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Poet writes slam-dunking kids' novel

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PBS NewsHour
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How do you get reluctant readers to fall in love with a book? Writer and literacy activist Kwame Alexander says you have to offer them something relatable. In "The Crossover," basketball is the hook to persuade kids to pick up a novel written in poetic verse. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Alexander to discuss his award-winning young adult book. Continue


Can a helmet sensor help prevent brain trauma in athletes?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


As we learn more about the effects of concussions and sports-related head trauma, parents, coaches and medical professionals are debating how to keep players safe. Some are looking to technology, like a device worn under the helmet that shows the force of impact after a fall or collision. Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our Breakthroughs series. Continue


Roberto or Bobby Clemente?

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American Experience
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Sports journalists often mocked Latino ballplayers' English or, along with Major League Baseball, tried to ignore their "unamerican" heritage. Continue


Comparing Baseball to "El Béisbol"

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American Experience
PBS


In the 1940s, Puerto Rico's winter baseball league was paradise for black and white players, and an inspiration for a young Roberto Clemente 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


Yosemite free climbers complete their gripping feat

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Two climbers successfully scaled the near-vertical slab of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, using their fingers and feet without additional aids. After 19 days, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are the first to free climb the entire granite face. Gwen Ifill talks to Chris Weidner of the Boulder Daily Camera about their pinnacle achievement. Continue


Sorting out the college football playoff selections

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The first-ever college football championship playoffs will kick-off on New Year’s Day. But there’s been confusion about and criticism for the semifinal selection process. Judy Woodruff turns to Mike Pesca of Slate to sort out the new system. Continue


Why did no one flag UNC’s bogus classes?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For more than 18 years, thousands of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took credit courses that never met as a class with a professor; a disproportionate number of the students in those classes were athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein about the investigation that unearthed the fraud and why it lasted so long. Continue


TTC Extra: Hope Solo

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To The Contrary
PBS


Hope Solo, goal keeper for the U.S. soccer team has yet to be reprimanded after her assualt charge against her sister and nephew from last summer. Her sponsor, Nike has also remained silent in this situation, but were quick to take action against a few NFL players accused of the same misdemeanor. Continue


Domestic Violence & NFL; ISIS; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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To The Contrary
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Domestic Violence & NFL: The league's handling of the Ray Rice case is questioned as survivors share personal stories. ISIS: The terrorist group both recruits and enslaves women. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: The Democratic senator talks about how to empower women in her new book, "Off the Sidelines." PANEL: Sabrina Schaeffer, Sam Bennett, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Darlene Kennedy Continue


An avalanche rescue caught on camera

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PBS NewsHour
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In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, earlier this year, an Australian man named James Mort survived being buried in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps thanks to rescue efforts by his friends, one of whom captured his rescue on a helmet camera. Mort talks to the NewsHour about what he hopes others will learn from his experience. Continue


Will undefeated Kentucky be unseated by an underdog team?

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PBS NewsHour
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The undefeated University of Kentucky men’s basketball team is the favorite going into this year’s March Madness tournament. Judy Woodruff gets a preview of the upcoming matchups from John Feinstein of The Washington Post. Continue


Latino Ballplayers Join the Major Leagues

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American Experience
PBS


Roberto Clemente was more than just a baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates; he was a role model for Latinos in the United States. 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


Did the Patriots cheat with underinflated footballs?

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PBS NewsHour
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The NFL is investigating the New England Patriots for using underinflated footballs during their final blowout victory game against the Indianapolis Colts before the Super Bowl. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe about past cheating allegations against the team’s coach and why referees didn’t catch the violation before the game. Continue


Steve Ballmer, L.A. Clippers owner

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


Ballmer talks about his early experiences as owner of a major sports team. Continue


‘Happy Valley’ examines aftermath of Sandusky scandal

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PBS NewsHour
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In 2012, Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted for sexually assaulting children. Joe Paterno, the beloved head coach, was fired for failing to report the crime. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Amir Bar-Lev, director of a new documentary, “Happy Valley,” that examines the immediate aftermath of the scandal and how Penn State’s football-first community recovered. Continue


NFL Abuse Scandals; Hillary Clinton & Economy; Freed Slaves

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To The Contrary
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NFL Abuse Scandal: The NFL could potentially loose sponsorships if they do not handle the recent domestic violence allegations appropriately. Hillary Clinton & Economy: Hillary Clinton believes more women working will boost the economy. Freed Slaves: A historical picture resurfaces of four freed female slaves after Reconstruction. PANEL: Del. Norton, Genevieve Wood, Avis Jones-DeWever, Patrice Lee Continue


How scandals could change the business of football

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Some sponsors of the NFL have started to complain publicly about the league's handling of the cases involving players and domestic abuse of spouses and children. Despite extra scrutiny, ratings and fan attendance have held. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College and Gregg Easterbrook, author of “The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America” about the economic consequences. Continue


Will the NFL be safer this year?

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PBS NewsHour
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The NFL has been heavily scrutinized for encouraging gameplay at the expense of player safety. As the league kicks off its 95th season, new rules are aimed at preventing injuries and reducing contact. Jeffrey Brown discusses the league’s adjustments with DeMaurice Smith, the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, and Dr. Matthew Matava of the NFL Physicians Society. Continue


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