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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


TTC Extra: Normalizing Relations With Cuba

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To The Contrary
PBS


President Barack Obama has announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. The US has not had formal diplomatic relations with and had maintained an embargo against the island nation since the Cold War. We take a look back at a discussion on To The Contrary from 2002 which discusses Cuban-American relations. Continue


Does economic turbulence hurt Putin’s power?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


To examine the roots of Russian economic vulnerability and the potential implications for Russia and other countries, Jeffrey Brown gets analysis from Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Eswar Prasad of Cornell University. Continue


TTC Extra: Women in Manufacturing

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To The Contrary
PBS


Manufacturing companies are trying to lure women to take jobs in the industrial sector. They hope that by hiring more women, they will produce products which are more appealing to female consumers. PANEL: Megan Beyer; Genevieve Wood; Darlene Kennedy; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Continue


The United States of Ferguson

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Moyers & Company
PBS


In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York’s Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill’s conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Continue


Cozy relationship between Fed and big banks draws scrutiny

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


While monitoring Goldman Sachs, New York Federal Reserve supervisor Carmen Segarra made secret recordings that suggested the Fed was too soft on the big bank. She was fired a few months later, for reasons the Fed claimed were unrelated. Judy Woodruff speaks with Jake Bernstein of ProPublica about how these issues are being investigated. Continue


Frats & Assault; Debunking Opting Out; Erdogan & Inequality

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To The Contrary
PBS


Frats & Assault: UVA suspends all fraternity related activity after an alleged gang rape occurs at a frat house. Debunking "Opting Out": new study shows women are no longer "opting out". Erdogan & Inequality: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan states women and men can never be equal. PANEL: Erin Matson; Darlene Kennedy; Anushay Hossain; Karin Agness Continue


How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

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Moyers & Company
PBS


This week, Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout return to talk about the corrupting influence of money in politics — a subject both have studied as scholars — and how they’re fighting to reform the system. Continue


Firestone and the Warlord

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FRONTLINE
PBS


FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Based on the inside accounts of Americans who ran the company's Liberia rubber plantation, and diplomatic cables and court documents, the investigation reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war. Continue


Emails suggest GM prepared for recalls months earlier

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Internal emails released as part of a class action lawsuit show that General Motors ordered a half million ignition switches to replace faulty ones nearly two months before notifying safety regulators. The defect has been linked to at least 32 deaths and a recall of 2.6 million vehicles. David Shepardson of The Detroit News joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what GM leadership knew and when. 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


Sanctions, cheap oil take toll on Russian ruble

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Russia's central bank hiked a key interest rate nearly 7 points overnight in a dramatic move to stabilize the economy. The ruble has lost 60 percent of its value since January, and Russians have been feeling the economic pinch of inflation. Jeffrey Brown reports how the falling price of oil and Western sanctions have hurt the Russian economy. Continue


Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Bill speaks with outspoken veteran journalist John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, about the problems with the Obama-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated in secret and Hillary Clinton's possible presidential campaign. Continue


Is economic reality wiping out the American dream?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The U.S. economy has been showing signs of more robust recovery, but many Americans say they're not feeling it. A new poll by The New York Times found the public is more pessimistic than it was right after the financial collapse. Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff to discuss American perceptions of economic mobility and inequality. Continue


Becoming Papa: Fathers Key to Gender Justice

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To The Contrary
PBS


Deep in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, something extraordinary is starting to take hold. “Becoming Papa” travels an arduous journey with two Brazilian men who live in homes riven with domestic violence as they transition to living violence-free. Host Bonnie Erbé calls their remarkable transformations to equal caregiving, “the final chapter in feminism.” Don't miss this special documentary episode. Continue


The rise and fall of the American shopping mall

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


From retail to e-tail, is Cyber Monday the new Black Friday? Indoor malls have been in decline ever since consumers discovered online shopping, and many retail spaces are either closing or being repurposed as shopping habits evolve. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the fate of America’s malls from Akron, Ohio. Continue


The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

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Moyers & Company
PBS


This week Bill Moyers looks at how a portion of the famous skyline of Manhattan, towering above the south end of Central Park, is becoming a symbol of how wealth and power get their way without regard for the impact on the lives and neighborhoods of everyday people. Continue


Immigration; Cosby Accusations; Ms. Awards & Gloria Steinem

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To The Contrary
PBS


Immigration: President Obama pushes an executive order that could shield millions from deportation. Cosby Accusations: Over a dozen women allege the comedian raped them, bringing up questions about statutes of limitations Ms. Awards: The magazine honors women fighting assault & Gloria Steinem says rape can be eliminated. PANEL: Sam Bennett, Rina Shah, Genevieve Wood, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Continue


The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

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Moyers & Company
PBS


In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics -- Lawrence Lessig and Zephyr Teachout -- left the classroom and confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, attempting to replace moneyed interests with the public interest. Neither was successful – this year, at least – but on this week’s show, Bill speaks with them about the hard-fought lessons learned on the state of American. Continue


Behind Detroit’s ‘grand bargain’ to emerge from bankruptcy

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Nearly 16 months after Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the country’s history, a federal judge approved a plan to drop the city’s $7 billion in debt and invest over $1 billion in public services. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation, the organization that donated $125 million to a crucial part of Detroit’s survival plan. Continue


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