Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Amid Mideast tensions, Pope performs ‘balancing act’
    Juggling the political and religious rivalries between Israel and the Palestinians during his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis called on Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican for prayer and reflection. Jeffrey Brown gets insight into how the Pope navigated his trip from Nicholas Casey of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Jerusalem.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
    Pope Francis Visit To The Holy Land -  Day Two
  • Americans honor sacrifice of fallen servicemembers
    On Memorial Day, Americans across the country paused to honor men and women who fought and died in war. President Obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after a surprise weekend trip to Afghanistan. Remembrances come as the U.S. prepares to withdraw most of its forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • Can Ukraine’s Poroshenko deliver on lofty expectations?
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff from Kiev for an update on the latest fighting and chaos in Eastern Ukraine. Warner also discusses the challenges facing the likely future president, Petro Poroshenko, as he lays out plans to both unite the country and strengthen ties with Europe and Russia.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • California shooter evaded police suspicion in April
    Elliot Rodger killed six people and himself Friday night in Isla Vista, California. According to a “manifesto,” Elliot had been planning the attack for three years, and had posted videos promising violence. Judy Woodruff learns more from Adam Nagourney of The New York Times about his parents’ attempt to get to him before the attack and a previous encounter between Rodger and the police.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • Watch Obama speak from Arlington National Cemetery
    President Barack Obama, back in Washington after his surprise trip to visit troops in Afghanistan, spoke from the Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, paying tribute to fallen soldiers, as part of the morning's Memorial Day ceremony.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • President Obama lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    President Barack Obama, back in Washington after his surprise trip to visit troops in Afghanistan, laid a wreath Monday morning at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Can Mexico’s health program teach the U.S. to lose weight?
    With obesity levels rivaling those seen in the United States, Mexico has launched a rigorous campaign to combat the epidemic, including taxes on sugary drinks and other high-calorie snack foods. How well is that strategy is working -- and what lessons can U.S. policy makers learn from their Mexican counterparts?
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Putin meets with foreign journalists in St. Petersburg
    In a meeting with foreign journalists Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed feelings of "aggrievement" toward the West, particularly the United States. For more on Putin's view of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, Reuters Managing Editor Paul Ingrassia joins Hari Sreenivasan via Google Plus from St. Petersburg.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin was urged by President Obama over the telephone today to stop supporting separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine.
  • Pope Francis stresses commonalities in trip to Middle East
    Pope Francis met with King Abdullah in Jordan Saturday on the first day of a three-day tour of the Middle East, stressing the relationships between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This is only the fourth visit of a pope to the region in fifty years. Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the Pope’s balancing act of destinations and words.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2014
  • A chance encounter leads to a story of immigrant success
    Correspondent John Larson heads out on a reporting trip and discovers a powerful story en route. The young man sitting next to him in coach reveals his immigrant family's success story and their fierce devotion to America.
    Original Air Date: December 22, 2013

Friday, May 23, 2014

  • Putin tries to distance Russia from Ukraine crisis
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Jeffrey Brown from Kiev to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s opposing motivations, the fate of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and last-minute preparations — or lack thereof — leading up to Sunday’s national elections.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2014
  • What’s ‘The Cost of Not Caring’ for mentally ill Americans?
    Mental health funding has suffered cuts and negligence in recent decades, leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans on the streets, behind bars, in homeless shelters, or simply isolated and miserable. With their new series “The Cost of Not Caring,” USA Today hopes to incite compassion for the mentally ill by telling their stories. Judy Woodruff talks to Liz Szabo of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2014
  • What would Plato ask a neuroscientist?
    Can we reconcile the advancements of our modern world with Plato’s philosophical questions of free will? In “Plato at the Googleplex,” author Rebecca Goldstein imagines how Plato would approach neuroscience, the Internet and other technologies that make philosophy obsolete to some, but inevitable to Goldstein. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Goldstein to discuss.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2014
  • Memphis churches rally over breast cancer survival disparity
    The rate of breast cancer deaths for African American women nationally is 40 percent greater than that of white women, according to a study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology. In Memphis, the city with the widest racial disparity, a public campaign strives to tackle the gap through earlier detection and financial support. Gwen Ifill has the story.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2014
  • Shields and Gerson on Shinseki under fire
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist MIchael Gerson join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s news, including primary election contests in Kentucky, Oregon and Georgia, and calls from some lawmakers for Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down after troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2014
  • Why solar technology cannot save us
    PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman hears from former big pharma executive Chris Martenson about how our economy requires unsustainable resources. But technology cannot make alternative sources of energy; it can only help us find them.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2014
    solar panels
  • What is peak oil, and will fracking buy us time?
    PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with former big pharma executive Chris Martenson about why the money the U.S. printed after the financial crash would have been better spent on alternative energy rather than on the banks.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2014
    Chris Martenson
  • How many more times can the world be twice as big?
    PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with former pharmaceutical executive Chris Martenson, who now lives in rural Massachusetts, about exponential growth and the danger of rising debt.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2014
    Chris Martenson

Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Russia-China gas deal may influence U.S. strategy on Ukraine
    China and Russia struck a $400 billion gas deal amid mounting tension between the United States and both countries. Jeffrey Brown talks to Geoff Dyer of Financial Times and Julia Nanay of IHS about why China and Russia chose this moment to reach an agreement and its potential geopolitical sway on the U.S.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2014
  • Pro-Russian separatists launch attacks on election offices
    At least 13 government soldiers were killed in Eastern Ukraine in the bloodiest episode yet in the run up to that nation's presidential election. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports on additional separatist attacks on election offices and how acts of intimidation may affect voting in that region.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2014
  • What quality of life can minimum wage workers afford?
    Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the nation at $9.32. Can the state’s low-wage workers can meet their basic needs without assistance? Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the quality of life for a baggage handler at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and an employee of McDonald's.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2014
  • Timothy Geithner reflects on scars of the financial crisis
    Timothy Geithner, key architect of the government’s response the financial crisis, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss his new book, "Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises." As the former treasury secretary, Geithner offers perspective on the government’s response to the crisis, what response Americans deserved and how close the country came to another Great Depression.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2014
  • Does House bill on bulk data collection achieve its goal?
    By an overwhelming majority, the House of Representatives voted to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records. The U.S.A. Freedom Act was the first legislative response to NSA disclosures leaked by Edward Snowden. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Charlie Savage of The New York Times for a closer look at the bill and what it will -- or won’t -- change.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Will GM’s reputation stall out over recalls?
    The latest safety recall by General Motors is for a dashboard lighting module that could overheat and catch fire, adding to a growing list of problems that has affected nearly 14 million vehicles. This slew of recalls was prompted by ignition switch defects linked to 13 deaths. Jeffrey Brown talks to Daniel Hill of Ervin-Hill Strategy and Erik Gordon of the University of Michigan.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
    Massive Ignition Switch Recall Weighs Heavy On GM's Profits
  • Using dancers’ discipline as leaping off point for academics
    The National Dance Institute of New Mexico aims to instill in young people the lessons of success through lessons in dance: hard work, perseverance and health. This year, NDI taught nearly 8,000 students — a majority from low-income families — across the state, and academic performance has improved across the board. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
  • Ukrainian businessman takes a stand against separatists
    In Mariupol, the local police have been joined by thousands of steel workers in patrolling the streets. This is the brainchild of Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, who after sitting on the fence for many months in the struggle between Moscow and Kiev, has begun to take action to keep the lid on hostilities in Eastern Ukraine. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
    Protest in Ukraine
  • Will Democrats face a more united GOP in November?
    Tuesday’s congressional primaries in Kentucky, Georgia and Oregon gave a boost to candidates favored by the Republican establishment as opposed to their more conservative opponents. The results raised GOP hopes to stretch the political map to take back control of the Senate. Judy Woodruff get insight from Jonathan Martin of The New York Times and Dan Balz of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
  • Why is it so hard for Veterans to get care from the VA?
    President Obama defended embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Wednesday, but warned that someone will be held accountable for any revealed shortcomings amid allegations that 40 veterans died awaiting care. Gwen Ifill gets two views on the troubles inside the VA from former Defense Department official David McGinnis and Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2014
    Veteran Affairs Clinics To Be Audited After Patient Deaths At Phoenix Hospital