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The Mailbag: Rocky and Race, and the Gruber ‘Connection’

PBS Ombudsman
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Two NewsHour segments are the subjects of some viewer complaints about how things are said and others left unsaid, at least for a while. Continue


Students take a stand to topple teacher tenure

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A 2012 legal case brought by nine public school students in California, who argued the state's teacher tenure laws denied their right to a quality education, ended a few months ago after a judge declared the laws unconstitutional. Shortly after the ruling, legal action regarding teacher tenure laws began in another state, with parents in New York filing a similar lawsuit. Continue


TTC Extra: Gloria Steinem Discusses Young Feminists

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To The Contrary
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Gloria Steinem, the noted feminist and founder of Ms. magazine, talks about her work with young feminists. She discusses the importance of listening to young people. Continue


Telescopes may capture first glimpse of a black hole

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PBS NewsHour
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Even though black holes are vital to our understanding of the universe, no one has ever seen one -- yet. To change this, a team of scientists in northern Chile, is using a network of telescopes around the globe to capture an image of a black hole for the first time to prove Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Rebecca Jacobson reports. Continue


‘Age of Ambition’ author on rapid changes underway in China

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


What began as reporting for the New Yorker turned into “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China,” an in-depth look at China’s recent changes by Evan Osnos. Jeffrey Brown speaks with this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction at the Miami Book Fair about the “Chinese Dream” and the changes the Chinese are still undergoing. Continue


News Wrap: Suicide bombing in Nigeria kills at least 30

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PBS NewsHour
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In our NewsWrap Tuesday, a suicide bombing by two teenage girls left at least 30 dead in Nigeria, possibly the work of Boko Haram. Also, Michele Flournoy has removed herself from the running to replace Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense. Continue


Will labeling calorie counts on menus curb obesity rates?

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PBS NewsHour
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Food chains, including restaurants, cafes and even some vending machines, will soon be required to list calorie counts clearly on their menus. Margaret Hamburg of the FDA, the group responsible for the new law, speaks with Judy Woodruff on the organization’s goal to reduce obesity and the restaurant industry’s responses. Continue


Turning yarn into graphic design on a chain-link fence

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A graphic designer by trade, Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, uses the inherent grid of chain-link fence as the backbone for his non-destructive, yarn-based instillation art. Rieger shares his history with the art form and explains how he became HOTTEA. Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, ties yarn to chain link fences to create street art installations. Continue


Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The recipient of two Billboard Music awards, Shepherd comments on spearheading a widespread revival of interest in the blues. Continue


Jeh Johnson 'fully confident' in immigration action legality

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PBS NewsHour
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Last week, President Obama announced executive orders to defer deportation relief to nearly 5 million immigrants and expand border security. Now the task of implementation falls on the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Jeh Johnson joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the controversy surrounding the president’s action and what message it sends to those who want to cross the border illegally. Continue


"Being Mortal" - Trailer

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FRONTLINE
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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


The Mailbag: Reactions to the Reaction

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


Mail to the ombudsman about NewsHour coverage of the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision is critical, at least among the first wave of viewers who wrote. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode Nov. 25, 2014

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Tuesday on the NewsHour, what’s next for Ferguson after the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Also: the FDA’s new mandatory calorie counts, scientists looking for photographic evidence of a black hole, chasing fortune, truth and ambition in the new China and a city that was once synonymous with violence turns a corner. Continue


New leadership turns around former ‘world murder capital’

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PBS NewsHour
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Less than two decades ago Medellin, Colombia, was known as the world’s murder capital. But ever since new political leadership and a push to increase public spaces, Medellin has seen a sharp drop in violence and drug use and an influx of new businesses. In his Agents of Change series, Fred de Sam Lazaro looks at how the city was able to make such a strong comeback. Continue


Ferguson reeling from the effects of grand jury decision

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The decision that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be charged by a grand jury for the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown sparked riots and protests in Ferguson and major cities last night. Gwen Ifill reports on the reactions by protesters and law enforcement after the decision was announced. Continue


What’s next for the city of Ferguson?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Just a day after the grand jury announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the city of Ferguson remains tense. Gwen Ifill speaks with Christina Swarns, Litigation Director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Susan McGraw of St. Louis University, on the grand jury’s role in the legal system and what’s next for the city of Ferguson. Continue


Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reminisces about her music career, from her coffee house days to playing some of the biggest venues in the world. Continue


Turning yarn into graphic design on a chain-link fence

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A graphic designer by trade, Eric Rieger, better known as HOTTEA, uses the inherent grid of chain-link fence as the backbone for his non-destructive, yarn-based instillation art. Rieger shares his history with the art form and explains how he became HOTTEA. Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, ties yarn to chain link fences to create street art installations. Continue


Activist Paul Boden

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


A longtime advocate for the homeless, Boden offers his thoughts on the status of the War on Poverty, 50 years later. Continue


Why is Chuck Hagel stepping down?

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PBS NewsHour
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As secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel has faced a number of tough challenges, including the Syrian conflict, the rise of the Islamic State and the future of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the reasons behind Hagel’s resignation with Thomas Donnelly of American Enterprise Institute and P.J. Crowley of the George Washington University. Continue


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