by Jenna flanagan A famous Brooklynite once said, “It was all a dream,” About achieving the seemingly impossible, against relentless odds. It was another less famous Brooklynite Arleen Lorrance who first penned the world famous quote, “be the change you wish to see happen.” That’s right, the often misquoted line, should actually be attributed to a young teacher struggling in […]
By Jenna Flanagan There’s a certain blissful joy that comes from digging into a favorite pint of ice cream, and for me, that’s anything with brownies in it. Now, as an adult, I have to limit my ice cream intake to a scoop here or there, with several workout days in between, but as a kid I could chow down […]
It was a dark and stormy night, as most nefarious tales begin, and I was finally driving home after a long night of reporting. I thought I was doing a good job avoiding any and all debris the storm has washed into the road, when it happened. BAM! My right front tire hit a pothole. And it was a big […]
Host Jenna Flanagan heads to the Cortelyou branch of the Brooklyn Public library for Drag Queen Story Hour with Lil Miss Hot Mess. Lil Miss Hot Mess sheds light on the program and explains its mission of celebrating diversity, self-identity, and acceptance.
On last week’s episode host Jenna Flanagan explored the transformation of the Hudson Valley and the migration path many are taking from Kings County. This week she shares her personal journey to Ulster County.
Is the Hudson Valley the “new Brooklyn?” The region, particularly Ulster County, is experiencing a rapid gentrification. Brian Mahoney, editorial director of lifestyle magazine, Chronogram, joins host Jenna Flanagan to discuss the transformation of the Hudson Valley and explore the migration path many are taking from Kings County .
New Yorkers take their upstate-downstate divide seriously. But what caused this fierce separation? Edmund J. McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, joins host Jenna Flanagan to explain. McMahon will also shed light on what once made New York State’s economy great, and which region he believes is poised to make a comeback.
The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across the country. Matthew Pfisterer, director of the Middletown Thrall Library, joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about the surprising role librarians in this Hudson Valley community are taking in the battle against addiction.
Does it seem like winter will never end? Host Jenna Flanagan talks to Anthony Broccoli, a professor and chair of the Rutgers University Department of Environmental Sciences, who offers an explanation for the seemingly never-ending season. Professor Broccoli explains how rising global temperatures may actually be prolonging the colder than normal temperatures and illuminates the impact rising sea levels. MetroFocus […]
Daniel Wakin, New York Times editor and author of “The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block,” joins host Jenna Flanagan to explore New York City history during the first 50 years of the 20th Century. In his book, inspired by the re-discovery of his childhood neighborhood, Wakin offers an intimate look at […]
In the last episode, host Jenna Flanagan explored the state of America’s current immigration system. Now Jenna speaks to Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, to break down the facts and figures involved in America’s immigration policy. MetroFocus airs 7 nights a week on the tri-state region’s local PBS stations […]
New York based attorney Meredith Fortin, director of Immigrant Services Support at The New York Immigration Coalition, joins host Jenna Flanagan to discuss the state of our current immigration system. Fortin will bring us through the historical policy decisions that brought us to this current juncture and will shed light on what it is like for immigrants and advocates to […]