New York Times: Editors' Choice - Season 2009

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  • Danger Ahead
    Danger Ahead
    Episode 12.21.09
    12/21/09
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    There are virtually no laws or regulations mandating safety measures in highway work zones in the United States. As a result, motorists and construction workers are dying, and problem contractors are rehired.
  • Tainted Tap Water
    Tainted Tap Water
    Episode 12.16.09
    12/16/09
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    Thirty-five years after Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act, some regulators and environmentalists say the law is now so out of date that it fails to protect people from the most obvious threats.
  • Bolivia's Glaciers Melt Away
    Bolivia's Glaciers Melt Away
    Episode 12.13.09
    12/13/09
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    Bolivia's Chacaltaya glacier - once the "world's highest" ski resort and a crucial source of water for millions of people - melted away in 2009.
  • Donors, Daddies, Surrogates, Lawyers
    12/13/09
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    Surrogacy can help people build families, but legal uncertainty and custody disputes can happen when more than two people create a baby.
  • Off the Red Carpet!
    Off the Red Carpet!
    Episode 12.11.09
    12/11/09
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    The Carpetbagger, Melena Ryzik, goes behind the scenes with the security team at the premiere of "It's Complicated."
  • Stanford's iPhone Orchestra
    Stanford's iPhone Orchestra
    Episode 12.04.09
    12/4/09
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    Stanford University students explore new ways to create music by manipulating the multimedia opportunities of their iPhones.
  • When No One's Looking, Part 2
    10/25/09
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    How pimps target runaways, luring them into a world of under-age prostitution, and how law enforcement officers try to intervene.
  • When No One's Looking
    When No One's Looking
    Episode 10.24.09
    10/24/09
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    As an increasing number of runaway children are trying to survive on the streets, a group of teenagers in Medford, Ore., use a number of legal and illegal strategies to get by.
  • Return to Juárez
    Return to Juárez
    Episode 10.16.09
    10/16/09
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    The presence of federal troops has failed to calm the drug war in Juárez, Mexico, and violence has reached an all time high.
  • Aerial Bowfishing
    Aerial Bowfishing
    Episode 10.14.09
    10/14/09
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    An invasive species on the Illinois River lures a fisherman who chases the flying fish with his bow and arrow.
  • Toxic Waters: From Air to Water Waste
    10/14/09
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    A growing number of coal-burning power plants around the nation have moved to reduce their air emissions, many of them are creating another problem: water pollution.
  • Million Dollar Babies
    Million Dollar Babies
    Episode 10.12.09
    10/12/09
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    The Masteras and Stansels did fertility treatments to conceive one child, but perverse emotional and economic incentives drove them to accept the greater risks and costs of multiples.
  • A Schoolgirl's Odyssey
    A Schoolgirl's Odyssey
    Episode 10.10.09
    10/10/09
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    A documentary by Adam B. Ellick follows a Pakistani girl through a perilous six months as she loses her education, is forced into exile and faces an uncertain return back home in Swat, Pakistan.
  • VOWS: State of the UnionsVOWS: State of the Unions
    Candace Walsh and Peter Gaugy, married in 2000, shared a unique journey through partnership, parenthood, and unexpected happy endings.
  • The Great Bambino Resurfaces
    The Great Bambino Resurfaces
    Episode 10.08.09
    10/8/09
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    The video collection of Major League Baseball Productions spans more than 100 years and includes about 150,000 hours of footage, including recently-discovered film of Babe Ruth playing the outfield.
  • Tainted Meat
    Tainted Meat
    Episode 10.03.09
    10/3/09
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    Stephanie Smith's reaction to a strain of E. coli was extreme, but neither the system meant to make meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.
  • A Somali-American's Improbable Return
    10/2/09
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    After returning to Somalia in 2008 to aid victims of a drought, the locals asked Mohamed Aden to become their leader. In less than a year, he has transformed Adado, Somalia, into an enclave of peace.
  • A Life in the (Satin) Gloves
    A Life in the (Satin) Gloves
    Episode 10.01.09
    10/1/09
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    In a hotel suite in Baraboo, Wis., burlesque legends share their stories and secrets, and bring a new dancer into the fold.
  • Women at Arms: Mother and Medic
    9/26/09
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    In 2004, Jaymie Holschlag left her two children to serve in Iraq. The separation was challenging, but the transition home was also difficult. Now the family prepares for a second deployment.
  • The Danger of Livestock Waste
    9/17/09
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    As Idaho dairies have grown, so has the environmental problem of coping with all the fecal waste. Much of it is spread over fields, where it can seep into local aquifers that supply people's wells.
  • Wall Street, One Year Later
    Wall Street, One Year Later
    Episode 09.11.09
    9/11/09
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    The Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin, Gretchen Morgenson and Joe Nocera recount the events of the weekend that Lehman Brothers failed and discuss the lessons learned from the financial crisis.
  • Open Season on Idaho Wolves
    Open Season on Idaho Wolves
    Episode 09.10.09
    9/10/09
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    Wolf hunting is now legal in Idaho, after Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar removed the animal from the endangered species list. This video is the first in a series about the challenges facing Mr. Salazar.
  • The Card Game: The Deal With Overdrafts
    9/8/09
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    A growing number of banks and credit unions now cover overdrafts for debit purchases, A.T.M. withdrawals and checks, rather than decline the purchase. And the practice has become a huge source of revenue.
  • Edward M. Kennedy, 1932 - 2009
    8/26/09
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    Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts and a member of one of the country's most influential political families, was one of the most effective senators in American history.
  • Coping Creatively in California
    8/23/09
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    Eloisa Sanchez and Phil Winkler live in a cul-de-sac in Moreno Valley, Calif. Lately, they've had to find an inventive way to make money to pay for their daughter's braces.
  • Air Ambulances on the Front Lines
    8/18/09
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    American air ambulance units battle time and dangerous conditions to bring injured Americans and Afghans back from the battlefield. Patrick Barth reports on a week spent with the 168th Air Ambulance Corps.
  • Retraining the Work Force
    Retraining the Work Force
    Episode 08.14.09
    8/14/09
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    Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, is part of an unheralded force of community colleges that are enabling laid-off workers to re-enter the work force.
  • Last Word: Les Paul
    Last Word: Les Paul
    Episode 08.13.09
    8/13/09
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    Les Paul was a virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar changed the course of 20th-century music.
  • Shockwaves Through My Soul
    Shockwaves Through My Soul
    Episode 08.01.09
    8/1/09
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    Sgt. Jacob Blaylock tried to resume his life back home, but the memory of his fallen comrades haunted him.
  • A Year of Struggle at a Food Bank
    7/29/09
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    The Times's Monica Almeida spent more than a year following people who visit and work at the GAP food bank in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • A Respite From Homelessness
    A Respite From Homelessness
    Episode 07.25.09
    7/25/09
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    Stand Down, a 3-day program in San Diego, offers free housing and social services to help homeless veterans affected by disability, substance abuse or the economy get back on their feet.
  • On The Street - Market
    On The Street - Market
    Episode 07.24.09
    7/24/09
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    For a few New Yorkers, dressing for a visit to the Greenmarket in Union Square on Saturday morning results in some delightful and surprising styles.
  • Bad Seeds at the V.A.
    Bad Seeds at the V.A.
    Episode 06.20.09
    6/20/09
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    The Rev. Ricardo Flippin and other veterans received substandard prostate cancer treatments at the veterans' hospital in Philadelphia, where federal officials failed to detect a pattern of poor care.
  • The Legacy of Merce Cunningham
    7/27/09
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    A look at the legacy of Merce Cunningham, who was credited with helping make dance a major art form in the 20th century.
  • Beyond the Fence
    Beyond the Fence
    Episode 07.10.09
    7/10/09
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    South Carolina's juvenile detention system once had some of the worst conditions in the nation. And now, because of the stagnant economy, the system's successful reforms are in danger of eroding.
  • From Dusk to Dawn
    From Dusk to Dawn
    Episode 06.12.09
    6/12/09
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    The Hebrew Home at Riverdale offers a program that operates when Alzheimer's and dementia patients are at their most active - the middle of the night.
  • The Decline of G.M.
    The Decline of G.M.
    Episode 06.01.09
    6/1/09
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    Once a symbol of American innovation, General Motors is now bankrupt.
  • The Super Memory Club
    The Super Memory Club
    Episode 05.21.09
    5/21/09
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    The Times's Benedict Carey sits in on the weekly bridge game at Laguna Woods and discusses the longest and largest ongoing study of people 90 and over and the potential benefits of mental exercise.
  • The Recession-Proof Artist
    The Recession-Proof Artist
    Episode 05.19.09
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    Alexander Conner is a interdisciplinary artist continuing to make his art despite living on $12,000 a year.
  • Pot Pie Confidential
    Pot Pie Confidential
    Episode 05.14.09
    5/14/09
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    Reporter Michael Moss and Investigations Editor Christine Kay find that cooking a pot pie safely isn't easy or convenient.
  • Stalemate in Korangal Valley
    Stalemate in Korangal Valley
    Episode 05.13.09
    5/13/09
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    The American counter-insurgency in this Taliban stronghold in Kunar Province has been at a bloody draw for years now.
  • Popular Science?
    Popular Science?
    Episode 05.11.09
    5/11/09
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    Forensic science has grown into a popular choice for many students at New Rochelle High School in New York.
  • A Pakistani Underworld
    A Pakistani Underworld
    Episode 04.27.09
    4/27/09
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    Despite a threat from Islamists, two Pakistani brothers stealthily manufacture fetish and bondage wear, earning more than $1 million a year from their Western customers.
  • Critics' Picks: 'Discreet Charm.."
    4/27/09
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    A. O. Scott reviews Luis Bunuel's surrealist masterpiece "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie."
  • Cases: Dana Jennings
    Cases: Dana Jennings
    Episode 04.20.09
    4/20/09
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    Having both experienced serious illnesses, Dana Jennings and his son, Owen, have created a bond that is much different from what they have with the rest of their family.
  • Odyssey of the Newly Uninsured
    4/20/09
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    When Danna Walker was laid off, her family lost their health coverage. Now she's in a race against time to find coverage for her son, whose testicular cancer is in remission.
  • Juárez: Children in the Crossfire
    4/16/09
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    For youth on both sides of the El Paso-Juárez border, persistent drug violence is a way of life. Part two of a three-part series on violence in Juárez.
  • A Man's World
    A Man's World
    Episode 415
    4/15/09
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    After three decades of war, Afghanistan is one of the world's widow capitals. They are ridiculed as prostitutes when they go shopping, and many are unable to rent their own homes.
  • This Land: Ohio Serenade
    This Land: Ohio Serenade
    Episode 04.14.09
    4/14/09
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    In Newark, Ohio, a shifting economic landscape is affecting even the town's high school musicians.
  • The New Hard Times Part 2
    3/25/09
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    Ernest Kurnow, a 96-year-old business school professor at New York University, finished his own schooling in the middle of the Great Depression. Now his current students are faced with finding a job in the floundering world of finance after graduation.
  • The New Hard Times, Part 1
    3/19/09
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    76-year-old Patricia Addis was born in the depths of the Great Depression. Now her 25-year-old granddaughter cannot find a job in today's tattered economy.
  • Class Dismissed in Swat Valley
    2/22/09
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    A short documentary profiling an 11-year-old Pakistani girl on the last day before the Taliban close down her school.
  • Skateistan
    Skateistan
    Episode 0125
    1/25/09
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    Afghan youth have very limited options for sports and recreation. An Australian man is trying to change that.
  • An Invitation to History
    1/21/09
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    Spann Watson, a 92-year-old Tuskegee airman from Westbury, N.Y., flew in Harry Truman's inauguration ceremonies in 1949. Mr. Watson returned to D.C. with a special invitation to Barack Obama's swearing-in.
  • A Dirty Job
    A Dirty Job
    Episode 0114
    1/14/09
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    Nicholas Kristof visits a Camobodian garbage dump, where some families make their living scavenging through the toxic pile.
  • The Journey From Rendition to Freedom
    1/5/09
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    Muhammad Saad Iqbal was seized by the C.I.A. after 9/11, interrogated in a secret prison in Egypt, then sent on to Bagram Airbase and Guantanamo. This is a firsthand account of torture and rendition.