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Elizabeth Ross

Associate Producer, WGBH

Elizabeth Ross appears in the following:

U.S. Secretly Collecting Telephone Records of Millions of Americans

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The United States government is carrying out a top secret domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting the call data of millions of Americans on an "ongoing, daily basis." According to a document posted on the The Guardian's website, on April 25th of this year the U.S. government obtained a classified court order that required Verizon to begin handing over call data to the National Security Agency and the F.B.I.

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Syrian Army Retakes Golan Heights Crossing into Israel

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Fighting between the Syrian government and opposition forces has made its way into the Golan heights. There are reports that Syrian government forces have taken back control of the border crossing there that has been monitored by the U.N. since 1974. Reporter Matthew Bell recently traveled to the Golan Heights for PRI's The World, which is produced by our partner WGBH. There he reported on how Syria's civil war has been disrupting the peace of the Israeli controlled Golan Heights.

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Black Americans Arrested for Marijuana Possession at Far Higher Rate

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

According to new federal data, about half of all drug arrests in 2011 and 2010 were for marijuana use. But even though usage rates for marijuana are similar among whites and blacks, black Americans, according to this data, were nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. Carl Hart is professor of psychology at Columbia University and drug researcher.

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The Coming Revolution in Higher Ed

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Last year Harvard and M.I.T. announced a joint online learning initiative called edX, that promised to reach students across the globe by providing online classes free of charge. Recently, there has been some debate about the effectiveness of the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by the nonprofit start-up, and its for-profit competitors. Anant Agarwal, the president of edX, remains a strong advocate of online education and its ability to democratize education.

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Obama to Nominate James Comey to Lead F.B.I.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

There seems to be little doubt that President Obama will nominate former Justice Department official James Comey to lead the F.B.I. There has been no official announcement from the White House about Comey's nomination, but NPR broke the news after talking with sources who apparently have knowledge of the search to replace the current director, Robert Mueller. Ronald Kesslerauthor of The New York Times bestseller, "The Secrets of the F.B.I.," explains what this nomination means.

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High Tech Tools and the Hunt for the Boston Bombers

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In a new NOVA documentary, "Manhunt-Boston Bombers", producer Miles O’Brien examines the high tech tools used by law enforcement officials, combined with solid detective work, to find the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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FBI Investigation of Man with Ties to Boston Bombing Suspect Ends in Shooting

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A mystifying development in the investigation of the alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspects came early Wednesday morning when an F.B.I. agent shot and killed a Chechen man named Ibragim Todashev in Orlando, Florida. Phillip Martin, Senior Investigative Reporter for The Takeaway's partner WGBH in Boston, explains Todashev's involvement with Tsnarnaevs. 

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Brutal Murder of British Soldier an "Act of Terror"

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It has been confirmed that the man brutally hacked to death Wednesday in London by two attackers carrying machetes was a serving British soldier. The British government says the murder was an act of terror. The concern now is whether Wednesday's assault near an army barracks could lead to more attacks.

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Why Closing Guantánamo Bay Might Not Enough

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today, as President Obama refocuses the nation's counter-terrorism policies, he will also address the on-going efforts to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. Previously, as a Human Rights Watch advocate and attorney for the Department of Justice, Jennifer Daskal argued for the facility to be closed immediately. Now, though, she says that the issue is so complicated that simply closing the facility might not be enough.

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Geena Davis on Gender, Media, and Perception

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Academy Award-winning-actor Geena Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media to improve gender portrayals in children's media. The institute's newest project, in partnership with the Independent Television Service, is a series of short videos titled "Guess Who," which challenge kids' assumptions about gender roles.

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Oklahoma City Tornado: 200 M.P.H. Winds, EF-4 on Fujita Scale

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

While Midwesterners see tornadoes almost every spring, few twisters leave the magnitude of damage that yesterday's tornado dropped on Moore, Oklahoma. Dozens are dead, untold numbers are injured, and damage is likely to be in the billions of dollars. 

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Devastating Tornado Rips Through Oklahoma City

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A huge tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma City Monday, killing many and injuring hundreds. The tornado is said to have produced winds of 200 M.P.H. that leveled buildings and whole neighborhoods. Among the buildings damaged were two elementary schools, including the Plaza Towers Elementary School in the suburb of Moore, which was full of children at the time the tornado struck. 

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Tornadoes Tear Through the Midwest

Monday, May 20, 2013

A huge storm swept through swaths of the Midwest this weekend creating tornadoes that touched ground in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. Rachel Hubbard is associate director at KOSU in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the first tornado touched down about a half mile from her house.

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Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Renee Landers, professor of law at Suffolk University in Massachusetts and faculty director for the health and biomedical concentration there, shares her knowledge about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts and how it compares to the health reforms that took place back in 2006.

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Is Angelina Jolie's Medical Choice Available to All Women?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In an op-ed piece for our partner The New York Times, actress and director Angelina Jolie announced that she recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning that she is a carrier of the BRCA1 breast cancer gene and was at high risk for developing the disease. Is her choice one that is available to all women? 

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on the Boston Marathon Attack and Investigation

Friday, May 10, 2013

Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick reflects on the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings and the first Congressional hearing on the attack.

 

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What it Might Take to Reinvent the Wheel

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The bicycle may not have changed much over the years, but Kara Miller, host of WGBH’s “Innovation Hub” has been speaking with graduate students at the M.I.T Media Lab about their cutting edge ideas for transforming bikes and biking. 

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String of Attacks in Pakistan Leading up to Election

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

With elections coming up this Saturday in Pakistan, the country has been rocked this week with blasts aimed at disrupting the electoral process. Yesterday, a bomb attack targeted an Islamist Party candidate in northwest Pakistan. He survived but five others were killed and many wounded. Monday saw the deadliest attacks in the run up to the elections when a suicide bomber targeted an election rally killing 25.

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Three Cleveland Women Missing for Years Found Alive

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Yesterday, three missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, missing since 2003, 2004 and 2002, respectively, were found alive in a house on Cleveland's West Side. The women were apparently kidnapped and held for years as prisoners.

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A Royal Example

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This week, the beloved Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicated her throne to make room for her son, Willem-Alexander. In a ceremony outside the royal palace attended by tens of thousands of people, the Queen ended her 33-year reign. What makes the Dutch monarchy so special? We take a closer look at a monarchy that remains relevant in the modern day.

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