Archive: 2016

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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The Mailbag: The Challenge of Challenging

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Two interviews on the NewsHour illustrate the challenge of on-air challenging.

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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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To Gwen Ifill. From Viewers Like Us: ‘Eternal Thanks’

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Gwen Ifill resides in the hearts of many PBS viewers.

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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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Endings: A No-Show and a Shout-Out

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A Clinton spokesperson fails to show up and a hooray for an all-women panel brings some mail to the ombudsman.

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The Mailbag: Some Choice Words for ‘The Choice’

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Reviewers praise ‘The Choice.’ The ombudsman agrees but some viewers do not.

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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An episode of Finding Your Roots is withdrawn.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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