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Host Dan Rather presents hard-edged field reports, in-depth interviews and investigative pieces that emphasize accuracy, fairness and guts in their reporting. The program will cover topics including, but not limited to, politics, the environment, the global economy, and international affairs and conflicts.

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Host Dan Rather presents hard-edged field reports, in-depth interviews and investigative pieces that emphasize accuracy, fairness and guts in their reporting. The program will cover topics including, but not limited to, politics, the environment, the global economy, and international affairs and conflicts.

    • EPISODE 1

    Firearm Fantasies

    (1/8/2013) Congress is about to tackle a ban on assault weapons, but in Nevada, especially Las Vegas, there is an enormous interest in assault rifles. Over the last year, seven new ranges have opened up in Las Vegas and they offer hundreds of guns you can rent and shoot on-sight. And if you want to buy a semi-automatic weapon, good luck. Most stores are already sold out. It's a growing phenomenon across the country but it’s becoming a major Las Vegas tourist attraction.
    Also, an American who helps desperately poor Kenyan teens reach America's Ivy League schools.

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    (1/8/2013) Congress is about to tackle a ban on assault weapons, but in Nevada, especially Las Vegas, there is an enormous interest in assault rifles. Over the last year, seven new ranges have opened up in Las Vegas and they offer hundreds of guns you can rent and shoot on-sight. And if you want to buy a semi-automatic weapon, good luck. Most stores are already sold out. It's a growing phenomenon across the country but it’s becoming a major Las Vegas tourist attraction.
    Also, an American who helps desperately poor Kenyan teens reach America's Ivy League schools.

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    • EPISODE 2

    Iron Dome

    (1/15/2013) Almost 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan famously announced a plan to build a missile shield to protect the U.S. against Soviet threat. But the idea was far ahead of what technology could achieve and it never came into being – until this past November. For the first time in history, a missile defense system actually proved itself effective in a real-life conflict. The scene was Israel, where hundreds of rockets were flying in from Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. But the skies above Israel were being protected by a system the Israelis call Iron Dome. And the implications for the troubled Middle East, and the U.S., are profound.
    Also, we speak with Australia's ambassador to the US about changes that were made to Australia's gun laws after a massacre that killed 35.

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    (1/15/2013) Almost 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan famously announced a plan to build a missile shield to protect the U.S. against Soviet threat. But the idea was far ahead of what technology could achieve and it never came into being – until this past November. For the first time in history, a missile defense system actually proved itself effective in a real-life conflict. The scene was Israel, where hundreds of rockets were flying in from Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. But the skies above Israel were being protected by a system the Israelis call Iron Dome. And the implications for the troubled Middle East, and the U.S., are profound.
    Also, we speak with Australia's ambassador to the US about changes that were made to Australia's gun laws after a massacre that killed 35.

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    • EPISODE 3

    Sex Workers

    (1/22/2013) An investigation into how two European countries, Holland and Sweden, are using drastically different methods to deal with the world’s oldest profession. Prostitution has never been illegal in the Netherlands provided it was voluntary, but in 2000 sex work became regulated. The government set rules about where and how sex work was done – treating it just like any other profession. The idea was that prostitution was an everyday reality, so why not bring it out in the open to help protect women and prevent human trafficking. About the same time the Dutch decided to legalize prostitution, Sweden took a very different and novel approach. Their goal was to eliminate prostitution for good by targeting the buyer -- target the men and you eliminate demand. Eliminate demand and you eliminate prostitution.
    We take a look at how well each method is working.

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    (1/22/2013) An investigation into how two European countries, Holland and Sweden, are using drastically different methods to deal with the world’s oldest profession. Prostitution has never been illegal in the Netherlands provided it was voluntary, but in 2000 sex work became regulated. The government set rules about where and how sex work was done – treating it just like any other profession. The idea was that prostitution was an everyday reality, so why not bring it out in the open to help protect women and prevent human trafficking. About the same time the Dutch decided to legalize prostitution, Sweden took a very different and novel approach. Their goal was to eliminate prostitution for good by targeting the buyer -- target the men and you eliminate demand. Eliminate demand and you eliminate prostitution.
    We take a look at how well each method is working.

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    • 47 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Grounded

    (1/29/2013) Originally hailed as the most technologically advanced commercial airplane, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is proving to be a nightmare. Production problems caused a three-year delivery delay and since the roll out in 2011 there have been a series of issues including mis-installed fuel
    couplings, a series of electrical problems and most recently smoking batteries that caused a emergency landing. Earlier this month the FAA ordered a full investigation of the electrical system and grounded the six Dreamliners operating in the US. We take a look at what went wrong with the Dreamliner.
    Also, the unseen cost of war -- a follow up on our investigation into burn pits and their health effects on our soldiers.
    And, Dan Rather reflects on the second inauguration of President Obama.

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    (1/29/2013) Originally hailed as the most technologically advanced commercial airplane, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is proving to be a nightmare. Production problems caused a three-year delivery delay and since the roll out in 2011 there have been a series of issues including mis-installed fuel
    couplings, a series of electrical problems and most recently smoking batteries that caused a emergency landing. Earlier this month the FAA ordered a full investigation of the electrical system and grounded the six Dreamliners operating in the US. We take a look at what went wrong with the Dreamliner.
    Also, the unseen cost of war -- a follow up on our investigation into burn pits and their health effects on our soldiers.
    And, Dan Rather reflects on the second inauguration of President Obama.

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    • EPISODE 5

    The Cutting Edge

    (2/5/2013) Synthetic biology is at the forefront of modern science, as researchers reinvent cells by manipulating DNA to solve some of the most important problems facing the world.

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    (2/5/2013) Synthetic biology is at the forefront of modern science, as researchers reinvent cells by manipulating DNA to solve some of the most important problems facing the world.

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    • EPISODE 6

    Teaching to the Test

    (2/12/2013) In Seattle, Garfield High School, voted one of the best public schools for academics by U.S. News and World Report, has suddenly become the center of a war on standardized testing by refusing to administer the MAP test. This test is given to millions of students in schools across the country and has become one of the most popular standardized tests for measuring academic achievement. But now the faculty, parents and students of Garfield High have banded together, saying that MAP test is doing more harm than good.
    Also, we visit Hillsborough County, Florida where a new and unique way of evaluating teachers has become one of the most talked about experiments in U.S. education.
    And, a look at one feat of civil engineering that might help save Manhattan from the superstorms to come.

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    (2/12/2013) In Seattle, Garfield High School, voted one of the best public schools for academics by U.S. News and World Report, has suddenly become the center of a war on standardized testing by refusing to administer the MAP test. This test is given to millions of students in schools across the country and has become one of the most popular standardized tests for measuring academic achievement. But now the faculty, parents and students of Garfield High have banded together, saying that MAP test is doing more harm than good.
    Also, we visit Hillsborough County, Florida where a new and unique way of evaluating teachers has become one of the most talked about experiments in U.S. education.
    And, a look at one feat of civil engineering that might help save Manhattan from the superstorms to come.

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    • EPISODE 7

    The German Jobs Machine

    (2/26/2013) It seems impossible to believe that in a country with 12 million people looking for work, there are nearly 3.7 million open jobs in America right now. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large chunk of those unfilled jobs are in the manufacturing sector – some of the best paid vacancies out there.
    However, these jobs require technical training, training that is currently lacking in this country’s schools. President Obama, in his recent State of the Union address, called out Germany as an example of a system that focuses on preparing their high school students for jobs in the manufacturing sector.
    To find out the secret to Germany's low youth unemployment and thriving economy, "Dan Rather Reports" traveled across southern Germany, spending time at BMW, the Tognum company and interviewing a number of German teachers and schoolchildren. What we found is a system that is controversial, but -- to German employers and educators -- very effective. Youth unemployment is at 8%, compared to 18% in the U.S. Its high-school dropout rate is a mere 7%…compared to 25% in the U.S.

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    (2/26/2013) It seems impossible to believe that in a country with 12 million people looking for work, there are nearly 3.7 million open jobs in America right now. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large chunk of those unfilled jobs are in the manufacturing sector – some of the best paid vacancies out there.
    However, these jobs require technical training, training that is currently lacking in this country’s schools. President Obama, in his recent State of the Union address, called out Germany as an example of a system that focuses on preparing their high school students for jobs in the manufacturing sector.
    To find out the secret to Germany's low youth unemployment and thriving economy, "Dan Rather Reports" traveled across southern Germany, spending time at BMW, the Tognum company and interviewing a number of German teachers and schoolchildren. What we found is a system that is controversial, but -- to German employers and educators -- very effective. Youth unemployment is at 8%, compared to 18% in the U.S. Its high-school dropout rate is a mere 7%…compared to 25% in the U.S.

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    • EPISODE 8

    PhDon't!

    (3/5/2013) If you believe getting an advanced degree in science or math is a meal ticket for a career of the future, know there's a glut of highly qualified PhD's who will never get the jobs they spent over a decade training to do. Plus, the president of one of America's most prestigious universities tells Dan why, in many fields, we are overproducing PhDs and putting America's scientific edge at risk.

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    (3/5/2013) If you believe getting an advanced degree in science or math is a meal ticket for a career of the future, know there's a glut of highly qualified PhD's who will never get the jobs they spent over a decade training to do. Plus, the president of one of America's most prestigious universities tells Dan why, in many fields, we are overproducing PhDs and putting America's scientific edge at risk.

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    • EPISODE 9

    Just Hang Up

    (3/12/2013) A telephone scam is targeting American seniors and bilking them out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Our investigation leads to Jamaica where con artists have built a thriving organized crime network setup to prey on unsuspecting Americans.

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    (3/12/2013) A telephone scam is targeting American seniors and bilking them out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Our investigation leads to Jamaica where con artists have built a thriving organized crime network setup to prey on unsuspecting Americans.

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    • EPISODE 10

    Buzzkill

    (4/2/2013) We’ve reported extensively about the mysterious disappearance of honeybees. Scientists have been unable to pinpoint the exact cause, but the little insect that’s responsible for pollinating one third of everything we eat is dying….quickly. And some of the biggest commercial beekeepers are now saying the unthinkable – that their industry may be on the brink of extinction…with some unable to rebuild after 50 to 90 percent losses this year.
    Also, an important investigation from the slums of Karachi. The dangerous downside of one of our greatest intelligence coups -- finding Osama bin Laden -- is creating major roadblocks for eradicating polio from Pakistan.

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    (4/2/2013) We’ve reported extensively about the mysterious disappearance of honeybees. Scientists have been unable to pinpoint the exact cause, but the little insect that’s responsible for pollinating one third of everything we eat is dying….quickly. And some of the biggest commercial beekeepers are now saying the unthinkable – that their industry may be on the brink of extinction…with some unable to rebuild after 50 to 90 percent losses this year.
    Also, an important investigation from the slums of Karachi. The dangerous downside of one of our greatest intelligence coups -- finding Osama bin Laden -- is creating major roadblocks for eradicating polio from Pakistan.

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    • EPISODE 11

    The Poor Women of Texas

    (4/9/2013) The abortion battle moves to the states. In Texas, new state restrictions on abortions have had consequences for the health care of thousands of low income women, as many clinics that provided services beyond pregnancy termination have been forced to close.
    Also, Colombia’s civil war over the last 50 years has left an estimated 600,000 dead and millions displaced. The U.S. has invested billions of dollars in trying to end the war and combat the drug trade. For years everything seemed hopeless, but Colombia now has a different approach to ending the conflict -- one that relies as much on open arms as heavy arms. And it just might be a model for other countries mired in internal conflict.

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    (4/9/2013) The abortion battle moves to the states. In Texas, new state restrictions on abortions have had consequences for the health care of thousands of low income women, as many clinics that provided services beyond pregnancy termination have been forced to close.
    Also, Colombia’s civil war over the last 50 years has left an estimated 600,000 dead and millions displaced. The U.S. has invested billions of dollars in trying to end the war and combat the drug trade. For years everything seemed hopeless, but Colombia now has a different approach to ending the conflict -- one that relies as much on open arms as heavy arms. And it just might be a model for other countries mired in internal conflict.

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    • EPISODE 12

    Suni in Space

    (4/23/2013) Space travel suddenly seems cool again after astronaut Suni Williams posted a video of life aboard the International Space Station that went viral. Williams -- who has spent nearly a year orbiting our planet -- sits down with us to talk about what it’s like to sleep, eat and work in weightlessness for months at a time.

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    (4/23/2013) Space travel suddenly seems cool again after astronaut Suni Williams posted a video of life aboard the International Space Station that went viral. Williams -- who has spent nearly a year orbiting our planet -- sits down with us to talk about what it’s like to sleep, eat and work in weightlessness for months at a time.

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    • EPISODE 13

    Kim vs. Kabul

    (5/7/2013) As the United States prepares for the return or “draw down” of military forces in Afghanistan, there are some people who are choosing to stay, regardless of the danger, in order to help build law out of the chaos. One of those people is the remarkable Kim Motley. She is the only Westerner working in Kabul as a private lawyer, but to Motley, it is more of a calling than a career choice. She calls herself an “international advocate” fighting for the rights of Afghan women. Also, pulling up the stakes -- our troops are coming home from Afghanistan, but what about all their gear? That's a billion dollar question -- a $6 billion question, in fact. And, we take a look at what happens to Afghanistan once our troops leave. Some say that civil war is not far behind.

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    (5/7/2013) As the United States prepares for the return or “draw down” of military forces in Afghanistan, there are some people who are choosing to stay, regardless of the danger, in order to help build law out of the chaos. One of those people is the remarkable Kim Motley. She is the only Westerner working in Kabul as a private lawyer, but to Motley, it is more of a calling than a career choice. She calls herself an “international advocate” fighting for the rights of Afghan women. Also, pulling up the stakes -- our troops are coming home from Afghanistan, but what about all their gear? That's a billion dollar question -- a $6 billion question, in fact. And, we take a look at what happens to Afghanistan once our troops leave. Some say that civil war is not far behind.

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    • EPISODE 14

    Operation Streamline

    (5/14/2013) A special investigation into a part of the immigration debate that is not getting nearly the attention it deserves. Congress is now considering a grand compromise involving beefing up border security and granting a pathway to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in this country. But hidden in the small print is an expansion of a federal program already in place that has raised serious questions.
    It’s called Operation Streamline. Supporters herald it as a game changer - a necessary tough stand against those pouring into this country illegally, but others say that prosecuting and imprisoning those who cross into our country illegally is not the answer.

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    (5/14/2013) A special investigation into a part of the immigration debate that is not getting nearly the attention it deserves. Congress is now considering a grand compromise involving beefing up border security and granting a pathway to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in this country. But hidden in the small print is an expansion of a federal program already in place that has raised serious questions.
    It’s called Operation Streamline. Supporters herald it as a game changer - a necessary tough stand against those pouring into this country illegally, but others say that prosecuting and imprisoning those who cross into our country illegally is not the answer.

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    • EPISODE 15

    The San Miguel Gate

    (5/21/2013) Snapshots from the front lines of illegal immigration. For all the stories of those caught in the cycle of immigration and deportation, there are just as many families who have illegally migrated here - and not only evaded capture, but made America their home. It could be your neighbor...or the family down street -- and you would never know. But because they are undocumented they eke out a living, knowing they could be deported at any moment – and many suffer very high rates of abuse while working without papers. Most immigrants enter the US from along the more than 1900 mile U.S./Mexico border, but many specifically come in at the San Miguel Gate in the Arizona desert, where border patrol agents say border security is a myth.

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    (5/21/2013) Snapshots from the front lines of illegal immigration. For all the stories of those caught in the cycle of immigration and deportation, there are just as many families who have illegally migrated here - and not only evaded capture, but made America their home. It could be your neighbor...or the family down street -- and you would never know. But because they are undocumented they eke out a living, knowing they could be deported at any moment – and many suffer very high rates of abuse while working without papers. Most immigrants enter the US from along the more than 1900 mile U.S./Mexico border, but many specifically come in at the San Miguel Gate in the Arizona desert, where border patrol agents say border security is a myth.

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    • EPISODE 16

    For Profit Colleges

    (6/4/2013) An in depth investigation into the business of for-profit colleges. Schools like ITT Technical Institute, DeVry University and University of Phoenix differ from schools such as Penn State or USC because they actually treat education as a business - teaching students while still turning a profit. And, while most people may be aware that these colleges are for-profit, what they probably don’t know is that most of these profits come from the federal government in the form of federal student loans and Pell Grants -- money that the Government gives to low income students. But what happens if the student drops out -- which 50% of students at for-profit colleges do? The school keeps the money and the student is often saddled with a high interest loan of many tens of thousands of dollars.

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    (6/4/2013) An in depth investigation into the business of for-profit colleges. Schools like ITT Technical Institute, DeVry University and University of Phoenix differ from schools such as Penn State or USC because they actually treat education as a business - teaching students while still turning a profit. And, while most people may be aware that these colleges are for-profit, what they probably don’t know is that most of these profits come from the federal government in the form of federal student loans and Pell Grants -- money that the Government gives to low income students. But what happens if the student drops out -- which 50% of students at for-profit colleges do? The school keeps the money and the student is often saddled with a high interest loan of many tens of thousands of dollars.

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    • EPISODE 17

    Great Barrier Grief

    (6/11/2013) Almost $5 billion of the financing to build two natural gas plants at the Great Barrier Reef is coming from an obscure U.S. agency that most Americans have never heard of. The project is being developed in part to employ American workers, but many are worried that the plants are contributing to the destruction of one of the world's natural wonders.

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    (6/11/2013) Almost $5 billion of the financing to build two natural gas plants at the Great Barrier Reef is coming from an obscure U.S. agency that most Americans have never heard of. The project is being developed in part to employ American workers, but many are worried that the plants are contributing to the destruction of one of the world's natural wonders.

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    Only In America

    (7/02/2013) If you want to start a hot debate this holiday, just say you know who cooks the best barbecue. There are as many opinions as there are grills across the country. But what was once a weekend backyard hobby, has for some, turned into a science of smoked meat. For this week’s program, we focus on Texas BBQ and feature Franklin BBQ, the spot that Daniel Vaughn, the barbeque editor of Texas Monthly names as the best of the best.
    Also, the long-awaited re-opening of the Statue of Liberty and a celebration of a special American flag that once flew near Ground Zero.

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    (7/02/2013) If you want to start a hot debate this holiday, just say you know who cooks the best barbecue. There are as many opinions as there are grills across the country. But what was once a weekend backyard hobby, has for some, turned into a science of smoked meat. For this week’s program, we focus on Texas BBQ and feature Franklin BBQ, the spot that Daniel Vaughn, the barbeque editor of Texas Monthly names as the best of the best.
    Also, the long-awaited re-opening of the Statue of Liberty and a celebration of a special American flag that once flew near Ground Zero.

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    • EPISODE 19

    The Big Interview: Aaron Sorkin

    (9/16/2013) Join us for THE BIG INTERVIEW — our new series which features interviews with some of the most well-known talent from different corners of the entertainment industry. First up — Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. We sit down with Sorkin to talk about the fictional news channel he created for his latest show, The Newsroom, and his successful career as a screenwriter for both memorable TV series and movies. He opens up about something he says he’s not used to hearing, criticism. And also tells us who was his initial favorite to play the President on the West Wing. It wasn’t Martin Sheen.

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    (9/16/2013) Join us for THE BIG INTERVIEW — our new series which features interviews with some of the most well-known talent from different corners of the entertainment industry. First up — Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. We sit down with Sorkin to talk about the fictional news channel he created for his latest show, The Newsroom, and his successful career as a screenwriter for both memorable TV series and movies. He opens up about something he says he’s not used to hearing, criticism. And also tells us who was his initial favorite to play the President on the West Wing. It wasn’t Martin Sheen.

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    The Big Interview: Roger Daltrey

    (9/23/2013) As part of our new series, THE BIG INTERVIEW, we talk to Roger Daltrey from the legendary rock group The Who. Daltrey delves into his early days in rock and roll, regrets over Keith Moon and his sometimes tumultuous relationship with Who guitarist Pete Townshend. Later in the hour, Daltrey is joined by Australian pop sensation, Cody Simpson, to talk about their work with Teen Cancer America.

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    (9/23/2013) As part of our new series, THE BIG INTERVIEW, we talk to Roger Daltrey from the legendary rock group The Who. Daltrey delves into his early days in rock and roll, regrets over Keith Moon and his sometimes tumultuous relationship with Who guitarist Pete Townshend. Later in the hour, Daltrey is joined by Australian pop sensation, Cody Simpson, to talk about their work with Teen Cancer America.

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    The Big Interview: Merle Haggard

    (9/30/2013) Country music legend Merle Haggard sits down for a rare one-on-one interview. He's been given one of this nation's highest achievements for the performing arts, he's been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, but it all started with a life behind bars.

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    (9/30/2013) Country music legend Merle Haggard sits down for a rare one-on-one interview. He's been given one of this nation's highest achievements for the performing arts, he's been elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, but it all started with a life behind bars.

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    The Big Interview: Linda Ronstadt and Daryl Hannah

    (10/7/2013) The legendary singer sits down with Dan Rather to discuss her recent diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. Plus, actress Daryl Hannah talks about her film career and her relationship with the Kennedy family.

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    (10/7/2013) The legendary singer sits down with Dan Rather to discuss her recent diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. Plus, actress Daryl Hannah talks about her film career and her relationship with the Kennedy family.

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    The Big Interview: Melissa Etheridge

    (10/14/2013) Her intimate lyrics and signature voice have made her an icon in rock and roll history -- on the next THE BIG INTERVIEW we sit down with legendary singer Melissa Etheridge. In a very candid interview Etheridge opens up about her music, gay rights, breast cancer and even the little bit of hot water she got into recently over comments about Angelina Jolie.

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    (10/14/2013) Her intimate lyrics and signature voice have made her an icon in rock and roll history -- on the next THE BIG INTERVIEW we sit down with legendary singer Melissa Etheridge. In a very candid interview Etheridge opens up about her music, gay rights, breast cancer and even the little bit of hot water she got into recently over comments about Angelina Jolie.

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    Gone to Pot

    (10/21/2013) According to government data, more teenagers are smoking marijuana
    today than cigarettes. And, while other illegal drug use is
    declining, marijuana is on the increase -- and consequently, so is
    demand. In California, illegal marijuana farms are springing up by
    the thousands deep in the back woods and far from prying eyes. These
    are not small backyard grows but major plantations of pot run by
    organized crime.

    So much illegal marijuana is being grown in California that it’s
    devastating the local environment. In a state plagued by drought,
    marijuana farms are using up desperately needed water. And let's not
    forget the fertilizers, pesticides and rodenticides, many of them
    banned in the U.S. years ago, that are being used by many of the
    illegal growers -- these chemicals are winding up in California's soil
    and water -- not to mention the pot itself.

    Also, a look at the state of journalism and technology with literary
    giant Gay Talese.

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    (10/21/2013) According to government data, more teenagers are smoking marijuana
    today than cigarettes. And, while other illegal drug use is
    declining, marijuana is on the increase -- and consequently, so is
    demand. In California, illegal marijuana farms are springing up by
    the thousands deep in the back woods and far from prying eyes. These
    are not small backyard grows but major plantations of pot run by
    organized crime.

    So much illegal marijuana is being grown in California that it’s
    devastating the local environment. In a state plagued by drought,
    marijuana farms are using up desperately needed water. And let's not
    forget the fertilizers, pesticides and rodenticides, many of them
    banned in the U.S. years ago, that are being used by many of the
    illegal growers -- these chemicals are winding up in California's soil
    and water -- not to mention the pot itself.

    Also, a look at the state of journalism and technology with literary
    giant Gay Talese.

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    If It Ain't Broke

    (11/11/2013) We don’t tend to think of the state of bridges until one collapses. That happened most recently in Washington State this past spring, when a truck hit an overhead span. Collapses like this are unusual, but they highlight how dependent we are on a functioning infrastructure. After decades of neglect, our bridges are old and in some places, crumbling because - and you, the taxpayer, are going to pay for it. And, we bring you a report on the pollution associated with impervious surfaces – basically a fancy term for surfaces rain water can't penetrate - roads, rooftops, sidewalks, parking lots. If you add up all the impervious surfaces in the U.S. alone it would be enough to build a six-lane highway from Earth to the moon ten times over. Impervious surfaces are a big problem because when it rains instead of soaking into the ground, the water runs off - gushing into a maze of gutters, sweeping up pollutants, debris and trash that ultimately end up in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

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    (11/11/2013) We don’t tend to think of the state of bridges until one collapses. That happened most recently in Washington State this past spring, when a truck hit an overhead span. Collapses like this are unusual, but they highlight how dependent we are on a functioning infrastructure. After decades of neglect, our bridges are old and in some places, crumbling because - and you, the taxpayer, are going to pay for it. And, we bring you a report on the pollution associated with impervious surfaces – basically a fancy term for surfaces rain water can't penetrate - roads, rooftops, sidewalks, parking lots. If you add up all the impervious surfaces in the U.S. alone it would be enough to build a six-lane highway from Earth to the moon ten times over. Impervious surfaces are a big problem because when it rains instead of soaking into the ground, the water runs off - gushing into a maze of gutters, sweeping up pollutants, debris and trash that ultimately end up in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

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    My Days in Dallas: A Remembrance With Dan Rather

    (11/18/2013) An eyewitness to history, Dan Rather remembers the dark days in Dallas 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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    (11/18/2013) An eyewitness to history, Dan Rather remembers the dark days in Dallas 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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    The Working Poor

    (12/2/2013) In 2011 Betty Dukes and a million of her female colleagues from Wal-Mart sued the corporation for discrimination. The lawsuit went all the way to the US Supreme Court which in the end ruled that more than a million women were too broad of a category to qualify as a class. The ruling was a big win, not just for Wal-Mart, but for corporations big and small. The losers are those who don't have the means to take on big corporations alone. Also, we head off to Kenya to meet the worlds best marathoners and find out why they are so successful.

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    (12/2/2013) In 2011 Betty Dukes and a million of her female colleagues from Wal-Mart sued the corporation for discrimination. The lawsuit went all the way to the US Supreme Court which in the end ruled that more than a million women were too broad of a category to qualify as a class. The ruling was a big win, not just for Wal-Mart, but for corporations big and small. The losers are those who don't have the means to take on big corporations alone. Also, we head off to Kenya to meet the worlds best marathoners and find out why they are so successful.

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    Bones

    (12/9/2013) If you want to know what the future might be like for the civil wars of today, you will want to take a look at the Balkans - the site of a horrific civil war that began 21 years ago. One of the greatest tragedies of the Balkan civil war was how many people simply just disappeared - an estimated 12,000 people remain unaccounted for. But thanks to the wonders of modern science, there is hope that the bodies of those who disappeared can be returned to their families for proper burial and that their killers may be brought to justice.
    Also, American astronaut Suni Williams, whose videos from space became an internet sensation.

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    (12/9/2013) If you want to know what the future might be like for the civil wars of today, you will want to take a look at the Balkans - the site of a horrific civil war that began 21 years ago. One of the greatest tragedies of the Balkan civil war was how many people simply just disappeared - an estimated 12,000 people remain unaccounted for. But thanks to the wonders of modern science, there is hope that the bodies of those who disappeared can be returned to their families for proper burial and that their killers may be brought to justice.
    Also, American astronaut Suni Williams, whose videos from space became an internet sensation.

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    American Soles

    (12/16/2013) The US shoe industry has moved almost all manufacturing and jobs to Asia but one major American company is bucking the trend. Also, are apprenticeships the key to an American manufacturing rebirth?

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    (12/16/2013) The US shoe industry has moved almost all manufacturing and jobs to Asia but one major American company is bucking the trend. Also, are apprenticeships the key to an American manufacturing rebirth?

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    The Best of Dan Rather Reports 2013

    (12/23/2013) From Afghanistan to the International Space Station, a look back at our favorite stories from 2013.

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    (12/23/2013) From Afghanistan to the International Space Station, a look back at our favorite stories from 2013.

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