A Farewell to Viewers, and Readers, Like You

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Bye-Bye

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Will PBS Be a Victim of ‘Dying to be a Martyr’?

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An old teaching plan revives an even older controversy.

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A Trivial But Disturbing (To Me) Technique

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When older segments reappear, "encore report" and "second look" don’t do it for me.

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‘The Press’ Is Doing Its Job

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An old bumper sticker may still tell us something.

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Covering President Trump

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Will a Trump presidency change the press?

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Not Enough Time for News

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A viewer and the omb agree: The biggest news event of the day got short-changed yesterday on the NewsHour.

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How Do You Say ‘Oy Vey’ in Greek?

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A Greek ‘invention’ that turns tap water into power gets a cold bath from NewsHour viewers.

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The Climate Is Changing. Will NOVA?

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NOVA now discussing a future program on “Is Climate Change Real?” Is that for real?

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Real News about Fake News

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Much better late than never for the NewsHour on “Pizzagate.”

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The NewsHour Did Okay. In Fact, Quite Well

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Some thoughts about PBS and an electoral surprise.

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Diamonds in the Rough

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Amid the despair over this election campaign, two PBS programs stand out.

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Fiddler in the Roots

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An episode of Finding Your Roots is withdrawn. Here is what happened.

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Cut Once, Think Twice?

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NewsHour cuts some on-air lines from a Jill Stein interview and critics pounce.

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‘Bye-Bye’

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The NewsHour notes the passing of TV host John McLaughlin but not the big but unofficial link to PBS.

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When ‘Desperate Journey’ Becomes ‘Deadly Journey’

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A calamity at sea that is still awaiting a final answer. Powerful NewsHour series on migrants fleeing horrors at home uncovers a stunning statistic.

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