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The Mailbag: Tavis Smiley, President Obama and Race

PBS Ombudsman
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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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PBS


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


TTC Extra: Senator Wendy Davis

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To The Contrary
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Senator Wendy Davis, currently in the running for Governor of Texas believes there are a number of issues to improve upon to develop a better economy. Here she discusses her plans for Texas' education system. Continue


Domestic Violence & NFL; ISIS; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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To The Contrary
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Domestic Violence & NFL: The league's handling of the Ray Rice case is questioned as survivors share personal stories. ISIS: The terrorist group both recruits and enslaves women. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: The Democratic senator talks about how to empower women in her new book, "Off the Sidelines." PANEL: Sabrina Schaeffer, Sam Bennett, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Darlene Kennedy Continue


Links May Be Deceiving

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PBS


An article challenging the work and connections of a former Los Angeles Times reporter eventually becomes a challenge for the online NewsHour. It's complicated, naturally, but the ombudsman seeks answers and finds some value in surfacing the issue. Continue


TTC Extra: Rape Survivor Carries Mattress as Protest

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To The Contrary
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Taking matters into her own hands, a columbia student has been seen carrying a mattress around campus symbolizing the weight sexual assault victims are burdened with. PANEL: Erin Matson, Danielle Moodie-Mills, Francesca Chambers, Clara Del Villar Continue


TTC Extra: "What Women Want" by Deborah L. Rhode

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To The Contrary
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Scholar Deborah L. Rhode says the "no problem" problem - that not all people think women face important issues - is one reason why the women's movement may be stalling. Rhode discusses how to restart the movement. 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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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


Climate Change: The Next Generation

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Ahead of the UN’s global summit on climate and as thousands gather in NY for the People’s Climate March, Bill talks to 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming. Now just out of high school, she’s co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit that could force Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against the carbon emissions warming the earth and d Continue


TTC Extra: Malala Yousafzai Shooters Arrested

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To The Contrary
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The Pakistani army has apprehended ten members of the Taliban who are accused of shooting Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who campaigned for the girls' access to education. PANEL: Independent Women’s Forum’s Sabrina Schaeffer, Former Women’s Campaign Fund President Sam Bennett, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy Continue


Climate Change: Faith and Fact

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Moyers & Company
PBS


While a majority of Americans think global warming is real and that human activity’s a factor, some two-thirds of white evangelical Christians aren’t convinced. Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, believes that her faith is compatible with science. She speaks to Bill about ending the gridlock between politics, science and religion to combat global warming. Continue


Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Before returning to Washington for the start of Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks to Bill Moyers about the problems facing middle class Americans. "Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists, armies of lawyers and get just the rules they want. It doesn't work so well for American families," Sen. Warren tells Moyers. Continue


Before and 'After Tiller'

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Late-term abortion is intensely controversial in the country and among PBS viewers. But it is legal in some states. Viewers and the ombudsman explore the issue and the POV program “After Tiller” that set-off the controversy among PBS viewers. Continue


TTC Extra: Child Accidentally Shoots Gun Range Instructor

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To The Contrary
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A 9-year-old child accidentally shot and killed her gun range instructor in Arizona, which is one of many states that allows children under 18 into gun ranges with adult supervision. This incident has stirred up debate about children and firearms. PANEL: Patricia Sosa, Betsy Mullins, Rina Shah, Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy Continue


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