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TTC Extra: Uber Safety Concerns

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To The Contrary
PBS


The popular ridesharing company has promised to enact stronger background checks to allay safety concerns, especially those coming from women, after a driver in Boston was charged with rape. Uber is already banned in India after allegations arose against a driver in New Delhi. PANEL: Francesca Chambers; Jennifer Marshall; Patricia Sosa; Avis Jones-DeWeever Continue


Sony cancels movie at the center of security worries

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Sony Pictures canceled the release of “The Interview,” a movie about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after the nation's largest theater chains had said they wouldn't play the movie. Sony has been the target of a large-scale hack of its computer data, with a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace claiming responsibility for leaks. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue


Is it in America’s interest to have closer Cuban connection?

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PBS NewsHour
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For two views on the diplomatic reconnection with Cuba, Judy Woodruff turns to Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who supports the move and traveled from Cuba with released prisoner Alan Gross, and Roger Noriega, former assistant secretary of state, who says President Obama is “betting” on goodwill from the Castro regime. Continue


Granito: When the Mountains Tremble: Update (Spanish)

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POV
PBS


Pamela Yates descubre que se equivocó una escena de su película, vuelve a Guatemala para investigar. Continue


Sanctions, cheap oil take toll on Russian ruble

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Russia's central bank hiked a key interest rate nearly 7 points overnight in a dramatic move to stabilize the economy. The ruble has lost 60 percent of its value since January, and Russians have been feeling the economic pinch of inflation. Jeffrey Brown reports how the falling price of oil and Western sanctions have hurt the Russian economy. Continue


Does economic turbulence hurt Putin’s power?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


To examine the roots of Russian economic vulnerability and the potential implications for Russia and other countries, Jeffrey Brown gets analysis from Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Eswar Prasad of Cornell University. Continue


Moms vs. Police Brutality; Sexual Assault; Bacha Posh

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To The Contrary
PBS


Moms vs. Police Brutality: Mothers demand police reform. Sexual Assault: New Department of Justice study shows differences for survivors on and off campus. Bacha Posh: Jenny Nordberg chronicles Afghanistan's hidden third gender in "The Underground Girls of Kabul." PANEL: Megan Beyer; Genevieve Wood; Darlene Kennedy; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Continue


White House defends deadly Yemen hostage mission

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The White House said American officials had not known about efforts to win the freedom of South African school teacher Pierre Korkie before a failed U.S. commando raid to rescue Korkie and the American photographer Luke Somers from al-Qaida captors in Yemen. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


Syrian child refugees work to support their families

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A million children have been forced to flee Syria’s civil war. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs profiles two young girls, 12-year-old Iman and 14-year-old Bushra, best friends who must work in the fields to support their families now living in Lebanon. But they are the lucky ones: A local organization has set up a school with afternoon shifts for working children. Continue


Liberia, Guinea meet key targets in fight to contain Ebola

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The World Health Organization reported that both Liberia and Guinea have hit key health targets by isolating Ebola patients and safely burying victims. Even so, the fight to end Ebola is far from over. Judy Woodruff talks to Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations about why some Ebola treatment centers are empty and why money pledged to end the outbreak hasn’t materialized. Continue


TTC Extra: Normalizing Relations With Cuba

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To The Contrary
PBS


President Barack Obama has announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. The US has not had formal diplomatic relations with and had maintained an embargo against the island nation since the Cold War. We take a look back at a discussion on To The Contrary from 2002 which discusses Cuban-American relations. Continue


U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic ties, swap prisoners

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The United States will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostility and isolation. President Obama announced a rapprochement between the two countries, which includes expanding economic ties and easing some conditions of the travel ban. Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed the thaw while cautioning there is more to resolve. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


How does diplomatic reconciliation affect Cuban-Americans?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


How are Cuban-Americans responding to the breakthrough in relations between the U.S. and Cuba? Maria de los Angeles Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Cuban-American activist Ana Carbonell join Judy Woodruff for a debate on the change in policy and its effect on the future of pro-democracy activism on the island. Continue


Granito: When the Mountains Tremble: Update (English)

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POV
PBS


Filmmaker Pamela Yates finds out she got a scene in her 1983 film When the Mountains Tremble wrong, and returns to Guatemala to investigate. Continue


Taliban massacre of schoolchildren shocks Pakistan

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing scores of young students. The Pakistani Taliban claimed it was in retaliation for a new government military offensive. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports on the events and Judy Woodruff turns to The Washington Post’s Tim Craig in Islamabad for more on how the nation is responding. Continue


Getting ‘to zero’ in the fight against Ebola

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


This year’s Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 6,800 people, according to the World Health Organization. “If you leave a single case untreated and then if you let that transmission continue, it could explode again,” Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, tells the NewsHour. Kim joins Judy Woodruff to discuss challenges of wiping out the disease. Continue


Peru’s indigenous people call for environmental protections

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


As delegates from around the world gather in Lima, Peru, to work on a framework on climate change, thousands of Peruvians flocked to the capital to demand better protection for their lands and cultures. As part of our Culture at Risk series, Jeffrey Brown reports from Lima on the struggle to balance the protection of remote indigenous communities with industry and growth. Continue


Understanding the risks of rescuing hostages

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


In the wake of the failed mission to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, Brian Jenkins of the RAND Corporation joins Judy Woodruff to explore the risks of such raids, as well as what other alternative options the U.S. has to consider. Continue


Syrian refugees poised to lose food aid as UN funds run out

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A severe cash shortage has forced the UN’s World Food Program to suspend food vouchers, immediately affecting 1.7 million Syrian refugees who are reliant on them for survival. Gwen Ifill spoke with Muhannad Hadi of the World Food Program about what the organization needs to provide December’s vouchers and why providing debit cards for groceries better serves some refugee populations. Continue


Can a return to Buddhist values offer China a greener path?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how officially atheist, Communist China seems to be supporting a return to traditional Buddhist values in order to convince citizens to care about the environment. Continue


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