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The Mailbag: Tavis Smiley, President Obama and Race

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


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

PBS Ombudsman
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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PBS


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 Ombudsman
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


Dick Cavett's Watergate - Preview

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PBS


Mark the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation with archival clips from “The Dick Cavett Show.” Continue


Pro-Choice Label; Prostitution Debate; Gender Lens Investing

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To The Contrary
PBS


Pro-Choice Label: Activists move away from labeling themselves "pro-choice." Prostitution Debate: Should selling sex be legal? Gender Lens Investing: Jackie Vanderbrug of US Trust on why investing with a gender lens is a growing trend. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Genevieve Wood, Megan Beyer, Patrice Lee Continue


Arresting Parents, Promoting Diversity, What Women Want

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To The Contrary
PBS


Arresting Parents: Mothers are being arrested for child endangerment. Promoting Diversity: Female and minority executives are penalized for advancing workplace diversity. What Women Want: Deborah Rhode says the women's movement needs a jump start. PANEL: Avis Jones DeWeever, Erin Matson, Jennifer Marshall, Rina Shah Continue


The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative

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Moyers & Company
PBS


Politicians in Washington, DC, seem to have stopped talking - and listening - to their colleagues across the aisle. While Washington appears to have stopped their conversations, Bill decided to start a new one. This week he speaks with the American Enterprise Institute's president Arthur C. Brooks, whose political views in large measure differ from his own, on how to fight our widening inequality. Continue


The Mailbag: The Fighting, and the Mail, Go On, As Always

PBS Ombudsman
PBS


Was a well-known defense expert the wrong choice for a NewsHour interview? The ombudsman doesn't think so. 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


'We Do Not Interrupt This Program to Bring You…'

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PBS


NBC and ABC bring the president's 9:30 p.m., Aug. 7 statement on Iraq strikes live to viewers. PBS viewers need to wait or change the channel. Continue


TTC Extra: Women Sports Executives

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To The Contrary
PBS


Washington DC litigator Michele Roberts shattered a glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to head a players union for one of the top four pro sports. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Genevieve Wood, Patrice Lee, Megan Beyer Continue


That Riddle Again: 'Tell Me How This Ends'

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PBS


Frontline and Charlie Rose present important new programs on Iraq and Gaza and the question of "How will it end?" The ombudsman makes some observations. Continue


TTC Extra: Republicans and Abortion

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To The Contrary
PBS


According to reports, Republican women think they can woo voters by talking about abortion. They see their victory in the Hobby Lobby case as proof that this is a winning issue for the right. PANEL: Focus Point Host Avis Jones DeWeever, RH Reality Check Editor Erin Matson, The Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall, Republican Strategist Rina Shah Continue


The Mailbag: More on Gaza

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PBS


A NewsHour interview paints a devastating toll in Gaza. But the ombudsman and the interviewer disagree on the questioning. Continue


TTC Extra: Women In Tech

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To The Contrary
PBS


Women continue to be underrepresented in the technology industry. A few top colleges have managed to reverse the trend by reaching out to high school teachers, offering mentoring programs and focusing recruitment on prospective female students. PANEL: Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez, Former Judge & Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan, Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy, Journalist Anushay Continue


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