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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 …

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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


The Mailbag: A Frontline Challenge and Response

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Frontline gets hit hard on its journalism by a former top CIA official after a hard-hitting episode about the CIA and “Secrets, Politics and Torture.” Continue


Gwen Ifill Tells Utica College Graduates: "Do Something"

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Washington Week
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Washington Week moderator Gwen Ifill delivered the commencement address to the 2015 graduates of Utica College in New York. She urged the graduates: "If you see something, do something." "Don't forget to laugh along the way," Ifill said. "Your learning does not end today; it only begins today." Continue


On Donations: It’s Not the Money; It’s the Idea

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The NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff explains her $250 donation to the Clinton Foundation in 2010 for Haiti relief, but viewers don’t hear about the larger story. Continue


TTC Extra: Social Media & Marriage

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To The Contrary
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Is going on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook ruining marriages? A new study finds it can happen. What is fueling our social addiction? Panel: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sabrina Schaeffer, Anushay Hossain, Mercy Viana Schlapp Continue


Sneaking Back In at the Border

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Independent Lens
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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Limited Partnership, Australian Tony Sullivan describes the tense few moments during which he illegally re-entered the United States via Mexico, along with his partner Richard, with the help of a friend. Continue


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

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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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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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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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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


TTC Extra: ISIS' Sisterhood

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To The Contrary
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A recent study found that women join the Islamic state group not just to become 'jihadi wives', but instead to be part of a sisterhood who believe in the same cause. Panel: Francesca Chambers, Erin Matson, Rina Shah Bharara, Anushay Hossain Continue


TTC Extra: Cannes Film Festival's "Heelgate"

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To The Contrary
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A controversy dubbed "Heelgate" at the Cannes Film Festival. Women were turned away from the red carpet if they were not wearing high heels. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Liberal Commentator, Erin Matson, Network of Enlightened Women President Karin Agness, Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Hispanic Post Clara Del Villar Continue


Femvertising, "#RapeHoax", Food Security Part II

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To The Contrary
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Femvertising: including women on ad campaigns has proven successful for huge corporations. "#RapeHoax": A smear campaign agains Columbia grad Emma Sulkowicz accuses her of falsely accusing a fellow student of rape. Food Security: The second part of our series on food security investigates the transportation of goods. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes, Karin Agness, Erin Matson, Clara Del Villar Continue


TTC Extra: Women Start Fewer Businesses

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To The Contrary
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New data shows that women are not founding as many businesses as their male counterparts. Some contribute the fear of failing as a factor. Continue


Gwen's Take: How To Listen When Candidates Speak

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Washington Week
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"Remember: it’s not up to the candidates to tell you what you need to know. Their job is to tell you what they need you to know. It’s up to you to search out and press for the answers, for clarity and transparency." Continue


Shocking Letter from the INS

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Independent Lens
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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Limited Partnership, Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan receive a Green Card rejection letter from the INS, which bluntly informs the couple that they’ve failed to establish that “a bona fide relationship can exist” between two gay men — but deployed with a shocking slur. Continue


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