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Makers: Women in Business

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Hear about the exceptional women — past and present — who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be. Continue


Balloon Animals

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NOVA
PBS


Hot air balloons let people soar into the sky, but they had their share of turbulence. Continue


Nas' Enslaved Roots: "A Receipt for a Human Being"

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Nas encounters his 3rd Great-Grandmother's Bill of Sale, a devastatingly telling document, and imagines his enslaved ancestors' daily lives. Continue


Saving South Africa's Constitutional Court art collection

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa's Constitutional Court talks to senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown about the symbolism and importance of the high court's art collection and the need to preserve it. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


Education Clip: Eleanor Roosevelt Overcoming Fear

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The Roosevelts
PBS


Eleanor continued her work on behalf of civil rights -- championing integration of the armed forces, applauding the integration of the schools, publicizing instances of discrimination, supporting the Freedom Riders, and ignoring the death threats that never stopped coming her way. She then takes on Joseph McCarthy. Continue


Hearing echoes of Berkeley in student activism today

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, became the first large-scale campus student movement in the country. The demonstrations set the stage for the anti-Vietnam War movement, the campaign for women’s equality and others. Special correspondent Spencer Michaels looks at the evolution of student protest at Berkeley and beyond. Continue


Ming Tsai's Ancestral Homeland

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


When the award-winning chef Ming Tsai's paternal grandparents Stephen Tsai and Lily Li fled the Chinese Communist Revolution, Stephen took a book with him that traces the family genealogy back to the year 891 A.D. Professor Gates' team visited China to try to confirm this oral history of the Tsai family genealogy. Continue


Makers Women in War Preview

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Track American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Continue


Woman in the News

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LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
PBS


"LaDonna Harris: Indian 101” is the story of Comanche activist Ladonna Harris who led an extensive life of Indian political and social activism and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders. Continue


Spinosaurus vs. Alligator

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NOVA
PBS


A tame alligator named Bubba betrays the secrets of the largest predator that ever lived. Continue


Glass

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How We Got to Now
PBS


Best-selling author Steven Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass. Continue


Women in War

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in War looks at American women’s increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Continue


Ben Franklin's Balloons

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NOVA
PBS


Experts recreate the French's daring first manned flights, which Franklin had chronicled. Airing October 22, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS Continue


Education Clip: Public Service

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The Roosevelts
PBS


Eleanor’s work was always her salvation. In the 1950s, she was still political active. She played hardball politics with a New York city boss, campaigned for Adlai Stevenson for president, and eventually supported John Kennedy in his 1960 bid for the White House. All the time, she continued to push for progressive/liberal initiatives and didn’t hesitate to criticize those with whom she disagreed. Continue


Education Clip: Eleanor Roosevelt: Political Activist

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The Roosevelts
PBS


In the 1920s, Eleanor began to champion several causes including the League of Nations, the five-day work week, ending child labor, and supporting Prohibition. But both hers and FDR’s time away from home began to take a toll on the children and family. Continue


Aarón Sánchez's Revolutionary Roots

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


Chef Aarón Sánchez learns how his great-great-grandfather Rafael, who was once the wealthiest cattle owners in Northern Mexico, fled north to the United States among more than 890,000 Mexicans to avoid the revolution. Continue


Tom Colicchio's Ideal Family Dinner

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


An award-winning chef, restaurateur and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio picks Francescantonio Colicchio from his family tree to cook dinner for, and discusses what he would like to cook for him. Continue


Women in Space

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. Continue


Roots of Freedom

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Finding Your Roots
PBS


These guests’ families have long been engaged in the battle for freedom and civil rights, but didn't know those principles were passed down through generations. Ben Affleck’s mother was a Freedom Rider in 1964, NAACP president Ben Jealous learns the heroic story of his great-grandfather who purchased his own family to keep them safe and Khandi Alexander learns of her grandfather's possible murder. Continue


Do we burden the presidency with impossible expectations?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Americans tend to view the Founding Fathers favorably but aren’t as kind to the modern presidents. Aaron David Miller argues that the American “addiction” for greatness sets today’s leaders up against impossible standards. Margaret Warner sits down with Miller to discuss his new book, “The End of Greatness.” Continue


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