WCNY’s ‘Insight’, ‘Ivory Tower’ and PBS special to examine gun control in the wake of Newtown

WCNY and PBS will present three special programs that explore the Newtown, Conn., tragedy beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

WCNY’s public affairs program “Ivory Tower” will explore gun control issues in New York state and will feature insights from regular panelist Bob Spitzer, author of “The Politics of Gun Control.” It airs at 8 p.m. on WCNY channel 24.1 and can be streamed online at

At 9 p.m., “Insight” will explore New York state’s gun laws and provide information about Asperger syndrome in the wake of the deadly school attack. Co-host Susan Arbetter, WCNY’s director of news and public affairs and host of “The Capitol Pressroom,” will talk about gun control with Gov. Cuomo, state legislative leaders and the president of the New York State United Teachers, and an analyst on firearms legislation, and co-host Jim Aroune will speak with Central New Yorkers living with Asperger syndrome. “Insight” airs on WCNY channel 24.1. It also can be streamed online

PBS will continue its participation in the national conversation by bringing together its news and public affairs teams to analyze and illuminate the issues surrounding the Newtown shooting in a special program, “After Newtown.” It airs at 9:30 p.m. Friday on WCNY channel 24.1.

“After Newtown” will address access to guns and the politics of gun laws, mental illness in young adults, the science of detecting violent impulses and how communities react to tragedy and begin to heal. The broadcast will be anchored by PBS’s Gwen Ifill and will include studio interviews and conversation with regular contributors to “Washington Week.”

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