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October 02, 2015 at 2:31 pm

This Saturday, public media stations are coming together for American Graduate Day, a seven-hour program that showcases stories of scholastic success from across the country. We’re giving you a sneak peek at what and who you’ll see during the national event. AmGrad host and broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien mentions a few familiar names participating in the fourth annual TV special […]

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October 02, 2015 at 2:29 pm

When President Barack Obama launched “My Brother’s Keeper Alliance” last May, he underlined a message to young men of color who are at risk of dropping out: you matter, and we’re going to help you. Since then, the corporate-backed nonprofit has worked to close the opportunity gap for African-American males. One of the alliance’s success stories is Demarcus Womack. He […]

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July 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

While on assignment in Afghanistan in 2009, journalist Jenny Nordberg discovered the “bacha posh” – daughters who are temporarily raised as sons and presented to the world as boys. Nordberg shares her experiences reporting on this hidden practice, the subject of her new book The Underground Girls of Kabul which was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014 and […]

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July 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

One of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goals is to offer free, full-day, pre-kindergarten to four-year-olds citywide. Andrea Vasquez visits a pre-k in East Harlem to report on the program’s first year and the plans to expand this model for early learning. This story is part of American Graduate, a project focused on keeping students on the path to graduation made […]

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July 13, 2015 at 11:37 am

Anchor Jack Ford talks with filmmaker Mary Murphy about her documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird. An updated version of the documentary, titled Harper Lee: American Masters, will air on PBS stations July 10 before the release of Harper Lee’s highly anticipated new novel Go Set A Watchman on July 14. For community college students, the […]

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June 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

Neuroscientist and Columbia University assistant professor of pediatrics Kimberly Noble joins anchor Jack Ford to shed light on her recent study, which found a link between poverty and children’s brain size. This week MetroFocus, PBS NewsHour Weekend and NJTV News will all broadcast reports on childhood poverty and brain development as part of the multi-platform public media reporting initiative, Chasing […]

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