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Vaccine critic, RFK, Jr., says that Donald Trump has asked him to “chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity.” Our latest mini documentary looks at Donald Trump and the back story on the MMR vaccine conspiracy theories.

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Could You Patent the Sun?

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Decades after Dr. Jonas Salk opposed patenting the polio vaccine, the pharmaceutical industry has changed.  What does that mean for the development of innovative drugs and for people whose lives depend on them?
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The Fight to Save the Amazon

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In 1988, the murder of Chico Mendes fueled a movement of activists, celebrities and indigenous peoples that helped to make the rainforest a household name. But what happens now?
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Activating a Generation

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Thirty years after “Live Aid” changed the face of charity fundraising, clicktivism has taken center stage. If you share, re-tweet and like, are you making the world a better place?
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Defusing War’s Perfect Soldiers

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In 1997, Princess Diana brought public attention to land mine victims. But, almost two decades after her death, how much progress has been made in the worldwide fight against leftover munitions?
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Prop 13: Mad As Hell

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In 1978, voters passed Proposition 13, lowering taxes for millions of California homeowners. Decades later, what has it meant for California?
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Unraveling Zero Tolerance

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Over the last 30 years, schools across the country have enacted tough new discipline policies. Some of those schools say they went too far.
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The Great Debate: Style or Substance?

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The moments we remember from political debates are embedded in our political folklore, from the knockout lines to the losing gaffes. But does media coverage often miss the real lessons they offer?
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Where Does the American Dream Live?

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How a little-known public housing program from the 1970s is changing housing policy today.
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“On Account of Sex”

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When Phyllis Schlafly fought the Equal Rights Amendment, which called for equality of rights “on account of sex,” it kicked off a battle that continues to influence political debate today.

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Vaccines: An Unhealthy Skepticism
Vaccine skeptic RFK, Jr. says that Donald Trump has asked him to head up a panel on vaccination safety and scientific integrity.  Watch our report to see why this is causing alarm.
The Boy in the Bubble
New research shows that some immune disorders like SCID, the “bubble boy” disease, are caused by having too little diversity in immune T and B cells. Watch the backstory here…
Could You Patent the Sun?
Clyde Haberman discusses pharmaceutical patents and profits that are derived from taxpayer dollars with WNYC’s The Takeaway.
The Shadow of Thalidomide
Jim O’Neill, Donald Trump’s reputed pick for FDA chief, wants drugmakers to sell first, then test later. But Thalidomide shows us why this may not be a good idea. Watch “The Shadow of Thalidomide.”
Vaccines: An Unhealthy Skepticism
The anti-vaxxer movement feels hopeful after Andrew Wakefield, the discredited researcher who lost his medical license over unsubstantiated claims linking the MMR vaccine to autism, met with Trump. Watch the backstory…
The Fight to Save the Amazon
Geoffrey O’Connor revisits the murder of environmental activist Chico Mendes, which began a movement that continues today.
Defusing War’s Perfect Soldiers
As funding for land mine removal plunges, casualties rise dramatically. This is how the issue lost traction world wide, watch “Defusing War’s Perfect Soldiers.” 
The Long War on Cancer
Vice President Biden has pledged to find a cure for cancer, but with Trump entering the White House, his plans hang in the balance. Watch “The Long War on Cancer.”