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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


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


Why is Obama weighing in on net neutrality?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


More than 3 million commenters crashed the Federal Communications Commission website in July to weigh in on the issue of net neutrality. Now President Obama has added his strong support, directing the FCC to protect equal access to all web content. Judy Woodruff speaks with U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith about the president’s move. 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


WORLD Channel Vets Coming Home

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World Channel
PBS


In honor of the men and women who have served in all branches of the United States armed forces, WORLD Channel commemorates Veterans' Day with twenty-two films by and about veterans. Listen to stories of those who served from the Civil War to the Vietnam War to the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq today. Understand what returning to civilian life was and is like for vet 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


Powerless Filmmakers Capture India’s Shocking Energy Crisis

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Independent Lens
PBS


Fahad Mustafa, who was born in Kanpur, and Deepti Kakkar tell us about how they decided to return to that industrial Indian city to make their film Powerless, including their own experiences growing up dealing with power shortages, working with Indian bureaucracy and discovering the "Robin Hood of Electricity." 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


An ISIS Jailbreak at Abu Ghraib: "Hell Is Coming"

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FRONTLINE
PBS


A violent confrontation between government forces and Sunni protesters in April 2013 drives many Sunnis to take up arms and join ISIS. Three months later, the group mounts a spectacular attack on Abu Ghraib, releasing 500 prisoners. "The Rise of ISIS" airs Tues. Oct. 28, 2014 on PBS. Continue


Every Mother's Son

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POV
PBS


Every Mother's Son profiles three New York mothers who unexpectedly find themselves united to seek justice and transform their grief into an opportunity for profound social change. Continue


TTC Extra: Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde

To The Contrary
PBS


To The Contrary spoke with Liliana Ayalde, the US ambassador to Brazil, about her duties and experiences in the role. Don't miss our special documentary episode, "The Foreign Service: In Search of Diversity", for more with Ambassador Ayalde. Continue


Answering health care questions as open enrollment nears

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Americans who don’t have health care coverage will have another chance to sign up under open enrollment. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court agreed to consider a legal challenge to some federal subsidies. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and health policy analyst Susan Dentzer join Judy Woodruff to answer common questions about enrollment and the health care law. 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


Women & Midterm Elections; Maternity Leave; Melanne Verveer

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To The Contrary
PBS


Women & Midterm Elections: How female voters and candidates shaped the midterm elections. Maternity Leave: Helpful policies can have unintended consequences. Melanne Verveer: The diplomat and scholar on why including women in peace negotiations will lead to a more secure world. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Sabrina Schaeffer; Erin Matson; Clara Del Villar Continue


Women In Politics

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Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS


Makers: Women in Politics profiles women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics. 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


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


Congress…and Its Discontents

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The Open Mind
PBS


Congressional & National Political Reporter for The Washington Post Wesley Lowery explains how a solutions-oriented Millennial press corps takes on D.C. dysfunction and why the upcoming midterm election outcome will sway the 2016 presidential vote. Continue


Every Mother's Son: Filmmaker Interview

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POV
PBS


Filmmakers Kelly Anderson and Tami Gold on the making of their film Every Mother's Son. Continue


TTC Extra: Groundbreaking Transgender Rights Case

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To The Contrary
PBS


A veteran and civilian software engineer for the army has won a groundbreaking gender discrimination case. She was called "sir" and "it" by coworkers and management. She was also forced to use a separate bathroom. The Army has agreed to institute new policies to be more sensitive to LGBT people. PANEL: Karin Agness; Avis Jones-DeWeever; Danielle Moodie-Mills; Rina Shah Continue


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