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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


A veteran’s tough love message to at-risk kids

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Do vets coming home from the horrors of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have something unusual to teach the young people of today? If you listen to West Point graduate and retired Lt. Col. David Oclander, who is now a teacher and principal-in-training at an inner-city Chicago charter school, there's no doubt they do. Continue


Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town

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America By The Numbers
PBS


While Asian-Americans are the best-educated ethnic group in the US, Cambodian-American students graduate high school at a significantly lower rate, one of the lowest in the country. What is the cause of this educational crisis? Find out in this episode of AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS. Continue


Why did no one flag UNC’s bogus classes?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For more than 18 years, thousands of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took credit courses that never met as a class with a professor; a disproportionate number of the students in those classes were athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein about the investigation that unearthed the fraud and why it lasted so long. 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


Hundreds turn out to protest Jefferson County School Board

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Students, parents and teachers showed up on Thursday night to protest the Colorado Jefferson County School Board's decision to revise the AP U.S. history curriculum, which would eliminate the events like the civil rights movement. Continue


Hundreds turn out to protest Jefferson County School Board

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Students, parents and teachers showed up on Thursday night to protest the Colorado Jefferson County School Board's decision to revise the AP U.S. history curriculum, which would eliminate the events like the civil rights movement. Continue


AP History class standards spark Colorado censorship fight

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


When the College Board established new national standards for Advanced Placement U.S. History courses, conservative members of the school board in Jefferson County, Colorado, called for changes to their local curriculum to promote patriotism and the free enterprise system and discourage civil disorder. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ensuing protests against censorship by students. Continue


Model Minority Myth

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America By The Numbers
PBS


Asian Americans are one of the best-educated groups in the country, but a startling number of Southeast Asian Americans aren’t graduating from high school. Continue


Graduation Rates: State by State

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America By The Numbers
PBS


Graduation rates are increasing in almost every state — which states are leading this progress, and which states are lagging behind? Continue


The Foreign Service: In Search of Diversity

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To The Contrary
PBS


Foreign Service Officers are the face of America around the world. At a time in the not so distant past, FSOs were almost always white, middle to upper class and from the Northeast. Today, there are more women and minorities, but they are underrepresented. The State Department is working to remake the institution into one that looks like America today; diverse and multi-cultural. 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


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


One student's path from homeless shelter to Georgetown

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


More than 1.2 million homeless students were enrolled in public schools last year. On top of homework, they face challenges like getting enough to eat and finding shelter that meets basic living standards. The NewsHour’s April Brown introduces one student who tackled all of that to become high school valedictorian and a freshman at one of the nation’s top universities. Continue


Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Reporter and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert talks to Bill about his new book, “Losing Our Way,” the stories of brave, hard-working men and women battered by the economic downturn. Herbert travelled across the US and found that jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the “virtuous cycle” of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken. Continue


Hundreds turn out to protest Jefferson County School Board

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Students, parents and teachers showed up on Thursday night to protest the Colorado Jefferson County School Board's decision to revise the AP U.S. history curriculum, which would eliminate the events like the civil rights movement. Continue


Emma Watson & HeForShe; Julia Pierson; Christy Turlington

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To The Contrary
PBS


Emma Watson & HeForShe: The role of men in feminism. Julia Pierson: Did the woman formerly in charge of the Secret Service fall off "the Glass Cliff?" Christy Turlington: This supermodel and advocate helps women around the world, along with her non-profit, Every Mother Counts. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Rina Shah; Anushay Hossain; Darlene Kennedy Continue


Students of Color: Left Behind

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America By The Numbers
PBS


Despite recent progress, students of color are still less likely than white students to complete high school. Continue


America On Track to Graduate

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America By The Numbers
PBS


Graduation rates in American have reached an all-time high, but some states are lagging behind. Continue


High School Diploma: Game Changer

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America By The Numbers
PBS


Why graduate? High school graduates make more money, are less likely to be unemployed, and live almost a decade longer than those who don’t finish school. Continue


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