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geek, antwan lewis reporting. here's what we're working on today. science, technology, engineering and math making up the growing trend of s.t.e.m., and the magazine that's shining the spotlight onto the diversity of those involved. and later, find out how dating apps can give you more than what you bargained for. but first, a powerful new film takes a fresh look at an issue that's still plaguing our communities, drug addiction. it remains a struggle for both the addict and the family. take a look. >> the last thing she said to me was find your brother. keep the family together. that it was an earful. sorry. >> that film is called "around every corner."
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well as the star who you just saw in the clip. he's joining us today with amanda wexler, senior director for the ymca could being service. hello to you both. joe, okay, let's breathe. [laughter] wow. "around every corner." the inspiration behind it, share. >> it's something i thought that needed to be told. in the world today, especially in communities in the northeast and all over the united states, there's a major problem. drugs are a huge issue right now, and people are not willing to talk about it. films are sugar coating it, we're not seeing the true lives of what an addict goes through and, more importantly, how it impacts those around them. what people don't realize about addiction is it's not just the addict that is getting hurt by this substance. it's their entire family unit, their friends, everyone around them is being affected by this, and we wanted to show that, you know, you need to get out there. people need to open their eyes. it's not as simple as black and white. >> joe, this is your favorite project, and --
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>> you kind of picked some heavy stuff right out of the gate here. [laughter] how personal is it for you, and are there autobiographical elements in it at all? >> you know, i think there's always something -- when you write manager, there's always some personal elements to it. i unfortunately lost a friend when i was younger, in high school, to a drug overdose. and that sits with you, and you see people who fell victim to these substances. so is that does affect you a bit. i didn't take anybody's personal stories per se, but it did warp, you know, did influence me to really get the message out there. >> so in the film you play john. so, joe, tell us a little bit about his character. >> the character i wanted to show was a regular, middle class guy who had a great career as a writer coming up. there was no reason for him to have to walk in this lifestyle. it started as recreation, you know? he's in the arts, he does drugs once in a while, it was a cool thing. everybody else around him was doing it, gave him inspiration. and before you know it, there's
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you're at the top of the cliff, and the rocks start to shake, and you start slowly going down, and before you know it, you're at the bottom. you slip and you fall before get up now. and the character downward spiraled so fast that he now finally recognizes it. we're at the point when the film opens that he's on his last leg, and the film opens up with him going through his morning ritual which a normal person would be a maybe exercise. and he's struggling for a needle, and he runs out. entire time. and the first line is just him swearing and throwing a bottle against a wall. and showing that an addict doesn't want to be in this position. pain. there's a lot of suffering that goes through this. and there's so much internal struggle. but this is what gets them through the day and what gets their day started. it's powerful. it's very hard for an at district to survive. >> amanda, you've been shaking your head and reacting to the
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of i didn't know that addiction, you know, was still -- that particular addiction was still prevalent in this community. when you think of hairntion you think, you know, our grandparents or back in that generation, you know? but it's still a major, major problem. >> yes. and what you're saying is true. there was sort of a dip for a while with heroin, and now we're seeing it on the upswing. the last ten years there's been some serious increase in use, especially in some more suburban areas. so staten island, where i work, long island and parts of new jersey we're seeing a huge increase in the amount of heroin use. and what we're really seeing in these communities, people are taking prescription pills, and then the prescription pills lead into heroin because it's really a financial decision. the pills cost 20 to $30 per pill where a bag of heroin is $15 to $10, so the switch happens financially. >> impact that it has on family, joe's film goes into that, but
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is it as tough as we can imagine and around every corner or? >> absolutely. the clip that i saw was so accurate to what families experience. and like joe said, it's really not just the addicted person who suffers. the whole family has to kind of change what they do and react to the behaviors of the sick person, of the addicted person. so a lot of times we'll see families really struggle, break apart, you know, not know what to do with themselves because they're all trying to figure out what they can do for this person. and a lot of times it's really unhealthy behaviors until people can start healing together. >> tell me about the services available at the ymca. >> sure. i work at the counseling service on staten island where a member of tackling youth substance abuse which is a coalition that's doing more of the community awareness piece. so pushing to try to make sure that people have, know what's going on and now what's available. the ymca offers counseling for children, families, addicted persons, children who have an
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so we're trying to do services all around, to help everybody who's involved in the family. >> joe, how can people see the film? just tell us where anyone who is watching this and is curious can see it, you know? >> right now we're available on amazon prime, amazon instant video, itunes and video on demand. we're going to have a couple more services coming in the near months, so you can go to our web site, www.facebook.com/aroundeverycorn erthemovie. we update daily. >> anyone who's watching this, amanda, and has a situation they and their families are dealing with, how can they reach out to services? >> the best thing is the internet. the office of alcohol and substance abuse services is your greatest resource. you can put that into google, and it'll give you a resource for areas in new york, that's new york state's agency. but otherwise you can really start to look at what organizations are in the community and see hospitals are a good place to start. and if it's staten island, you
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try to get people to the place that they need to be. >> amanda, thank you so much. amazon prime, itunes. the film is called "around every corner." joe, thank you so much -- >> thank you. >> when you get your best director and best actor award -- [laughter] come by and bring it. >> thank you so much for having us. really, we appreciate it. >> stick around for a second. up next, how the world of s.t.e.m. is helping to shape the
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bac >> technology continues to shape our future as well as the types of jobs that will be available in the future. aiming to get kids even more ready for that, carrie drew takes a look at the growing field of s.t.e.m. >> this is not your typical high school science project. >> that's so cool. >> these robots were created by students at achievement first university prep high school in brooklyn. >> i'm a really big fan of robots, and i like working with my hands a lot, so it's just me naturally wanting to build something and show that i made a creation that can actually move and function. >> it's a new after school robotics program, the students followed a computer manual, and then he built his own code to
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>> it's able to move in a circle and move forward, and then it comes to a complete stop. >> you personalize it, because it's your idea, and your robot can do anything you want to do. it doesn't have a fit she sequence. >> the program opened two years ago in crown heights. it has a strong emphasis on s.t.e.m.: science, technology, engineering and math. >> cultivating expertise in the s.t.e.m. areas is so beneficial. it teaches them problem solving and logic. incredibly important for any of the academic areas and also in making sure that they're able to sort out any problems they encounter in they personal life. >> students are learning skills that they would not have been exposed to anywhere else. >> we help them to think about what they want their lives to be like when they're 35, 40, 45, what kind of careers they want to pursue, what their strengths are that they can leverage for the future. >> and these students have goals that go way beyond their high school years. >> my dream career is to be a
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to be a chemical engineer, you have to have a specificity on technology. >> if i had to choose between jobs, it'd be either biochemist or biomedical engineering. >> small robots of today leading to bigger ideas tomorrow. in crown heights, carrie drew, fox 5 news. >> well, there's a magazine shining the spotlight on the diversity of s.t.e.m. professionals and students. jordan weiss is the president of diversity in action, and tony howe is the exingive director of the educational opportunity program at the new jersey institute of technology. good morning to you both. tell me about your magazine, jordan. >> well, diversity in action is a publication that's really focused on helping to create awareness around science, technology, engineering and math for diverse students and professionals. so when i'm talking about diversity, we're talking about women, african-americans, hispanics, native americans, people with disabilities and also veterans.
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distributed to both students that are majoring in s.t.e.m -- again, from diverse backgrounds do -- at about 150 universities across the country. a lot of the his to have cag black colleges and universities like morgan state, prairie view, tuskegee, and also a number of universities that are very strong undergrad s.t.e.m. programs and strong diversity representation like mit, usc, columbia university. and we also have partnerships with organizations where their members receive copies, and it's free. it's a free publication, both print and digital of diversity in action. and we distribute these magazines to their events and also directly to the members. so so organizations like the national urban league, the hispanic engineer national achievement awards with conference, s.t.e.m. connector. we work with orion international which is a great organization supporting veterans that puts on career fairs specifically for vets.
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organizations that we work with. and it's very grassroots, you know? we're out there, and we attend the conferences and the career fairs. and, you know, it's a great way to engage the younger generation and become aware of opportunities in this field which for a niche area, it happens to have a pretty wide range of, you know, job opportunities and education opportunities. >> i was going to ask you about that. we're saying growing field. why the concentration now you think? is it because educators are finally starting to get it, that we need to specialize in this particular area? these areas? >> yeah, i think there's a couple reasons. the baby boomers are retiring, and -- >> why are you looking at me? [laughter] go ahead. >> and, you know, there's going to be a void in a lot of those, you know, those jobs. also, i mean, this is the future. this is where we are right now. i mean, everybody has a
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technology is almost secondary now to the way that we live. so the jobs are all going to be -- not all, i should say, but many of them are going to be in this area. and having a background in science, in technology, in engineering and math, you know, is key. and also there's another part of the s.t.e.m. acronym, i don't know if you're aware? >> steam? there's an a in there, right? >> so steam is incorporating the arts into it, which is great. because i happen to have a background in music. i produce music as well, in music technology, so i'm really looking to integrate the arts side and how that ties into technology. and that's a great way to engage students too in, you know, learning and developing. >> tony, we saw in the piece that carrie drew did, the little boy wrote his own code to make the robot move. >> right. >> i'm embarrassed. i don't even know how to get the favorites on the remote control, you know, for the channels, you know? i'm just -- i can't even figure that that out.
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writing his own code. >> absolutely. and by the way, i'm just as embarrassed as you are. [laughter] i'm at an institution of more than 16,000 students, about 4,000 engineers and around 2,500 computer scientists, and i have no idea how they do what they do. but i do know that i have to go out there and find them. >> right. >> that's what i do. i'm responsible for about 1500 students that are pre-college that are coming into the university and around 2,000 that are in college coming into the university. so the fact that the s.t.e.m. is out there now, you know, being pushed out there is really a factor of what jordan had mentioned. there's a lot of people retiring, and they looked around and said we can't run these industries anymore. we can't produce the things that we need to produce. we have an institution better known as this nation that is really crumbling from the inside, and we've got to build more things, do things better. and yet at the same time we're bringing along young people,
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technology four to five times faster than we've ever understood it. >> right. >> and so they together, along with the circumstance, has made s.t.e.m. now be really, really an important and critical thing. >> and what types of programs do you have once you get these minds in, you know? how are you shaping and preparing them? >> well, first thing, of course, you have the build on your basic area, you know, your math, your science, that kind of thing. and once you do that, then at the institution level since we have all these different majors in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, we start students at the fourth grade. they come in in the summer to fourth grade, it's beautiful to see little fourth graders running around. matter of fact, we say to the student body they drop by about a foot and a half. [laughter] everything or happens in the summertime. everybody's much shorter. but the point is how we get them started is they're already naturally inquisitive. all right? they want to know how does this work, why does it work the way
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so end when you put a computer engineering person, be it a professor, graduate student or doctoral student working with a fourth grader, you know, the person who is doing the teaching now has to really teach more than anything else. because they have to think how do i explain how this thing really works to this young person who is really, really interested in trying to get it done? >> where are you located in new jersey? >> in newark, right in the middle of the city. >> okay. how can people get the magazine, jordan? >> www.diversity in action.net. there's a form on the web site, and you can fill it out. it's free. and also at the events, at the universities, you know, i mean, the easiest way to answer your question is really the web site. >> web site? >> yep. >> okay. and there's also information on your web site as well? >> same thing. www.ngit.edu and just go for the search engine. >> look how he just reeled that
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>> yeah. >> jordan and tony, thank you so much. coming up next, are dating apps and web sites a threat to social relationships? we're going to talk about tinder and the like when we come back. there are two democratic visions for regulating wall street. one says it's okay to take millions from big banks and then tell them what to do. my plan -- break up the big banks, close the tax loopholes, and make them pay their fair share. then we can expand health care to all, and provide universal college education. will they like me? no. will they begin to play by the rules if i'm president? you better believe it.
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>> so more and more people are using dating apps for hook-ups, but are there risks involved when it comes to these encounters? here to talk about it, is erica spiegelman, erica, hello. >> hello. >> all right, we know they're out there. there's all sorts of them, but is it really as big as we're hearing? >> it's huge. i mean, every single person that i've talked to, my clients are all in their 20s, the majority of them, have experienced dating online. so whether it's match.com or now it's these apps which you don't have to pay for a subscription, you could just download it and it's, you know, in two seconds you can start swiping left, swiping right whether you like someone or not, so it's jus
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smartphones these days, and most people really want to meet somebody out of their circle. we go to work, we drive home, we have smaller lives, so this is a way to expand and meet new people. >> let's just get right to it. what are the pluses of these things, if any? >> i think the pluses are that you get to meet people you wouldn't necessarily run into, and i think that there's a lot of people that have gotten married and have relationships from these apps. and these web sites. but at the same time, there's a lot of negative, there's a lot of disconnect that's gown on. people aren't -- going on. people aren't really understanding how to be intimate anymore. a lot of people start to text, and they never actually wind up meeting x there's all these issues that come up. >> that's what i was about to ask about, the risks, and how is it damaging social interaction? >> right. i think a lot of people back in the day romance was something where you planned a date, you went to dinner, you had a chance to be vulnerable and talk about your past and your history, and now it's a lot of surface conversation, you know? it's texting for the most part.
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it's, you know, where -- what do you do, where do you live, and you don't really get to, like, the depth of who you are as a person. and so that way is, it becomes more of a hook-up thing x that's what the culture has become. >> is that -- and help me out -- >> yeah. >> is that good or bad? i'm playing devil's advocate because we're in a world where our attention spans, i think we've done reports on, they've started to decrease. >> of course. >> so is that necessarily a bad thing if it's -- >> personally, i think it is a bad thing. >> okay. >> i think patience, people don't have patience anymore, it's instant gratification. >> this is true. >> when that comes into your life, you want something fast. so you don't have the time to tolerate, you know, maybe the actual experience of meeting somebody and accessing out whether that person is the match or not the right match. i think it is creating a disconnect for the majority of the people. of course there's going to be stories where it's a wonderful tool for people to meet, but at the same time, i think the
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that it's actually creating more of a feeling of loneliness for them. they don't feel as connected. >> i would imagine with the app you don't get a sense of a person per se. so then you talk about risks. if you meet up with this person, you don't really know who you're meeting. >> exactly. yeah, there's no way to have a background check on somebody, there's no way to know who's their friends, where are they coming from, do they have the job they have? and then that's kind of the loophole, what's happening is stds are on the rise, a lot of people are not discussing this, but it's true people are hooking up, and they can't get ahold of one another if something should happen terribly. and then people disappeared. i'm hearing these kind of on. so people just have to be responsible for themselves and make sure that they do as much due diligence on someone as they can. >> now, without naming any names -- >> yes. >> because i've got friends, you know, who are also young, single individuals. and the one thing that i've always heard them complain
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names. the one thing i've heard them complain about is the pictures don't -- aren't exactly representative of the person you're going to meet. >> true. right. >> is that also a big problem? >> i think that's happening, of course. people put older pictures up, people put pictures of themselves when they were younger or don't even tell their proper age -- >> that was the other thing i heard, you know? >> yeah. so that's been happening. you know, there's tons of stories out there, but i think it's really good for people to actually pick up -- my advice to people is stop texting on these apps, stop writing each other. get back to the good, old-fashioned i want to hear your voice. and also by someone's tone and their energy you could really, i think, figure out whether there's a connection by, you know, a phone call. >> tell us about the book really quickly. >> yeah. so i wrote this book called "rewired," and it's about training your brain for healthier habits. it's good for anybody that wants to get back to their core values. i talk about being authentic and having honesty in your life, time management, stop
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it's a good way to create healthy pathways in your brain. >> where can people get ahold of this? >> barnes & noble.com, amazon.com, erica spiegelman.com, i can sell them a signed copy. but any local independent bookstore, they're carried all over. so you could find it online or in bookstores and find me on my web site. >> we'll put a link up. >> yeah, that's awesome. >> erica, you're so pretty. thank you for stopping by. >> thank you so much. >> to learn more, go to my myfoxny.com, like us on facebook as well as follow us on twitter. i'm antwan lewis, we'll see you next time for more "street talk," and as always, thanks for
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