The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City BlockPodcast
April 04, 2018 at 4:00 pm

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 […]

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Immigration By The NumbersPodcast
March 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm

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 […]

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Immigration: How Did We Get Here?Podcast
March 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm

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 […]

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More Than Skin Deep: The Physical Effects of RacismPodcast
March 08, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Last week host Jenna Flanagan spoke to UC Berkeley Professor, Dr. Amani Nuru-Jeter about the physical effects of racism on the body. This week Jenna explores methods for managing that stress. Madeline McCray, a mental health advocate, and Haylin Belay, a sexuality educator and witch, join Jenna to explore both traditional and non-traditional approaches to self-care.

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The Physical Effects of RacismPodcast
February 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Can racism affect your health? Dr. Amani Nuru-Jeter, associate professor of community health sciences and epidemiologist at UC Berkeley School of Public Health, joins host Jenna Flanagan to examine the long-term impact of racism on our physical well-being. Dr. Nuru-Jeter assesses how social circumstances may contribute to a variety of health outcomes, including premature aging and changes in our DNA.

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Lonely in NYC? If so, You’re Not AlonePodcast
February 21, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Is it possible to be lonely in New York City? Surprisingly, even with 8.4 million people surrounding you, the reality is that human connection is not guaranteed. The case of 72 year-old George Bell exemplifies this notion. Bell died alone in his Jackson Heights apartment during the summer last year, but no one knew exactly when. The circumstances of his […]

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The Power of the PantherPodcast
February 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm

The release of Marvel Comics latest fantasy fiction film, “Black Panther,” has ignited a nationwide conversation around positive representation of people of color in media and entertainment. Host Jenna Flanagan brings us to the recent Black Comixs Expo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a free day-long expo celebrating comics of color, where she explores diversity in storytelling.

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Dating After #MeTooPodcast
January 31, 2018 at 3:32 pm

As the conversation around the fallout from the accusations of sexual assault made against Aziz Ansari continue, Jenna Flanagan gets two perspectives on its affect on the women’s movement and the nature of dating. Women’s March artistic director and author of “Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes of the Protest Heard Around the World” Paola Mendoza continues her conversation with […]

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“A History of White People”Podcast
January 24, 2018 at 5:49 pm

Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University history professor, joins host Jenna Flanagan for a conversation about the social construction of race and her book “A History of White People.” Dr. Painter explains how the notion of race evolves with time and outlines her position on current racial frustration in the United States.

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“Comedy Bang! Bang!”Podcast
January 17, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Scott Aukerman, host of the popular podcast “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” joins host Jenna Flangan to talk about the art of improv comedy and his role as the show’s “boring” character. Aukerman also shares how he came up with the name for the show and sheds light on how it offers a comedy classroom for those looking to break into the […]

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January 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm

MetroFocus co-host and veteran news anchor Jack Ford joins Jenna Flanagan to talk about sneaker culture and the humble beginnings that led to his intense interest in athletic footwear. Flanagan also brings us inside SneakerCon, a gathering of shoe fanatics and 500 vendors at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC. There she talks to Yu-Ming Wu, co-founder of […]

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The Village 1985: Hip-Hop & The HustlerPodcast
January 03, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Legendary New York City photographer Ricky Powell joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about the neighborhood connection that got him one of his biggest gigs and reflects on his three decades as a professional photographer. Known for his candid street images, capturing moments during hip-hop’s “Golden Age” and the downtown art scene in New York City, Powell’s subjects ranged from […]

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MetroFocus is made possible by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, The Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Fund, Bernard and Denise Schwartz, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Janet Prindle Seidler, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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