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WLIW's 'Metro Focus' airs Wednesday at 7:30 PM


New York City’s new commissioner of the Department for the Aging, Donna M. Corrado, faces a serious challenge. The number of seniors is projected to increase to more than 1.8 million, making it the fastest-growing age group in New York. To add to the challenge, a recent census report shows almost 20 percent of elderly New Yorkers live in poverty. Safe, affordable housing and good nutrition are at the top of the commissioner’s list of services to improve. The tech economy is creating the sharing economy.

Companies like Airbnb, Uber and other peer-to-peer businesses are changing the way we use goods and services. PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan asks NYU Stern School of Business professor Arun Sundararajan, who studies the effects of digital technologies, what these new shared services mean for traditional businesses and consumers.

The 92nd St. Y's new executive director, Henry Timms joins MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman to discuss his vision for the future, including his ideas for social media and outreach. And The New York Times’ video journalist Mac William Bishop takes us to Schaghticoke, New York to meet the milkbots. These robot milkers feed and milk cows without the help of humans, making the pre-dawn rituals of dairy farmers a thing of the past. 30 minutes.

WLIW21 local production “MetroFocus” #439 – premiering in the New York metro area Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21 and Thursday, May 22 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and at 10:30 p.m. on NJTV.