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"Secrets, Politics and Torture" - Preview

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FRONTLINE
PBS


Coming May 19: FRONTLINE investigates the fight over the CIA's controversial "enhanced interrogation" methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, filmmaker Michael Kirk investigates the secret history of what the CIA did -- and whether it worked. Visit pbs.org/frontline to learn more. Continue


Abraham Lincoln's Enduring Legacy

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Washington Week
PBS


150 years after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Peter Baker explains his enduring legacy and why he is the one president all future presidents want to emulate. But while Lincoln's legacy is an inspiration for future presidents, it can also be a burden, perhaps for President Obama more than any other president. Continue


Vatican & Nuns; Reddit & The Wage Gap; Stay-at-Home Moms

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To The Contrary
PBS


Vatican & Nuns: The Vatican cut short its investigation of the largest order of American nuns. Reddit & The Wage Gap: Interim CEO Ellen Pao bans salary negotiations for entry-level positions in an attempt to level the playing field. Stay-at-Home Moms: Is motherhood a career? PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Genevieve Wood, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Mercedes Viana Schlapp Continue


The 1,337 Words

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The Open Mind
PBS


Professor of Political Philosophy at the Institute for Advanced Study and author of Our Declaration, Danielle Allen discusses her reinterpretation of our founding document as a defense of equality. Continue


Paper Proof

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI look back on the night they sorted through the FBI documents they’d nabbed and discovered the shocking evidence of spying on Americans and other abuses. Continue


Your Tax Day guide to the new health care penalties

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


This is the first year that Americans are facing tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act and millions have found the rules to be more complicated than they expected. To help clarify the new rules, Judy Woodruff talks to Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Poonam Bansal of Accounting Solutions. Continue


Author Philip K. Howard

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The bestselling author and chair of Common Good discusses his thought-provoking text, "The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government." Continue


Cuba Looks Forward

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Washington Week
PBS


The White House announced that President Obama will remove ‪‎Cuba‬ from the list of state sponsors of terror, part of the effort to restore diplomatic relations. Tom Gjelten, author of "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: A Biography of a Cause," looks ahead at the changes facing the island nation. How will the changing relationship with the U.S. affect the political and cultural landscape? Continue


Are budget cuts, Obamacare confusion causing IRS bottleneck?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Bad news for taxpayers this year: If you have questions for the Internal Revenue Service, getting through is going to take longer. If you're waiting for a refund, you may face a delay. The IRS attributes this to five years of federal budget cuts, which have led to a hiring freeze and a lack of resources. Judy Woodruff interviews Commissioner John Koskinen about these problems. Continue


TTC Extra: Women on the $20 Bill?

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To The Contrary
PBS


A group calling for Andrew Jackson's replacement as the image on the $20 bill has narrowed the choice to four candidates: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks & Wilma Mankiller. Voting will determine who becomes the top choice of the group, which is lobbying to make the change by 2020. To vote: http://goo.gl/cxAK6p PANEL: Jenifer Rajkumar, Sabrina Schaeffer, Darlene Kennedy, Patricia Sosa Continue


Protecting Anonymity

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Independent Lens
PBS


1971 filmmaker Johanna Hamilton joins The Burglary author Betty Medsger and Citizen Four director Laura Poitras to discuss the measures Medsger and the Washington Post took to protect the anonymity of their sources, the Media, PA burglars, who revealed FBI surveillance of American citizens some forty years before the Snowden revelations exposed large-scale NSA surveillance in the digital age. Continue


How to Craft Constitutional Consensus

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The Open Mind
PBS


Former Obama Administration U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal explains how the Supreme Court, in spite of the appearance of hyper-partisanship, is forging a new era of compromise. Continue


TTC Extra: Abstinence-Only Class

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To The Contrary
PBS


A professor's tweets went viral recently after expressing disappointment in her high school's son's abstinence-only sexual education program. Continue


“Nothing to Stop It”

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, FBI Agent Neil Welch talks about what he believes is the inevitability of government abuse. “It will happen, there’s nothing to stop it.” Continue


The Idea of a Break-In

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, John and Bonnie Raines, Keith Forsyth, as well as Bill Davidon, the mastermind and de facto leader of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, talk about how Bill first approached them with his incredibly risky idea: break in to an FBI audience and send files to the press. Continue


"Outbreak" - Preview

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FRONTLINE
PBS


"Ebola was not an exception. Ebola is a precedent." Coming May 5 on FRONTLINE: The vivid, inside story of why the Ebola outbreak wasn't stopped before it was too late. Learn more and check local listings at pbs.org/frontline. Continue


From the Vault: Loosening Restrictions on Cuba

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Washington Week
PBS


As the United States is set to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of an embargo, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to the early months of the Obama presidency when the administration eased economic sanctions and loosened travel restrictions for Cuban Americans hoping to visit family on the island nation only 90 miles off the Florida coast. Continue


Who is Marco Rubio?

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Washington Week
PBS


Marco Rubio announced his campaign for the Republican nomination during a speech in Miami on Monday becoming the third Republican in the 2016 race for the White House. As one of three Latinos in the U.S. Senate and the son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has worked for comprehensive immigration reform and opposes President Obama's plans to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Continue


Hillary Clinton Announcement; Pay Gap; Safe Sex in College

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To The Contrary
PBS


Hillary Clinton Announcement: The start of Hillary's presidential run is imminent. Pay Gap: How the wage gap persists in so-called liberal institutions and in the offices of Democrats. Safe Sex in College: New research shows some students may be putting themselves in danger. PANEL: Jenifer Rajkumar, Sabrina Schaeffer, Darlene Kennedy, Patricia Sosa Continue


Who is Rand Paul?

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Washington Week
PBS


Now that Rand Paul has become the second official candidate in the 2016 race for the White House, learn a little bit more about the newest Republican candidate. He's an ophthalmologist and first-term senator from Kentucky. His father is a 3-time presidential candidate. His policy positions including auditing the Federal Reserve and reforming NSA surveillance programs. Continue


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