Tammany Hall History & More Set for Next METROFOCUS on THIRTEEN

Tammany Hall History & More Set for Next METROFOCUS on THIRTEEN

A new edition of the award-winning MetroFocus premieres in the New York metro area Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21 and Thursday, July 24 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and 10:30 p.m. on NJTV.

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Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of New York City's Department of Small Business Services, talks to host Rafael Pi Roman about the city's more than 200,000 small businesses, new programs for immigrant-owned business and recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Bill Keller, formerly editor-in-chief of The New York Times is now editor of The Marshall Project, a new nonprofit journalism initiative created to cover the U.S. criminal justice system. Keller joins guest host Jack Ford for a conversation about The Marshall Project and we see an excerpt from the PBS series POV documentary 15 to Life: Kenneth's Story, about juvenile justice and changes to sentencing laws.

In an interview with Pi Roman, historian, journalist and author Terry Golway examines the legacy of New York's political organization Tammany Hall, the subject of his book Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics.

In 2008, photographer Christopher Payne got permission from the New York City Parks Department to make repeated trips to North Brother Island, which closed to visitors in 1963. Payne's book of photographs, North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City documents the island's return to nature.

MetroFocus Series Overview

MetroFocus is an award-winning multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. The MetroFocus television program features interviews, in-depth reporting, content from many partners and solutions-oriented reports from the community. Major areas of coverage include sustainability, education, Science and technology, the environment, transportation, poverty and underserved communities. MetroFocus.orgamplifies that reporting with daily updates and original stories that also cover culture, government and politics, the economy, urban development and other news in the metropolitan region. More information at: thirteen.org/metrofocus/about-us-faq/

MetroFocus is a production of WLIW21 in association with WNET, parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of Science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, the Ford Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Charlotte and David Ackert, Jody and John Arnhold, Betty and John Levin and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Corporate funding is provided by Mutual of America.

Website: thirteen.org/MetroFocus (full episode available to view after 7/23 broadcast)

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