Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Capitol Fourth | July 4th Highlight: Josh Turner in 2012

Every year, millions of people tune-in to watch America's biggest Independence Day celebration, A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live on PBS. In 2012, country music star, Josh Turner, performed his hit song "Firecracker" at the star-spangled celebration and dedicated it to his own firecracker and keyboard player, his wife.

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Washington Week | U.S. to Aid Syrian Rebels, NSA Leaks, Immigration and SCOTUS

The U.S. plans military support for Syrian rebels after determining President Assadâ?Ts troops have used chemical weapons, the national security and political fallout of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, Congress moves towards immigration reform and the latest SCOTUS decision. Joining Gwen: Mark Mazzetti, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, Alan Gomez, USA Today and Joan Biskupic, Reuters.

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PBS NewsHour | Could a Surplus of California Milk Fulfill China's Needs?

Milk production is a nearly $8 billion business in California. Meanwhile, Chinese milk consumption tripled in the last decade and the dairy industry there wants to produce more. In another report in the "Food for 9 Billion" series, special correspondent Suzanne Rust examines the complex exchange of resources and money over milk.

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Washington Week | The Supreme Court on the 1965 Voting Rights Act

In the Webcast Extra, our panelists discuss the Supreme Court's pending ruling on the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Also, what could happen to the immigration reform bill once it transitions to the House? Plus, John Kerry's role in the State Department when making final decisions about Syria.

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A Capitol Fourth | Composer John Williams Lights Up July 4th

At this yearâ?Ts â?oA Capitol Fourth,â? legendary composer and conductor John Williams will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in an inspiring performance of his Oscar-nominated original score to the film â?oLincoln.â? Here he is receiving the National Artistic Achievement Award, honoring his lifetime contribution as one of Americaâ?Ts greatest musical voices.

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A Capitol Fourth | Celebrate Live with Megan Hilty!

The 2013 star-spangled July 4th celebration will be broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol and features rousing performances by Broadway and television singer/dancer/actress Megan Hilty. In 2012 Megan lit up the stage with a patriotic medley that wowed the crowd.

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PBS NewsHour | Friday, June 14, 2013

Tonight on the program, we delve into the Obama administration's policy shift about the Syrian rebels after chemical weapons use was revealed. We examine the concerns and other reactions. Also: Detroit defaults on a billion dollar loans, battle over gun control continues six months after Newtown, Shields and Brooks analyze the week's top news, and could a California milk surplus aid China?

PBS NewsHour | Friday, June 14, 2013
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A Capitol Fourth | Candice Glover to Perform on A Capitol Fourth

The season 12 winner of American Idol, Candice Glover, makes her return to Washington DC for A Capitol Fourth 2013, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Thursday July 4th @ 8 ET. Sample her talent in this performance of the National Anthem from the National Memorial Day Concert.

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A Capitol Fourth | Celebrate Freedom on the Fourth of July

Music legend Barry Manilow, is back by popular demand following his powerful debut performance on A Capitol Fourth in 2009. Manilow will perform â?oLet Freedom Ring,â? in celebration of July 4th, 2013. Americaâ?Ts favorite host, two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron will return to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to host the star-studded live broadcast.

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FRONTLINE | Two American Families

Since 1992, Bill Moyers has been following the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee â?" one black, one white â?" as they battle to keep from sliding into poverty. A remarkable portrait of perseverance, Two American Families raises unsettling questions about the changing nature of the U.S. economy and the fate of a declining middle class.

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Global Voices | Coming Soon to Global Voices: Egalité for All

It was the only successful slave insurrection in history. Vaguely remembered today, it was a hurricane at the turn of the nineteenth century traumatizing Southern planters and inspiring slaves and abolitionists worldwide. Egalité for All:Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution tells the story of a movement that's been called the true birth moment of universal human rights.

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PBS KIDS Previews | Dinosaur Train: Buddy and Tiny Sing Dinosaurs A to Z!

Sing Dinosaurs A to Z!

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PBS NewsHour | Era of Online Sharing Offers 'Big Data,' Privacy Trade-Offs

Revelations about the NSA's secret programs have reinforced a national interest in striking a balance between privacy and security. Jeffrey Brown examines public perception of data monitoring with Jules Polonetsky of the Future of Privacy Forum, Kashmir Hill of Forbes and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, co-author of "Big Data."

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PBS NewsHour | Obama Policy Shift on Arming Syrian Rebels Triggers Concerns

Having concluded that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels in the last year, the White House announced that the U.S. will dramatically increase military assistance to opposition forces. Jeffrey Brown reports on the Assad regime's response to the American findings and requests from the rebels.

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PBS NewsHour | Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tonight on the program, we continue to look at the NSA whistleblower story and the call for prosecution against Edward Snowden by lawmakers. Also: Google explains want for transparency for PRISM, the Justice Department drops its fight against the Morning After Pill, Qatar trying to bloom agriculture in the desert, and an appeal process added for kids waiting for lung transplants.

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | The Ethics of Government Data Collection

What is the morality of U.S. policy when it comes to balancing national security with individual civil liberties Watch our conversation with Michael Kessler of Georgetown Universityâ?Ts Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs about perspectives of religious and ethical traditions on the governmentâ?Ts massive collection of electronic data and its vast surveillance effort.

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Tavis Smiley | Civil rights advocate Myrlie Evers-Williams

An activist in her own right, Evers-Williams reflects on the legacy of her slain husband, civil rights hero, Medgar Evers.

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Washington Week | From the Vault: NSA Domestic Surveillance

With recent revelations about the National Security Agency's expansive data-collection efforts, we look in our vault to May 12, 2006, when our panelists discussed the fallout over a secret NSA program that tracked millions of phone calls during the Bush administration. The discussion highlights an historic debate over how far the government should go in surveillance of Americans.

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Katmai: Alaska's Wild Peninsula | Preview

The writings of naturalist Loren Eiseley inspire this cinematic essay on a landscape where bears outnumber people and the sockeye salmon run is the most prolific in the world. At the base of the peninsula lies Katmai National Park, a wilderness larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite â?" combined.

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PBS NewsHour | Painful Options Ahead: Detroit to Default on $2.5 Billion

The city of Detroit is facing difficult decisions in the face of billions of dollars of debt. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr laid out a last-ditch plan to 150 creditors to accept pennies on the dollar to keep the city running. Some residents are skeptical of Orr's approach. Ray Suarez talks to Matt Helms of the Detroit Free Press.

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | Russell Moore

This Southern Baptist leader says he will approach public debates and disagreements with a sense of kindness and empathy for oneâ?Ts neighbor.

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PBS KIDS Previews | MARTHA SPEAKS: Puppy-Mania, Puppy-Palooza, Puppy Week!

Puppy-Mania, Puppy-Palooza, Puppy Week starts Monday, June 24

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PBS KIDS Previews | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Surprise for Dad

Daniel Tiger makes a card for his dad.

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PBS NewsHour | Six Months After Newtown, Battle Over Gun Control Continues

Twenty-six seconds of silence were observed in honor of the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School at a memorial organized to mark six months since the massacre. Margaret Warner reports on how lawmakers and activists are engaged in the debate about new forms of gun control.

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | Irish Reconciliation

After an IRA explosion in 1987 terrorized the community of Enniskillen, killed 11 Protestants, and injured scores of others, Gordon Wilson, father of one victim, said he forgave the bombers and prayed for the grace to continue to do so. Will the members of the G8 summit meeting in Northern Ireland be able to draw on a similar spirit of peace and reconciliation?

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PBS NewsHour | Will New U.S. Strategy for Syria Change the Dynamics?

The Obama administration says it will send help to the rebels after determining that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. Jeffrey Brown assesses the decision and the risks with Vali Nasr, former State Department official, and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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PBS NewsHour | Shields and Brooks on Syria, Snowden and Surveillance

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week's top political news with Judy Woodruff, including the Obama administration's decision to provide aid to Syrian rebels, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and American attitudes towards domestic surveillance.

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Flicks | Henry Cavill and Amy Adams for "Man of Steel"

Henry Cavill and Amy Adams talk with Patrick Stoner about playing Superman and Lois Lane in "Man of Steel"

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PBS NewsHour | Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tonight on the program, the Obama administration says the Assad Regime in Syria has used chemical weapons against the opposition. Also: a wildfire continues to burn out of control in Colorado, traditional crops offer hope for the future in India, the Supreme Court rules against patents on genes, shifting attitudes about the LGBT community in the U.S., and a fictional hero makes a comeback.

PBS NewsHour | Thursday, June 13, 2013
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On Canvas | Lunasa

Lunasa, named after "Lughnasadh", an ancient Irish harvest festival, explodes on stage using traditional instruments such as Uilleann pipes, fiddle, flute, guitar, and double bass. With "Folk Album of the Year" and "Best Traditional Album" nominations to their credit, these world class musicians keep the intensity alive through their contemporary Irish fusion music. - See more at: http://whyy.org/

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Tavis Smiley | Former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden

One of the greatest MLB pitchers of all time, Gooden shares stories of his personal and professional challenges, as detailed in his candid memoir, "Doc."

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Friday, June 14, 2013

PBS NewsHour | U.S. Says Assad Regime Has Used Chemical Weapons

The Obama administration announced late Thursday that it could conclude that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels. National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the Assad regime has used the nerve agent Sarin on a small-scale multiple times.

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PBS NewsHour | Colorado Wildfire Is Most Destructive in State History

A wildfire in Colorado has become the most destructive in the state's history. The blaze has spread across 94,000 acres, spurred by high winds and hot, dry conditions. The fire continues to burn out of control in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs. Jeffrey Brown has an update on the fire and evacuations

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PBS NewsHour | NSA Chief Grilled at Senate Hearing on Surveillance Programs

NSA chief Army Gen. Keith Alexander faced tough questions from senators at a hearing over the agency's top secret surveillance programs. Alexander defended the programs, saying, "we're trying to protect Americans." Ray Suarez has more on the hearing and an update on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Nature | Big Cats - Preview

Get to know the worldâ?Ts most amazing big cats with Revealing the Leopard, Siberian Tiger Quest, and Elsaâ?Ts Legacy: Born Free. Big cats kicks off Wednesday, July 17 at 8/7c.

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PBS NewsHour | Acceptance for Gay Americans Grows, Discrimination Persists

A new survey by the Pew Research Center offers a complex view of what it's like to be an LGBT American. The survey found that while 92 percent of LGBT Americans say society is more accepting, 53 percent say they still face discrimination. Ray Suarez talks with Paul Taylor, co-author of the survey, and Gary Gates of UCLA.

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PBS NewsHour | News Wrap: Colorado Wildfire Forces Thousands to Evacuate

In other news Wednesday, a Colorado wildfire has forced more than 7,000 people to evacuate. Officials said that the fire could have already destroyed 100 homes with hundreds more still in jeopardy. Also, the National Weather Service issued its highest alert for Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio ahead of a huge storm system.

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PBS NewsHour | News Wrap: Deadly Explosion at Chemical Plant in Louisiana

In other news Thursday, an explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant killed one person and injured at least 73. The plant, located about 20 miles from Baton Rouge, produces highly flammable gases. Also, FBI director Robert Mueller claimed that revelations about the NSA's secret programs have harmed national security.

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PBS NewsHour | California Prepares for Fallout as Ruling on Prop. 8 Nears

In San Francisco, city employees are preparing for a rush of same-sex marriage applications in case the Supreme Court strikes down Proposition 8, which banned marriage for anyone except between a man and a woman. Spencer Michels looks at the history of California's fight on same-sex marriage and previews the court's decision.

PBS NewsHour | California Prepares for Fallout as Ruling on Prop. 8 Nears
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ANNIE: It's the Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage | ANNIE: It's the Hard-Knock Life Preview

The show-stopping musical ANNIE, its characters and its songs are timeless and classic. For Annieâ?Ts return to Broadway, this documentary offers a memorable behind-the-scenes look at every step of a single ANNIE production number, from the earliest phases of discussion among the creative team, rehearsals with actors, to opening night on Broadway.

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PBS NewsHour | In 'Little Green,' an Old Character Makes an Easy Comeback

The last time readers heard from detective Easy Rawlins, he was driving off a cliff. But Rawlins, one of the best-known characters in American literature, returns -- alive -- in a new novel called "Little Green." Jeffrey Brown talks to author Walter Mosley about his new book and more.

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PBS NewsHour | Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Genes Cannot Be Patented

In an unanimous decision, the Supreme Court justices ruled that a company cannot patent an isolated human gene. To look at the implications of the decisions and its impact for patients and medical research, Judy Woodruff talks to Todd Dickinson of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Sandra Park of the ACLU.

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PBS NewsHour | Turkish Government Considers Compromise to End Protests

In Istanbul's Taksim Square, clashes between police and anti-government protesters raged overnight; demonstrators launched fireworks and threw rocks at police, who used water cannons and tear gas. Prime Minister Erdogan's party announced that the fate of Gezi Park would be considered if protesters leave. Judy Woodruff reports.

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PBS NewsHour | Struggling Farmers in India Find Promise in Ancient Seeds

Since a devastating cyclone hit in 2009, farmers in a region of India have struggled with salty soil. With climate change, that problem is likely to worsen. Special correspondent Sam Eaton reports for the NewsHour's ongoing series "Food for 9 Billion," about how some farmers have returned to ancient seeds for better results.

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PBS NewsHour | Anti-Government Protests Focus on Democracy in Turkey

For an update from the ground and to examine the scope and national impact of the protests against the leadership of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Judy Woodruff talks with Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor and Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Tavis Smiley | Julian Fellowes & Elizabeth McGovern

Oscar winner Fellowes and actress McGovern talk about their critically acclaimed and Emmy-winning period drama series, "Downton Abbey."

Tavis Smiley | Julian Fellowes & Elizabeth McGovern
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PBS NewsHour | Extended Conversation: Novelist Walter Mosley

"Little Green," a new novel by Walter Mosley, revives one of the best-known, longest-running characters in American literature. Jeffrey Brown has more of his conversation with the author, who also reads an excerpt of the book.

PBS NewsHour | Extended Conversation: Novelist Walter Mosley
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PBS NewsHour | 'Whitey' Bulger Trial Stars Institutional Corruption

Accused mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger, 83, finally had his day in court after 16 years on the run. Bulger allegedly ran the violent Winter Hill gang in South Boston. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion, racketeering and 19 murders. Gwen Ifill talks to Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe, who was in the courtroom.

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Jubilee | Russell Moore and Larry Sparks

Five-time IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Russell Moore and his group IIIrd Tyme Out and bluegrass/gospel performer Larry Sparks and his group The Lonesome Ramblers perform at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.

Jubilee | Russell Moore and Larry Sparks
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PBS NewsHour | Singapore Looks Skyward to Take Farming in New Directions

Singapore's skyline is not just a point of pride for residents, it can also be a source of fresh produce. As part of the NewsHour's series "Food for 9 Billion," special correspondent Sam Eaton reports on Singapore's vertical solution to the challenge of feeding a growing population in an urban environment.

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