Fiddler in the Roots

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An episode of Finding Your Roots is withdrawn.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

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The Mailbag: Things That Didn’t Happen

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A member station gives a controversial reason for blocking the PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate in parts of Nevada. And don't mess with Jewish mothers.

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The Mailbag: Viewers React to ‘Roots’ Decision

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Viewers react quickly to PBS investigation of "Finding Your Roots" controversy.

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The ‘Finding Your Roots’ Investigation: Deflate-Gates?

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PBS completes "Finding Your Roots" investigation. Standards were violated. But is the medicine strong enough?

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The 'Mail' Keeps Tugging at the 'Roots'

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The saga of the “Finding Your Roots” program featuring actor Ben Affleck keeps on giving PBS more to investigate.

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A Late, but Welcomed (by PBS), Apology

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An apology from Professor Gates comes as the PBS/WNET investigation of “Finding Your Roots” saga continues.

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Who Knew? Not Us, PBS Now Says About ‘Roots’ Controversy

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PBS and New York’s WNET/Thirteen say they didn’t know of the Affleck/Gates/Sony backstory.

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Bad Decision, Weak Response

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An embarrassing story unfolds for PBS and Henry Louis Gates’ “Roots” series.

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