Elizabeth Ross

Associate Producer, WGBH

Elizabeth Ross appears in the following:

What Would It Take to Stop Texting While Driving?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

We all know it’s not safe to text and drive. And many states have passed laws to cut down on the practice. But states like Massachusetts are finding that it can be a challenge enforcing these laws. Lt. Victor Flaherty of the West Bridgewater Police works to enforce the Massachusetts anti-texting laws that went into effect in 2010.

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New Documentary from PBS Shows the Brewing of a Debt Limit Battle

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

President Barack Obama will soon begin his second term in office. A new Frontline documentary, produced by our partner WGBH, examines Obama's role as a negotiator on tough issues including the debt ceiling, and considers how the decisions taken during Obama's first term could potentially play out in the next four years of his presidency.

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Gawker Publishes the Names of People Who Own Guns in New York City

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A growing number of news organization have responded to the recent incidents of gun violence by publishing lists from public records of the names and — sometimes the addresses — of gun owners in communities in the Northeast. Randy Cohen was the writer of The Ethicist column for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.

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Investigating the Underground Trade of Human Trafficking

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

In his new series, "Underground Trade", Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for Takeaway partner WGBH, examines how poor women from mostly Asian countries are being forced into prostitution in American cities.

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A.I.G. Considers Bailout Lawsuit

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The insurance giant A.I.G. would like to thank you for bailing them out a few years ago. They'd also like to sue you. Michael de la Merced of The New York Times explains why.

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40 Years On: The Battle Over Roe v. Wade

Friday, January 04, 2013

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. In her cover story for Time Magazine, staff writer Kate Pickert explains why she believes the abortion-rights cause is in crisis, and the pro-life movement is winning the fight over abortion rights.

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What We Can Learn from the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Thursday, January 03, 2013

In February 1989, after nine long years, the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan. Today, as the United States transitions out of the country, Nikolas Gvosdev, professor of national security studies at the U.S. Naval War College, says that Americans have plenty of lessons to learn from the Soviet withdrawal. 

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Comets to Watch for in 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Comet ISON is expected to pass close to earth in late 2013 and when it does, it could be one of the brightest comets seen in many years, perhaps even brighter than the full Moon. The American Museum of Natural History's Denton Ebel talks about Comet ISON and other spectacular comets.


What It's Like to Grow Up "Troubled" in Connecticut

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

As the debate over gun control is relaunched in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, there is another conversation taking place over the mental health resources available to troubled youth like the shooter, Adam Lanza. Rick Moody is someone who has thought a lot about access to mental health services. He's the author of "The Ice Storm," and he recalls being a "troubled kid in Connecticut."

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Teen Innovator from Sierra Leone Wows MIT

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How do you get from a culture that depends on aid to a culture that promotes innovation? The story of Kelvin Doe, a 16-year-old from the West African nation of Sierra Leone, offers hope. David Sengeh, a PhD student at MIT, recently arranged for Doe to visit the United States.

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin on Effort to Promote Human Rights

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Congress recently approved a law that honors Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who reportedly uncovered massive tax fraud in Russia that involved several Russian tax officials. After Magnitsky confronted those officials with his evidence, he was arrested and detained in a Moscow prison, where he died three years ago. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, is the author of the law.

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A Map for Finding Our Fiscal Way

Friday, December 07, 2012

There are likely many images that spring to mind when considering the "fiscal cliff," but for the dean of Columbia Business School, Glenn Hubbard, the looming austerity crisis brings back memories of summer vacations in Ogunquit, Maine: a scenic coastal walk along a narrow path on a cliff. Hubbard says there is a safe way down the rocky path to reach the beach below, but you just need to find the right way to get there. Hubbard was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. He explains why our system was set up to create a "fiscal cliff" in the first place.

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Life One Year After a Double-Hand Transplant

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Back in 2002, Richard Mangino lost both his forearms and part of his legs after contracting a bloodstream infection. Last year, he received two new hands in a 12-hour transplant operation performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac was the leader of Mangino’s transplant team.


Widespread Corruption Uncovered at Kabul Bank

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

According to our partner The New York Times, hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kabul Bank were spirited out of country — some smuggled in airline food trays — to foreign bank accounts. Matt Rosenberg is in Kabul for our partner The New York Times. He's seen all 277 pages of the official audit.


Ken Burns on the Generation that Survived The Dust Bowl

Friday, November 16, 2012

In his latest film, "The Dust Bowl," director Ken Burns shares the stories of those who survived one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in American history and considers whether the crisis could happen again, in a region heavily dependent on the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer which have been rapidly depleted.

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The Looming Crisis of the Fiscal Cliff

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

If Congress fails to pass a deficit reduction deal before 2013, automatic spending cuts and tax increases will go into effect on the first of the year sending the United States off the so-called 'fiscal cliff.' William Cohan, former investment banker, discusses the looming debt crisis and what the president should do about it.


Obama Wins a Second Term

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

After months of campaigning and over a billion dollars spent, Mitt Romney faced defeat last night from his headquarters in Boston. Despite his loss, Romney insisted that the principles of his campaign endure. Jared Bowen, reporter at WGBH, was at Romney Headquarters last night. Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, was covering the Obama victory from Chicago.

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Confusion in Florida's Early Voting

Monday, November 05, 2012

In Florida, there has been some confusion and a little chaos over early voting in Miami-Dade County. Yesterday, voters lined up outside the Miami Dade elections office in Doral. They'd been told earlier in the day by the Elections Department that they would be able to cast absentee ballots in person. Phil Latzman, a senior anchor and host with our affiliate station WLRN, explains.


Senate Races to Watch: Massachusetts and Virginia

Thursday, November 01, 2012

As election day quickly approaches, the nation’s attention has been glued to Governor Romney, President Obama, and most recently Hurricane Sandy. But this November, contentious races in the Senate will also produce lasting effects on the power balance in Washington. Adam Reilly is covering the senate race in Massachusetts for WGBH and Wes Hester is covering the Virginia senate race for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Congressman Frank Pallone Surveys Damage to His New Jersey District

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has devastated New Jersey, particularly areas along the coast. Congressman Frank Pallone explains how his district, on the Jersey Shore, is faring.