Upstate Memories & Holiday WishesPodcast
December 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Host Jenna Flanagan takes us to rural, upstate New York and reminisces about holidays spent with her family. Jenna also shares her gratitude with the MetroFocus Podcast family: our listeners, our guests, and all of those that help make this podcast possible. We’ll be back with new episodes on January 3, 2018. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! MetroFocus airs […]

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Intimate Stories and Interesting StrangersPodcast
December 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Journalist, author and podcaster, Kathleen Horan joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about sharing the intimate stories of New York’s most interesting strangers. In her podcast “Mortal City,” Horan uses her ability to notice more in order to elicit stories that personify the gritty magic that makes living in New York worthwhile. MetroFocus airs 7 nights a week on the […]

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LeVar Burton ReadsPodcast
December 06, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Actor, director, educator, executive producer of PBS’ “Reading Rainbow,” and lifelong children’s literacy advocate, LeVar Burton, joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about his podcast “LeVar Burton Reads,” during which he hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to listeners. While Burton is a proponent for literacy and reading, he also lauds the ritual of being read […]

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The Essence of Michelle ObamaPodcast
November 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Connie Choi and Hallie Ringle, co-curators of the “Fictions” exhibition on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem, joins host Jenna Flanagan to discuss emerging artist Amy Sherald. In October 2017, Sherald was selected, by former First Lady Michelle Obama, to paint her official portrait for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Known for her paintings of African-Americans doing everyday things, […]

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Painting ObamaPodcast
November 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art; Managing Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, joins host Jenna Flanagan to discuss New York-based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley. In October 2017, Wiley was selected, by former President Barack Obama, to paint his official portrait for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Known for his paintings of African-Americans and […]

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Hurricane: Are You Prepared?Podcast
November 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

As hurricane season is coming to an end, with communities in Texas, Florida and the entire island of Puerto Rico, beginning the long road to recovery, and as the tri-state area recently marked the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we reflect on if we’re prepared for the next big storm to hit our region. WNYC reporter Robert Lewis, who has […]

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Planet Money – Part TwoPodcast
November 07, 2017 at 1:25 pm

Robert Smith, correspondent for NPR’s “Planet Money,” joins Jenna Flanagan to continue their conversation about modern finances. In part two of the two-part interview, Smith shares his perspective on “fast fashion,” retail mark-up and the current economic climate. MetroFocus airs 7 nights a week on the tri-state region’s local PBS stations THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV. Get the full schedule here:metrofocus.org/tv-schedule/

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Planet MoneyPodcast
November 02, 2017 at 11:43 am

Robert Smith, correspondent for NPR’s “Planet Money,” joins Jenna Flanagan to discuss modern finances. Smith describes the significant role emotion can play when we are making informed financial decisions.

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SCOTUS In Session – Part 2Podcast
October 26, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Elie Mystal, executive editor of “Above the Law” and legal editor for WNYC’s “More Perfect” podcast, returns for part 2 of his conversation about the Supreme Court with host Jenna Flanagan. Mystal breaks down some complicated legalese, explains the public’s interest in where the high court is leaning on immigration issues, and describes what we can expect to see as […]

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SCOTUS In SessionPodcast
October 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm

In the first portion of a two-part conversation, Elie Mystal, executive editor of “Above the Law” and legal editor for WNYC’s “More Perfect” podcast, joins host Jenna Flanagan to discuss what has been predicted to be a “momentous” Supreme Court term. The new term, which began in early October 2017, marks the first full session with nine justices, now that […]

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The Allure of FolklorePodcast
October 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Aaron Mahnke, host, creator and producer of the podcast “Lore,” executive producer of the “Lore” television show, and author of the “World of Lore” book series, joins host Jenna Flanagan to talk about the origins of folklore. Mahnke sheds light on the role of context in telling historical stories, how the stories we tell and how we tell them is […]

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Chris Gethard and His “Beautiful Stories”Podcast
October 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Chris Gethard, host and creator of the popular “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People” podcast, recently joined host Jenna Flanagan at the Now Hear This podcast festival to talk about how he gets perfect strangers to tell him their secrets and the hunger for human connection. Gethard also shares his thoughts on why comedians make good podcasters and on vulnerability in […]

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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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