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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


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


Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

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Moyers & Company
PBS


In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates prevailed over pro-business candidates backed by over $3 million from the energy giant Chevron. This week, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and reporter Harriet Rowan, a college student and journalist who uncovered the Chevron funding story, talk about the role unlimited sums of corporate cash have played in Richmond. Continue


Women & Midterm Elections; Female Marines; Lean Together

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To The Contrary
PBS


Women & Midterm Elections: With women expected to play a huge role at the polls, how will female candidates perform? Female Marines: Women getting farther into the marines' infantry training courses, though not completing them. Lean Together: The Independent Women's Forum offers an alternative to the progressive agenda. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Jennifer Marshall; Patrice Lee; Kim Gandy Continue


Breaking Big Money’s Grip on Elections

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Days ahead of the midterm elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent US Senator, is angry about what he sees as big money’s wholesale purchase of political power. It’s a grave threat, he believes, not only to our electoral process but to democracy itself. Continue


The End of Copycat China

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The Open Mind
PBS


Founder of the China Market Research Group, Shaun Rein discusses his new book, "The End of Copycat China," an incisive survey of modern China's economy and politics and her quest for creativity, innovation and individualism. Continue


Women in Business

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in Business tells the story of the exceptional women—past and present—who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be. Continue


What the shrinking U.S. deficit says about stability

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Worries about Ebola, Europe and the U.S. economy drove another dive on Wall Street. On the same day, the Obama administration announced the national deficit has declined to its lowest level since 2007. Gwen Ifill talks to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Budget Director Shaun Donovan about signs of a stabilizing economy, as well as why Americans are skeptical of the improvement. Continue


War on Women; Yes Means Yes; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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To The Contrary
PBS


War on Women: Have Republicans defused the "war on women" rhetoric? Yes Means Yes: An initiative to end campus rape faces criticism. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The representative on her advocacy on breast cancer awareness and the Free the Data campaign. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Sabrina Schaeffer; Erin Matson; Francesca Chambers 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: First Female African American Attorney General

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To The Contrary
PBS


President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. She would be the first black woman to serve in that capacity. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Sabrina Schaeffer; Erin Matson; Clara Del Villar Continue


"Firestone and the Warlord" - Preview

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FRONTLINE
PBS


On Nov.18, 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, diplomatic cables and court documents, "Firestone and the Warlord" reveals how Firestone conducted business during the brutal Liberian civil war. Continue


TTC Extra: Discrimination Against Overweight Women

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To The Contrary
PBS


The pay gap between overweight women and other women has been known for years, but a new study attempts to explain why that is. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; The Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall; Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum Patrice Lee; National Network to End Domestic Violence President Kim Gandy Continue


Why the Fed frets about both jobs and inflation

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


After six years of financial stimulus to mitigate the fallout from the 2008 collapse, the Federal Reserve is ending its money creation programs. But the country is still in economic recovery and the role of the Federal Reserve is still being debated. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the dual nature of its mission to keep inflation in checking while creating jobs. Continue


Makers: Women in Business

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Hear about the exceptional women — past and present — who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be. Continue


Keeping Faith in Democracy

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Marilynne Robinson’s new book,  “Lila,” has just been nominated for the National Book Award, the latest of a series of books set in a fictional Iowa town.  In addition to her fiction, she is also an accomplished essayist, and on this week’s show, Bill talks with her about her fervent belief in the power of grace and faith and her devotion to democracy. Continue


Making room for micro-entrepreneurs in the sharing economy

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The growing American "share economy" makes use of people's preexisting and underutilized assets and time. Hospitality website Airbnb helps turn empty guest rooms into makeshift hotel rooms. But what happens to actual hotels and bed and breakfasts that have to conform to greater regulation and charge higher prices? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue


TTC Extra: Microsoft CEO on Women & Pay Raises

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To The Contrary
PBS


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told women they should not ask for raises and instead "trust the system." These comments were widely criticized, leading him to change his stance. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; IWF’s Sabrina Schaeffer; Liberal Commentator, Erin Matson; Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers Continue


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