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    Supreme Court hears challenge to rule reducing pollution drifting between states

    2/21/2024 - 6:50 pm

    The Supreme Court heard arguments in a major environmental case over a rule that requires states to stop their air pollution from drifting over to neighboring states. Three states, led by Ohio, are claiming the rule is too costly and they're asking the court to block the so-called "good neighbor" policy. William Brangham discussed the case with Coral Davenport of The New York Times.

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    Smoke rises during an Israeli ground operation in Khan Younis, as seen from a tent camp sheltering displaced Palestinians ...

    News Wrap: Israeli official reports progress on deal to free hostages and pause fighting

    2/21/2024 - 6:55 pm

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a top Israeli official offered new hope for a deal to free hostages in Gaza and pause fighting, Israeli lawmakers rejected international pressure for a declaration of a Palestinian state, Navalny's mother filed suit against prison officials who refused to release her son's remains and Russia's capture of a city in eastern Ukraine touched off an exodus in the region.

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    Informant in GOP's Biden investigation accused of lying and having ties to Russia

    2/21/2024 - 6:45 pm

    An ex-informant charged with lying to the FBI about President Biden recently told law enforcement he's been in contact with Russian operatives. Prosecutors say the informant's story of a Ukrainian energy firm bribing President Biden and his son is a complete fabrication and is being used to interfere in U.S. elections. Laura Barrón-López discussed the developments with Ryan Goodman.

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    Experts discuss future of UNRWA in Gaza and allegations some employees helped Hamas

    2/21/2024 - 6:40 pm

    The U.N. acknowledged aid deliveries into Gaza have dropped dramatically, threatening a population where hunger is spreading. That aid is delivered by UNRWA, an agency that Israel recently accused of acting "under the authorization" of Hamas. Nick Schifrin discussed the allegations with reserve Israeli Col. Grisha Yakubovich and Matthias Schmale, a former UNRWA director of operations in Gaza.

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    How an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children impacts IVF

    2/21/2024 - 6:35 pm

    A decision from the Alabama Supreme Court has alarmed doctors, patients and reproductive rights advocates. The court ruled that frozen embryos, created through in vitro fertilization, are legally children and thus protected. The designation of personhood could have significant repercussions for reproductive rights. Stephanie Sy discussed the questions raised by this ruling with Mary Ziegler.

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All Creatures Great and Small

James tries to get home for Christmas and Skeldale House prepares for a new arrival.

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The Gospel Train


GOSPEL’s hour 1 takes the gospel train north to Chicago, where southern migrants Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe blended the melodic sounds and instrumentation of blues and jazz with lyrics about God’s goodness. Like the blues, gospel would become a commodity, but one built by Black-owned publishing companies like Martin and Morris and sustained by Black audiences.

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The Brick Wall Falls

Finding Your Roots

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps musician Dionne Warwick and actor Danielle Brooks break down the barriers imposed by slavery to learn the names and stories of their ancestors who endured bondage. Facing one of the greatest genealogical challenges, Gates uses his detective skills to piece together the lives of women and men who survived unimaginable ordeals—but emerged to forge families that thrived.

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Episode 6: The Fugitive

Miss Scarlet & The Duke

Eliza is on the trail of a fugitive who is charged with murder. She must find him before the police do or risk losing everything.

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Episode 6

Funny Woman

The team reunites to record the last show. It is a triumph. But there are a few surprises still in store for Sophie as the series reaches its finale.

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Far and Away

Finding Your Roots

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of journalist Sunny Hostin & actor Jesse Williams—revealing the tremendous diversity hidden within their family trees. Sifting through stories of Swedish musical prodigies, Spanish slave traders, Southern plantations, and Salem Witch Trials, Gates unravels deep secrets and uncovers lost ancestors—compelling each of his guests to rethink their identities.

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Easter Island Origins


The giant stone heads of Easter Island have inspired theories for centuries. Now, new research reveals intriguing evidence of the origins and inspirations of the ancient Rapanui people who created the iconic monoliths.

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Follow a conservation movement of bird-loving experts and citizen scientists as they mobilize to the challenge of understanding and saving shorebirds.

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Nazi Town, USA

American Experience

Nazi Town, USA tells the story of the German American Bund, a pro-Nazi group which in the 1930s had scores of chapters across the country, representing what many believe was a real threat of fascist subversion in the United States. They held joint rallies with the KKK and ran summer camps for children centered around Nazi ideology and imagery, melding patriotic values with virulent anti-Semitism.

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Building the Eiffel Tower


Explore the revolutionary engineering behind Paris’s iconic landmark. Completed in 1889, the iron tower smashed the record for the tallest structure on Earth, ushering in a new age of global construction that reached for the skies.

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When Whales Could Walk


A spectacular fossil graveyard reveals a 43-million-year-old whale that had four legs and could walk. Follow scientists as they search for new clues to how mammals moved from land into the sea to become the largest animals on Earth.

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Get an intimate look at a silverback family in Gabon’s Loango National Park. Meet a newborn gorilla, forest elephants, buffalos and brave researchers in one of the last remaining wild coasts in the African tropics.

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Hold the Laughter

Finding Your Roots

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers the roots of comedians Bob Odenkirk and Iliza Shlesinger—two very funny people whose family trees brim with stories that are more drama than comedy. Moving from Napoleonic France to Nazi-occupied Poland to the castle of a European duke, Gates introduces them to relatives who took great risks and overcame enormous hardships for the sake of their families.

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Razing Liberty Square

Independent Lens

Liberty City, Miami, is home to one of the oldest segregated public housing projects in the U.S. Now with rising sea levels, the neighborhood’s higher ground has become something else: real estate gold. Wealthy property owners push inland to higher ground, creating a speculators’ market in the historically Black neighborhood previously ignored by developers and policy-makers alike.

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Racist Trees

Independent Lens

Were trees intentionally planted to exclude and segregate a Black neighborhood?
Racial tensions ignite in this documentary, when a historically Black neighborhood in Palm Springs, California, fights to remove a towering wall of tamarisk trees. The trees form a barrier, believed by some to segregate the community, frustrating residents who regard them as an enduring symbol of racism.

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Democracy on Trial


The roots of the criminal cases against former President Trump stemming from his 2020 election loss. Amid the presidential race, examining the House Jan. 6 committee’s evidence, the threat to democracy and the historic charges against Trump.

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Israel's Second Front


Beyond Gaza, the power of Hamas, Hezbollah and other forces in the region. Correspondent Ramita Navai investigates militants in the West Bank and Lebanon, their ties to Iran and their role in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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The Cost of Inheritance

America ReFramed

THE COST OF INHERITANCE, an America ReFramed special, explores the complex issue of reparations in the U.S. using a thoughtful approach to history, historical injustices, systemic inequities, and critical dialogue on racial conciliation. Through personal narratives, community inquiries, and scholarly insights, it aims to inspire understanding of the scope and rationale of the reparations debate.

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20 Days in Mariupol


The award-winning film from the last international journalists inside the Russian siege of the Ukrainian city 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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A Citizen's Guide to Preserving Democracy

A Citizen's Guide to Preserving Democracy

A Citizen’s Guide to Preserving Democracy is based on Richard Haass’ best-selling book "The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens." Through interviews and real-life examples of tenets like 'Be Informed,' 'Reject Violence' and 'Stay Open to Compromise', Hari Sreenivasan and Dr. Haass explore how Americans are working towards strengthening democracy and renewing engaged citizenry.

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