Education to take center stage

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Panhandle PBS, Amarillo College, Amarillo Independent School District educators and many others are speaking with one voice. Their message is this: "Education matters. A lot." If you want to succeed, you need an education. A joint effort to bring that message home is taking shape for broadcast and webcast later this month and in early October.

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Season Two of 'Live Here' set to debut

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A large majority of Amarillo College's student body comprises "first generation" college enrollees. How are they coping with a life experience for which no one in their family was able to prepare them? Panhandle PBS explores that critical issue in the opening segment of "Live Here," which starts its second season on Oct. 1.

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'Civil War' comes back ... in high definition

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Ken Burns has made history while reporting on history. He did so most recently with his epic "Dust Bowl" documentary telling of the suffering endured on the High Plains. PBS takes viewers back 25 years to another acclaimed documentary series. "Civil War" comes back ... better than ever.

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Icons tell stories 'In Their Own Words'

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Queen Elizabeth was born to be a monarch; Muhammad Ali came into the world in a much humbler fashion; Jim Henson would become "Kermit's daddy." They all tell their unique stories to public television viewers.

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Whether to vaccinate ... or not

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School is starting in the Texas Panhandle and once again we're hearing discussion about an often-debated topic: whether to vaccinate our children from infectious disease. NOVA re-airs a segment shown a year ago to discuss once more the controversy that surrounds this public health issue.

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Jimmy Carter: Profile in redemption

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Jimmy Carter burst onto the national political scene in 1976, was elected to the highest office in the land. He lost it four years later in a stunning landslide. Then he provided a rare example of how to become a successful former president.

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'The Civil War' returns

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Americans have been talking lately about the Civil War, the nation's bloodiest conflict. Its return to the public conscience comes in the wake of a terrible crime allegedly associated with someone who liked to wave the Confederate battle flag. It's oddly fitting, therefore, for PBS to look back at one of Ken Burns' many fine documentaries: "The Civil War."

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NRA still wields tremendous clout

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Massacres occur in Charleston, Lafayette, Newtown, Aurora, Anytown, USA. What's the response to the gun violence? Outrage, shock, grief. What has been the government's response? Nothing. How come? Many folks think the reason rests with the power accrued by the nation's pre-eminent gun-owner rights organization, the National Rifle Association.

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Fukushima: It could have been much worse

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As harrowing and tragic as it was, the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster could have produced much more devastation than it did. One plant melted down, while others did not. How did the engineers prevent catastrophe?

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How did this plane vanish?

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On March 8, 2014, a very large jetliner took off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, en route to Beijing. It was airborne for a short time and then ... it vanished. Poof! Gone, without a trace. How does that happen? How could it happen? NOVA seeks to find out.

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More brutality from ISIS is revealed

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The Islamic State has become the world's most notorious terrorist organization. It terrorizes Muslims, non-Muslims, westerners -- and women. "Frontline" takes us deep into the dark network of the ISIS campaign to terrorize women and into the courageous effort to free them from their bondage.

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'Abolitionists' tells gripping story

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Slavery is the most infamous mark on the United States' history. Human bondage was the norm once upon a time in this country. Then along came those who risked everything to rid the nation of that horrible evil. "American Experience" tells that story on Panhandle PBS.

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Mount Rushmore: an American masterpiece ... or monstrosity?

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Gutzon Borglum had this idea that most of us never would consider: carving the faces of four great Americans into the side of a South Dakota mountain. He didn't live to see it completed, but he saw enough of its work completed to draw his share of praise and condemnation.

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Sexual abuse runs amok in janitorial industry

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"Frontline" is at it again, conducting an in-depth examination of a tragic contemporary issue. This time, the award-winning documentary series -- collaborating with Univision -- has uncovered sexual abuse of immigrant women working in the janitorial industry. The documentary found it ... virtually everywhere in "Rape on the Night Shift."

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'Solitary Nation' makes a return

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The United States incarcerates a lot of criminals and it also puts a lot of those locked up into what's called "administrative segregation," a kinder-sounding term for solitary confinement. How do those criminals cope without any other human contact? Does it harm or help them?

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