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“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


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


Coming to Independent Lens: 1971

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Independent Lens
PBS


On March 8, 1971, a group of citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania, took every file, and shared them with the public. Their actions exposed the FBI's illegal surveillance program of law-abiding Americans. Now, these previously anonymous Americans publicly share their story for the first time. Continue


Afghani Women Leaders; Women's Colleges; All-Female Mosque

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To The Contrary
PBS


Afghani Women Leaders: Women forming part of Afghani president Ashraf Ghani's delegation say support from the US is vital. Women's Colleges: The closing of Sweet Briar College may point toward a demise of all-women's schools. All-Female Mosque: We speak with one of the woman behind the first mosque in the US for women only. PANEL: Manal Omar, Anushay Hossain, Sam Bennett, Patrice Lee Continue


Opposition Party Circumvents President's Foreign Policy

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Washington Week
PBS


Shortly after becoming Speaker of the House in 2007, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar al-Assad against the wishes of President George W. Bush. His administration was trying to isolate the Syrian regime for allegedly aiding Iraqi insurgents in the ongoing Iraq War. Continue


Singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The legendary singer-songwriter discusses her highly anticipated new album, "You Gotta Love the Life." Continue


2002 Authorization for Military Force in Iraq

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Washington Week
PBS


President Obama is officially asking Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State militant group. Obama's three-year proposal would limit the use of ground troops in the fight. This is the first formal request for military force by President Obama and the first since the 2002 resolution that gave President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq. Continue


Army Rangers; Vatican & Women; Cultures Without Borders

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To The Contrary
PBS


Army Rangers: Women make steps towards becoming Rangers. Vatican & Women: The Holy See tries to appeal to female Catholics. Cultures Without Borders: Former UN official May Rihani says Islam, the west, and other cultures are more similar than many realize. PANEL: Megan Beyer, Anushay Hossain, Mercedes Viana Schlapp, Genevieve Wood Continue


Sound of Torture

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AfroPop
PBS


Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled their military dictator-ruled country towards Israel. The only way out is across the Sinai desert in Egypt. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers and taken to camps where they are tortured and raped as they are forced to call their relatives begging for ransom for their release. 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


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


The Fight for Yemen

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FRONTLINE
PBS


President Obama has pointed to Yemen as a model for the U.S.'s counter-terrorism strategy. But now, an anti-American rebel group known as the Houthis has ousted the president and thrown the country into turmoil. As a Saudi-led military campaign bombards Yemen, FRONTLINE in conjunction with BBC Arabic brings this special report from inside the war zone. Continue


TTC Extra: Terror Plot Averted

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To The Contrary
PBS


2 New York women were arrested in their homes after an undercover officer discovered materials used for making a bomb. Continue


"American Terrorist" - Preview

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FRONTLINE
PBS


In this update to "A Perfect Terrorist," premiering April 21 on PBS, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate David Coleman Headley, the American-born terrorist who helped plan the Mumbai attacks -- revealing how secret electronic surveillance missed catching the Mumbai plotters, and how Headley planned a Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper. Continue


Pray the Devil Back To Hell Trailer

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Women War and Peace
PBS


Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. Featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee. Continue


Rising Hate Crimes; Challenged CEOS, Minority Women in STEM

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To The Contrary
PBS


Rising Hate Crimes: 5 transgender women of color are recent victims of social injustice. Targeted Women CEOS: certain companies have proven itself biased as more female CEOs get challenged by investors than males. Diversifying STEM: Women hold 46% of degrees in STEM fields, but less than 30% maintain a career. PANEL: Danielle Moodie-Mills, Rina Shah Bharara, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Patrice Lee Continue


What lawmakers think of Obama’s Islamic State resolution

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


President Obama formally asked Congress for military authorization to fight the Islamic State, triggering the first war powers vote since 2002 with the invasion of Iraq. The proposal rules out "enduring offensive combat operations" and calls for a three-year time limit on the authorization. Jeffrey Brown gets reaction to the request from Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D.-Va. Continue


Sen. Gillibrand Questions Sec. of Defense Nominee Carter

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To The Contrary
PBS


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand questions Sec. of Defense Nominee Ashton Carter on sexual assault in the military and women's opportunities in combat. Continue


TTC Extra: Michelle Obama Forgoes Headscarf in Saudi Arabia

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To The Contrary
PBS


First Lady Michelle Obama ignited controversy and praise over her decision not to wear a headscarf on an official visit to Saudi Arabia. She has not publicly stated whether her intent was political, but it reignited debate over the role of a first lady in the United States. PANEL: Anushay Hossain, Rina Shah, Patricia Sosa, Amber Smith Continue


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