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    Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose

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    This talk show has no frill involved. Just a round oak table and intelligent discussion as journalist Charlie Rose engages newsmakers, celebrities, and authors each night.
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    Frontline

    Frontline

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    Since it began in 1983, ‘Frontline' has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    NOVA scienceNOW

    NOVA scienceNOW

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    "NOVA scienceNOW" is a magazine-style offshoot of the popular NOVA series. Airing five times a year, NOVA scienceNOW covers the latest news in the most controversial and headline-making fields of science such as the origins of life, artificial life, hurricane tracking, hydrogen fuel cells, and stem cell research.moreless
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    American Experience

    American Experience

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    Since 1988, PBS has broadcast a series that focuses on the history of the United States and what has made it unique. Called American Experience (originally titled The American Experience), the program examines the people, events, technology, and natural resources that have shaped the country. Hosted by David McCullough until 2002 and narrated by a number of well-known personalities - American Experience uses historians and authors, period images and film, music, dramatic re-enactments, and contemporary context to set the stage for its topics.

    The series continues to this day with a variable number of installments produced each year. Episodes are generally 60 minutes in length, but some longer episodes and multi-part series have also been produced. The show airs at different days and times on local PBS stations.

    Though American Experience has used many films from independent film makers and has been assisted by various PBS stations throughout the country, it has always been spearheaded by WGBH in Boston.moreless
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    Commanding Heights

    Commanding Heights

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    Commanding Heights is a 6-hour television documentary television series made by PBS in 2002. The series is based off of a book called "Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy" written by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw in 1998. The documentary has since been broken up into three 2-hour long segments which are all available for viewing on PBS. In short, the documentary attempts to document the rise of the free-market economy which reigns in most countries today. The series kicks off at the beginning of WWI in 1914. After a most dreadful war, the economies of most countries are nonexistent. Capitalism comes to rise, but these markets are soon trumped by Hitler and others with their communist and fascist ideas. WWII takes place and after the disintegration of communism, economies are stagnant once again. Things changed when Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan came into power during the 1980's. Both leaders disowned a central planning idea, and adopted ideas of free-market economies with little government regulation. Many countries adopted the free-market idea, and as a result, prospered overall. However, Yergin and Stanislaw, the authors of the book, argue that the era of globalization didn't really begin until 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. As the documentary reaches an end, Yergin and Stanislaw argue the improbability of a globalized, free-market economy existing forever. They argue that many third world countries do not have the resources needed to support such economies, and this will lead to a decline of yet another era of globalization. Watch the series and brush up on your economics!moreless
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    Global Watch

    Global Watch

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    Global Watch is a news documentary TV series developed by PBS that centers on the world and the global image set forth by the United States. In a time when America had been considered one of the major powerhouses of the past century, Global Watch looks at how the public image is truly viewed by other countries, especially now that the reputation is in a major decline. Anchor Daljit Dhaliwal, field correspondents Gordon Corera, Mark Mullen, and Judy Muller, Global Watch sets out to educate, inform, and connect with viewers in order to become not only citizens of their respective countries but also citizens of the world. While America has dealt with its own problems on the home front, Global Watch is there to show the evolution on where the United States stands in the eyes of the world, including that of its allies, neutrals, and non-friendlies. Global Watch offers videos, newscasts, and articles of recent events, from the U.S. War on Terror and the impact of China, as well as offering ways for viewers to express their opinions with discussion forums and updates.moreless
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    Worldfocus

    Worldfocus

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    Worldfocus is a half-hour nightly news program documenting world events.
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    Now

    Now

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    NOW is a weekly newsmagazine focusing mainly on socio-political issues such as war, health care, media, and the environment. The program utilizes documentary reports, one-on-one interviews and thoughtful commentary. NOW was originally titled NOW with Bill Moyers until Moyers retired as the host at the end of 2004. Then co-host David Brancaccio took over hosting duties at the start of 2005, and the program was shortened from 1 hour to 30 minutes.moreless
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    Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

    Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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    Religion & Ethics Newsweekly is a unique newsmagazine that specializes in covering the latest developments in religion from around the world. Since 1997, the show has been hosted by journalist Bob Abernathy. Correspondents include Saul Gonzalez, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Tim O'Brien, Deborah Potter, Betty Rollin, Lucky Stevenson and Judy Valente and managing editor Kim Lawton. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly shoots its segments on location across the globe, while various contributors gather at the show's studio in Washington, DC for roundtable discussions. In addition to the weekly broadcast, additional content can be found on Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's Webby Award Nominated website. Other awards bestowed on the program include The Cracie Allen Award, The Chicago TV Fest Award, and the CINE Golden Eagle Award. Funding is provided by the Lily Endowment, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly is produced by Thirteen/WNET New York.moreless
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    The War

    The War

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    Learn about World War II through the memories and personal accounts of American men and women who experienced it firsthand in this seven-part series. This Ken Burns-produced series features dramatic historical footage and photographs of battle scenes.moreless
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    EXPOSÉ: America's Investigative Reports

    EXPOSÉ: America's Investigative Reports

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    Investigative journalism is not a field for the faint of heart, as journalists who work in this field are tasked with uncovering the most important current issues facing our world today. This PBS documentary series aims to show how investigative journalism is done, demonstrate its importance and to bring important current issues to the masses.moreless
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    Bill Moyers Journal

    Bill Moyers Journal

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    A PBS news program that features important issues, strong interviews with individuals in politics, the arts, science, religion, and the media.
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    PBS NewsHour

    PBS NewsHour

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    PBS NewsHour is the long running news magazine broadcast every weeknight on PBS. The show was created by veteran newsmen Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, and has been on the air since 1975. In 2009, the show previously known as The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer became The PBS NewsHour. This updated version also featured co-anchors, something that hadn't been implemented since the mid 90's when MacNeil co-anchored. Current correspondents and contributors for PBS NewsHour include Jeffrey Brown, Gwen Ifill, Hari Sreenivasan, Ray Suarez, Margaret Warner, and Judy Woodruff. One of the major differences between network news and the PBS NewsHour is that because the show is publicly funded, there are no commercials. This allows the NewsHour to dedicate more time to comprehensive reporting. Since its premiere, the show has been the recipient of countless awards. In 2009, it won the National Association of Media Literacy Education, Media Literate Award; in 2008 PBS NewsHour was awarded the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine.moreless
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    Frontline/World

    Frontline/World

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    Frontline: World features first person stories that take viewers on adventures around the world. Bringing light to many international issues, this show educates as well as entertains.
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    Nightly Business Report

    Nightly Business Report

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    Nightly Business Report (NBR) is the long running financial news program delivering the latest from Wall Street and other major markets from across the world. The current hosts are Tom Hudson, reporting from Miami, and Susie Gharib, reporting from New York. Reporters include Darren Gersh, Diane Estabrook, Erika Miller, Suzanne Pratt, Stephanie Dhue, Scott Gurvey, and Dana Bate. NBR was first broadcast in 1979, and was hosted by anchors Linda O'Bryon and Merwin Sigale, with assistance from Paul Kangas. It wasn't until 1981 that Nightly Business Report began airing across the United States. Throughout its run, NBR has won many awards for its excellence in news coverage. In 2005, NBR was awarded the Emmy for its series on "China's Emergence as an International Economic Power. In 2008, NBR won a Gerald Loeb Award for "India's Promise," an in-depth report on the Indian economy. Nightly Business Report is distributed by PBS and can be seen around the world.moreless
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    Design: e2

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    Learn about the pioneers in the field of sustainable architecture from around the world in this Planet Green series narrated by Brad Pitt. Each episode focuses on how a building can have a positive effect on climate change.moreless
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    Wide Angle

    Wide Angle

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    Wide Angle is an award-winning documentary news series on PBS produced by Thirteen/WNET. The show premiered on July 11th, 2002, and is hosted by Aaron Brown, a former CNN and ABC News journalist. Each week, Wide Angle features a documentary that focuses on one particular current affairs issue from around the globe which Brown introduces at the beginning of the program. Past documentaries include AIDS Warriors, Gaza E.R., China Prep, and The Saudi Question. The show aims to focus on issues that are often untouched by the mainstream news media in order to shed light onto many of the overlooked corners of the world. Wide Angle is praised for its ability to put a human face on many of the issues that Americans hear about through other news sources, but fail to deeply understand beyond the headlines. The show often offers analysis of its documentaries by foreign affairs specialists, so that viewers can gain a deeper understanding of how the issues presented on the program have a connection to American society and culture. Through its eight current seasons, Wide Angle has been hosted by a number of different news anchors, including Bill Moyers, James Rubin, Mishal Husain and Daljit Dhaliwal. Wide Angle has won many awards including an Emmy, the Chicago International Television Hugo award, the Gabriel Award, and numerous other awards and acknowledgements both domestically and internationally.moreless
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    Planet Forward

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    Planet Forward is a program produced and aired by PBS, an hour-long special which premiered in April of 2009. This television special focuses on informing viewers about new developments in the world of green energy, and is hosted by former CNN journalist Frank Sesno. The program is also supplemented by an online forum which allows users to discuss current topics concerning the program content. This innovative format allows programs to be generated by the interests of its viewers. The show's pilot featured James Connaughton, former environmental advisor to the president and Shai Agassi, founder of Better Place, a company which seeks to reduce the nation's dependency on petroleum. The discussion in this episode centered around the question, "Can we move rapidly away from fossil fuels in the near future?" Viewers were also told to engage in the conversation by submitting their own ideas to the program's website. Subsequent episodes have continued with this format by asking questions such as "How can we reduce our carbon footprint?" and "What is an innovation that improves how we generate or use energy?" The program is funded by groups such as the Tawani Foundation and Noblis.moreless
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    Blueprint America

    Blueprint America

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    Blueprint America is a television program that airs on the PBS Network. Each episode deals with a different topic related to the infrastructure of the United States in the context of current events. Recent episodes have covered President Obama's high-speed rail plan, demographic shifts in American suburbs, the current economic recession, the Republican-dominated United States Transportation Committee, and issues in urban planning and design. The program aims to increase awareness of the problems facing the aging and neglected infrastructure in the United States, and to promote discussion about the most efficient and beneficial ways to update and improve the nation's roads, railways, and other public works. The developers of Blueprint America believe that the nation's decaying infrastructure forms a serious impediment to the American quality of life, and is causing serious damage to our economy as well. Each episode stresses the urgency to find funding to fix American airports, bridges, dams, levees, roads, waterways, and other elements of the infrastructure, and urges Americans to put aside partisan differences and collaborate towards these important goals.moreless
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