U.S.
2:29 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pennsylvania Tightens Abortion Rules Following Clinic Deaths

A police car is posted outside the Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia, on Jan. 20, 2011. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, accused of murder, performed abortions in the clinic.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:38 pm

A Philadelphia doctor who performed abortions is on trial for murder. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is accused in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies who the prosecutor says were born alive. District Attorney R. Seth Williams laid out the case in disturbing detail in a grand jury report last year.

When authorities raided Gosnell's clinic in 2010 they found squalid conditions: blood on the floor, the stench of urine and a flea-infested cat wandering through the facility.

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All Songs Considered
2:28 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

VHÖL Runs Off The Rails, 'Insane With Faith'

VHÖL is (left to right) Sigrid Sheie, John Cobbett, Mike Scheidt and Aesop Dekker.
Sarah Brady Courtesy of the artist

Let's get this out of the way: VHÖL includes members of bands that have put out some of my favorite metal albums of the last few years. Guitarist John Cobbett and bassist Sigrid Sheie are in Hammers of Misfortune, Mike Scheidt fronts YOB, and Aesop Dekker drums for Agalloch (among many other bands).

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Africa
2:27 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

In Congo, Lure Of Quick Cash Turns Farmers Into Miners

Gold miners pass up pans of sediment from an open-cast mine near the town of Mongbwalu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, last April.
Jonny Hogg Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:27 pm

One day while he was watching TV, farmer Emmanuel Tshiteta saw a news segment about people digging.

With shovels and picks, they forged deep holes, then packed the rocks they uncovered into plastic mesh bags. They carried the bags to a river to wash away the dirt, revealing handfuls of aqua-colored ore. The next day, they sold the ore for quick cash.

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Channel 5
2:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

NOVA: Ancient Computer

An computer-generated exploded model of the Antikythera Mechanism, showing the great complexity of the gearing system and other mechanical features.
Courtesy of Nikos Nikolopoulos

An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world’s first computer. NOVA follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.

Airs Wednesday, April 3, at 8pm on Channel 5.

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Channel 5
2:04 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Nature: What Plants Talk About

Dr. Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia, looks up at a huge Douglas fir tree, some of which can be 120 metres tall, on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
Courtesy of Ian Kerr, CSC

Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young.

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Channel 5
1:58 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

History Detectives

The five History Detectives (from L-R) Tukufu Zuberi, Gwen Wright, Eduardo Pagan, Elyse Luray and Wes Cowan.
Courtesy of Stephanie Berger

America’s top gumshoes are back for a 10th season. Wesley Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, historian and professor of architecture, Columbia University; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; Dr.

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Channel 5
1:52 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Kind Hearted Woman

This series profiles Robin Charboneau (center), a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation, as she struggles to raise her children, Anthony (left) and Darian (right).
Courtesy of Kimmer Olesak

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (“The Farmer’s Wife,” “Country Boys”) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

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Channel 5
1:46 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Antiques Roadshow: Cincinnati

Appraiser Andrew Brunk (left) with a guest and his Abraham Lincoln bust.
Courtesy of Jeff Dunn

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW explores the craftsmanship of Cincinnati carved furniture. Then, it’s off to the races with a trophy from the 1908 Belmont Stakes and an early 20th-century toy horse and buggy, to highlight just a few discoveries. Others include a French advertising poster and an impressive bust of Abraham Lincoln, valued at $5,000-$7,000.

Airs Monday, April 1, at 7pm on Channel 5.

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It's All Politics
1:41 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Thieves Target Political Ad Consultants On New FCC Site

A woman views a Mitt Romney campaign ad in September, a month after the launch of an online government database that is supposed to make it easier for the public to see what political ads air in big markets, and how much is spent on them.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Poke into the obscure corners of the Federal Communications Commission's website, and you can find one of the deepest disclosures in campaign finance.

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Channel 5
1:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge

Shown: Natalie Kremen as Anna Pavlova
Courtesy of © ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE

Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") stars as a wheeling-dealing American who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Based on the life of colorful retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the new eight-part series is created by Emmy Award-winning writer Andrew Davies ("Pride and Prejudice," "Bleak House"). Also starring are Frances O’Connor ("Madame Bovary"), Aisling Loftus ("Page Eight"), Zoe Tapper ("Zen"), Amanda Abbington ("Case Histories"), and Samuel West ("Any Human Heart"). Who knew shopping could be like this!

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