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.

Next on MetroFocus – debuts 2/27/2013

In the next edition of MetroFocus we look at where we are four months after Sandy with reports from three regions. In New Jersey, NJ Today’s David Cruz reports from Hoboken on how that city is struggling to find ways to prevent flooding from future storms. In Manhattan, two students from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism return to the South Street Seaport where they first met the owners of the Paris Café right after the storm struck. Today Paris Café is still closed and many businesses are still boarded up. On Long Island, Jim Paymar, host of the Long Island Business Report, talks to Randi Dresner, President and CEO of Island Harvest, a food bank and charity that feeds hundreds of thousands more people after Sandy. Rafael Pi Roman interviews Vin Cipolla, president of The Municipal Art Society, about plans to make major changes to Manhattan’s East Midtown area. The Center for an Urban Future’s David Giles, author of a year-long study called “Branches of Opportunity,” talks to Pi Roman about the city’s libraries and their new role providing services and programs to immigrants and low income communities.  Our “Listening in” segment features an excerpt from a talk called “Tackling Poverty,” sponsored by City Limits and the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness. And finally, The New York Times’ Samantha Stark introduces us to the happiest man in city government, James Mitchell, who marries as many as 200 couples a week at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.

NYC-ARTS – 2/21/2013

This week on NYC-ARTS, a special Oscar-themed show highlighting the 2013 nominee for Best Picture and Best Director. Paula Zahn interviews Ang Lee and actors in “Life of Pi,” which received 11 nominations. Then Reel 13 host Richard Peña talks about this year’s nominated documentaries, shorts and foreign films.