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New Yorkers have the good fortune of learning community affairs from one of the city’s most experienced advocates thanks to WLIB-AM in New York, N.Y., and its "Dialogue with Dinkins" show. Each week, the interview and call-in program features former Mayor David Dinkins, New York’s first and only African-American mayor to date. As a high-profile personality and statesman, Mayor Dinkins discusses issues including fair housing, police brutality, poverty, homelessness, public education and the city’s economy. Additional public affairs programming includes WLIB’s weekly "Sharp Talk With the Reverand Al Sharpton" and the long-running "Global Black Experience." Both shows regularly cover civil rights issues, race relations and socio-political issues in the city. "Sharp Talk" also broadcasts live from racial justice rallies, economic forums and other community events.
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