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Gender Equality in Islam

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To The Contrary
PBS


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


Matthew Vines on God and the Gay Christian

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
PBS


Watch excerpts from R&E’s interview with Matthew Vines, author of the book “God and the Gay Christian” and founder and president of the Reformation Project, an effort “to train Christians to support and affirm LGBT people.” On November 6-8, 2014, the project is holding its first regional training conference at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. Continue


“Nothing to Stop It”

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, FBI Agent Neil Welch talks about what he believes is the inevitability of government abuse. “It will happen, there’s nothing to stop it.” Continue


County Clerk Changes History

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this video extra, learn more about the story of Clela Rorex, former County Clerk in Boulder, CO, who in 1975 helped change history by becoming the first in the United States to approve a marriage license for gay couples, including Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan. Their 40-year struggle for marriage equality is featured in Limited Partnership on Independent Lens on PBS, June 15, 2015. Continue


Letter from a Texas Jail

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Independent Lens
PBS


One of those convicted of the serial arson fires in East Texas that are at the heart of Little Hope Was Arson wrote us a letter to give their perspective on what transpired, in this piece exclusive to Independent Lens. Continue


Mark Burnett's "A.D. The Bible Continues"

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
PBS


A new NBC television series by producer Mark Burnett on Jesus’ ministry and crucifixion is being described as “a political thriller told through the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.” Continue


Ho'onani Steps Up

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, Ho'onani, a charismatic sixth grade girl who considers herself “in the middle,” takes over leadership of the school’s all-male hula troupe. It becomes a way for her to express her inner-male spirit. Continue


Afghani Women Leaders; Women's Colleges; All-Female Mosque

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To The Contrary
PBS


Afghani Women Leaders: Women forming part of Afghani president Ashraf Ghani's delegation say support from the US is vital. Women's Colleges: The closing of Sweet Briar College may point toward a demise of all-women's schools. All-Female Mosque: We speak with one of the woman behind the first mosque in the US for women only. PANEL: Manal Omar, Anushay Hossain, Sam Bennett, Patrice Lee Continue


"Memory of the Camps" - Preview

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FRONTLINE
PBS


A landmark historical film discovered by FRONTLINE in a museum vault decades ago has been called “Hitchcock’s lost Holocaust film.” First broadcast by the series in 1985, the documentary shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps, and draws on initial editing done by famed director Alfred Hitchcock before the film was shelved 70 years ago. Continue


Singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The legendary singer-songwriter discusses her highly anticipated new album, "You Gotta Love the Life." Continue


America's Incarcerated

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
PBS


The US has more people in prison than any other country in the world, but public policy professor Steven Raphael suggests that "instead of spending so much money on incarcerating very old inmates we could use that money to hire more police, have anti-violence interventions for youth, and be more proactive about having a society that is less violent and generates more productive citizens." Continue


TTC Extra: Abstinence-Only Class

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To The Contrary
PBS


A professor's tweets went viral recently after expressing disappointment in her high school's son's abstinence-only sexual education program. Continue


Paper Proof

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary 1971, members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI look back on the night they sorted through the FBI documents they’d nabbed and discovered the shocking evidence of spying on Americans and other abuses. Continue


Coming to Independent Lens: 1971

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Independent Lens
PBS


On March 8, 1971, a group of citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania, took every file, and shared them with the public. Their actions exposed the FBI's illegal surveillance program of law-abiding Americans. Now, these previously anonymous Americans publicly share their story for the first time. Continue


TTC Extra: Terror Plot Averted

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To The Contrary
PBS


2 New York women were arrested in their homes after an undercover officer discovered materials used for making a bomb. Continue


You Are the Warriors of Today

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, schoolchildren are given an emotional lecture about the true meaning of “Kumu” and about Hawai’ian history. “Hae Hawai’i” is the flag of the state and the teacher wants to make sure they understand that they will continue the legacy as “the true warriors of today.” The kids then sing the former national anthem. Continue


Reunited

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, Hina travels from Hawai’i to Fiji to reunite with her husband, a headstrong Tongan man. For all her trepidations, Hina says, “I really can’t wait to see him.” They share a moving reconnection at the airport. Continue


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

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To The Contrary
PBS


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


Unity Between Muslims of All Races

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American Experience
PBS


Malcolm X talks about his experience on a pilgrimage to Mecca, comparing white Muslims to white Americans, and suggesting that studying Islam might help white men to think of all races as human. Continue


Activist Marian Wright Edelman

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund discusses organization's recently released report, "Ending Child Poverty Now." Continue


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