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August Escape? Not from Pledge

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Viewers take the temperature of pledge specials and some find too many doctors is not healthy for fund-raising and for PBS. Continue


Will Iraqi factions reconcile in face of extremist threat?

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The Obama administration has repeatedly stated that it will provide additional military support against the Islamic State militant group only when Iraqis form an inclusive government that can deliver national unity. But can the political system in Baghdad heal the mutual distrust among the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Iraq. Continue


Will Mideast cease-fire deal offer a sustainable truce?

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The war between Israel and Hamas, which took thousands of lives this summer, appeared to be at an end with the announcement of a new cease-fire. Gwen Ifill talks to Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institution about the prospects of enduring calm, the emergence of Egypt as lead negotiator and the rebuilding process ahead. Continue


Arizona rancher on border enforcement in rural U.S.

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Rancher and veterinarian Gary Thrasher has lived for more than four decades on the southern U.S. border, where rugged, remote landscape is a major corridor for immigration and drug smugglers. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thrasher about variation in border security, threats posed by traffickers and prospects for enforcement. Continue


Preview: The New Mad Men

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America By The Numbers
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Today's target consumer is increasingly multicultural. But is the advertising industry keeping up? Find out in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, premiering Nov 22 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Preview: Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town

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America By The Numbers
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While Asian-Americans are the best-educated ethnic group in the US, Cambodian-American students graduate high school at a significantly lower rate, one of the lowest in the country. What is the cause of this educational crisis? Find out in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, premiering Nov 8 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Preview: Native American Boomtown

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Discovering oil is like winning the lottery... or is it? Find out what happened to the Indian reservation in Fort Berthold, North Dakota following its oil boom in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, premiering Oct 25 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Preview: Island of Warriors

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The men and women of Guam are U.S. citizens who serve in the military at a rate that is three times higher than the rest of the country. Yet in 2012 Guam ranked last in per capita medical spending by the Veteran's Affairs. Why are Guam veterans not getting the services they needs? Find out in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, premiering Oct 11 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Actress-humanitarian Mira Sorvino

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Tavis Smiley
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The Oscar-winning actress talks about her new BBC America series, the science fiction thriller "Intruders." Continue


Stabilizing Vaccines With Silk

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New technology may bypass the need to keep vaccines cold by stabilizing them with silk. Continue


News Wrap: Putin and Poroshenko meet over Ukraine conflict

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In our news wrap Thursday, Kiev released sound and video of what it said was a group of captured Russian soldiers, and charged that a Russian helicopter attacked a border post Monday. Meanwhile, the leaders of both countries met for the first time since June. Also, the White House confirmed that an American who was likely part of an Islamic militant group was killed in Syria. Continue


American companies change address to avoid corporate taxes

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In the past three years, 22 American companies have relocated outside U.S. borders, usually through mergers with or purchases of a foreign company. That move, known as a tax inversion, means corporations are no longer subject to American corporate taxes. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the strategy and its effect on the economy from Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center. Continue


Hamas and Israel agree to open-ended cease-fire

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Israel and Hamas accepted a cease-fire deal that opens more border crossings, allowing humanitarian aid and construction materials into Gaza. If the cease-fire holds, new talks on other issues would begin in a month. The U.S. State Department called the deal β€œan opportunity, not a certainty.” Gwen Ifill reports. Continue


PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Tonight on the program, we examine a truce and cease-fire between Hamas and Israel which opens more border crossings into Gaza. Also: how American companies change their address to avoid corporate taxes, a Wisconsin group trying to turn student borrowers into activists, whether Iraqi factions will reconcile in the face of extreme threat and an Arizona rancher's view on U.S. border enforcement. Continue


Preview: Surviving Year One

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The US ranks shockingly 56th in the world for infant mortality. In Rochester, New York, black and Latino babies die at three times the rate of white babies. Why is this happening, and what is Rochester doing to reverse these dramatic disparities? Find out in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, premiering Nov 15 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Preview: Politics of the New South

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Until recently, Clarkston had predominately white residents. It is now home to many refugees from all over the world, and for the first time, three former refugees are running for local elections. Are the changes in the electorate enough to change the face of local government in this small Southern town? Find out in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, premiering Nov 1 (check local listings). Continue


Preview: Our Private Idaho

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While the population of whites in the US has fallen over the last two decades, the town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho remains a predominately white town, with 95% of its residents identifying as white in 2012. What are the challenges faced by those living in this homogenous community? Find out in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, premiering Oct 18 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Preview: America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa

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Explore the changing demographics and the stories behind them in AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA, premiering October 4, 2014 on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Actor-activist George Takei

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One of the original "Star Trek" cast members, Takei discusses the new documentary on his life, "To Be Takei." Continue


News Wrap: Baghdad mosque bombed in wave of attacks

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In our news wrap Monday, at least 58 people died in Iraq in a series of attacks that mostly targeted Shiite districts. At a mosque in Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vest with explosives as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers. Also, Egypt pressed for new efforts to broker another truce between Israel and Hamas, but fighting continued with Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks. Continue


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