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PBS NewsHour received a 2018 Peabody Award in the News category for "Inside Putin's Russia," a five-part series exploring the roots of today's Russia, produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
The series, nearly one hour of programing across one week of broadcasts, unearthed the roots of today’s Russia — why President Vladimir Putin remains popular, why the government acts the way it does, how its propaganda machine works, and where the conflict with the United States is likely to go.  Produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, “Inside Putin’s Russia” represented one of the most robust reporting efforts in recent memory from Russia by an American television program.
Special correspondent Nick Schifrin and producer Zach Fannin spent seven weeks in Russia, traveling to more than 12 cities to provide viewers context for thinking about President Vladimir Putin’s global impact. In addition to background on how this KGB veteran rose to power, we learn how he has shaped public opinion through appeals to nationalism and manufacturing consent via “fake news.” Each segment takes us deeper into understanding the mechanisms of power Putin has at his disposal.  Watch the five-part series here.
 
Help choose America’s favorite book!  A new eight-part TV competition and nationwide campaign – the Great American Read – explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public.  Host Meredith Vieira and produced by Nutopia for PBS, the series begins on Tuesday May 22 at 8 p.m. on WETA TV 26/HD.  To learn more, visit pbs.org/greatamericanread.
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