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University President Freeman Hrabowski

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The UMBC president describes his successful efforts in nurturing a new generation of leaders in science, math, engineering and technology. 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


Can Philadelphia schools innovate to escape crisis?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Philadelphia public schools are facing serious funding troubles, as well as overcrowding and other issues. But the city’s competitive Science Leadership Academy, where the curriculum is based on student-driven project learning, is a great success. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on a superintendent’s effort to use the SLA as a model for reforming traditional schools. 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


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


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


Can innovative schools be all-inclusive in Philadelphia?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Can schools that enroll students of all skill levels use the same methods as more academically selective programs? In the second half of our report on Philadelphia’s public schools, special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the city’s U School, a neighborhood school that’s copying the project-based learning curriculum of some of the city’s more exclusive charter schools. Continue


How teachers can talk to students about Ferguson

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The events in Ferguson have sparked discussions in homes and communities, including schools. Correspondent Jeffrey Brown speaks with #FergusonSyllabus creator Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and Liz Collins of Washington Latin Public Charter School on how teachers can use Missouri history and the role of the media to teach and discuss what is happening in Ferguson. 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


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

Image of Hundreds turn out to protest Jefferson County School Board
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


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