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The Mailbag: Tavis Smiley, President Obama and Race

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After 2,000 shows on PBS, Tavis Smiley still knows how to stir things up. In the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict, he questions President Obama’s role in combatting racism. That stirs up some viewers and gets the ombudsman’s attention. Continue


The Mailbag: Hey! It’s NBR but Not PBS

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A weeknight fixture for more than 30 years on public broadcasting stations, the Nightly Business Report was bought by cable powerhouse CNBC last month. So far, viewers writing to the ombudsman don’t like the new style and content. Continue


The Mailbag: Ask Not What Larry Can Do For You …

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


The ombudsman writes: “Ask not what Larry can do for you” but what you can do for Larry. Buy his software. That approach got viewers a little exercised this week, along with some other things. Continue


The Mailbag: Did You Need to Know This About Taxes?

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A “Need to Know” look at our tax system through the eyes of four taxpayers, and a brief “ NewsHour” excerpt meant to call attention to the full program, brings some critical viewer attention to both programs. Continue


The Mailbag: Grover, Sonia, the Cliff and the Download

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Viewers say enough already with the fiscal cliff, don’t like giving no-tax Norquist time on the NewsHour, and say a Sesame Street star should keep her opinions to herself. Other than that, it’s pretty quiet. Continue


TTC Extra: Trans Women Rights at Women's Colleges

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To The Contrary
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Trans women activists want women's colleges to incorporate gender inclusive language, in a larger bid to gain more acceptance. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), IWF Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer, Civil Rights Lawyer Jenifer Rajkumar, The Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers 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


TTC Extra: Soap Opera Drama?

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To The Contrary
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Former "Young & The Restless" actress Victoria Rowell is suing CBS and Sony Pictures for not renewing her contract in what she says was retaliation after she spoke out on the lack of diversity on the show. PANEL: Danielle Moodie-Mills, Rina Shah Bharara, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Patrice Lee Continue


Gwen's Take: On Loss and Opportunity

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Washington Week
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"This has been a wrenching week for those of us in the business of telling the truth on television." Continue


Army Rangers; Vatican & Women; Cultures Without Borders

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To The Contrary
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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


Cancer Is ‘Serious Business.’ Is the ‘Documentary’?

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


PBS responds to a program it didn’t distribute as a Colorado station airs another controversial “documentary” during pledge period, this time about a purported cure for some cancers. The ombudsman lets it all hang out. Continue


Drones Are Real. So Are Perceptions.

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PBS


Lockheed Martin’s role among funders of NOVA’s look at the “Rise of the Drones” gets a rise out of critics and the ombudsman. The program is good, he says, but the funding and transparency not so good. Continue


'This Show Needs To Be Aired Again and Again Until . . .'

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PBS


A Frontline investigation about why no Wall Street financiers faced criminal fraud prosecution by the Feds following the 2008 mortgage meltdown brings an interesting suggestion from a viewer. Continue


Michelle Rhee: Reformer, Zealot, Both or Something Else?

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PBS


Michelle Rhee, the controversial and high-profile former school chief in Washington, DC, is the subject of a Frontline investigation, with a new interviewee who deepens the controversy over alleged grade tampering. Continue


Women World Leaders: Interviews with Women in Power

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To The Contrary
PBS


Some To The Contrary Classics: interviews with women who have attained the highest office in their countries. We speak with Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, Helen Clark of New Zealand, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Janet Jagan of Guyana, and Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway. Continue


Retirement Gap; Female "Viagra"; Angelina Jolie & Difret

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To The Contrary
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Retirement Gap: Minority families do not have nearly as much in savings as white families do. Female "Viagra": In their third attempt, Sprout Pharmaceutical believes their drug to help women with HSDD will be approved. Difret: Angelina Jolie executive produces an Ethiopian film about child brides. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sabrina Schaeffer, Jenifer Rajkumar, Francesca Chambers Continue


Activist Marian Wright Edelman

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund discusses organization's recently released report, "Ending Child Poverty Now." Continue


A Triple Murder Doesn’t Make the NewsHour

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PBS


The NewsHour online reports about the killing of three young Muslims in North Carolina. But the story doesn’t make the nightly broadcast. The ombudsman disagrees with that call. Continue


Striking Picture of Freed Women Slaves Resurfaces

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To The Contrary
PBS


A historical photo depicting women who lived half their lives as slaves and half their lives as free people went viral. The photo was taken in 1916, more than 50 years after the end of the Civil War. The true ages of the women are unknown, though they are all listed at over 100 years. We spoke to two historians about this striking photo. Originally aired September 19, 2014. Continue


TTC Extra: Half of Millennials Believe in 3 or More Genders

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To The Contrary
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A recent poll finds 50% of millennials believe more than 2 genders exist, compared with 46% who think only 2 exist. Varied gender expression is becoming more prominent in popular culture as well, with celebrities such as Bruce Jenner challenging traditional norms. PANEL: Megan Beyer, Anushay Hossain, Mercy Viana Schlapp, Genevieve Wood Continue


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