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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


Fearing massacre, Iraqis ask U.S. for additional support

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In the town of Iraqi town of Amirli, 15,000 Shiite Turkmen civilians have been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than 70 days without adequate food, water or medicine. Hari Sreenivasan gets an update from chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner on what the Iraqi military is asking the United States to provide in order to stave off a potential massacre. Continue


American hostages renew focus on U.S. ransom policy

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After 22 months in captivity, American journalist Peter Theo Curtis spoke publicly for the first time since his release from an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. Meanwhile, Islamic State militants have threatened to kill journalist Steven Sotloff unless the U.S. stops airstrikes against their forces in Iraq. Reports also surfaced that the group is holding an American aid worker. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


What does it take to free a captured American?

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A wave of American hostages held by Islamic extremists has raised questions about the U.S. policy not to pay ransoms. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Rohde of Reuters and Brian Jenkins of RAND Corporation for views on the divergence between the United States and other countries on this issue. Continue


News Wrap: UN accuses Syria of additional poison gas attacks

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In our news wrap Wednesday, an independent commission announced that there’s evidence that the Syrian military used chlorine gas at least eight times in April against villages in the northern part of the country -- territory where Islamic State fighters now hold control. Also, residents of Gaza streamed back to communities destroyed during fighting with Israel. Continue


Why do foreign fighters join the Islamic State?

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Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American man who was killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, is not the first U.S. citizen to die as an Islamic militant in the war-torn country, and the FBI warns there are dozens more still fighting. For more on why Americans and others are joining terror groups abroad, Gwen Ifill talks to Humera Khan of Muflehun and Jessica Stern of Harvard University. 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


Former and current governors go head-to-head in Florida race

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With a resounding Democratic primary victory and a critical party switch, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist moved a step closer to winning back his old job. His Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, scored his own big win. The Sunshine State matchup is expected to be one of the most expensive and negative of the cycle. Adam Smith of The Tampa Bay Times joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the race. Continue


Misty Copeland makes a point of dancing for unlikely fans

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Misty Copeland is only the second African-American woman ever to reach the level of soloist at American Ballet Theatre. Now the author of a new memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” she shares the story of her improbable rise from poverty to the spotlight, as well as her desire to open the artform to more dancers from all economic backgrounds and races. Continue


American hostages renew focus on U.S. ransom policy

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After 22 months in captivity, American journalist Peter Theo Curtis spoke publicly for the first time since his release from an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. Meanwhile, Islamic State militants have threatened to kill journalist Steven Sotloff unless the U.S. stops airstrikes against their forces in Iraq. Reports also surfaced that the group is holding an American aid worker. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


What does it take to free a captured American?

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A wave of American hostages held by Islamic extremists has raised questions about the U.S. policy not to pay ransoms. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Rohde of Reuters and Brian Jenkins of RAND Corporation for views on the divergence between the United States and other countries on this issue. Continue


U.S. considers Syria airstrikes, Iraq humanitarian aid

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After 100 airstrikes against the Islamic State in northern Iraq, U.S. officials are discussing the option to expand the mission into Syria. The Pentagon has already begun surveillance flights above the region in preparation, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not confirm any further decisions. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner has the report. 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 “an 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


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