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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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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 …

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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PBS


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


Ben Bradlee: A Very Special Person

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PBS


Ben Bradlee was the right man at the right time; Vietnam and Watergate and the truth awaited him. 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


Brooks & Son: An Unofficial Disclosure

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PBS


Should David Brooks and the NewsHour have disclosed that Brooks’ son joined the Israeli military? The ombudsman thinks so. 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


Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Reporter and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert talks to Bill about his new book, “Losing Our Way,” the stories of brave, hard-working men and women battered by the economic downturn. Herbert travelled across the US and found that jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the “virtuous cycle” of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken. Continue


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

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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


TTC Extra: Groundbreaking Transgender Rights Case

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To The Contrary
PBS


A veteran and civilian software engineer for the army has won a groundbreaking gender discrimination case. She was called "sir" and "it" by coworkers and management. She was also forced to use a separate bathroom. The Army has agreed to institute new policies to be more sensitive to LGBT people. PANEL: Karin Agness; Avis Jones-DeWeever; Danielle Moodie-Mills; Rina Shah Continue


The Fight — and the Right — to Vote

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Moyers & Company
PBS


The Supreme Court has upheld Texas' harsh voter ID law for the upcoming midterm elections. The law is part of a nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the right’s desire to hold onto power. Bill speaks with Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Ari Berman, a journalist with The Nation, about the ongoing vote suppression controversy. 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


War on Women; Yes Means Yes; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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To The Contrary
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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


Et Tu, Harper’s?

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


PBS claims ads were pulled because of bad timing rather than a critical article in a magazine. Does anyone believe that? The ombudsman thinks it’s plausible. 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


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