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  • Protesters resort to self-immolation over China development

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    10/24/13

    To keep up with the huge boom in urban development, China has knocked down villages to make way for new cities, sometimes without consent. When one farmer's demands for compensation were not met, he resorted to setting himself on fire, and he's not the only one to do so. Hari Sreenivasan gets details from Frank Langfitt of NPR.moreless
  • GOP can gain from 'adhering to principles,' says Gillespie

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    10/24/13

    Despite the political hit Republicans took from the shutdown, former GOP chair Ed Gillespie is optimistic his party can make headway on issues like immigration reform and entitlements, and win back the majority if they can reduce friction in their coalition. Gwen Ifill talks to Gillespie about the outlook for the next election.moreless
  • EPA chief on maintaining a 'diverse energy mix' for America

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    10/24/13

    In June, the Obama administration called for new pollution standards for power plants, and the new EPA administrator, Gina McCarthy, has followed through with a proposal for new rules. Ray Suarez reports on pushback from the coal industry, while Judy Woodruff talks to McCarthy about pollution and energy priorities.moreless
  • President Obama pushes immigration reform

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    10/24/13

    In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama urged Congress to focus on passing immigration reform. Also, two people have tested positive for polio in Syria in the first outbreak of the crippling disease there in 14 years.moreless
  • Elizabeth Becker's 'Overbooked' explores travel and tourism

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    10/24/13

    Elizabeth Becker talks about the wonders and woes of the ever-growing travel industry and how tourism transforms countries in her new book, 'Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism."
  • President Obama makes renewed push for 'common sense' immigration reform

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    10/24/13

    From the White House, President Barack Obama delivered a mid-morning speech Thursday calling on Congress to pass "common sense immigration reform." The president's remarks outlined various ways why the immigration reform would be beneficial for the economy and U.S. deficits and focused on the need to bipartisan solutions. "You know, rather than create problems, let's prove to the American people that Washington can actually solve some problems," Obama said.moreless
  • U.S. Poet Laureate and Detroit students reflect on writing poetry, overcoming fears

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    10/23/13

    U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey talks to students poets from Detroit's InsideOut literary arts program about writing poetry and overcoming fears. This video is an excerpt from the a broadcast story that airs on October 23, 2013.moreless
  • Shellfish made poisonous by toxic algae

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    10/23/13

    The Pacific Northwest is known for its seafood, but when algae blooms in coastal waters, it can release toxins that poison shellfish and the people who eat them. Katie Campbell of KCTS in Seattle reports on the growing prevalence and toxicity of that algae, and how scientists are studying a possible link to climate change.moreless
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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    10/23/13

    On our program tonight, we examine the the dysfunctional rollout of the online insurance exchanges, and get insight from technology experts on the challenging of fixing the system. Also: the cost of college is still rising but more slowly, Detroit goes to court over its bankruptcy filing, young writers learn to love poetry in Motor City and a new book about President Obama and the bible.moreless
  • Young Detroiters unlock their inner poets

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    10/23/13

    Detroit schools are turning their students into published poets with a little guidance from professional writers and a program called InsideOut. Jeffrey Brown reflects with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about visiting the Motor City middle-schoolers and the "sense of power" she witnessed as they found their voices.moreless
  • Germany's Merkel complains about U.S. spying

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    10/23/13

    In our news wrap Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a direct call to President Obama to address reports that the NSA may have monitored her cellphone conversations. Also, the president met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the White House in the latest effort to improve rocky relations among the nations.moreless
  • Will there be more complications to the health care website?

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    10/23/13

    The Obama administration has said it is making efforts to improve the health care website, but tech experts warn the problems are far from fixed. For more on what contributed to the flawed launch and the challenges ahead, Hari Sreenivasan speaks with John Engates of RackSpace and Bill Curtis of CAST Software.moreless
  • 'President's Devotional', scriptures that inspired Obama

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    10/23/13

    As the former head of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Barack Obama, Joshua Dubois would seek and offer scripture to serve as inspiration in daily life and in the face of national tragedy. Gwen Ifill sits down with Dubois to discuss his collection, titled "The President's Devotional."moreless
  • White House launches 'tech surge' to boost capacity

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    10/23/13

    On their first day back in session since the shutdown, House members called out the faults of the health care online exchanges and called for needed fixes. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports on efforts being made by the Obama administration to continue enrollment despite the site's technical troubles.moreless
  • Is U.S. transparent enough about civilian casualties from drone strikes?

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    10/22/13

    Two human rights groups claim that U.S. drone attacks targeting terrorists have killed dozens of innocent civilians abroad, despite promises from the president to limit strikes that cause unintended casualties. Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International, the author of one report, and retired Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap join Gwen Ifill.moreless
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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    10/22/13

    On our program tonight, human rights organizations accuse the U.S. of killing dozens of civilians in drone strikes abroad. We take a closer look at those claims. Also: an anemic jobs report delayed by the shutdown, House Republican Tim Huelskamp on the future of the GOP, what's causing a rift between Saudi Arabia and the U.S., the rise of drug-resistant bacteria and novelist Jonathan Lethem.moreless
  • 'Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria'

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    10/22/13

    Watch an excerpt from the FRONTLINE documentary "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria," which airs Tuesday, Oct. 22 on most PBS television stations. Drug-resistant bacteria lurks in hospitals: in sink drains, on equipment passed from room-to-room, on door handles, on the hands of clinicians and hospital workers, and in ventilators and tubes. One particularly dangerous bug, Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase, or KPC, has been found in American hospitals in 44 states so far. That's likely an underestimate, since there is no national reporting system to track outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria at hospitals.moreless
  • Economists expect 'messier' jobs report for October

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    10/22/13

    Employment data for the month of September was finally released after being delayed for weeks by the shutdown. The numbers reflect a month of disappointing growth with little change in unemployment and fewer jobs created than expected. Economic correspondent Paul Solman looks at what it means for the nation's economic recovery.moreless
  • Societal factors play into rise of drug-resistant bacteria

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    10/22/13

    Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? New strains of bacteria are on the rise, landing normally healthy people in the hospital with life-threatening, drug-resistant infections. Ray Suarez talks to David Hoffman, the journalist who led the investigation for Frontline's "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria."moreless
  • Opposition forces demand Assad out of government

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    10/22/13

    In our news wrap Tuesday, efforts to begin Syrian peace talks were obstructed by conditions laid down by the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition, including that President Bashar al-Assad must be excluded from any new government. Also, the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei announced it will soon enforce the Sharia penal code.moreless
  • Tea party GOP lost the shutdown battle, but not the wider debate

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    10/22/13

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., believes that Americans are disappointed with the "status quo" deal Congress passed to end the shutdown. Judy Woodruff talks to the congressman about Republican strategy and rhetoric, another conversation in our series on the future direction of the GOP.moreless
  • Saudi perception of U.S. inaction in Syria strains relations

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    10/22/13

    America's approach to the Syrian war is one of the factors contributing to a rift in U.S.-Saudi relations, a divide that became public recently when Saudi Arabia declined membership on the UN Security Council. Jeffrey Brown reports on why Saudi Arabia is trying to distance itself from the United States.moreless
  • Novelist Jonathan Lethem looks at American radicalism

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    10/22/13

    Set in the mid-20th century, Jonathan Lethem's novel "Dissident Gardens" explores the private lives of American communists and the "radical tradition" that has become part of the fabric of our nation. Jeffrey Brown talks to the author about his inspiration and the intersection of political ideology and personal experience.moreless
  • Changing relations with Mideast allies may affect U.S.

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    10/22/13

    Tensions between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have arisen from "cumulative" disagreements on a variety of international issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks with chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner and former State Department analyst Graeme Bannerman about the history of the alliance and risks of a reduced U.S. role in the region.moreless
  • Monday, October 21, 2013

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    10/21/13

    On our program tonight, we examine how the troubled rollout of the new government health care website may affect the larger implementation of the law. Also: New Jersey joins other states allowing gay marriage, Detroit fights to come back from bankruptcy, JP Morgan nears a settlement on the 2008 financial crisis, reflections on the future of the GOP and smog shuts down a major city in China.moreless
  • President Obama addresses glitches with Healthcare.gov

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    10/21/13

    President Barack Obama addressed the glitches with the online health insurance marketplace on Monday, fresh off a weeks-long battle over government funding and raising the debt limit that saw congressional Republicans make repeated runs at defunding or delaying his signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act.moreless
  • Poet Stanley Plumly reads poem from his collection 'Orphan Hours'

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    10/21/13

    Poet and professor Stanley Plumly reads "The Jay," a poem from his latest collection, "Orphan Hours: Poems."
  • Republicans need a positive agenda

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    10/21/13

    Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., believes that the tactics used by the Republicans during the shutdown were "not wise." Lott joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the future of the GOP, the importance of getting work done and what issues could help reunite the party, including spending, farming and energy policies.moreless
  • Chinese citizens losing patience with air pollution

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    10/21/13

    China's tremendous growth has transformed the lives of its citizens but it has also come with a cost: significant air pollution. The major industrial city of Harbin shut down when smog levels reached record levels. Jeffrey Brown talks to Evan Osnos of The New Yorker about the ramifications of China's air quality problems.moreless
  • Should individuals be accountable for the 2008 meltdown?

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    10/21/13

    JP Morgan Chase is close to striking a reported $13 billion settlement with the government over the sale of troubled mortgage securities. Gwen Ifill talks to Dennis Kelleher of Better Markets and Bert Ely, a banking consultant, for reaction on the penalty and how the government is seeking accountability for the 2008 crisis.moreless
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