Saturday, October 25, 2014

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  • 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TV14

  • 5:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVRE

    To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe

    This Week on TO THE CONTRARY: Flex Time; Political Ads; Behind the Headlines: Young Women Voters. PANELISTS: Pres., Network of Enlightened Women, Karin Agness; Pres., Incite Unlimited, Avis Jones-DeWeever; Advisor, Center for American Progress, Danielle Moodie-Mills; Republican Strategist, Rina Shah.

  • 5:30 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVRE

    Asian Voices

  • 6:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVG

    Global 3000: Ebola: An Epidemic Heightened By Poverty

    Sierra Leone: Aid workers under pressure - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the worst outbreak of the virus since its discovery. If not controlled soon, several hundred thousand people could become infected with it. The worst affected countries are struggling to cope despite a lack of medical staff and equipment while the scientists are working frantically to develop drugs to treat and vaccines for the disease. Ebola in Sierra Leone is becoming more uncontrollable. The most basic of isolation facilities and knowledgeable personnel to treat the sick are lacking. Furthermore, aid workers are being met with great skepticism, because in addition to the job of treating the sick, they are also responsible for burying the dead. Global numbers: Healthcare - Epidemics and plagues are often the result of poor healthcare. Not only countries afflicted by poverty, but also more affluent countries have deficits when it comes to caring for the sick. In many industrialized countries, healthcare is of less than desirable quality as well. An Ebola vaccine? The first clinical trials of an Ebola vaccine are starting at Oxford's Jenner Institute. Professor Adrian Hill says he hopes to have a reliable vaccine for the deadly virus by the end of the year. Normally, thousands of tests must be carried out on thousands of human subject before a drug can be licensed, but this time, it's being tried on only 60 volunteers. But why has it taken so long for a vaccine to be tested? One reason the search for an Ebola vaccine has taken so long is because the outlook for earning money with it was dim. That forecast was enough to focus the pharmaceutical industry's efforts and resources elsewhere. Thailand: Living flood control - Thailand's southeaster province of Nakhon Si Tammarat is subject to weather extremes. There are droughts in the dry season and floods and landslides during the monsoons. The farmers there struggle to survive by building dams of roots and stones in the hope of stemming tides and currents. Farmers living the banks of the Tha Di river were able to plan and build these living weirs themselves. They were supported by the German development agency, GIZ, and scientists in Thailand. These natural solutions are known as ecosystem-based adaptations. Mauritius: Global Snack from Port Louis - The island city on the East coast of Africa is a melting pot for different cultures. Cuisine is one place where this is particularly obvious. Customers at "Chez Fred et Annick" really appreciate the tastes that result when French, Asian and Creole ingredients are mixed.

  • 6:30 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVG

    Scully/The World Show

  • 7:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVRE

    Moyers & Company: The Fight - and the Right - to Vote

    In the last four years, close to half the states in the US have passed laws restricting the right to vote, the most fundamental principle of democracy. A new nationwide effort to suppress the vote, nurtured by the Republican Party's desire to hold onto political power, fear and fierce resistance to inevitable demographic change, has hammered the country. Shelby County v. Holder, last year's Supreme Court decision revoking an essential provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, upped the ante and has encouraged many states to try to impose restrictive voter ID laws, as well as gerrymander congressional districts and limit registration and voting hours. The argument made in favor of this vast disenfranchisement is rampant voter fraud -- that people manipulate the system to cheat and throw elections. But in state after state, there is rarely proof of anyone showing up at the polling place and trying to illegally cast a ballot. This week Bill Moyers talks with an attorney and journalist, each of whom has been deeply involved in the ongoing vote suppression controversy. Sherrilynn Ifill is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a noted civil rights litigator whose work has included landmark voting rights cases. She notes that, "A core tenet of the civil rights movement rested on the centrality of voting as an expression of citizenship and dignity in our republic." Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and author of the upcoming book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. "Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting," he has written, "a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots."

  • 7:30 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVRE

    Asia This Week

  • 8:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVRE

    Washington Week with Gwen Ifill

  • 8:30 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25

    McLaughlin Group

  • 9:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVRE

    Charlie Rose - The Week

  • 9:30 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25

    Focus On Europe: Pompeii Collapsing from Corruption

    Germany: Tracking down traffickers - German police are putting more effort into stopping human traffickers. Upper Bavaria is evidently a bottleneck where two main overland smuggling routes meet: from Italy and the Balkans. No other federal police inspections currently register more unauthorized border crossings. More than five thousand people were picked up this year alone. But most crossings remain undetected. Traffickers tend to transport their human cargo at night, crossing the German border at the crack of dawn. The growing floods of refugees to Europe are a business worth billions to them. Britain: A multicultural borough in London - What was once a traditionally working-class area of London has been home to many Bengalis for years. They dominate the borough council and hold the post of mayor. Once acclaimed as a model of multiculturalism, the borough now faces fierce criticism. There are allegations of corruption, suspected extremism and anti-Semitism among Tower Hamlets council members. The mayor is facing charges of electoral fraud. The borough has been nicknamed the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets. Of the 45 borough councilors, 25 are from Bangladesh. They accuse their critics of racism and Islamophobia. Italy: Rescuing Pompeii from corruption - The ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii near Naples are continuing to fall to rack and ruin. Time is running out for those trying to preserve the site. All too often, the Camorra, the local crime syndicate, has exerted influence over restoration contracts. 105 million euros are at risk: money the European Union has allocated to keep the famous city from going under for a second time. Pompeii was buried in ash and pumice in 79 AD after a violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The action plan stipulates that the funds be used and work completed by 2015. So far only a third of the money has been released. Spain: The mule women of Melilla - They carry heavy loads of goods that they buy cheaply in Europe: every day, hundreds of what are called mule women, or porteadoras, cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish exclave of Melilla and back. This shopping trip isn't without its risks. Several of the women have been trampled to death at the narrow pedestrian border crossing. From car tires to clothing and food - the women carry bales weighing up to 50 kilos on their backs. Everything is perfectly legal and duty-free. As long as they carry them, their loads are considered personal belongings. Every day about 8,000 of these women make their way toward the border crossing along a footpath near the border fence. The path is open for only a few hours a day. It's a profitable business for the merchants in Melilla, but the women receive starvation wages for their back-breaking work. Russia: "Hideaway" from Perm - Two Russian comedians have shot a parody cover of Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza's hit "Hideaway." Instead of New York, they dance through a Russian village. It's a huge success: hundreds of thousands of people in Russia have seen the video clip. Bonya and Kuzmich are a comedy duo from the city of Perm in the European part of Russia. They wanted to show how lively the provincial countryside can be. In Russia, internet users are already calling them the answer to EU and US sanctions. Blogs are saying that, with villages like this, Russia doesn't need the West. But the parody is also a hit in the West. Kiesza, who sang the original, is said to be delighted.

  • 10:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25

  • 11:00 p.m. Eastern

    Oct 25, TVPG

    Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists

    HUMBLE BEAUTY documents the ability of art to calm, inspire, ask questions or provide answers, and even help forge entirely new identities. The one-hour documentary follows a group of talented homeless and formerly homeless artists from the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, reportedly home to the largest concentration of indigent people in the United States. For four years, the filmmakers chronicled spontaneous moments from the artists' lives, captured intimate interviews and charted the evolution of their artwork. HUMBLE BEAUTY highlights how this tight-knit Skid Row community nourishes these artists and helps imbue their lives with meaning.

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