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Return to the Wild
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Twenty years ago, a young American hiker named Chris McCandless was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling book and movie “Into the Wild.” Now, PBS retraces Chris McCandless’ steps to try to piece together why he severed all ties with his past, burnt or gave away all his money, changed his name and headed into the Denali Wilderness. Continue


Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari on satire in the face of darkness

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


"Rosewater," the screenwriting and directorial debut of "The Daily Show" host and executive producer Jon Stewart. follows Tehran-born Canadian-citizen Maziar Bahari as he returned to Iran in 2009 and was subsequently held captive. The two sat down with senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown to discuss their new film “Rosewater” and how humor can play a powerful role in handling adversity. 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


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


Remembering Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee, who was best known for leading the paper during its breaking of the Watergate scandal, died Tuesday at 93 in his home in Washington. By publishing the most controversial reports of the 1970s, Bradlee ushered the Post’s transition from a struggling local paper to a nationally revered publication. Judy Woodruff remembers Bradlee with members of Washington media. Continue


Women CEOs; Egg Freezing; Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

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To The Contrary
PBS


Women CEOs: According to the HBR, only 2 of the best-performing 100 CEOs are women. Egg Freezing: Facebook & Apple offer to pay for women freezing their eggs. Male Sexual Assault Survivors: Men break the silence on the problems of abuse both in the military and civilian life. PANEL: Genevieve Wood, Patrice Lee, Patricia Sosa, Kim Gandy Continue


Family’s losses propel battle against military suicides

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Two brothers from a military family were lost in separate tragedies just months apart. Jeff Graham was killed while on duty in Iraq; his younger brother Kevin, a ROTC cadet, took his own life during a bout of depression. Yochi Dreazen, author of “The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War,” talks to Jeffrey Brown about the Graham family’s story and the stigma of suicide. 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


Do we burden the presidency with impossible expectations?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Americans tend to view the Founding Fathers favorably but aren’t as kind to the modern presidents. Aaron David Miller argues that the American “addiction” for greatness sets today’s leaders up against impossible standards. Margaret Warner sits down with Miller to discuss his new book, “The End of Greatness.” Continue


TTC Extra: The Great Recession & Parenthood

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To The Contrary
PBS


A new report investigates the impact of the Great Recession on prospective parents. Not only did many couples decide not to have babies while economic conditions were uncertain, but many long-term effects persist. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Republican Strategist Rina Shah; Journalist, Founder, Anushay’s Point, Anushay Hossain; Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy Continue


How 'Rosewater' became Jon Stewart's directorial debut

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


"Rosewater" marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of "The Daily Show" host and executive producer Jon Stewart. The film follows Tehran-born Canadian-citizen Maziar Bahari as he returned to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the chief challenger to incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The two sat down with senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown to discuss how it all came about. 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


Looking back at the life and politics of Nelson Rockefeller

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A politician who self-described as having a “Democrat heart with a Republican head,” Nelson Rockefeller would be something of a political anomaly today. Biographer Richard Norton Smith, author of “On His Own Terms,” joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what distinguished the four-time New York governor and former vice president. 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


Saving South Africa's Constitutional Court art collection

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa's Constitutional Court talks to senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown about the symbolism and importance of the high court's art collection and the need to preserve it. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


TTC Extra: Feminist Critic Anita Sarkeesian & #GamerGate

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To The Contrary
PBS


Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian cancelled her event in Utah after receiving death and rape threats. She has been the target of these threats for making videos critiquing misogynistic portrayals of women in video games. These threats intensified after the creation of the #GamerGate campaign. PANEL: Genevieve Wood, Patrice Lee, Patricia Sosa, Kim Gandy Continue


Sitcom creator Norman Lear talks evolution of TV

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Groundbreaking in its day, ‘70s sitcom “All in the Family” didn’t back down from tackling controversial topics. Legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear, author of a new memoir, “Even This I Get To Experience,” discusses the changing medium and changing audiences with Jeffrey Brown. Continue


TTC Extra: Microsoft CEO on Women & Pay Raises

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To The Contrary
PBS


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told women they should not ask for raises and instead "trust the system." These comments were widely criticized, leading him to change his stance. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; IWF’s Sabrina Schaeffer; Liberal Commentator, Erin Matson; Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers 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


''Security Moms'' & ISIS; Money & Marriage; Wendy Davis

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To The Contrary
PBS


"Security Moms" & ISIS: Women contribute to the struggle against ISIS. Money & Marriage: The correlation between the decline in marriages among young adults and their financial status. Wendy Davis: We speak to the woman running to become the first Democratic Governor of Texas in 20 years. PANEL: Debra Carnahan, Rina Shah, Danielle Moodie-Mills, Jennifer Marshall. Continue


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