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4 years ago 18 year old Conrad Roy died after getting a slew of texts from his 17 year old girlfriend Michelle Carter encouraging him to commit suicide. Carter is currently serving a 15 month prison term for involuntary manslaughter but has taken her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Erin Lee Carr’s 2-part documentary about the case, “I Love You, Now Die,” is currently on HBO and its platforms. 20 years ago Denise Ely was dying fr... Read more

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24 year old Corrin Stach lost her FDNY Lt. Dad Joe Stach Jr. to ‪9/11‬ linked cancer more than a year ago. She talks about what it’s like growing up in the shadow of ‪9/11‬ and its aftermath. Jon Anderson of Yes is one of the most positive men I’ve ever met in my life. That’s oh so fitting, considering his group Yes was one of the most positive-named groups. Jon talks about his positivity, marriage and music with me.

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Army vet and retired FDNY’er Paddy Neville is everything America should be. His group, A Soldier’s Journey Home, builds a home a year for one needy vet in just 9-and-a-half days! Meet Paddy and learn how you can help. Years ago, Carla Bass broke through the glass ceiling and became a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Her new book, “Write To Influence”, teaches very simple ways you can communicate best, whether it’s your resume or an ... Read more

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30 years ago, 24 year old Tracy Edwards led the first all-female crew to ever win a round-the-world sailboat race. Tracy joins me on to tell her incredible story. The doc about this chapter in women’s history, “Maiden” opens ‪June 28th.‬ Bryan Stevenson is not a household name but those who have heard or met him call him the “Nelson Mandela of the U.S.” His book “Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice & Redemption” is a New York Times bes... Read more

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It’s always difficult on Father’s Day for those who lost their dads. Bridget Gormley and FDNY’er-in-training Rob Tilearcio now work for ‪9/11‬ community attorneys Barasch & McGarry after losing their dads to ‪9/11‬ cancers. They pay tribute to their fathers on this week’s special episode. The ‪June 30th‬ NYC Pride parade is expected to be the biggest parade on earth, with 150,000 marching and more than 4 million on hand to line th... Read more

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The Mets and Rangers' Dr. Joshua Dines gives advice on how to prevent sports injuries with your kids and when to know if it’s the right time for knee surgery. Life in the LGBTQ community is a night and day difference compared to 50 years ago. “Before Stonewall: The Making Of A Gay & Lesbian Community” director Great Schilling discusses the changes she's seen.

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Frank Siller is Chairman & CEO of the Stephen Siller Foundation Tunnel To Towers Foundation. T2T started the Climb and also the Tunnel To Towers Race (the last weekend in September) in memory of Frank’s youngest brother, Stephen, who ran in full FDNY gear through the closed Brooklyn Battery Tunnel ‪on 9/11‬. He would make the ultimate sacrifice along with 342 other FDNY’ers. Also joining me Sunday is Nancy Gass, who lost her husb... Read more

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On this Memorial Day weekend, meet Army vet and NYPD Det. Yahaida Ruiz, accompanied by NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Bob Ganley. His motto was "Do the right thing- even when no one is watching." He spent his last days lobbying Congress to do just that for 1st Responders. His sisters Kathleen & MaryEllen salute the late FDNY’er Ray Pfeifer.

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NYC EMS Chief Lillian Bonsignore makes history as the 1st woman ever to head the NYC EMS, the 1st woman to achieve a 4-star rank in the FDNY and the only high ranking FDNY’er openly part of the LGBTQ community. Tom Jones is the creator & director of the superb documentary “Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ’n Roll”- a dual lesson in music history and the storied history of Asbury Park, NJ. Jones gives a behind the scenes look at... Read more

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We salute mom of three, Diane Holland, who 7 years ago lost her NYPD husband to ‪9/11‬ cancer. Diane healed thanks to her work with the group HOPS: Helping Our Post ‪9/11‬ Survivors. Diane and HOPS make gorgeous quilts for NYPD families who have lost loved ones to ‪9/11‬ illnesses. Diane and NYPD Deputy Commissioner Bob Ganley join me. With the leader of the Nxivm cult now on trial upstate, you can’t help but wonder what type of p... Read more

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9/11 community lawyer Michael Barasch of Barasch & McGarry & FDNY Chief Richie Alles join me for an update on their DC lobbying efforts to restore and permanently extend the Victim Compensation Fund to help ailing first responders and other 9/11 toxin victims.‬‬ ‪I see a lot of movies so when I laugh my ass off in a movie, WOW! “Long Shot” is my favorite comedy so far this year. Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in a romance? It work... Read more

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Carmine Street Guitars in Greenwich Village is a NYC jewel. For more than 40 years Rick Kelly has been making guitars, using old wood from NYC buildings. Ron Mann made the doc “Carmine Street Guitars”, which you can see at The ‪Film Forum‬. Rick Kelly and Ron Mann join me. Another ‪hidden figures‬ story: Alice Guy-Blaché just may be the most important woman you NEVER heard of. She was making narrative films before 1900 using color... Read more

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The countdown has begun for the 20th anniversary Earth Day in 2020. John Opperman, Executive Director of Earth Day Initiative joins me to tell you how to make a difference when it comes to saving the Earth. From cows to congestion pricing, we tackle it all. This is the 10th year for Disneynature films and you MUST take the family to see the latest: “Disneynature: Penguins”! It’s beyond adorable...and educational. Get a behind-the... Read more

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If you haven’t yet been to the ‪9/11‬ Memorial & Museum, it really is a must-see, especially before visiting The World Trade Center at One World Trade. A new area outside the museum is about to open: The Glade, a space honoring the first responders we have lost to ‪9/11‬ toxins. ‪9/11‬ Memorial & Musuem EVP Michael Frazier tells us about this exciting new addition. Vlada Knowlton is the mom of an 8 year old transgender daughter. S... Read more

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Did you know women are largely responsible for the fall of ISIS? Director Eva Husson joins me to discuss her incredibly compelling film “Girls Of The Sun.” It's based on the true story of women who were separated from their families and turned into sex slaves by ISIS. They broke free and then formed warrior units to fight them. Husson’s movie is riveting, powerful and historic- PLUS it’s just a great film. Back in September I met... Read more

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Last year, after 37 years with the FDNY, Dr. Kerry Kelly retired as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kelly was there ‪on 9/11‬ and immediately realized the health fallout that would follow. She was the first to develop a baseline health exam for New York City firefighters, with yearly follow-ups. ‬ This medical detailing was instrumental in linking health issues to the ‪9/11‬ toxins, leading to the passage of the Zadroga Law, which provi... Read more

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March 24, 2019 32 min

“Hotel Mumbai” is one of the best films so far this year. This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Amazingly, it’s based on a real-life attack on Mumbai 11 years ago with 170 killed. The extraordinary heroism displayed by the staff of The Taj Hotel is beyond inspiring. I am proud to have first time director Anthony Maras join me. As many of us know, dating in midlife is a challenge. Julianne Moo... Read more

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“The Mustang” getting rave reviews. It’s the first full-length film directed by Laure De Clermont-Tonnerre. It's centered on the real life program at a Nevada prison, which teams angry, violent inmates with wild mustangs. It’s such a beautiful film. Bruce Dern gives it some humor. Connie Britton is the prison psychiatrist and Matthias Schoenaerts (“‪Far From The Madding Crowd‬”) is amazing in the starring role. Robert Redford loved... Read more

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March 10, 2019 31 min

Laszlo Nemes directed one of my favorite movies of 2015 “Son Of Saul”, which was a game changer when it comes to movies about The Holocaust. His latest movie “Sunset,” set on the cusp of WW1, opens this weekend. Of course he was a history major in college! Hani Furstenberg talks about the very first Kabbalah horror film I ever saw, “The Golem.” Hani grew up in Queens (and lives there now) but very reluctantly moved to Israel with ... Read more

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Dan Reed has directed documentaries about terror attacks in Paris & Mumbai but nothing has caused more controversy than his 2 part HBO doc, “Leaving Neverland.” ‪Michael Jackson‬’s estate is suing HBO for $100 million, trying to stop the ‪March 3rd‬ debut. Reed discusses his film with me, which has left audiences speechless. This was one of the most devastating docs I have ever seen. Explosive. A must-see. Decide for yourself if Ja... Read more

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