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    Debt ceiling deadline now June 5, giving more time for negotiations

    5/26/2023 - 6:56 pm

    Ten days now stand between the U.S. and a catastrophic default on debt. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's new estimate moves the so-called "X-date" back to June 5. Even if lawmakers were to reach a deal Friday night, they still may not be able to get it through Congress before the country fails to pay its bills on time. Geoff Bennett discussed more with Leigh Ann Caldwell.

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    Migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. wait at an encampment as they try to get an appointment using the CBP ONE application,...

    Migrants endure appalling conditions at border while waiting for chance to seek asylum

    5/26/2023 - 6:55 pm

    Earlier this month, a pandemic-era rule that allowed for the quick expulsion of migrants at the border, known as Title 42, officially ended. It created ripple effects on both sides of the border, though not necessarily what many expected. Authorities prepared for a surge in migrants, but that never happened. Amna Nawaz visited both sides of the border to better understand why.

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    News Wrap: More Oath Keepers members sentenced for roles in Jan. 6 attack

    5/26/2023 - 6:50 pm

    In our news wrap Friday, two more members of the far-right Oath Keepers were sentenced in the Jan. 6 investigation, Russia's southern Belgorod region came under Ukrainian attacks as both sides carried out cross-border strikes and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged newly minted Navy and Marine Corps officers to face China's challenge in the Pacific.

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Episode 4

Tom Jones

Tom’s letter to Lady Bellaston threatens to sink his prospects with Sophia. A swordfight puts him in even deeper trouble. A secret emerges.

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Fanny: The Right to Rock

Fanny: The Right to Rock

Co-founded by Filipina American and queer teenagers, Fanny is the first all women band to release an album with a major record label (Warner/Reprise, 1970). Revered by David Bowie, meet the most groundbreaking rock group you've never heard of... yet.

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Richard III

Great Performances

Experience The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Shakespeare’s tragedy with one of his most indelible villains starring Danai Gurira in the title role. Recorded live in July 2022 from Central Park.

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Shenandoah Valley, VA

Get Out of Town

The mountains are calling in the season finale, as Laurita & Lauren visit the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. From Skyland Restaurant at Shenandoah National Park to Luray Caverns to ATV-riding with Appalachian Adventures, the season concludes with adventures and views of the Virginia countryside. The hosts also visit Hank’s Grille & Catering and stay at The Mimslyn Inn and the Massanutten Resort.

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Philadelphia, PA

Get Out of Town

Spectacular food and history, plus a run up the famous Rocky steps, are on the itinerary as Laurita and Lauren visit Philadelphia. They make cheesesteaks at Campo’s, grab smoothies at Reading Terminal Market, and enjoy fine dining at Laser Wolf. Adventures include a Founding Footsteps Tour and stop at Shane Confectionery, plus stays at Center City’s Guild House Hotel and The Notary Hotel.

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Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV

American Masters

See the world through the eyes of Nam June Paik, the father of video art and coiner of the term “electronic superhighway.” Born in Japan-occupied Korea, Paik went on to become a pillar of the American avant-garde and transformed modern image-making with his sculptures, films and performances. Experience his creative evolution, as Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun reads from Paik's own writings.

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The Cowboy

Iconic America

The cowboy is the quintessential American — fiercely independent, brave and laconic. This episode examines the myths and realities of this archetype, which remains as potent as ever in the 21st century.

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The Gadsden Flag

Iconic America

The “Don’t Tread on Me” flag is such a potent symbol of independence that it has been co-opted by a wide variety of Americans over its long history.

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Your Brain: Who's in Control?


Are you in control of your brain, or is your brain controlling you? Dive into the latest research on the subconscious with neuroscientist Heather Berlin to see what’s really driving the decisions you make.

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Your Brain: Perception Deception


Is what you see real? Join neuroscientist Heather Berlin on a quest to understand how your brain shapes your reality, and why you can’t always trust what you perceive. Learn the surprising tricks and shortcuts the brain takes to help us survive.

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Fire and Ice

Wild Scandinavia

Scandinavia’s extremes are kingdoms of ice and fire. Awake under the long polar night, Muskoxen, polar bears, and arctic foxes must navigate the dramatic transformation of their world as it melts into a sleepless rush of life under the midnight sun.

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Clarence and Ginni Thomas


As controversy erupts around Clarence and Ginni Thomas, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of their path to power. This investigation from veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team traces how race, power and controversy collide in the rise of the Supreme Court justice and his wife and how the couple has reshaped American law and politics.

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Wild Scandinavia

Magical forests wrap around a labyrinth of waterways in Scandinavia’s heartlands. Elusive wolves and lynx stalk this secret world, while osprey and reindeer survive the ever-changing seasons through surprising and ancient alliances.

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Hidden Volcano Abyss


In January 2022, one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in recorded history rocked the islands of Tonga. Join scientists as they investigate what caused the blast, how it spurred a devastating tsunami, and if another eruption could be imminent.

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Sam Now

Independent Lens

In this coming-of-age documentary about generational trauma, follow Sam Harkness from age 11 to 36 as his middle-class Seattle family is heartbroken and unsure of what to do after his mother suddenly leaves them. Woven together with home movies lovingly crafted by Sam’s half brother, director Reed Harkness, witness a boy grow up grappling with the ripple effects of a singular traumatic event.

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Silent Beauty

Independent Lens

In this autobiographical exploration of survivorship, New Orleans journalist and filmmaker Jasmin Mara López unabashedly shares her process of healing from childhood sexual abuse. After Jasmin discloses to her family she'd been abused by her grandfather, she liberates others to come forward in a story of confronting a culture of silence over generational trauma.

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Attenborough’s Wonder of Song


David Attenborough presents seven of the most remarkable animal songs found in nature and explores the significance of these songs in the lives of their species.

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Saving the Right Whale


The North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction. But a handful of specialists are determined to help save it as they discover new secrets about the lives of these giants of the sea.

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Free Chol Soo Lee

Independent Lens

Sentenced to life for a 1973 San Francisco murder, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was set free after a pan-Asian solidarity movement, which included Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Americans, helped to overturn his conviction. After 10 years of fighting for his life inside California state prisons, Lee found himself in a new fight to rise to the expectations of the people who believed in him.

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Chasing Carbon Zero


Can the U.S. reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and avoid the biggest impacts of climate change? Experts say it can be done. Here’s the technology that could get us there.

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Emeli Sandé

My Grandparents’ War

Singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé explores her grandparents’ remarkable stories, which span World War II, the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya, and the fight for independence in Zambia. She faces a mix of emotions: “Both sets of my grandparents were involved in violent struggles in Africa,” she says. “One, tasked with upholding the British Empire. The other: trying to overthrow it.”

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Treasure of the Caribbean


A story of hope in troubling times. The discovery of a coral reef in Belize and Guatemala, larger than the size of Manhattan, marks a new chapter in understanding corals and fish that depend on each other and in saving coral reefs worldwide.

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