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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: More on Race Then (Vietnam) and Now

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A Vietnam documentary hits a home run and another stirs some controversy, while here at home reporting about race remains controversial. Continue


Gender Equality in Islam

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To The Contrary
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A new crop of female Islamic scholars says there is nothing in the Koran that treats women unequally. Instead, they argue, Muslim women have been marginalized by cultural practices and patriarchal interpretations. One such advocate is Dr. Azizah Al-Hibriwho started a non-profit organization called Karamah with the goal of advancing the gender-equitable principles of Islam to Musllm women. Continue


TTC Extra: Gender Equality in Islam Preview

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Dr. Azizah al-Hibri explains the goal of her group, Karamah. Don't miss this special documentary edition of To The Contrary exploring gender equality in Islam! Continue


Protecting Anonymity

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1971 filmmaker Johanna Hamilton joins The Burglary author Betty Medsger and Citizen Four director Laura Poitras to discuss the measures Medsger and the Washington Post took to protect the anonymity of their sources, the Media, PA burglars, who revealed FBI surveillance of American citizens some forty years before the Snowden revelations exposed large-scale NSA surveillance in the digital age. Continue


Bad Decision, Weak Response

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London’s Daily Mail finds a case of “censorship” involving the popular PBS series on “Roots” within all those leaked Sony Picture emails that were posted on WikiLeaks. 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: Justice Served, #BringBackOurGirls

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The Nigerian army rescued over 500 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been rescued by. And 10 men have been jailed for the attack against Malala Yousafzai. Continue


TTC Extra: Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

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Advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court as the justices heard the arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which seeks to answer whether the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex marriage. Activists from different spheres and representing different viewpoints demonstrated and spoke. Continue


The 'Mail' Keeps Tugging at the 'Roots'

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Now it appears, according to Britain’s Daily Mail Online, that there are other elements of the “Finding Your Roots” broadcast last year with Ben Affleck that will also be looked into. Continue


A Late, but Welcomed (by PBS), Apology

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Professor Gates expresses “regret” and apologizes for failure to let PBS and WNET know what was happening with Ben Affleck’s interview on “Finding Your Roots.” Continue


Who Knew? Not Us, PBS Now Says About ‘Roots’ Controversy

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More details emerge on the flap over “Finding Your Roots” and dropping Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor. PBS and WNET/Thirteen say they didn’t know what was going on between Affleck, Gates and Sony chief. Continue


Vatican & Nuns; Reddit & The Wage Gap; Stay-at-Home Moms

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Vatican & Nuns: The Vatican cut short its investigation of the largest order of American nuns. Reddit & The Wage Gap: Interim CEO Ellen Pao bans salary negotiations for entry-level positions in an attempt to level the playing field. Stay-at-Home Moms: Is motherhood a career? PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Genevieve Wood, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Mercedes Viana Schlapp Continue


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