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‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

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Grace Lee Boggs, American Visionary

At 99 years old, activist and author Grace Lee Boggs reflects on the last century of American history in a Truthdig interview as PBS prepares to air a new documentary about her storied life. “To understand revolution is twofold,” she says. “It’s not just changing institutions, it’s changing ourselves.

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Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness for ‘Evil’ of Child Abuse

In remarks quoted by Vatican radio Friday, Pope Francis personally asked forgiveness for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests.

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PBS Becoming the Plutocrats Broadcasting Service

Our most prominent public media outlets are becoming instruments for special interests to launder their ideological agenda through a seemingly objective brand.

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The Institute for Policy Studies

A Leading Critic of American Hypocrisy Goes Quiet

Saul Landau, a prolific filmmaker, writer and Truthdig contributor, died Monday from a fight with cancer.

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Let Nicholas Kristof Damage Your Mind

In a late 2012 PBS series called “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” the lauded New York Times columnist and professional flake “glosses” the harmful “utopian vision” of free-market globalization sold to Americans in a 1980 television broadcast by neoliberal economist Milton Friedman, Anne Elizabeth Moore writes in The Baffler.

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Directors Reveal How PBS Quashed Airing of Negative Koch Brothers Film

“Democracy Now!” asks whether PBS resorted to self-censorship in order to appease the Koch brothers when it decided not to show a documentary that portrayed David Koch—a major donor to public television—in an unflattering light.

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Congress Needs to Read a Book

Journalist Robert Kaiser has written a case study of the passage of Dodd-Frank, the legislation that kind of sort of took a shot at maybe re-regulating Wall Street (but not really). He tells Judy Woodruff, “It was upsetting to me as a citizen to realize how few members understood the issues they were dealing with.”

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Colbert Slams PBS for Appeasing Koch Brothers

PBS recently made the decision to pull the plug on “Citizen Koch,” a documentary about money and politics that paints a less than flattering picture of the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. That hasn’t sat too well with many, including the host of “The Colbert Report.”

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‘NOVA’: The ‘Next Generation’ of Drone Surveillance

A new drone-mounted surveillance camera, chillingly described as the “Wide Area Persistent Stare,” can see and record, all at once, virtually everything happening at ground level in a medium-sized city.

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Norquist the Muppet

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The Turkey

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Bye-Bye Birdie

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Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets

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Polls

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Romney’s Big Bird

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Occupy Sesame Street

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Most Wanted

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Big Bird

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Romney Fires Big Bird, Stewart Prepares for O’Reilly, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Romney tax double-speak, a shift in strategy for the Obama campaign and Al Gore’s latest “theory.” 

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Interrupters

For roughly two hours, acclaimed filmmakers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz give us a deep and intimate glimpse into the persistent epidemics of violence in America’s inner city black communities.

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O’Reilly Slams Moyers on Gun Control Comments

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ripped into PBS’ Bill Moyers on his “O’Reilly Factor” program Monday night for having the nerve to criticize the National Rifle Association after last week’s deadly shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


A Remixed ‘Mister Rogers’ Reinvigorates the Mind

“Did you ever think of the many things you’ve learned to do?” “Did you ever grow anything ... in the garden of your mind?” Those are the kinds of gentle, encouraging questions children heard during Fred Rogers’ PBS television show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” over the course of three decades.

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‘NOVA’: Mind Over Money

Groundbreaking research in behavioral economics may pose the greatest academic threat ever to free-market theory, suggesting that emotions linked to brain chemistry—not rational self-interest—play a deciding role in how we spend, save and invest.

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LulzSec ‘Ringleader’ Arrested in Hacker Bust

It’s been a tough couple of weeks in hactivist circles, as law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that six hackers affiliated with the Anonymous spinoff group LulzSec—including “ringleader” Hector Xavier Monsegur—have been busted.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE


Syrians ‘Radicalized by Terror’

Syrian forces are shelling Homs while across the country, reports ITN’s Jonathan Rugman, “state brutality has failed to crush” the popular uprising.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Bill Moyers Coming Back to a TV Near You

Good thing he wasn’t gone for long. Veteran broadcast journalist and perennial class act Bill Moyers is making his TV comeback this weekend with a new show, “Moyers & Company,” after almost two years off the air.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Amy Goodman Talk OWS on ‘Charlie Rose’

Finally, some smart discussion about Occupy Wall Street on a high-profile talk show. Here we have Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and “Democracy Now!” anchor Amy Goodman going beyond sound bites and bullet points to give Charlie Rose their takes on OWS—what it means, why it’s happening and who’s taking part.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘Frontline’ Investigates Obama’s Record Deportations

This year the United States will deport 400,000 immigrants, a million since Obama took office, reports PBS’ “Frontline” in a groundbreaking investigation of the president’s immigration policies. In short: Obama makes George W. Bush look soft.

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Occupy Sesame Street

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PBS Couldn’t Make Time for Bill Moyers’ New Show

Legendary broadcaster Bill Moyers is returning to television, flush with $2 million in foundation funding, but PBS opted not to carry his “Moyers & Company.” American Public Television will instead distribute the interview show for free to stations around the country.

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Images from LulzSec

Hacktivist Outfit LulzSec Says Bon Voyage

Lulz Security is no more. The humorous hackers who attacked targets including PBS and the CIA released a statement announcing that “Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance. ...” (more)

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Another Failed War

The “war on drugs” is failing; a teen in China sells his kidney for an iPad 2; and “Sesame Street” admits to spreading propaganda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Associated Press

War Against War: A Meditation on Bradley Manning’s Mind

Why is Manning’s mind the only relevant site of weakness, disability and pathology in the big media stories so far? Why not the sorry condition of our corporate state passing as a democratic republic?

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LulzSec

Hackers Punish PBS for ‘Less Than Impressive’ WikiLeaks Show

“Less than impressed” with “Frontline’s” “WikiSecrets” episode, a hacker or group of hackers called LulzSec hijacked the PBS.org website late Sunday night, posting, among other things, a fake news story claiming Tupac Shakur is alive and living in New Zealand. If you caught “WikiSecrets,” you might sympathize with the crusading hacker(s). (more)

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Fund-Me Elmo

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Don’t Ice Out Public Media

When we are discussing war, we need a media not brought to us by weapons manufacturers. When discussing health care reform, we need a media not sponsored by insurance companies or Big Pharma.

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‘Daily Show’: I Like Big Cuts

Could it be a coincidence that the same kinds of programs that, say, certain prominent Republicans are calling to be cut out of the budget are also those that tend to be supported by Democratic voters? Hmmm.

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Three Myths Every President Should Avoid

Today on the list: PBS is as white as TV gets, the three myths that keep flummoxing America, and the Middle Easterners who conquered Europe with their magic potion—milk.

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McNamara’s Vietnam in 1995

As we remember the late Robert McNamara, we can look back to the publication of his 1995 memoir, “In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam,” to see the conversations that surrounded McNamara’s take on the Vietnam War. Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer appears in a round-table discussion alongside former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

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David Brooks

David Brooks Calls Jindal’s Speech ‘Insane’ and ‘a Disaster’

When civilizations collapse, mass hysteria ensues, often followed by cannibalism—a scenario familiar to the Republican Party, in which old friends are now turning on each other with reckless abandon.

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Fey plays Palin

‘SNL’ Spoofs the VP Debate

Parody is the best policy, as evidenced by the boost that “Saturday Night Live” has recently enjoyed, thanks to Sarah Palin lookalike (and sometime comedy star) Tina Fey. We kid, but so do Fey, Queen Latifah and Jason Sudeikis—playing Republican VP candidate Palin, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and Democratic VP pick Joe Biden, respectively—in this clip from the show’s Oct. 4 episode.

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VP debate

The Big Question After the VP Tussle

Did they deliver? That was the question coming from the Democratic and Republican camps after Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin did battle at the vice presidential debate in St. Louis on Thursday night. Here’s the full debate in video—tell us what you think about how the candidates handled themselves and represented their respective tickets.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and McCain debate in Mississippi

Obama and McCain Face Off in First Presidential Debate

Thankfully, Jim Lehrer wasn’t left at the moderator’s podium on Friday, as both Barack Obama and John McCain showed up for their scheduled presidential debate at the University of Mississippi to field questions about the economy and foreign policy.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Election Day
Arts Engine Inc.

Portrait of an American Election

“Election Day” isn’t a film that highlights the horse-race aspect of American politics, nor is it about red or blue states. Instead, director Katy Chevigny and her colleagues from Arts Engine Inc. aimed to capture a much more complex story—or rather, a multilayered and interconnecting set of stories—about an array of Americans from different states, backgrounds and political positions, all taking part in some way in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


Adm. Fallon Speaks

The former head of U.S. Central Command who retired after an Esquire magazine article alleged he was the man standing between President Bush and war with Iran speaks to PBS’ “Now.” Fallon, who acknowledges “I’m not a very shy guy,” all but admits that he did indeed disagree with the administration.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


‘A Walk to Beautiful’

PBS has made the film “A Walk to Beautiful” available online. It’s the extraordinary story of women who suffer for years from a preventable and treatable injury simply because they are poor.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Wright

Rev. Wright Speaks

Lesser journalists continue to characterize the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons as hate speech, without ever having heard more than snippets of them. As Wright tells the great Bill Moyers, the meaning of his sermons has been deliberately distorted to achieve a political goal, and it worked. Updated.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Frontline on extraordinary rendition

PBS Investigates Bush-Era ‘Extraordinary Rendition’

Granted, the Bush administration didn’t invent the practice of “extraordinary rendition,” but, as PBS illustrates in an edition of “Frontline,”  the practice has become even more controversial and horrifying in the years since 9/11.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich and Gravel

Not Your Typical Political Debate

Kudos to PBS for hosting an excellent debate—or “All American Presidential Forum” as it’s known in public television land. The event featured a “panel of color” asking questions on a range of often-ignored topics. And did we mention equal time for all candidates? What a novel concept.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


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