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Musician Steve Earle

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Tavis Smiley
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The legendary singer-songwriter discusses and plays a song from his latest album, a blues project entitled "Terraplane." Continue


Gwen's Take: Demographics as Political Destiny

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Washington Week
PBS


"The years ahead promise far more change than stability, chiefly because the face of the nation is undergoing drastic change," Gwen writes. Continue


Identity of militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked

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PBS NewsHour
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The masked man with a British accent who beheaded numerous Islamic State hostages and threatened America in propaganda videos was widely reported to have been identified by British and U.S. intelligence. Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi was previously detained and deported in Tanzania, accused of trying to reach a terror group in Somalia. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


Foreign policy fires up crowd at CPAC

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PBS NewsHour
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More than a dozen Republicans considering presidential runs spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the country’s largest gathering of conservative activists. Fresh from the conference, political director Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill to take stock of this year’s CPAC. Continue


African captives rise up against slavery in Talladega murals

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PBS NewsHour
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In 1938, the historically black Talladega College commissioned artist Hale Woodruff to create a series of paintings telling the story of the Amistad, when 53 Africans revolted on a Spanish ship carrying them to slavery one century earlier. A traveling exhibition organized by the High Museum in Atlanta showcases the Talladega murals, now on view at the Smithsonian. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


D.C. makes pot legal, with restrictions

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PBS NewsHour
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The District of Columbia joined Colorado, Alaska and Washington state in legalizing recreational use and possession of marijuana. Federal law still outlaws the drug, however, putting the nation’s capital at the high-profile crossroads of both state and federal laws. Gwen Ifill talks to Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post to discuss the restrictions on the new law. Continue


Singer-songwriter Estelle

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter discusses and performs a song from her latest album -- an exploration on the themes of love -- titled "True Romance." Continue


The Backstory: The Notorious R.B.G.

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Washington Week
PBS


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been making headlines lately by speaking out on decisions and even claiming she wasn't "100% sober" when she fell asleep during President Obama's State of the Union address. Ginsburg's outspoken nature is changing the mold of the traditional aloof justice, and the 81-year-old Clinton appointee has become something of an Internet phenomenon. Continue


What’s dividing Republicans over Homeland Security funding

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PBS NewsHour
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With just days before the deadline to fund Homeland Security, it’s congressional Republicans who are divided over blocking President Obama’s immigration reform efforts and avoiding a shutdown. Political editor Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the political battles at the Capitol. Continue


News Wrap: FBI arrests two in NY who planned to join IS

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PBS NewsHour
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In our news wrap Wednesday, FBI agents arrested two men in New York who were allegedly planning to join Islamic State forces in Syria. Also, Kurdish fighters in Syria cut off a key Islamic State supply line from Iraq. Amid the fighting, IS seized up to 150 Christians from the area. Continue


AAPF Co-Founder Kimberlé Crenshaw

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The respected law professor and Co-Founder of the African American Policy Forum discusses the organization's recent report, entitled "Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected." Continue


How did Mohammed Emwazi become 'Jihadi John'?

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PBS NewsHour
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A day after the U.S. arrest of three men attempting to join the Islamic State, officials identified the man known as “Jihadi John,” an IS militant who has been seen in brutal videos executing hostages. What motivated Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen, to embrace extremism? Judy Woodruff talks to Peter Neumann of King's College London about Westerners who may be drawn to terrorism. Continue


Former Sen. Jim Webb tests Democratic waters for 2016

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Jim Webb, former senator of Virginia, as well as a veteran, author and the former secretary of the Navy, is one of several men and women who may decide to run for the White House next year. Webb joins Judy Woodruff to discuss American economic challenges, how to handle the Islamic State and what motivates him to consider a presidential bid. Continue


Black journalist Ethel Payne changed the national agenda

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PBS NewsHour
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Ethel Payne, known as the "first lady of the black press," may be the most influential journalist and activist most people haven't heard of. She covered presidencies and Vietnam, traveled often to Africa and was on the front lines of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. Author James McGrath Morris joins Gwen Ifill to discuss "Eye on the Struggle," a new biography of Payne. Continue


Tricks and tips for getting the most from Social Security

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The longer you wait before cashing in on Social Security benefits, the greater the financial reward. But many don’t wait until age 70. There’s a range of loopholes and “secrets” that can improve your benefits, a fact economics correspondent Paul Solman discovered during a tennis game with friend and Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff. Their new book, “Get What’s Yours,” shares that knowledge. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 26, 2015

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Tonight on the program, we examine the reveal of the Islamic State's "Jihad John" and take a look at the background behind the extremist. Also: More than a dozen presidential hopefuls gather at CPAC, former Sen. Jim Webb tests election waters for 2016, marijuana legalized in D.C., tips and tricks for Social Security, a biography of black journalist Ethel Payne, and the art of the Talladega murals. Continue


Comedian Mike Epps

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The popular and hilarious comedian talks about his AOL TV series, "That's Racist with Mike Epps." Continue


Do business dress codes trump religious freedom?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The Supreme Court is considering a case brought by a young Muslim woman who was not hired for a job at a clothing store after she wore a headscarf to the interview. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal offers background on the case, plus Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Rae Vann of the Equal Employment Advisory Council and civil rights attorney Munia Jabbar. Continue


Teaching computers how to play Atari better than humans

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PBS NewsHour
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Tom Clarke of Independent Television News reports on how an artificial intelligence business owned by Google has created software that can teach itself to play classic Atari games better than a human. Continue


Does China have a secret plan to take America’s place?

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PBS NewsHour
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In the bestselling but controversial new book "The Hundred-Year Marathon," author and former Pentagon official Michael Pillsbury argues that China is angling to replace the United States as a global superpower. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews Pillsbury about what he thinks the U.S. can do to counteract the “secret strategy.” Continue


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