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Retro Report On PBS

Retro Report On PBS

Retro Report makes sense of the present by revealing the past. Celeste Headlee and Masud Olufani connect the present to the past with stories from Retro Report, and New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz adds his signature wit.

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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/HtqU6U81hsisFc6uGw2Emw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Sex ed programs in schools are informed by the past; busting a crime myth; AIDS hot spots; the legacy of napster; Andy Borowitz tackles bullying. /episodes/get/97362 /episode/97362 Episode 8 /episode-player/97362

Discover how sex ed programs are informed by past failures. Debunk a myth about crime. Uncover the story behind new AIDS hot spots. Learn the legacy of Napster. Andy Borowitz tackles TV bullying.

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Tue, 10/29/2019 - 04:30
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/rzJe6lj2Cq0yYItsjNvMyw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Immigration controversies echo past anti-immigration backlash. Why a lawsuit over scalding coffee is misunderstood. The origin of Special Ops forces.  Risks after Challenger. Andy Borowitz examines Anita Bryant’s unintended influence. /episodes/get/97306 /episode/97306 Episode 7 /episode-player/97306

Understand immigration controversies that echo the past. Learn the truth about a lawsuit over hot coffee. Uncover the origin of special ops. See how risks are measured after Challenger. Andy Borowitz looks at Anita Bryant's unintended influence.

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Mon, 10/28/2019 - 04:30
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/1C_AGMV8u77iwmVns8QtvA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Public housing influenced by a 1970s experiment. Newborn tests are a legacy of a boy who spent life in a bubble. Head injuries in pro sports. Too few people (not too many) is a problem.  Andy Borowitz takes on Space Force. /episodes/get/97128 /episode/97128 Episode 6 /episode-player/97128

Discover the lessons from a 1970s public housing experiment. Understand the roots of newborn testing. Explore head injuries in pro sports. See why too few people, not too many, is a problem. Andy Borowitz takes on Space Force.

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Tue, 10/22/2019 - 04:30
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/5R9tFXgBQqio3IBjjIJD4Q==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Texting could reduce suicides. Surrogate parenthood. Lead is banned but a toxic mess remains. Climate help may come from the Cold War. Long prison sentences based on old fears are being shortened. Andy Borowitz on a river that burst into flames. /episodes/get/97095 /episode/97095 Episode 5 /episode-player/97095

Learn how texting could reduce suicides. See why surrogate parenthood is still being shaped by Baby M. Shine a light on lead, banned but not gone. Climate help may come from the Cold War. Andy Borowitz recalls a flaming river.

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Mon, 10/21/2019 - 04:30
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/Zh49-XEv_V8TD-wc8KcXFg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false President Trump is taking on the press with a time-tested strategy. Explore the origins of the latest measles outbreak, pro sports free agency, and the consequences of a law meant to save wild horses. Andy Borowitz on the no-apology apology. /episodes/get/96796 /episode/96796 Episode 4 /episode-player/96796

Hear how President Trump is taking on the press with a time-tested strategy. Learn the origins of vaccine fears. Discover the story behind free agency, and a law that was meant to rescue wild horses. Andy Borowitz bemoans the no-apology apology.

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Tue, 10/15/2019 - 04:30
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/rysyC59agDh1S1nIAEiYxg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Why crime witnesses fail to act. A Naval officer who transformed the U.S. military. Psychedelic drugs like LSD are back in the lab. The meandering voyage of a trash barge that persuaded us to recycle. Andy Borowitz highlights lunar hoax theorists. /episodes/get/96779 /episode/96779 Episode 3 /episode-player/96779

Learn why crime witnesses fail to act. Meet a Naval officer who transformed the military. Psychedelic drugs like LSD are back in the lab. Follow the voyage of a trash barge that persuaded us to recycle. Andy Borowitz highlights lunar hoaxes.

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Mon, 10/14/2019 - 04:30
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