Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • What’s driving the good jobs news for the month of June?
    The unemployment rate in the U.S. dropped to 6.1 percent in June, its lowest point since just before the financial crisis of 2008. Moreover, a strong hiring report is lifting hopes that momentum is building in the jobs market. Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a closer look at what, and who, is driving the numbers.
    Original Air Date: July 3, 2014
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Alleged fraud halts progress in Afghan presidential election
    Weeks after a presidential runoff election in Afghanistan, uncertainty still reigns over who will be the country’s next leader. Preliminary results were delayed after continued allegations of fraud. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the standstill with Sean Carberry of NPR, reporting from Kabul.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
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  • Why Willie Nelson keeps making music with his friends
    Country legend Willie Nelson, 81, is still on the road. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Nelson to talk about the burst of songwriting behind his new album, “Band of Brothers,” controlling his temper and how he stays fit on tour.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
  • Kurdish foreign chief on seeking independence from Iraq
    Kurdish leaders are making their case for independence, despite U.S. pleas to keep Iraq intact. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of foreign relations for the Kurdish regional government about the instability of Iraq and the influence of U.S. support -- or lack thereof.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
  • How the Civil Rights Act changed America
    Wednesday marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnicity and sex. Gwen Ifill is joined by Todd Purdum to discuss his new book, "An Idea Whose Time Has Come," which tells the story of how the legislation came to be.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
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  • Former goalkeeper talks soccer skills, concussion awareness
    Team USA’s run in the World Cup ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium, despite a record number of saves by American goalkeeper Tim Howard. For a closer look at goalkeeping, World Cup madness and the dangers of concussions, Jeffrey Brown turns to Briana Scurry, former goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
    Belgium v USA: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
  • Government still building case against Benghazi suspect
    Abu Khattala, who is accused of being involved in the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, appeared in court for a second day. The militia leader was captured in June by the U.S. military, and has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges. Judy Woodruff gets an update on the case from The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt, who was in the courtroom.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
  • Brianna Scurry with Jeff Brown online conversation
    Brianna Scurry with Jeff Brown online conversation
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014
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  • Mapping the circuitry of a fish's brain
    At the National Institutes of Health, Chris Harris and Kevin Briggman are working on mapping the circuitry of a living fish's brain, watching the neurons fire in real time. The goal is to understand how the brain takes information and acts on it.
    Original Air Date: July 2, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • As term ends, Supreme Court characterized by disagreement
    While the Supreme Court united on cases concerning presidential appointments and mobile phone searches, there was stark division on issues like campaign finance, contraception and religion. Jeffrey Brown looks back at the big decisions at the court this year with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, Constitutional lawyer Erin Murphy and former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
  • How ISIL's bid for a new caliphate taps historical yearning
    How does ISIL's declaration of a new Islamic state complicate the military and political problems already challenging the Iraqi government? Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to examine the history of the term “caliphate” and what threats ISIL poses across the region.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
    Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan
  • Can China assuage Hong Kong's discontent over autonomy?
    Nearly two decades after China took control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom, the rules governing the city-state’s autonomy remain undefined. The New Yorker ‘s Evan Osnos, author of "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China," joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the frustrations fueling the protests.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
  • Facebook’s psychological study ends up testing users’ trust
    Many Facebook users were upset by news that the social media network manipulated incoming content for hundreds of thousands of people without telling them. The manipulation was conduction for a study -- published in a respected scientific journal -- measuring how attitudes were affected by either positive or negative posts. Judy Woodruff learns more from Reed Albergotti of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
  • Vietnam battles sex trafficking along China’s border
    China is like a giant magnet to neighboring Vietnam, luring workers with higher wages and transportation to other countries. But many women are taken to China involuntarily to be sold into marriage or to work in brothels. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the human trafficking across the long land border and the efforts to stop it.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
  • Breaking stereotypes of Native American artists
    "Cross Currents," an exhibit traveling around Colorado, features works by nine Native American artists who challenge our notion of what that means. Rocky Mountain PBS went inside to see what they could learn.
    Original Air Date: July 1, 2014
    Photo by Janine Trudell/Rocky Mountain PBS

Monday, June 30, 2014

  • President Obama says that until Congress does something
    President Obama says that until Congress does something about immigration reform, he will pursue the matter on his own. The president said he was directing more agents to the U.S. border to respond to a flood of Central American migrant children arriving without parents, and would seek more recommendations from his advisors. Judy Woodruff talks to Julia Preston of the New York Times.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
  • Court rules public unions can't make nonmembers pay fees
    The Supreme Court delivered a setback to organized labor with a 5-4 decision on whether public sector home-health workers have to pay union dues. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal analyzes the arguments and implications with Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
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  • Exploring GM’s payout plan for ignition switch victims
    To compensate victims of its deadly ignition switch problems, General Motors will pay at least $1 million for each death, plus $300,000 to surviving family members. Kenneth Feinberg, who has previously run high-profile funds for victims, will administer the GM program. He joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the settlement.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
    Its a gloomy day for General Motors, who has been fined $35 million for failing to quickly report defects in the ignition switches of 2.6 million cars. Photo by Flickr user Ahren
  • Pediatric cancer survivors face additional health challenges
    Thanks to better treatments, more people are surviving cancer. But those treatments come with a downside: Survivors, especially those who got sick as children, are at greater risk for other health issues later. The NewsHour's Cat Wise profiles a clinic at the University of California, San Francisco that specializes in caring for survivors of pediatric cancer and studying their long-term health.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
  • Supreme Court limits health care law’s contraception mandate
    The Supreme Court ruled that family-owned corporations with religious objections are not required to pay for the contraceptive coverage of employees or their dependents. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal offers background on the case and Judy Woodruff gets debate on the potential fallout from Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center and attorney Kevin Baine.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
    Lori Windham, senior counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, joins supporters in front of the Supreme Court after the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Obama taps business executive to oversee troubled VA
    President Barack Obama nominated former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald on Monday to lead the troubled Veterans Affairs department.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014
  • Obama to take executive action on immigration reform
    President Barack Obama announced Monday that he would try to fix the nation’s immigration system on his own, taking executive action to advance long-stalled immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: June 30, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Administration will try Benghazi attack suspect in D.C.
    The suspect in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, appeared in U.S. District Court on Saturday in the nation’s capitol. Yesterday, the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, plead not guilty. Representative Mike Rogers said he is being “compliant, but not cooperative” with interrogators. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Michael Schmidt, who is covering the case for the New York Times in D.C.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2014
  • Hospitals turning to data brokers for patient information
    A new report from Bloomberg News this week describes how hospitals are buying information about you in order to determine how likely you are to get sick and what it may cost to treat you. For more on this Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News joins Hari Sreenivasan in New York.
    Original Air Date: June 29, 2014
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  • Should rap lyrics be used as evidence in court?
    Based largely on a rap he wrote, and accounts of two witnesses given years after the shooting, rapper Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with double murder. Critics contend rap is a musical art form that should not be taken as evidence of criminal behavior. But some prosecutors say they don't buy the argument that the work is all fiction.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

  • Search for the missing Nigerian school girls continues
    The search for more than 200 missing schoolgirls seized two months ago continues in Nigeria. There have also been recent reports that more and more girls have been kidnapped from different locations. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Michelle Faul, the Nigeria bureau chief for the Associated Press, to discuss the latest news about the situation.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014
    A screen grab from a video obtained by the AFP reportedly shows the nearly 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
  • 'Degenerate Art' exhibit explores Nazi assault on modern art
    An exhibit called ‘Degenerate Art’ on display until September at the Neue Galerie in New York offers a new look at the assault on modern art by the Nazis. The exhibit juxtaposes the classical 19th century paintings and sculptures that Hitler loved and accepted, with the abstract modern art that he hated and labeled "degenerate."
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014
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  • Are generic drugs being delayed to market?
    Are less-expensive generic drugs being delayed to market by so-called "pay for delay" deals between drug companies? The deals happen after generic drug companies challenge the patents on brand-name drugs. The settlements include a date that the generic drug can enter the market, and in some cases, a payment from brand company to the generic company.
    Original Air Date: June 28, 2014