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TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
November 07, 2017 at 5:30 am

ELECTION DAY PREVIEW Polls will open at 6 a.m. across the five boroughs tomorrow morning and incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio is hoping to deliver what many predict will be a landslide victory over Republican challenger Nicole Malliotakis and Independent candidate Bo Dietl. We’re joined by an expert panel of New York political reporters for a look at all of […]

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TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
October 26, 2017 at 5:30 am

Eric Garner’s death while being detained by Staten Island police gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement, and it exemplified the tensions felt between people of color and law enforcement across America.  Bestselling author and journalist Matt Taibbi takes us inside the case, as detailed in his new book “I Can’t Breathe:  A Killing on Bay Street.” Three years ago, […]

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TONIGHT ON METROFOCUSepisode
October 25, 2017 at 5:30 am

The debate over free speech vs. hate speech and what is protected speech.  Condemnation spreads as a number of far-right political figures are invited to speak Uptown at Columbia University. We’ll hear from both sides as they face off in the wake of Charlottesville. A year in space and a lifetime of discovery.  Astronaut Scott Kelly’s candid memoir of his journey, […]

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October 18, 2017: MOB SHAMING & ITS DEADLY CONSEQUENCESepisode
October 19, 2017 at 5:30 am

Have you ever heard of the expression ‘mob shaming?’ It’s formal definition is “a large group or crowd of people who are angry or difficult to control. Mob shaming has happened since the beginning of civilization and with the invention of social media and the internet, a cyber mob can dole out more damage than the stereotypical torch-and-pitchforks horde. It’s hard to imagine being the subject of such hate, but one 18-year-old, Tyler Clementi, didn’t have to. Clementi was a talented violinist and a freshman at Rutgers University when he was outed by his college roommate as gay by having an intimate encounter secretly streamed live not only to the entire campus, but to the world via Twitter. He experienced it, paid the ultimate price for it, and remains an example of not only how mob shaming can affect a person, but the struggles that LGBT youth face. Now, Tyler Clementi’s mother, Jane, and older brother, James, join us to talk about their personal tragedy and how they turned his death into something powerful.

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