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TTC Extra: Michelle Obama Forgoes Headscarf in Saudi Arabia

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To The Contrary
PBS


First Lady Michelle Obama ignited controversy and praise over her decision not to wear a headscarf on an official visit to Saudi Arabia. She has not publicly stated whether her intent was political, but it reignited debate over the role of a first lady in the United States. PANEL: Anushay Hossain, Rina Shah, Patricia Sosa, Amber Smith Continue


Why alienation drives extremism among European Muslims

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fighters for Islamic State are Muslims from Western Europe, seeking an alternative to the alienation some feel here at home. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London on how cultural isolation and discrimination can help drive young Western recruits to embrace radicalism. Continue


White House Pay Gap; Microcredit & Poverty; Anonymous

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To The Contrary
PBS


White House Pay Gap: Are women in the White House paid fairly? Microcredit & Poverty: Is microcredit living up to expectations as a tool for poverty reduction? Anonymous: Does the secretive hacking group help or hurt women? PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sabrina Schaeffer, Debra Carnahan, Francesca Chambers Continue


Facing resistance from Capitol Hill, U.S. opens Cuba talks

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The United States and Cuba have commenced talks aimed at normalizing long-strained relations, but support for this turning point is not universal. Gwen Ifill talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News from Havana about opposition from Capitol Hill and the long process of reestablishing the relationship after 53 years. Continue


Terrorism; Transgender Discrimination; Domestic Trafficking

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To The Contrary
PBS


Terrorism: Why women and girls join terrorist organizations like ISIS. Transgender Discrimination: The policies surrounding discrimination of transgender people. Domestic Trafficking: The story of one survivor of whose sex trafficking was inter-generational. PANEL: Sam Bennett; Darlene Kennedy; Aisha Moodie-Mills; Sabrina Schaeffer Continue


Europe’s porous borders pose problems in hunt for terrorists

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The attacks in Paris and today's raids against militants in Belgium highlight the trend of European Muslims traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight. Gwen Ifill talks to Lorenzo Vidino of the European Foundation for Democracy about Europe’s porous borders and the challenge of monitoring possible suspects. Continue


Do Western Muslims face a free speech double standard?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The Charlie Hebdo shooting has sparked debate about the protections and limits of free speech. Judy Woodruff talks to Bertrand Vannier of Radio France and Daisy Khan of the American Society for Muslim Advancement about whether Muslims face a double standard when it comes to free expression and the reaction to Charlie Hebdo’s controversial post-attack cover. Continue


Putin's Way

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FRONTLINE
PBS


FRONTLINE investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin's Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War. Continue


Business in Modern-Day Russia

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FRONTLINE
PBS


How does business work in modern-day Russia? One exiled tycoon, Sergei Kolesnikov, explains how, he says, corruption goes right to the top. Continue


TTC Extra: Agent Carter

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To The Contrary
PBS


ABC's attempt towards making the superhero genre more woman-friendly. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Genevieve Wood; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Bharara Continue


Obama avoids criticizing treatment of Saudi blogger on visit

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


On a visit to meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, President Obama advocated for tolerance and free speech but did not discuss a Saudi blogger's punishment of 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


For some Muslims in U.K., conflict of identity and isolation

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fighters for Islamic State are Muslims from Western Europe, seeking an alternative to the alienation some feel here at home. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London on how cultural isolation and discrimination can help drive young Western recruits to embrace radicalism. Continue


Ebola doctor: ‘Tremendous strides’ in stemming the outbreak

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Dr. Pranav Shetty, global emergency health coordinator for International Medical Corps, was hailed by President Obama in his State of the Union address as an embodiment of the effort to roll back the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In August, Shetty went to Liberia to help establish and oversee two treatment units and a training center for health workers. He joined Jeffrey Brown for a conversation. Continue


Why is the Islamic State targeting Japan for ransom?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


The Islamic State released a video ransom vote that threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200 million. Jeffrey Brown speaks with former CIA officer Bob Baer about why the militant group is targeting that country. Continue


2 dead in Belgian raid on extremists said to plot attacks

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Belgian security officials reportedly raided a cell of extremists who had recently returned from Syria and were ready to stage attacks “on a grand scale.” Two suspects were killed and one was wounded in a shootout with police. Meanwhile, in France, President Francois Hollande appealed for religious tolerance, vowing to punish any acts against Muslims or Jews. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff report. Continue


American rapper taps into the flow of China’s economy

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


A Fulbright scholar studying in China found an unusual calling for his language skills and economics knowledge: writing and performing bilingual raps about Chinese development and inequality in Beijing comedy clubs. With songs like “Mo Money, Mo Fazhan” and “Laowai Style,” Jesse Appell’s “macro-raps” became a standup sensation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue


France arrests dozens for hate speech

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Three million copies of Charlie Hebdo sold out as people snatched up the first issue of the satirical French newspaper since the deadly attack. Their cover, showing an image of the Prophet Muhammad with a sign reading, "Je Suis Charlie," prompted negative reactions from around the Muslim world. Meanwhile, French officials made 54 arrests in a crackdown on hate speech. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue


Activist Pierre Labossiere

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The political activist talks about where Haiti stands today, five years after a devastating 7.0 earthquake hit the tiny island nation. Continue


Man in the Corner

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FRONTLINE
PBS


Russian President Vladimir Putin has become an isolated figure on the global stage. At the G20 summit in Australia in December, Putin found that he was alienated from the other world leaders. Continue


Putin the Spy

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FRONTLINE
PBS


What was Russian President Vladimir Putin like as a child? According to his own biography, he’d wanted to be a KBG agent from the time he was a teenager. The story of how he rose to become prime minister for the first time. Continue


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