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Betty Ford: The Real Deal

Betty Ford was a first lady who broke the mold. As a pro-choice Republican who advocated for women’s rights, she was one of the few first ladies to publicly differ with her husband. Her candor concerning battles with both breast cancer and substance abuse won her public praise. Excerpts from an extensive interview conducted by renowned historian Michael Beschloss, along with interviews of the Ford family, friends and historians are augmented with old photos, home movies, film from the White House years and new material shot at the Betty Ford Center and around her home in Rancho Mirage, California.



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Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Life Time

While the public saw a traditional First Lady dressed in designer clothes and redecorating the White House, behind the scenes she was one of the most powerful first ladies to occupy the White House. An unprecedented interview conducted by Judy Woodruff, combined with interviews from White House staffers, historians, advisors, family, and friends paint a picture of a first lady who wielded enormous power and worked behind the scenes to protect and promote her husband’s agenda.



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Nancy Reagan Premiere

Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime premiered at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC on January of 2011. Pat Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting addressed the audience saying, “Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, is a wonderful example of the quality of public media content that educates, inspires, informs and entertains.”



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Immigration Story

A story about the Clinton administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. The administration built a fence along the border and we went to the border town of Nogales, Arizona to take a look at its effectiveness and impact on the community.

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Full Disclosure on Financial Programs

A Story about the widespread practice of Wall Street analysts touting stocks on financial programs without disclosing that their firms were being paid millions by some of those very same companies, to do public offerings for them. This story won The New York Film Festival’s Best Investigative Report and a Columbia Journalism Review Laurel.



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Morning News Wars

Part of the NewsHours Media Unit coverage on media trends, a story on the morning news wars between CBS,NBC and ABC. The Media Unit won the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for press Criticism during the two years that Mary Beth Durkin was producer for the Media Unit.



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Frank McCourt

A St. Patrick’s day story on Frank McCourt and his new book.



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Health Care Changes

A two part series that takes a look at the rapidly growing trend of for-profit companies converting non-profit community hospitals into for profit hospitals, and how that was impacting communities and care in some hospitals.



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Regulating Health Care

In the late 1990’s the nations health care industry was rapidly transforming around the country in an effort to cut costs and managed care companies were growing rapidly, this story takes a look at one states attempt to regulate the industry.



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CBS News – Foreclosures On The Rise

Broadcast news stories on a struggling economy during the recession of 1991 that effected millions of Americans, impacting their wages, health care and jobs. A story that is still playing out and looking all too familiar today.



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CBS News - Health Care

Consumer news: A three part series on how to get more out of your health care dollars.

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CBS News - Insurance Fraud

Health Insurance scams that dupe unexpecting employers and employees.



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CBS News - IRS

The IRS gets carried away with enforcement and legislators seek laws that protect people from overzealous agents.



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CBS News – Planning for Ill Parents

The ins and outs of Long Term Care Insurance.

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CBS News - Nursing Home Care

Finding affordable nursing home care.



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CBS News – U.S. Job Seekers in Prague

Young American’s go overseas to find jobs in a tight economy.



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CBS News – Declining Wages

Low wage jobs replacing higher paying factory jobs.



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CBS News - Deli Dollars

A unique approach to circumventing tight credit during a recession.

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Inside E Street – The Alzheimer’s Generation

Stories from Inside E Street, a 30-minute news magazine show that focuses on baby boomers and the issues that impact their lives.



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Inside E Street – The New Age Discrimination

Stories from Inside E Street, a 30-minute news magazine show that focuses on baby boomers and the issues that impact their lives.



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