The Mailbag: Smiley and Guest Draw Strong Criticism

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A critical view of Israeli history and policy by a guest brings criticism of the guest and Tavis Smiley.

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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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