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  • Soap Opera for Social Change
    Soap Opera for Social Change
    Episode 12.31.09
    12/31/09
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    There are places in the world where the success of a soap opera is measured not just in TV ratings, but in human lives. NOW travels to Kenya, where ambitious producers and actors hope one such TV show, "The Team", can help foster peace amongst the country's 42 official tribes.
  • The Marines Are Landing
    The Marines Are Landing
    Episode 12.11.09
    12/11/09
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    Why are we sending thousands of military personnel to Guam?
  • Climate Crisis
    Climate Crisis
    Episode 11.27.09
    11/27/09
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    The Maldives, a nation of roughly 1200 low-lying islands in the Indian Ocean, could be underwater by the end of this century if climate change causes ocean levels to rise. On the eve of the big climate summit in Copenhagen, the country's president, Mohamed Nasheed, is warning of a massive exodus from the Maldives if drastic global action is not taken.moreless
  • Who's Helping Our Wounded Vets?
    11/20/09
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    The Pentagon estimates that as many as one in five American soldiers are coming home from war zones with traumatic brain injuries. But lost in the reports of these returning soldiers are the stories of family members who often sacrifice everything to care for them. NOW reveals how little has been done to help these family caregivers, and reports on dedicated efforts to support them.moreless
  • Elizabeth Warren on the Economy
    11/12/09
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    What exactly is going on with the economy? Stocks are up and big bonuses are back, but while they're throwing parties on Wall Street, there's pain on Main Street. NOW gets answers and insight from Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, who's been heading up the congressional panel overseeing how the bailout money is being spent.moreless
  • David Sirota On The 2009 Election
    11/5/09
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    Only one year after a historic election rerouted the course of America's political culture, do the 2009 election results show momentum swinging in the opposite direction? NOW's David Brancaccio talks to political author and columnist David Sirota about populist anger, the Obama administration's successes and failures, and how this week's election results foreshadow the state of politics in 2010.moreless
  • Electric Car Dreams
    Electric Car Dreams
    Episode 10.29.09
    10/29/09
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    NOW investigates how the Danish government and Better Place are working together to put electric cars into the hands of as many Danish families as possible. The idea is still having trouble getting out of the garage here in America, but Denmark could be an inspiration.
  • Water World
    Water World
    Episode 10.22.09
    10/22/09
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    Is climate change turning coastal countries into water worlds? NOW travels to Bangladesh to examine some innovative solutions being implemented in a country where entire communities are inundated by water, battered by cyclones, and flooded from their homes.
  • Life Panel? Death Panel?
    Life Panel? Death Panel?
    Episode 10.08.09
    10/8/09
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    How did private discussions between seniors and their doctors about end-of-life choices for the very ill or dying become a flash point in the national health care debate? NOW travels to Wisconsin to sit in on some of these sessions and see how health care reform could profoundly affect the lives of American seniors.moreless
  • Pre-existing Conditions
    Pre-existing Conditions
    Episode 09.24.09
    9/24/09
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    As the health care debate rages in Washington, NOW travels to the nation's heartland to see what reform could mean for the middle class. NOW Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa meets two tight-knit Oklahoma families whose problems with private health insurance left them unable to get proper medical care--and on the brink of financial ruin.moreless
  • PBS Special Report: Health Care Reform
    9/24/09
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    With health care reform now the most pressing and talked-about domestic issue in America, the hallmark PBS programs NOW ON PBS and NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT are collaborating to provide a single timely and much-needed in-depth look at health care reform in America and the latest government proposals to address the issue. The program will include late-breaking news and analysis on the health care debate and also feature cultural, political and economic insight from each program: NOW ON PBS will examine how reform may change the way we live, especially for boomers who have their own coverage, but are also responsible for aging parents and grown children. NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT will investigate the costs and controversies of employer-provided health care and new coverage requirements many companies are adopting as a means of controlling health care. An examination of one of the most far-reaching and controversial initiatives in decades, from the most trusted journalists in America. A PBS Special Report: Health Care Reform.moreless
  • Surrogacy: Wombs for Rent?
    Surrogacy: Wombs for Rent?
    Episode 09.18.09
    9/18/09
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    Commercial surrogacy is banned in almost every developed country in the world except the United States, making it a land of opportunity for parents around the world. NOW investigates how shady surrogacy services and a lack of regulation in the U.S. may be defrauding hopeful couples and victimizing mothers trying to help them.moreless
  • 9/10/09
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    NOW travels to the village of Rwinkwavu to meet the Rwandan doctors, nurses and villagers who are teaming up with Boston-based Partners in Health and the Rwandan government to deliver medicine and medical counseling door-to-door. Would such an innovation work in America?
  • After Guantanamo
    Episode 09.03.09
    9/3/09
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    NOW on PBS investigates the controversial tactic of "preventative detention," a government plan that may detain suspects indefinitely without trial or even formal charges. Implementing such a plan may have far-reaching consequences on not just our fight against terrorism, but the integrity of the U.S. Constitution and the cause of human rights.moreless
  • Keep on Trucking?
    Keep on Trucking?
    Episode 08.27.09
    8/27/09
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    Where should America be placing its bets for moving our economy and what would you personally sacrifice for it? Correspondent Miles O'Brien looks at the contemporary needs, challenges, and solutions for transporting vital cargo across America, and how those decisions affect the way you live, work, and travel.
  • Gambling With Health Care
    Gambling With Health Care
    Episode 08.13.09
    8/13/09
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    NOW travels to Nevada, where a huge budget deficit, spiking unemployment, and cuts in Medicaid and other public services are forcing people to gamble with their own lives. Recently, the only public hospital in Las Vegas had to shut its doors to cancer patients and pregnant women. Should the government be helping out?moreless
  • Power Struggle
    Power Struggle
    Episode 08.06.09
    8/6/09
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    NOW travels to California, which has the most ambitious clean energy plan in the nation. But the state's efforts face stiff opposition from property owners and conservationists who prefer renewable energy from "local sources," such as photovoltaic rooftop solar panels.
  • Fighting Child Prostitution
    Fighting Child Prostitution
    Episode 07.30.09
    7/30/09
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    NOW on PBS visits Atlanta, Georgia to see how one American city is handling the tragic phenomenon of child prostitution. It is one of 27 American cities where the problem seems to be spinning out of control.
  • Wall Street Reform and You
    Wall Street Reform and You
    Episode 07.23.09
    7/23/09
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    The Obama Administration recently released its proposal for financial regulatory reform, but before change comes to Wall Street, a reform plan has to get through Congress with its teeth intact. David Brancaccio sits with Zanny Minton Beddoes, economics editor for The Economist magazine, to review the proposal and its ramifications for America.moreless
  • Inside Israel's Army
    Inside Israel's Army
    Episode 07.16.09
    7/16/09
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    NOW travels to Israel to see how a lifetime of war shapes the psyche of a nation where almost every able-bodied man and woman must serve in the military. NOW goes inside Israel's defense forces -- where few have gone before -- to speak with reservists about the impact of constant war on both their lives and their world view.moreless
  • Peace and Prosperity in the West Bank?
    7/9/09
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    Once one of the most dangerous and violent cities in the West Bank, Jenin was the scene of frequent battles between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters, and was the hometown of more than two dozen suicide bombers. Today, however, there's been a huge turnaround. Jenin is now the center of an international effort to build a safe and economically prosperous Palestinian state.moreless
  • Homes for the Homeless?
    Homes for the Homeless?
    Episode 06.25.09
    6/25/09
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    Max Rameau of Take Back the Land says that foreclosed homes shouldn't go to waste. He encourages and facilitates homeless "squatting." It's an idea that addresses both homelessness and foreclosed homes -- and it's also completely illegal.
  • Student Loan Sinkole?
    Student Loan Sinkole?
    Episode 06.18.09
    6/18/09
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    NOW follows the story of a single mother in Baltimore trying to dig herself out of a $70,000 student loan debt. While issues of personal responsibility are debated, there's no question the high price of higher education is creating an ocean of student loan debt for people who can least afford it -- and yet another frustrating complication for America's economic recovery.moreless
  • Abortion Providers Under Siege
    6/11/09
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    The murder of Dr. George Tiller has reignited the abortion debate, and raised the question: should violence against medical doctors who perform abortions be viewed and prosecuted as domestic terrorism? NOW sits down with two of the remaining handful of doctors who publicly acknowledge performing late abortions, including Leroy Carhart, a fellow doctor in Tiller's Wichita, Kansas clinic.moreless
  • Food, Inc.
    Food, Inc.
    Episode 06.05.09
    6/5/09
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    Americans have a longstanding love affair with food -- the modern supermarket has, on average, 47,000 products. But do we really know what goes into making the products we so eagerly consume? David Brancaccio talks with filmmaker Robert Kenner, the director of Food, Inc., which takes a hard look at the secretive and surprising journey food takes on the way from processing plants to our dinner tables. The two discuss why contemporary food processing secrets are so closely guarded, their impact on our health, and another surprising fact: how consumers are actually empowered to make a difference.moreless
  • Green Jobs: Hope or Hype?
    Green Jobs: Hope or Hype?
    Episode 05.29.09
    5/29/09
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    What will jobs of the future look like? Many studying that question are seeing green - green jobs. And with President Obama promising to create 5 million "green-collar" jobs over the next 10 years, some are predicting that new career paths in energy efficiency and clean power will transform the American economy. This week, NOW on PBS talks with environmental activist Van Jones, founder of "Green for All," an environmental group dedicated to bringing green jobs to the disadvantaged.moreless
  • Rehab for Terrorists?
    Rehab for Terrorists?
    Episode 05.22.09
    5/22/09
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    This week NOW on PBS partners with best-selling author and journalist Robert Lacey to investigate the surprising success of Saudi Arabia's approach to dealing with terrorists and extremists - without torture or water-boarding. Given extraordinary access to the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry and its practices, Lacey visits terrorist rehabilitation camps that use "soft policing" tactics to be nice to the bad guys.moreless
  • Can the U.N. Keep the Peace?
    Can the U.N. Keep the Peace?
    Episode 05.15.09
    5/15/09
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    A record 115,000 U.N. peacekeepers are now deployed in 20 countries, and their mission is more vital than ever. But critics and insiders alike are openly worried that the current peacekeeping model is overstretched-and at risk of failure. This week, NOW travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to witness today's largest and most expensive peacekeeping operation. There, 17,000 U.N. troops are tasked with protecting millions of people over a rugged and dangerous territory the size of the Eastern United States. But the effort is struggling-last November, local rebels massacred civilians less than a mile from one of the U.N. bases.moreless
  • Predicting Pandemics
    Predicting Pandemics
    Episode 05.08.09
    5/8/09
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    This week, NOW's David Brancaccio sits down with one of the most prominent figures in world health to discuss the future of the swine flu pandemic. Dr. Larry Brilliant is an epidemiologist, former chief philanthropist at Google.org, and was a central figure in the World Health Organization's successful smallpox eradication program.moreless
  • A Radical Fix for Schools?
    A Radical Fix for Schools?
    Episode 05.01.09
    1/25/60
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    How is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan going to spend $100 billion in stimulus money-almost twice the education budget-to fix our nation's schools? During his seven years running Chicago's public schools, Duncan went head to head with the teacher's union and skeptical parents by closing down low-performing schools, getting rid of all the teachers, principals, even the janitors, and reopening them with new staffs as "turnaround schools." It's a drastic step, but the results have been promising. This week, NOW travels to Chicago to investigate the collateral damage of a top-to-bottom school makeover, and to get a glimpse of what the future of education might look like for the rest of the country.moreless
  • Justice Delayed
    Justice Delayed
    Episode 04.24.09
    4/24/09
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    A terrible statistic: one in six women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. But an even more shocking reality: A backlog in processing rape kits-crucial evidence in arresting violent predators-is delaying and sometimes denying justice for tens of thousands of American women. NOW travels to Los Angeles County to investigate why it has the largest known rape kit backlog in the country-over 12,000 kits are sitting untested in police storage facilities. An internal audit found that more than 50 of these cases have exceeded the 10-year statute of limitations on rape.moreless
  • On Thin Ice
    On Thin Ice
    Episode 04.17.09
    4/17/09
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    Seventy-five percent of the world's fresh water is stored in glaciers, but scientists predict climate change will cause some of the world's largest glaciers to completely melt by 2030. What effect will this have on our daily lives? With global warming falling low on a national list of American concerns, it's time to take a deeper look at what could be a global calamity in the making.moreless
  • Can Coal be Earth-Friendly?
    Can Coal be Earth-Friendly?
    Episode 04.10.09
    4/10/09
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    Americans are addicted to coal-it powers half of all our electricity, and is both plentiful and cheap. In fact, some call America the "Saudi Arabia of Coal." But are we paying too high an environmental price for all this cheap energy? With carbon emissions caps high on the Obama Administration's agenda, coal is in the crosshairs of the energy debate. This week, NOW Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa travels to Wyoming to take a hard look at the coal industry there and its case that it can produce "clean coal"-coal that can be burned without releasing carbon into the atmosphere. President Obama has been outspoken in his support for "clean coal" technology, but some say the whole concept is more of a public relations campaign than an energy solution.moreless
  • "Coming Home?" & "Paradise Lost, Revisited"
    4/3/09
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    Thousands of U.S. troops are getting discharged out of the army. Many suffer from post traumatic stress disorders and brain injuries, and haven't been getting the care they need. The Army's been claiming these discharged soldiers had pre-existing mental illnesses. But health advocates say these are wrongful discharges, a way for the army to get rid of "problem" soldiers quickly, without giving them the treatment to which they're entitled.NOW covered this issue last summer, and this week we revisit the army's controversial position and follow up with affected soldiers we met.moreless
  • The People's Sheriff
    The People's Sheriff
    Episode 03.27.09
    3/27/09
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    One of the most controversial figures in the illegal immigration debate is Joe Arpaio, the longtime sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, whose aggressive hard line on local crime has received national attention. But has Sheriff Arpaio, who's made the most of federally-granted authority to enforce immigration laws, crossed the line when it comes to serving and protecting his community? Some critics have accused him of racial profiling.moreless
  • Gambling With Health Care
    Gambling With Health Care
    Episode 03.20.09
    3/20/09
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    Losing your job is a blow not just to your income, but also to your health insurance. Many can't afford high COBRA premiums, much less private insurance. And the sputtering economy is making a bad situation tragic.NOW travels to Nevada, where a huge budget deficit, spiking unemployment, and cuts in Medicaid and other public services are forcing people to gamble with their own lives. Recently, the only public hospital in Las Vegas had to shut its doors to cancer patients and pregnant women. Should the government be helping out?moreless
  • Previewing the Superpower Summit
    3/13/09
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    The world's economic superpowers are preparing to meet--will they devise a fix for the financial mess?On March 13, financial ministers and central bankers of the world's economic superpowers will meet in London to lay the groundwork for next month's crucial meeting of their country's leaders, known as the G20. Will their work revolutionize the global economy and lift us out of this economic hole, or will politics get in the way?moreless
  • Who Killed Sister Dorothy?
    Who Killed Sister Dorothy?
    Episode 03.06.09
    3/6/09
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    This week, David Brancaccio interviews award-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge on his latest film "They Killed Sister Dorothy." The documentary focuses on Sister Dorothy Stang, a Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio, who in 2005 was killed on a muddy road in the Brazilian Amazon she worked tirelessly to save. But it's also the story of peasant farmers hoping to preserve their way of life in the face of powerful industry interests. Who will dare stand up in the battle between the haves and the have nots, and will our world's ecosystem pay the biggest price?moreless
  • Retirement at Risk
    Retirement at Risk
    Episode 02.27.09
    2/27/09
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    In this struggling economy, boomers are rightfully worried about the funds they were counting on to carry them through the rest of their lives. Will they be able to afford their own retirement? NOW turns to two experts for help and insight: Amy Domini, a pioneer in the field of socially responsible investing; and journalist Dan Gross, who covers the economy for Slate and Newsweek.moreless
  • Is Your Daughter Safe at Work?
    2/20/09
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    A shocking statistic - teenagers are in more danger from sexual predators at their part time jobs than through the Internet. According to one estimate, 200,000 teenagers are assaulted at the workplace each year. It's a vastly underreported phenomenon, but some brave young women are stepping up publicly to tell their stories.moreless
  • Stimulus Roadblock?
    Stimulus Roadblock?
    Episode 02.13.09
    2/13/09
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    One alarming example: Mass transit. Cities and states, strapped for money, are cutting back on mass transit even as it becomes more popular with Americans. Meanwhile, President Obama is calling for increased mass transit as a necessary step toward energy independence. Will the government's investment dramatically revitalize our national travel infrastructure, or will states spend the money according to 'business as usual'?moreless
  • Help for the Homeowners?
    Help for the Homeowners?
    Episode 02.06.09
    2/6/09
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    Across the country, cities are in crisis because of the fallout from the mortgage mess -property taxes are way down, and abandoned homes are bringing down property values, inviting crime, and draining government coffers. Neighborhoods are being destroyed. Yet the federal bailout money is not going directly to desperate communities and homeowners, but to local and national banks.moreless
  • Billions in Bogus Bonuses?
    Billions in Bogus Bonuses?
    Episode 01.30.09
    1/30/09
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    President Obama has issued a scathing critique of Wall Street following news that Wall Street employees were paid more than $18 billion in bonuses last year as the financial sector melted down. What should his administration do to crack down on banks, given that some experts are suggesting an additional $1 trillion to $2 trillion may be needed to bail them out?moreless
  • Over Fifty, Overdrawn
    Over Fifty, Overdrawn
    Episode 01.23.09
    1/23/09
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    The economic crisis is affecting people in all income and social brackets, but America's baby boomers and seniors don't have the option to wait it out. The housing meltdown, market crash, and rising costs of everything from food to medicine have taken the luster out of seniors' "golden years" or worse, put them into deep debt. In fact, Americans over 50 account for about a quarter of all delinquent mortgages. This week NOW travels to South Carolina, a state where many retirees and winter refugees are being forced to rewrite the last chapter in their lives, to see how they are coping and what options are left.moreless
  • Power Struggle
    Power Struggle
    Episode 01.16.09
    1/16/09
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    NOW travels to California, which has the most ambitious clean energy plan in the nation. But the state's efforts face stiff opposition from property owners and conservationists who prefer renewable energy from "local sources," such as photovoltaic rooftop solar panels. Complicating the matter are claims that the transmission lines are not actually carrying renewable energy at all, but represent a thinly-disguised strategy to stick to old energy practices.moreless
  • Sea Change
    Sea Change
    Episode 01.09.09
    1/9/09
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    A rise in sea levels isn't the only impact global warming is having on the world's oceans. A growing body of evidence suggests that climate change is also affecting ocean currents and the chemistry of the seas, with potentially catastrophic results. This week, NOW travels deep into the oceans with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with help from other researchers for a first hand look at this stunning sea change, and what we can do about it.moreless
  • Credit Crunch
    Credit Crunch
    Episode 01.02.09
    1/2/09
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    With the economy in a downward spiral, more and more people are taking advantage of credit card offers to make ends meet, but are the credit card companies actually taking advantage of their customers? In the week in which federal regulators adopted sweeping new rules for the credit card industry, NOW meets families struggling to pay off their credit card debt. Such debt has become significantly larger thanks to questionable industry practices like doubling and tripling interest rates, increasing fees and penalties, and shrinking credit limits.moreless
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