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Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, the miniseries "Show Me a Hero" tells the story of how civil rights violations tear apart Yonkers, N.Y., paralyze the municipal government, and forever change the lives of a rising politician and his constituents. Faced with a federal court order that remedies decades-long housing segregation in the city, newly elected Mayor Nick Wasicsko -- at 28, the youngest-ever mayor of Yonkers -- goes against his campaign position that advocated legal appeals, paving the way for low-income housing to be built in white neighborhoods of Yonkers. Residents rage about protecting property values, while those chosen to cross the color line will soon have neighbors who fiercely oppose them. "Show Me a Hero" is co-created by David Simon ("The Wire") and directed by Paul Haggis ("Crash").

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A comprehensive orientation process awaits the incoming residents; Mary Dorman is recruited to serve the incoming residents; Nick Wasicsko begins the long road back to political viability; the residents take possession of their new townhomes.
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Nick Wasicsko plans his political comeback; the residents for the new townhouses are screened and chosen.
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A new mayor pledges to oppose the housing; Nick Wasicsko tries to reconcile himself to life out of power as construction on the townhomes begins.
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Mayor Wasicsko achieves some consensus and pushes through a housing plan with a tough vote; housing officials begin planning for new townhomes while the political cost to Wasicsko becomes apparent.
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The Yonkers mayor and city council are given an ultimatum by a federal judge; public housing residents trapped in the deteriorating projects of West Yonkers watch and wait as the residents of East Yonkers make their opposition clear.
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Nick Wasicsko becomes the youngest big-city mayor in America; the obligation to build public housing in the white neighborhoods of Yonkers looms over Nick's new administration.

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