January 25, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Alexander Hamilton, our rock star Founding Father, did not throw away his shot. But, it was his wife Eliza who provided one for thousands of children, and continues to do so even today. We take a look back to see how the orphanage she founded still lives on and continues to help New York City’s children.

Are you inspired by Eliza Hamilton’s story? Learn more about how Graham Windham is fighting to give every child and family their shot.

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January 18, 2017: TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
January 19, 2017 at 5:08 am

Tonight,as the inaugural preparations continue for the ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency, a preview of part 2 of PBS FRONTLINE’s “Divided States of America” from filmmaker Michael Kirk.

Then, big money, big business, and a toxic society. The Enron crisis nearly destroyed America, and its fallout lingers in the halls of congress to this day. Sherron Watkins, the whistleblower who had the courage to break her silence, takes us inside the scandal in tonight’s episode of “Playing By The Rules: Ethics at Work” which airs at 8pm on WLIW.

Next, President-elect Trump has had a notoriously combative relationship with the press. The Daily Beast’s editor in chief John Avlon ponders what President George Washington would have thought of the president elect and explores how our founding father dealt with the press.
Finally, a new beacon of light shines in Manhattan Harbor! We’ll take you to there.

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January 17, 2017: TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
January 18, 2017 at 5:49 am

Tonight, with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration just days away, PBS FRONTLINE pulls back the fabric of our polarized country to examine how we got here, and what may lie ahead.

Next, as President Trump heads to the White House, a warning from our first president to future generations. Find out what worried George Washington, and why it matters today from John Avlon, editor in chief of The Daily Beast.

Finally, by 2044, America will no longer be a country where whites are the majority. Will we embrace the demographic shift, or fight against it? Earl Lewis, the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, engages in the debate.

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January 13, 2017: TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
January 14, 2017 at 1:42 am

Tonight, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a question as relevant today as it was when he asked it: where do we go from here? WNYC’s Brian Lehrer hosts an event on Sunday at the famous Apollo Theater where our future and diverse fabric will be the focus.

Then, Sal Albanese is back! The former councilman wants to unseat Bill de Blasio, and tonight he’ll tell us how he will defeat the sitting mayor.

Next, a tribal elder and two Native Americans leave the reservation to demand a return of what was once theirs in a new documentary from PBS Independent Lens.

Finally, we have a sneak peek at a true American Master: August Wilson, in a PBS documentary called The Ground on Which I Stand.

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January 11, 2017: TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
January 12, 2017 at 5:05 am

President-elect Trump meets the press and get his feet held to the fire with questions regarding Russian spying, election hacking, and alleged past sordid behavior. This all playing out in the wake of President Obama’s farewell address last night where he called for unity, and as confirmation hearings continue for the incoming cabinet. We’ve got unique perspective on this historic day from presidential historian Tim Naftali. Then, just after word that New York’s Indian Point will close, does our future hope for energy actually lie in the “nuclear option?” PBS NOVA’s Miles O’Brien takes us inside the debate and the reality. Finally, if you think you’re having a hard time dealing with this brutal winter, imagine what it’s like for animals in the wild. PBS NATURE’S documentary Snowbound gives us a rare glimpse into the surprising survival strategies of “the animals of winter.”

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