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A Late, but Welcomed (by PBS), Apology

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Professor Gates expresses “regret” and apologizes for failure to let PBS and WNET know what was happening with Ben Affleck’s interview on “Finding Your Roots.” Continue


Armitage's Story

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American Experience
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In April 1975, the Pentagon assigned Richard Armitage to remove or destroy South Vietnamese naval equipment to prevent it from falling into the hands of the enemy. After rendezvousing at Con Son Island, he saw the remnants of the South Vietnamese fleet crammed with thousands of refugees trying to escape Vietnam. "Last Days in Vietnam" premieres April 28 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience. Continue


Art exhibit lets blind visitors touch masterpieces in Madrid

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PBS NewsHour
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An exhibition, “Touching the Prado” at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, is designed to give the blind or those with limited sight an opportunity to create a mental image of a painting by feeling it. Alison Stewart reports. Continue


Could Israel's water technology ease California's drought?

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PBS NewsHour
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Could the technology used in Israel that successfully turned the country's water shortage into a surplus be implemented in California to ease the state's drought? KQED Public Media reporter Daniel Potter joins Alison Stewart via Skype from San Francisco to discuss. Continue


Two Republican Candidates from Florida

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Washington Week
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Two of the Republican candidates eyeing the White House in 2016 are from Florida, and CNN’s Jeff Zeleny details the competitive friendship between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Continue


The 'Mail' Keeps Tugging at the 'Roots'

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Now it appears, according to Britain’s Daily Mail Online, that there are other elements of the “Finding Your Roots” broadcast last year with Ben Affleck that will also be looked into. Continue


Why Turkey doesn’t use the word ‘genocide’ for Armenia

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PBS NewsHour
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The Turkish government has rejected the term “genocide” to describe the mass killing of Armenians 100 years ago, a stance that has sparked criticism and protest. For two perspectives on the history and meaning today, Jeffrey Brown talks to Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Hrach Gregorian of American University. Continue


Obama: Review of hostage deaths may offer drone changes

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PBS NewsHour
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In January, a U.S. drone strike aimed at an al-Qaida target in Pakistan accidentally killed an American and an Italian hostage. In response, President Obama has suggested that a review of the events could offer improvements and changes. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


25 years ago, the Hubble telescope 'needed glasses'

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PBS NewsHour
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Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has sent back more than a million observations and amazing images, offering scientists and stargazers an unmatched window to the universe. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary and why it started off with fuzzy vision. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode April 24, 2015

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PBS NewsHour
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Friday on the NewsHour, a look at the risks of drone warfare in the wake of the accidental killing of two Western hostages. Also: Remembering the slaughter of more than a million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks 100 years ago, fighting malaria with big data, the Hubble telescope’s journey to track the stars, a new book on campus rape and Shields and Brooks analyze the week’s news. Continue


How New York is bringing families out of the digital dark

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PBS NewsHour
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There are more than 730,000 homes in New York City without broadband access. And because the Internet today is the gateway to everything from education to the economy, the city is trying to bring those families out of the digital dark. But Internet access requires more than a connection for cash-strapped families. It has to be affordable, too. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue


How Israel became a model for water use in the Middle East

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PBS NewsHour
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Over the past few years in Israel, the country's water shortage has become a surplus. Through a combination of conservation, reuse and desalination, the country now has more water than it needs. And that could translate to political progress for the country in the Middle East, one of the most water-stressed regions in the world. NewsHour's Martin Fletcher reports. Continue


Are police responsible for the death of Freddie Gray?

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Protesters in Baltimore, Maryland, took to the streets Saturday for what they promised would be their biggest march yet after near-daily demonstrations this week over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from injuries while in police custody. For more about the investigation into his death, Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater joins Alison Stewart. Continue


Victims pack hospitals in Nepal after buildings 'pancaked'

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After a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 1,500 people and sparking panic in the streets, residents are suffering through the aftermath. Ellen Barry, the South Asian bureau chief for The New York Times joins Alison Stewart via Skype from New Delhi, India, to discuss. Continue


Al Qaeda Captives Killed in Drone Strike

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Washington Week
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President Obama apologized after an American and an Italian citizen being held captive by al Qaeda were among the people killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan. Two other Americans who had joined al Qaeda were also killed. Continue


Armenians remember victims 100 years since mass killings

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Armenia's government, joined by foreign leaders from Russia and France, marked 100 years since the first mass killings by Ottoman Turks in 1915; in total, an estimated 1.5 million people were killed. In Brussels, Lebanon and Los Angeles, people marched in memory, and to demand that Turkey acknowledge that the acts of its forebearers amounted to genocide. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


Jon Krakauer tackles campus rape in ‘typical’ college town

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In many ways, Missoula, Montana, is a typical American college town. Now it’s the setting of author and journalist Jon Krakauer’s new investigative book, which dissects a series of student sexual assault cases and the challenges of prosecuting certain abusers. Krakauer joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation. Continue


News Wrap: 10 arrested in Italy for Vatican attack plot

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In our news wrap Friday, Italian police arrested 10 Pakistani and Afghan nationals with links to al-Qaida. They are accused of plotting attacks on the Vatican and in their home countries. Also, two survivors of a migrant smuggling disaster had their first court appearance. One allegedly captained the boat that capsized that lead to 900 deaths, and the other is accused of being a crew member. Continue


Shields and Brooks on accidental drone deaths

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Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the accidental drone deaths of two hostages in Pakistan, questions about the Clinton Foundation and potential conflicts of interest, plus which Republican 2016 contenders are gaining traction. Continue


How maps packed with data help scientists fight malaria

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High-tech maps may help researchers understand and predict disease outbreaks like malaria, an illness that kills between 600,000 and 1 million people each year. Scientists have begun using temperatures, rainfall patterns and other data to better target areas most at risk. Special correspondent Spencer Michaels reports on other potential applications of these tools. Continue


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