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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


Detroit Town Hall

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Tavis Smiley
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A diverse panel of experts on various social, political, economic, and legal issues that are key to Detroit's turnaround. Continue


Beijing+20; Hillary Clinton Doctrine; "War on Women" Over?

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To The Contrary
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Beijing+20: How far have women come and what still needs to be done, 20 years after the famed women's conference? Hillary Clinton Doctrine: How much has Hillary Clinton done to improve women's lives? "War on Women": Democrats say it's back, while Republicans say it's over. PANEL: Kellyanne Conway; Neera Tanden; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Continue


Our Colliding Ideals: What I Saw In Selma

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Washington Week
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"We are a nation that was born and bred in conflict. But at least now -- at least this weekend -- we were engaged in a common cause to use conflict as a path toward a community ideal. That’s what I saw in Selma." Continue


Beijing+20: Coverage of Original UN Conference on Women

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To The Contrary
PBS


It's been 20 years since the Fourth UN World Conference on Women's rights in Beijing. To commemorate this landmark, To The Contrary presents our coverage of the 1995 conference. Continue


Gunning for Frontline, Part Two

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PBS


Shoot-out over “Gunned Down.” The NRA says Frontline was biased. Frontline says the NRA is shooting the messenger. 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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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: UPS Accused of Pregnancy Discrimination

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To The Contrary
PBS


The Supreme Court has ruled that UPS employee Peggy Young can proceed with her lawsuit against the shipping company for pregnancy discrimination. She charges she was not given light work in accordance with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. PANEL: Manal Omar, Anushay Hossain, Sam Bennett, Patrice Lee Continue


Chat with Gwen Ifill: Submit your question!

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Washington Week
PBS


Gwen Ifill will be answering your questions! So what do you want to know? Politics? Current events? Nothing is off limits. Just put "Chat Question" in the subject! Continue


TTC Extra: SXSW Panel Interruption

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To The Contrary
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The lack of diversity in the tech field was awkwardly displayed at the South By South West festival. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was called out for repeatedly interrupting former Google executive Megan Smith. PANEL: Kellyanne Conway; Neera Tanden; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Continue


The Mailbag: On Race, a Very Tough Assignment

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PBS


Viewers react to coverage of upsurge in racial incidents, from shootings of young blacks by police to racist chants by fraternity brothers at the University of Oklahoma. Continue


Hillary, Congress & Ferguson: Perils of Seeing More Clearly

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Washington Week
PBS


"Let’s have a chat about transparency, and how much we really want to know about the way things work. This week provided several good examples of the discussion along the campaign trail, and in all three branches of government." Continue


Women World Leaders: Interviews with Women in Power

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To The Contrary
PBS


Some To The Contrary Classics: interviews with women who have attained the highest office in their countries. We speak with Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, Helen Clark of New Zealand, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Janet Jagan of Guyana, and Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway. Continue


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