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"Being Mortal" - Trailer

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FRONTLINE
PBS


FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande's new book, "Being Mortal, the film explores how doctors—himself included—are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients. Continue


PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Dec. 20, 2014

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


On this edition for Saturday, Dec. 20, North Korea says it was not behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures and warns of consequences if the U.S. retaliates and in Iraq, Kurdish forces supported by U.S. airstrikes make gains against ISIS. Finally, from Georgia, a look into one town's struggle to decide whether to allow a mosque to be built in the face of brutal ISIS attacks. Continue


Mosque debate in Georgia town reveals sharp divide

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In Kennesaw, Ga., the city council recently rejected, then approved a bid to house a mosque at a shopping mall. The vote has ignited a fierce debate in the community over how residents feel about Muslims and their First Amendment right to freedom of religion. NewsHour Weekend's William Brangham reports. Continue


North Korea's Sony Hack Attack, U.S.-Cuba Relations Thaw

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Washington Week
PBS


After a costly cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a look at how the U.S. plans to confront North Korea and the rise of cyber terrorism; how Obama was able to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba and what it will mean for both countries; and will the 2016 presidential election feature, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton of America's political dynasties? Continue


Rev. Rob Bell

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The progressive spiritual leader unpacks his latest text, "What We Talk About When We Talk About God." Continue


Teens and elders bridge generation gap and digital divide

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


There are fewer and fewer opportunities for senior citizens and millennials to encounter one another in daily life. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports from Denver on two organizations that pair adolescents to help elders with household tasks and digital literacy, who in turn offer wisdom and experience. Continue


Tunisia elections will test fragile democracy and security

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Four years ago, a dramatic act by a Tunisian street vendor prompted weeks of protests, the ousting of a president who had ruled for 25 years and an eruption of upheaval and transformation around the Arab world. In collaboration with filmmaker Jessie Deeter, Hari Sreenivasan explores Tunisia’s fledging steps to democracy as the nation prepares for elections. Continue


News Wrap: Report finds FEMA disaster coordination lacking

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In our news wrap Friday, a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes that the U.S. government is not ready for a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural disaster. Also, Turkey signaled it could start training Syrian opposition fighters this winter. Continue


The New Robber Barons

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Moyers & Company
PBS


We've just watched as Washington paid off financial interests with provisions in the new spending bill that expand the amount of campaign cash wealthy donors can give, and let banks off the hook for gambling with customer (and taxpayer) money. It all sounds strikingly familiar to the First Gilded Age, says historian Steve Fraser. But back then people rose in rebellion against the powers that be. Continue


A return to the debtors' prison?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Continue


Obama goes his own way in final years in office

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


President Obama, in an apparently unprecedented step, only took questions from female reporters during a news conference Friday. It might be a very small example of how the president, often criticized for his caution, is now doing things his own way. Peter Baker of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. with more on Obama's final term strategy. ​ Continue


What's behind the recent retreat of ISIS in Northern Iraq?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Over the past few days, pro-Western Kurdish fighters, with the aid of American air power, have forced ISIS fighters in Northern Iraq to retreat from territory they seized last summer. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. with more on the largest offensive operation carried out against ISIS so far. Continue


Global Terror Threats and Cuba & Cold War Politics

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Washington Week
PBS


On the Webcast Extra, after attacks in Pakistan and Australia this week, The New York Times' David Sanger reports on terror threats around the world. Plus, following the announcement of renewed diplomacy with Cuba, we discuss the effects of Cold War attitudes that linger in Cuba and how quickly Cuba will see change. And as President Obama heads off for a vacation in Hawaii, CNBC's John Harwood d Continue


Writer Marcus Baram

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


Baram dissects his recently released biography of musical icon Gil Scott-Heron. Continue


EPA lays out new rules on coal ash disposal

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Environmental groups have long pushed for coal ash, a by-product of coal burning energy production that contains toxic contaminants, to be classified as a hazardous material. While the EPA announced new standards for storage and disposal, the agency decided to leave regulation with the states rather than the EPA. Continue


Shields and Brooks on reconciling with Cuba

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the choice to censor a Hollywood film about the assassination of Kim Jong-un, President Obama’s move to renew U.S. ties with Cuba and early signs that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could be a 2016 presidential candidate. Continue


How should the U.S. government respond to the Sony attack?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


President Obama told the White House Press Corps that Sony was wrong to withdraw its film, “The Interview,” and that the U.S. would react “proportionally” to the damaging cyber-attack by North Korea. Judy Woodruff turns to Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Jack Pritchard, the former U.S. special envoy for negotiations with North Korea, about options for an American response. Continue


Obama closes 2014 with remarks on Cuba, North Korea

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In a year-end news conference, President Obama discussed reestablishing ties with Cuba, the North Korean cyber-attack against Sony Pictures and race relations in America. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


December 19, 2014

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Charlie Rose The Week
PBS


Tonight: Charlie talks to Rep. Chris Van Hollen about Cuba, and POLITICO's Mike Allen about the President's year-end press conference. Plus: Mike Morell talks about the CIA torture report, Patricia Clarkson talks about "The Elephant Man" and David Oyelowo talks about playing Martin Luther King. We conclude with a farewell to "The Colbert Report." Continue


TTC Extra: Uber Safety Concerns

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To The Contrary
PBS


The popular ridesharing company has promised to enact stronger background checks to allay safety concerns, especially those coming from women, after a driver in Boston was charged with rape. Uber is already banned in India after allegations arose against a driver in New Delhi. PANEL: Francesca Chambers; Jennifer Marshall; Patricia Sosa; Avis Jones-DeWeever Continue


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