NYC-ARTS – 6/27/2013

In this episode: a feature on this year’s Lincoln Center Festival, “A Dancer’s Dream” at Avery Fisher Hall, a tour of “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui” at the Brooklyn Museum, and Christina Ha reports the latest arts news on location at The Cloisters.

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MetroFocus – 6/26/2013

The next edition of MetroFocus reports on the race for mayor in New York City with the first in a series of interviews with the leading candidates.  Host Rafael Pi Roman talks to Democratic candidate John Liu, currently the City Comptroller, about his views on the minimum wage, housing, the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, and the federal investigation that brought down two of Liu’s former associates.  Liu tells Pi Roman that although he’s never been charged with anything, the four-year investigation makes him “…the most thoroughly investigated candidate in the history of New York.”

The federal budget cuts known as a sequester are starting to hit home. NJTV’s Desiree Taylor reports on cuts to emergency unemployment benefits that are putting the squeeze on New Jersey’s jobless.

The new PBS documentary ANNIE: It’s the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage debuts on PBS stations Friday, June 28th and MetroFocus has a preview.

And find out what inspired one of the art world’s iconic figures, Peter Max, to paint his eye-popping images in an interview with Steve Adubato from his program One on One.

MetroFocus – 6/19/2013

The next edition of MetroFocus looks at the $20 billion plan proposed by Mayor Bloomberg to strengthen New York City’s defenses and infrastructure in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In a wide-ranging interview, host Rafael Pi Roman asks the man behind the plan, Seth Pinsky, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation if the risk of a changing climate is worth the price tag.

The aftermath of Sandy lingers on as summer starts. NJTV’s Lauren Wanko takes us to the beaches of Middletown, New Jersey where swimming is not permitted this year due to debris left behind by Sandy.

Want to know what the discussion was about at a recent screening of the documentary film Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines at the Macaulay Honors College? This week’s “Listening In” segment has an excerpt from feminist Shelby Knox that may get you thinking.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary year of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, MetroFocus examines the story behind the letter King wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama a few months before the famous speech. Pi Roman talks to Columbia University’s Barnard College professor Jonathan Rieder about his new book, Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation.

And, The Star-Ledger/NJ.com video journalist Nyier Abdou takes viewers on a walk down a very unusual wedding aisle.

NYC-ARTS – 6/20/2013

In this episode: a profile on Career Transition For Dancers, a curator’s tour of “Punk: Chaos to Couture” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Midsummer Nights Swing on This Week at Lincoln Center and Christina Ha is on location at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.