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    Volkswagen factory workers' unionization vote results watch party in Chattanooga

    Why the unionization of Tennessee Volkswagen workers is a big breakthrough for UAW

    4/20/2024 - 5:40 pm

    Employees at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have overwhelmingly voted to join the United Auto Workers union. It's the first time workers at a foreign car maker's plant in the American South have unionized, giving UAW a foothold in the least-unionized region of the country. John Yang speaks with New York Times reporter Noam Scheiber to learn more.

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    U.S. House votes on $95 billion Ukraine-Israel package on Capitol Hill in Washington

    News Wrap: Bipartisan House coalition passes $95 billion foreign aid package

    4/20/2024 - 5:45 pm

    In our news wrap Saturday, the House passed a long-delayed $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, the Senate approved an extension of a controversial surveillance law, hospital officials say an Israeli airstrike on a house in southern Gaza killed at least nine people including six children, and former Arkansas governor and U.S. Sen. David Pryor died at the age of 89.

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    Voting in the first phase of India's general election

    What's at stake for India and its allies as polls open in world's largest election

    4/20/2024 - 5:35 pm

    In India, voting in the world's largest election is underway for the next six weeks. Prime Minister Modi is heavily favored to win a third term, but his consolidation of power and crackdown on dissent have raised questions about his commitment to democratic values. Irfan Nooruddin, professor of Indian politics at Georgetown University, joins John Yang to discuss what issues are on voters' minds.

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    South African journalists hold a vigil for journalists killed during the ongoing conflict in Gaza

    As journalist deaths climb in Israel-Hamas war, what can be done to protect them

    4/20/2024 - 5:30 pm

    The Israel-Hamas war is inflicting a devastating toll on civilians. The Committee to Protect Journalists says it's also the deadliest conflict for reporters, photographers and camera operators since the group began tracking casualties in 1992. Ali Rogin speaks with CPJ head Jodie Ginsberg about what's driving the mounting death toll and what can be done to better protect these journalists.

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Baltimore, MD

Get Out of Town

A weekend trip to Baltimore is full of surprises for hosts Laurita and Lauren, from raising the flag at Fort McHenry to a visit to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and a training session with dolphins at the National Aquarium. The hosts stay at the Canopy by Hilton Baltimore Harbor Point and The Ivy Hotel and enjoy seafood from Nick’s Fish House and The Food Market

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WETA Arts April 2024

WETA Arts

Felicia Curry chats with Simon Godwin, artistic director of D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company. Also, meet Estela Vélez de Paredez, a veterans law judge by day and flamenco dancer by night. And, go behind the scenes for a day in the life of a D.C.-area performer, as WETA Arts host Felicia Curry prepares for a cabaret performance in Alexandria, VA.

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Viewers Like You

Finding Your Roots

After a national casting call that received over nine thousand submissions, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. meets 3 everyday Americans. Each has a family mystery that they have spent years trying to solve—only to reach dead ends. Using genetic genealogy and old-fashioned detective work, Gates unravels these mysteries, allowing each of his guests to understand themselves—and their families--as never before.

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Mr Bates vs The Post Office

Alan Bates and the Subpostmasters begin their fight for the truth and justice with new allies in Parliament, but first they must convince an independent investigator of their honesty.

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Call the Midwife

It's summertime in Poplar, and during Violet's first event as mayor, a young mother goes into labor. Among the chaos, May sneaks off and Shelagh receives an unexpected visit from her social worker, which puts her on edge.

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Alice & Jack

Jack and Alice meet again. Their joy is cut short by devastating news that forces Alice and Jack to re-evaluate what they’re doing with their lives.

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Children of Ukraine

FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE examines how thousands of Ukrainian children have been taken and held in Russian-controlled territory since Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine. The documentary follows Ukrainian families searching for their missing children, organizations investigating the alleged abductions and Ukrainian teenagers who escaped and say they were subjected to Russian propaganda.

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Ides of March

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator

As Caesar takes control of Rome and consolidates his grip over the Republic, his ambition turns to tyranny. A handful of senators plot to end his rule in the only way they can: by taking his life. But will it be enough to save the Republic?

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A Chocolate Lens

How do you take a picture and tell a whole story? A Chocolate Lens chronicles Steven Cummings’s photographic journey through a disappearing Black Washington. His approach was simple: use the camera lens to find the power amidst the storm. His images are a love letter to Black people across America.

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Extreme Lives | Raptors: A Fistful of Daggers

Nature

See the extreme ways in which raptors conquer the toughest habitats on Earth. From snowy owls in the high Arctic to honey buzzards raiding hornet nests in Taiwan, raptors can hunt prey in any climate.

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Late Night Eats

Signature Dish

Sometimes, the best food can be found after hours. The late-night food scene in D.C. is on display as Seth Tillman visits Le Mont Royal for Montreal-inspired poutine. Next, he heads to Astoria on 17th Street for a spicy Sichuan water-boiled fish and a delicious burrata margherita pizza from Andy’s Pizza in Shaw.

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Follow the Data

The Invisible Shield

Data has been an essential public health tool since at least the seventeenth century. Helping the world understand and mitigate the spread of disease, data has helped us make sense of the threats to our collective health.

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Great American Eclipse

NOVA

Explore the spectacular cosmic phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. In April 2024, the Moon’s shadow is sweeping from Texas to Maine, as the U.S. witnesses its last total eclipse until 2044, and scientists scramble to unlock the secrets of our Sun.

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Once Upon a Time

A Brief History of the Future

How do the stories we tell shape the boundaries of our beliefs about what is possible? From the dawn of time, stories are how humans have made sense of the world. This episode emphasizes the fundamental role stories play in our lives, our inclination towards dystopian narratives, and the potential for bigger, better stories to unleash the power of human imagination and creativity moving forward.

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The Incomparable Mr. Buckley

American Masters

Discover the intellectual evolution and political legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr. See how the author and commentator, one of the foremost public intellectuals in American history, galvanized the modern conservative movement.

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Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s

Independent Lens

In Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's, three people navigate their lives with resourcefulness and determination in the face of a degenerative illness, Parkinson’s disease. An optician pursues deep brain stimulation surgery; a mother raising a pre-teen daughter becomes a boxing coach and an advocate for exercise; and a cartoonist contemplates how he will continue to draw as his motor control declines.

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A.I. Revolution

NOVA

A.I. tools like ChatGPT seem to think, speak, and create like humans. But what are they really doing? From cancer cures to Terminator-style takeovers, leading experts explore what A.I. can – and can’t – do today, and what lies ahead.

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Part One: The Inferno

Dante: Inferno to Paradise

Explore the historical background of medieval Florence from 1216 to Dante's birth in 1265, dramatic details of Dante’s childhood, education and early literary and political career, culminating in his exile in 1302, and his decision to begin The Divine Comedy in 1306.

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Part Two: Resurrection

Dante: Inferno to Paradise

Explore Dante’s experience in exile, and his completion of the last two parts of the "Comedy," shortly before his death in Ravennain 1321. Interweaving soaring scenes drawn from Purgatory and Paradise, the film goes on to explore the afterlife and literary and cultural fate of Dante’s masterpiece from the time of his death down to today.

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The Cancer Detectives

American Experience

The Cancer Detectives tells the untold story of the first-ever war on cancer and the coalition of people who fought tirelessly to save women from cervical cancer: a Greek immigrant, Dr. George Papanicolaou; his intrepid wife, Mary; Japanese-born artist Hashime Murayama; Dr. Helen Dickens, an African American OBGYN in Philadelphia; and an entirely new class of female scientists.

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20 Days in Mariupol

FRONTLINE

The Oscar-winning film from the last international journalists inside the Russian siege of Mariupol. FRONTLINE and The Associated Press present this extraordinary account, seen through the lens of the AP’s Mstyslav Chernov and two colleagues who documented the atrocities and their own escape.

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