOMEN ARE CONTENDING WITH.

YOU WERE SAYING THERE MIGHT BE A STIGMA WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT SAY THAT, THERE MIGHT BE A BETTER WAY TO HANDLE THE SITUATION.

OF COURSE.

AND SHAME AND FEAR ARE POWERFUL SILENCERS.

AND WE SEE THIS IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

THERE IS STILL A STIGMA WHEN IT COMES TO WOMEN LEAVING THEIR ABUSERS, AN EMPHASIS ON TRYING TO FIX THE COHESION, THE FAMILY LIFE.

WHAT WAS SO INTERESTING ABOUT THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN PARTICULAR, HOW OFTEN THEY SOUGHT OUT RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND LOCAL CLERGY FOR HELP.

THIS IS SOMETHING UNIQUE TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

AFTER TALKING TO FAMILY MEMBERS, THEY WERE TALKING TO THEIR LOCAL IMANS AND SAID, HEY, I HAVE A PROBLEM.

AND THESE RELIGIOUS LEADERS SAY, THEY KNOW SCRIPTURE, THEOLOGY, THEY CAN TELL YOU HOW TO PRAY.

BUT A LOT OF THEN DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO EDUCATE THEN.

IS THIS ABOUT EDUCATING AGENCIES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE HELP AND ASSISTANCE TO SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

IS THIS AN ISSUE OF BETTER EDUCATING RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND HOW BETTER TO HELP WOMEN NAVIGATE THESE ISSUES?

EDUCATION IS AT THE TOP.

YOU HAVE ADVOCATES AND FOLKS WHO WORK FOR SHELTERS AND AGENCIES SAYING, COME GET TRAINED.

PARTNER WITH US UNTIL WE KNOW HOW TO TACKLE THIS.

THERE ARE AGENCIES BUILT IN THE U.S., PREDOMINANTLY AND SOLELY FOCUS ON SURVIVORS.

I TALKED TO A HAND.

IN THE BAY AREA, TEXAS, BALTIMORE, ONE PARTICULAR WOMAN IN BALTIMORE WHO FOUND AD HOUSE STRICTLY FOR MUSLIMS.

OFTENTIMES HER CLIENTS WITH SAY, WHEN I WENT TO A MAIN STREAM AGENCY, A COOK WOULD PUT PORK IN MY MEAL.

THERE WEREN'T PLACES TO PRAY OR HAVE ARE KOSHER OPTIONS.

SO IT HIGHLIGHTS A SECOND PROBLEM WHERE AGENCIES NEED TO BE BETTER EQUIPPED IN UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENT NEEDS.

AND I THINK THIRDLY, NOT FALLING INTO THE STEREO TYPES.

OFTENTIMES, MUSLIM WOMEN ARE AFRAID TO COME OUT.

THEY SAY HEY, NEGATIVE ATTENTION ON US IS SO BAD.

ISLAM PHOBIA IS SO BAD.

WE DON'T NEED TOER PUT OUT OUR DIRTY LAUNDRY SO WE NEED TO CREATE A SPACE WHERE WE SAY, WE RECOGNIZE YOU AS A WOMAN, A SURVIVOR.

WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOUR BACKGROUND IS WEST WANT TO HELP YOU.

WHAT IS THE REACTION TO THE WORK YOU'VE DONE SO FAR?

FROM WHAT YOU'VE GOTTEN WITHIN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, I WONDER IF THERE ARE ANY BACK LASHES FROM, YOU'RE SORT OF PUBLICLY AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY.

I WAS TRYING TO STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE OF SHEDDING LIGHT ON A PROBLEM BUT NOT WANTING TO FEED INTO THE STEREO TYPES.

AS A RT REPORTER I WAS THINKING OF THOSE WITH MALICIOUS AGENDAS.

HEY, THIS IS WHY WE SAY MUSLIMS ARE SO BAD OR THEY USES IT AS A TOOL TO PERPETUATE BIGOTED POLICIES.

I THINK WHAT HELPED ME BE REASSURED, THE RESPONSE WAS MOSTLY POSITIVE.

I HAD OTHER WOMEN SAY, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN CONTEMPLATING LEAVING THIS RELATIONSHIP.

THEY REALIZE THEY NEED TO GO OUT AND SEEK PROFESSIONAL TRAINING.

THE PROBLEM IS FINDING THE RESOURCES AND CREATING THAT SPACE MORE PEOPLE ARE REALIZING THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.

I WOULD BE REMISS TO SAY THERE AREN'T WILL SERVICES OUT THERE.

THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS BASED HERE IN NEW YORK, A TURNING POINT IS ONE THAT SPECIFICALLY CATERS TO SOME WOMEN.

THERE ARE PLENTY OUT IN ALL THE DIFFERENT STATES THAT KATER TO DIFFERENT WOMEN AND BACK GROUNDS AND OF COURSE THE MAIN STREAM COALITION AND THE MAIN STREAM ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE DOING THIS WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY WITHOUT GETTING THE NATIONAL ATTENTION THAT THEY SHOULD BE GETTING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS STORY.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

ABSOLUTELY.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE SUNG A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, YOU CAN CALL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT 1-800-799-7333.

AND YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> A NUMBER OF STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE LEGALIZED RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.

OTHER STATES INCLUDING NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY ARE ON THE VERGE OF DOING THE SAME.

AND SOME OF OUR MOST PROMINENT LAWMAKERS IN THEIR WAY, FEDERAL LEGALIZATION WILL VERY SOON FOLLOW.

SOME OF THE REASONS FOR THIS PUSH TOWARD LEGALIZATION ARE WELL KNOWN.

FAR FROM BEING HARMFUL TO OUR HEALTH, MARIJUANA HAS PROVEN TO BE IMMEDIATELY BENEFICIAL.

LEGALIZATION LEADS TO THE REDUCTION OF THE VIOLENCE THAT ACCOMPANIES THE CRIMINAL BE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY.

THE ENFORCEMENT OF MARIJUANA LAWS HAS DISPROPORTIONATELY FALLEN ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

AND RATHER THAN A GATEWAY TO MORE DANGEROUS DRUGS, IT SERVES AS A GATEWAY FROM THE HARDER STUFF.

THAT'S THE NARRATIVE FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS OR SO.

BUT IS IT TRUE?

IN HIS NEW BOOK, TELL YOUR CHILDREN THE TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA, THE AUTHOR ARGUES VIGOROUSLY THAT IT IS NOT.

HE JOINS US NOW.

YOU HEARD ME GIVE THE LITANY OF THE REASON WHY LEGALIZATION IS NECESSARY.

LET'S SEE IF WE CAN BREAK IT DOWN ONE AT A TIME.

FIRST OF ALL, THAT IT IS MORE LIKELY TO BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH THAN BAD.

HASN'T CANNABIS PROVEN TO BE BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HEALTH?

AND THAT'S WHY IT'S BEEN LEGAL IN MANY STATES?

THAT ONE IS THE EASIEST TO KNOCK DOWN.

CLEARLY UNTRUE.

SMOKED CANNABIS IS NOT BENEFICIAL FOR NEARLY ANY OF THE CONDITIONS THAT IT HAS CLAIMED TO HELP.

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE REVIEWED THE LITERATURE IN DEPTH.

THEY SAID PEOPLE HAD SAY IT'S GOOD FOR CANCER OR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, A WHOLE LITANY OF CONDITIONS, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IT IS GOOD FOR ANY OF THOSE THINGS.

IT HELPS TREAT PAIN.

IT IS AN INTOXICANT.

ALCOHOL IS ALWAYS BIT OF A PAINKILLER.

BUT THERE IS A GOOD STUDY THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR THAT FOUND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC PAIN AND USED CANNABIS REPORTED MORE PAIN AFTER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD AND WERE MORE LIKELY.

IT ISN'T VERY GOOD IN THE LONG RUN.

HERE'S SOMETHING FROM SOME OF YOUR CRITICS.

HE WRITES THAT THC HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO NAUSEA AND VOMITING AND IT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE INETT TRUEING PARKINSON'S, ALS, GLAUCOMA, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, AND A WIDE RANGE OF AILMENTS.

THE FIRST HALF IS TRUE.

THC, THE PSYCHO ACTIVE DWRED IN CANNABIS, THE STUFF THAT GETS YOU HIGH, HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE FDA TO TREAT THAT PARTICULAR CONDITION.

NOTHING ELSE.

BUT ALL THE OTHER STUFF HE SAYS THAT CANNABIS IS GOOD FOR, IT'S NOT TRUE.

THIS IS WHAT THE ADVOCATES DO.

THEY TAKE THE VERY, VERY SMALL SLIVER OF MEDICINE THAT CANNABIS OR THC OR CBD, ANOTHER CHEMICAL IN CANNABIS, HAVE BEEN GOOD FOR AND THEY JUMP TO A MASSIVE ARRAY OF CONDITIONS TO WHICH THERE'S NO EVIDENCE.

IN MOST CASES NO, EVIDENCE.

IN A FEW CASES, ALMOST NO EVIDENCE.

SO WHAT HARM TO YOUR HEALTH?

SO SMOKING IN GENERAL IS NOT GREAT FOR YOU.

MY BOOK FOCUSES ON THE HARMFUL ASPECTS.

THAT IT IS BAD FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH.

AND PROLONGED USE BY AD LESS ENLTS HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE LINKED TO SCHIZOPHRENIC, THE MOST DEVASTATING MENTAL ILLNESS OF ALL.

EVEN TEMPORARY MENTAL ILLNESS CAN CAUSE TEMPORARY PSYCHOSIS.

AND I DON'T THINK ADVOCATES WOULD ARGUE THAT IT CAUSES PARANOIA IN A LOT OF PEOPLE.

BUT TEMPORARY PARANOIA.

YES.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE ARGUING, AND THIS HAS BEEN BIG A ARGUMENT AROUND THE BOOK.

WHEN YOU ARGUE ABOUT WHETHER IT CAN CAUSE SCHIZOPHRENIC AND CAUSE PERMANENT PSYCHOSIS, THE FACT THAT IT CAN CAUSE TEMPORARY PSYCH HE IS ON IT IS EVEN IN HEALTHY PEOPLE IS PART OF THE REASON WHY IT CAN CAUSE THERE AREPSYCHOSIS IS A GOOD ONE.

YOU LAID OUT A LOT OF REASONS.

GIVE US ONE EXAMPLE.

THE VERY BEST ONE WAS THE VERY FIRST.

IT CAME OUT IN 1987.

IT COVERED 50,000 SWEDISH ARMY RECRUITS WHO WERE IN SWEDEN, RECRUITED INTO THE MILITARY IN 1969, 1970.

AND THEY WERE FOLLOWED UP TO SEE WHO DEVELOPED PSYCHOSIS 15 YEARS LATER OR SO.

IF YOU USED CANNABIS TEN TIMES, YOU HAD A HIGHER CHANCE OF PSYCHOSIS.

IF YOU USED IN ADOLESCENCE, YOU'RE TWO TO THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP SCHIZOPHRENIA.

AND IT IS A TERRIBLE DISEASE.

TERRIBLE FOR THE SUFFERERS.

IT DESTROYS FAMILIES.

EVEN IF WE'RE TALKING TO SOMETHING THAT ONLY HAPPENS TO ONE IN 100 PEOPLE USE CANNABIS REGULARLY, IT IS SUCH A BAD DISEASE THAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT.

ELECTED OFFICIALS USUALLY FOCUS ON, TRUE IN NEW YORK CITY AT LEAST, THAT THE MARIJUANA LAWS DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

PARTICULARLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES.

THAT'S TRUE.

ARE IT DOES TEND TO FOCUS ON THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE TO GO PRISON FOR CANNABIS USE IS NOT TRUE.

NOT JUST IN STATES.

AS YOU JUST SAID, THERE ARE OTHER NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF BEING ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA.

IT MESSES WITH YOUR JOB.

I'M NOT IN FAVOR OF PROHIBITING MARIJUANA.

40 MILLION PEOPLE USED IN IT 2017.

WE WON'T ARREST THEM ALL OR SEND THEM ALL TO JAIL.

THERE IS A REASONABLE COMPROMISE.

DECRIMINALIZATION, USE, IT WON'T BE SUBJECT TO ARREST.

PERSONAL USE IS NOT SOMETHING THE POLICE WILL WORRY ABOUT.

BUT WE WON'T ALLOW A LEGALIZED SYSTEM WHERE THERE ARE XROIMS MOTORING THIS, COMPANIES LOBBYING AGAINST THE SCIENCE ON THIS.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH TOBACCO.

A LOT OF STATES ARE FOR LEGALIZATION.

AND IT WILL HAPPEN.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP IT?

THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO TO STOP IT.

I WROTE THE BOOK.

IT IS UMBRELLA THE SCIENCE AND MEDICINE AROUND AND IT IT IS FOR PARENTS WHO WANT TO TALK TO THEIR KIDS WHO MIGHT BE USING AND 16 OR 17 AND HAVING NEGATIVE EFFECTS.

IT IS FOR THE 25-YEAR-OLD WHO IS STARTING TO GET PARANOID AND CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY HE CAN'T STOP SMOKING.

IT IS FAR FROM BEING A GATEWAY TO OTHER DRUGS LIKE REEFER MADNESS.

A GATEWAY TO HARDER DRUGS.

AND STATISTICS PROVE IT.

THAT'S A BIZARRE ARE ASSERTION.

THERE IS NOBODY WHO WOULD ARGUE THAT IT IS ARE AN GATEWAY.

YOU HAVE TO GET IT FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS ARE HEROIN OR COCAINE.

SO WE SHOULD MOVE IT OUT.

THAT AS LEGITIMATE ARGUMENT.

THE COUNTER ARGUMENT IS IT PRIMS YOUR BRAIN TO WANT MORE EUPHORIC CHEMICALS.

IN THE LONG RUN, THAT WILL DRIVE TO YOU USE HARDER DRUGS.

I WOULD SAY THAT IS A DIFFERENT QUESTION.

IF THEY USE OPIOIDS AGAIN, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE USING CANNABIS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BECOME OPIOID USERS.

THERE'S VERY GOOD EVIDENCE.

THE STUDY THAT'S YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ARE REALLY BAD EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE STATES WHERE MARIJUANA HAS BEEN LEGALIZED, THE RATE OF OPIOID ADDICTION HAD DECREASED?

THEY'RE SAYING IN STATES WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA, OPIOID DEATHS DECREASED.

AND THAT'S BASED ON ON PRE 2010 DATA OF.

THE STATES WHERE IT WAS THE WORST WERE IN APPALACHIAN.

NOW, IF YOU LOOK AT MORE RECENT DATA WHICH WE HAVE, NOW THAT LEGALIZATION HAS SPREAD, AND THE EPIDEMIC HAS SPREAD, THAT HAS DISAPPEARED.

THEY'RE STILL TALKING ABOUT A PAPER FIVE YEARS OLD BASED ON 10-YEAR-OLD DATA.

WE'LL HAVE TO END IT THERE.

THE TRUTH IS ABOUT MARIJUANA AND VIOLENCE.

> IT'S BEEN NAMED THE NUMBER ONE OBSCURE MUSEUM YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.

MANHATTAN'S STUDIO IS THOUGHT TO BE THE OLDEST HOLOGRAM GALLERY AND REMAINS THE PIONEERING WORK FROM DR. LASER.

CHECK IT OUT.

IN A DARK BASEMENT LAB, DR.

LASER LIGHTS A CIGARETTE.

NOT TO SMOKE BUT TO BETTER SEE THE LAYSERS FROM WHICH HE GETS HIS NICKNAME AGAINST THE SMOKE.

OUTSIDE HOL GRAPHIC STUDIOS, MANHATTAN IS ABUZZ.

INSIDE, THE ENVIRONMENT IS QUIET AND STILL.

THAT'S HOW JASON, A.K.A. DR.

LASER, NEEDS TO IT WORK.

WE ARE CREATING THE ACTUAL HOLOGRAM.

THIS ROOM ENCASES OUR EQUIPMENT ON A FLOATING, REALLY MASSIVE BED.

WHAT WE'RE PHOTOGRAPHING IS QUITE SMALL.

JUST LIKE ANYTHING, IF YOU WERE TO MOVE IT IN ANNER APPRECIABLE AMOUNT, IT WOULD MUDDY THEM AND YOU WOULDN'T GET A GOOD EXPOSURE.

SO IT IS LITERALLY FLOATING FROM ISOLATED SOURCES IN THE CITIES LIKE SUBWAYS AND TRUCKS.

THE ACTUAL EXPOSURE TIME TO CREATE A HOSPITAL GRAPHIC IMAGE IS A MATTER OF SECONDS.

BUT HE SAID SETTING UP THE SHOT AND TROUBLE-SHOOT HUG TO ACHIEVE THE EFFECT HE'S GOING FOR COULD TAKE HOURS.

, DAYS AND WEEKS.

THIS IS LIKE THOMAS EDISON'S LAB IN THE 1800s.

WE PUT THINGS TOGETHER, YOU KNOW, DUCT TIAPE AND HOT GLUE.

WE FIGURE OUT NOT THE FANCY WAY TO DO IT BUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING HERE.

WHAT INTRINSICALLY NEEDS TO BE DONE.

HE GREW UP AROUND LASERS AND HOL GRAPHY.

HIS FATHER WORKED AS AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER AND HE HAD A LAYSER IN HIS HOME.

HE STARTED WORKING HOLOGRAMS AT AGE 17 DEMONSTRATING ARE IN AN EXHIBIT.

HE FOUND ART FORM MIND-BOGGLING.

IT IS LIKE A LITTLE WORLD, A UNIVERSE WITHIN HERE.

YOU'RE NOT LOOKING AT THINGS JUST ON THEIR SURFACE.

YOU LOOK AROUND SOMETHING AND IT IS INTRIGUING.

YOU REALIZE THERE'S MORE.

THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE TRULY DIMENSIONAL.

UNLIKE 3D.

ANY SEAT IN THE THEATER WILL SEE THE EXACT SAME 3D.

YOU CAN'T MOVE AROUND IT.

WHEREAS IN A HOLOGRAM, YOU CAN LOOK AROUND SOMETHING.

WHAT WE'RE RECORDING ARE WITH HOLOGRAPHY IS A SHAPE.

A HOLOGRAM IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SHAPE THAT LIGHT TAKES WHEN IT BOUNCES OFF A SURFACE.

IMAGINE THAT THE HOLOGRAM IS JUST AN IMPRESSION.

WE'RE FILLING THAT IMPRESSION UP NOT WITH HOT METAL, NOT WITH RESIN, NOT WITH PLASTER OF PARIS, BUT WITH WHITE.

WE'RE USING A MOLD OF LIGHT AND FILLING WITH IT LIGHT.

HE'S CREATED HOLOGRAMS IN THIS BUILDING FOR FOUR DECADES.

IT'S BEEN IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO CARRY THE TORCH EVEN AS OTHER STUDIOS FADED AWAY.

HE SAID NOW PEOPLE ARE ENTHUSIASTIC TO VISIT.

OH, HOLOGRAMS.

I LOVE HOLOGRAMS.

THE PEOPLE WHO COME VISIT, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

WHICH BELIEVE ME, YOU HAD TO ENDPUR FOR A LONG TIME TO NOW, PEOPLE ARE SAYING, WOW, IT'S SO COOL THAT YOU DO THIS.

AND SOME OF HIS FANS ARE PRETTY BIG NAMES.

HE'S CREATED PORTRAITS FOR THE LIKES OF MAYOR KOCH, ISAAC ASIMOV, AND ANDY WARHOL.

GOING UP AND VISITING HIM IN HIS STUDIO, THE FACTORY.

YOU GO INTO HIS OFFICE AND THERE IT IS.

YOUR PIECE OF WORK SITTING ON HIS WALL SIGNED.

AND YOU GO, OH, MY GOD.

MAYBE THE PUBLIC HAS NO IDEA WHO I AM BUT WARHOL THINKS MY STUFF IS COOL.

GO THAT'S NOT TOO BAD.

WHEN HE'S CREATING PORTRAITS, HE SAID HE'S WORKED THAT EVERY FIELD IMAGINABLE.

WE'VE WORKED IN HE HAVE FIELD.

COMIC BOOK COVERS, TECHNOLOGY, WE'VE WORKED WITH DOING THE FLORK CITY BALLET.

I'VE WORKED IN SO MANY AREAS FROM ARCHITECTURE TO SCIENCE.

I KILL ON JEOPARDY.

ONE AREA HE HAS NOT WORKED IN, THE INCREASING DOCTOR HOLO CONCERT.

I'M OFTEN CONFRONTED WITH WHAT IS CALLED A HOLOGRAM BUT NOT A HOLOGRAM.

PEOPLE HAVE USURPED THE WORD AND IT STARTED WITH NOT QUITE A DECADE AGO.

AND PEOPLE STARTED DOING WHAT IS KNOWN AS PEPPER'S GHOST.

IF YOU'RE DRIVING IN AN AUTOMOBILE, THE WINDSHIELD WILL REFLECT SOMETHING OFF A DASHBOARD.

LET'S SAY IF YOU HAD WHITE GLOVES AND YOU LEFT THEM ON THE DASHBOARD AND YOU SEE THEM FLOATING OVER THE HOOD OF THE CAR.

THAT'S PEPPER'S GHOST.

YOU'RE SEEING THE CHARACTER WHO MOST OFTEN NOWADAYS IS SOMEBODY DECEASED DOING A PERFORMANCE.

THE FUNNY THINGS WHEN PEOPLE ARE DISHONEST AND USE THE WORD, I BELIEVE THE ADVERTISING ARE GENRE REFERS TO THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS BAD PUBLICITY.

HE STILL SEES OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH WITH REAL HOLOGRAMS, TOO.

PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE.

THINK OF TISSUE SAMPLES, THAT A HOLOGRAM AFFORDS THAT OTHER TECHNOLOGIES DON'T.

NOT ONLY CAN YOU LOOK AT THE STRUCTURE LIKE WOULD YOU WITH ANY MICRO SCOPE SLIDE BUT YOU CAN CHANGE IT.

IT IS A HARDLY TAPPED MEDIUM.

FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO LEARN MORE, HE OFFERS TOURS, CLASSES AND CREATIONS AT HIS MANHATTAN STUDIOS.

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