Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Saving the Great Lakes from toxic algae
    How can the great lakes recover from agricultural runoff and toxic algae blooms? Yesterday, the EPA announced it will distribute $12 million to educate farmers and improve water quality in the region. Detroit Public Television’s Christy McDonald speaks with scientists about their search for a solution to runoff-fueled toxins.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2014
  • Can an Independent steal Kansas from the GOP?
    In a last ditch effort to steal Kansas from the Republican Party, Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the Senate race leaving Independent Greg Orman to challenge Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Taylor, who was criticized for his weak ties to Kansas, sidestepped after recent polls suggested Orman was a more competitive candidate. Judy Woodruff speaks with Jonathan Martin of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2014
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Photo by David Paul Morris/ Bloomberg
  • Justice Department looks for answers in Ferguson
    Judy Woodruff speaks with Robert Driscoll, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Tracie Keesee, Center for Policing Equity, on what to expect from the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation of the Ferguson police department.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2014
  • Can a cell phone video get your kid into college?
    Colleges and universities are getting increasingly creative with their admissions essay prompts, but a small liberal arts college has set a new precedent. In lieu of recommendation letters, extracurricular activities and test scores, Goucher College in Maryland will accept a two-minute video submission. Jeffrey Brown discusses this strategy with Jose Antonio Bowen, president, Goucher College.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2014
  • Once rising GOP governor convicted of fraud
    The corruption case against former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen has come to a close. In a dramatic end to the emotional saga, the former governor wept as the jury charged him with 11 counts of corruption and his wife with eight. Judy Woodruff debriefs with Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • The cost of keeping undocumented minors in the U.S.
    The influx of unaccompanied minors across the southern border has mounted pressure for reform, but executive action on the issue has slowed. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thomas Hodgson, sheriff of Bristol County, who has overseen the placement of 989 unaccompanied minors in his region, to discuss the exploitation many of these children encounter.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2014
  • The roots of ‘Anonymous,’ the infamous hacking community
    As online hacking becomes more common, interest in the individuals and groups behind such cyber attacks rises. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with David Kushner of The New Yorker on the origins of one of the most infamous hacking groups, “Anonymous.”
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2014
  • How one student’s dyslexia changed a community
    When Liz Woody’s son Mason was in third grade, he struggled to read basic words. After Woody moved Mason to a specialized school, she set out to transform techniques to reach struggling readers. John Tulenko of Learning Matters has the story.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2014
  • How can Obama handle so many crises abroad?
    Unrest in Ukraine, Islamic State militants in Iraq and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have dominated news coverage for the past three months. Judy Woodruff evaluates the Obama administration’s response to these challenges with Vali Nasr, a former State Department official, Eric Edelman, a former State and Defense Department official and David Ignatius of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2014
  • What’s on NATO’s agenda?
    The burgeoning crisis in Ukraine and its relationship with Russia are set to take center stage at the NATO summit that starts in Wales on Thursday. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss U.S. and European reactions to a potential cease-fire agreement between Ukraine and Russia, as well as NATO’s stance on the ISIS militant group and Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: September 3, 2014
    Preparations Continue Ahead Of The Nato Summit 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • One family’s quest to give Chinese orphans a happy home
    After reaching their fifties and raising their own children, Jenny and Richard Bowen adopted 2-year-old Maya from China after learning of poor orphanage conditions for abandoned girls. Sixteen years later, the Bowens have two adopted daughters from the same region and have started a non-profit called Half the Sky to transform orphan care with the cooperation of the Chinese government.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2014
  • Why is Ebola proving so hard to contain?
    The international head of Doctors Without Borders has charged that the efforts to curtail the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have actually made it worse. Jeffrey Brown joins director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, who just returned from surveying the situation in West Africa, to discuss the impediments to containing the disease and the prospects of it spreading.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2014
  • Could the celebrity photo hack happen to you?
    A slew of intimate celebrity photos have surfaced this week after several celebrities’ personal online storage accounts were hacked. Though it is not clear who hacked the accounts or posted them, Apple said that the breach on its iCloud server was “very targeted.” Judy Woodruff talks to Dmitri Alperovitch of Crowdstrike and Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2014
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  • How should the U.S. respond to Steven Sotloff’s killing?
    Judy Woodruff talks to Charles Sennott of The GroundTruth Project. Then, former National Security Council staff Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant (Ret.), former Counterterrorism Official Daniel Benjamin and former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss how the killing affects U.S. policy toward the Islamic State group.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2014
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  • Detroit students turn fire into a musical
    When Cass Tech High School's Performing Arts teacher, Mrs. Marilyn G. McCormick, and her performing arts students heard parts of Detroit's Heidelberg Project had been burned down, they created "The Experience Up From the Ashes," an original musical to ensure the Heidelberg's message of hope would live on in their art.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2014
    Detroit students turn fire into a musical

Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Football’s grip on America is a double-edged sword
    By far the most popular sport in America, football instills a spirit of resilience and teamwork. But the sport also continues to garner headlines for its violence, health risks from concussions and cases of domestic abuse by players. Jeffrey Brown talks to Mark Edmundson, author of "Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game," about the good and the bad of playing football.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2014
    Super Bowl XLVIII Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos
  • Motivating middle school students to apply for college
    In St. Paul, Minnesota, students are dancing their way to class -- literally -- in the middle of the summer. This is Breakthrough, an innovative summer program with the sole focus of inspiring low-income, under-resourced middle school students to go to college, and showing them how to get there. Special correspondent Terry Rubin has the story.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2014
  • Why continued protests may curb Pakistan’s democracy
    Tensions in Pakistan are mounting in demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. Judy Woodruff joins Husain Haqqani of the Hudson Institute and Moeed Yusuf of the United States Institute of Peace to discuss what’s behind the unrest, the prospective violence that lies ahead and how the conflict bodes for Pakistani democracy, and its relations with the U.S.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2014
    Anti-government protests in Islamabad
  • U.S. optimism lags behind economic gains, study finds
    For many months now, the number of new jobs created has risen and the jobless rate has fallen substantially. But despite what appears to be a slow and steady recovery, a new study finds that 71 percent of Americans believe the economy has permanently changed for the worse. Jeffrey Brown talks to Rutgers University’s Cliff Zukin, who worked on the survey.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2014
  • More part-time workers face instability, long hours
    As employers seek more control over labor costs, the number of part-time jobs has soared in the post-great recession period. But increasingly erratic work schedules -- an attempt to squeeze maximum efficiency from every part-timer -- has taken a toll on the workers. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at some of the consequences.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2014
  • Why negotiations likely ‘only way out’ of Ukraine crisis
    Ukrainian rebels softened their demand for outright independence at the talks in Belarus on Monday. Instead, they offered to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for a measure of autonomy. Judy Woodruff joins The Christian Science Monitor’s Fred Weir, reporting from Moscow, to discuss how rebels are gaining the leverage on the ground, and why a military solution has become elusive.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • New drug may change treatment of heart failure
    An experimental heart drug developed by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis shows promising results. The new drug, currently referred to as “L C Z 696” may change the course of treatment and prolong the lives of patients suffering from heart failure. For some insight, Dr. Clyde Yancy from Northwestern University joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Windham, New Hampshire.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2014
  • How did the Ebola epidemic get out of control so fast?
    The spread of the most recent strain of the Ebola virus across parts of West Africa has highlighted not just the lethality of the disease but also the strains on the existing medical infrastructures there. For further insight, Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and Estrella Lasry, a tropical medical advisor at Doctors Without Borders, join Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2014
    The U.S. military is deploying units to Africa to help construct new treatment centers, labs and bolster other means of response to help battle the Ebola outbreak in Africa, a $750 million effort. Photo by Getty Images
  • Debunking the ancient Paleo Diet in modern cultures
    Regarding the world's swelling population, the September issue of National Geographic examines the Paleo Diet as a way to feed the planet's future generations and offers a more complete look at what our ancestors really ate. Science writer Ann Gibbons joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the real Paleo Diet varies among cultures. 
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2014
  • Amid Ferguson fallout, high schoolers sound off on race
    High schoolers from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab sites around the country weigh in on the events in Ferguson and how the killing of Michael Brown has affected their view of race in America.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Sanctions ‘only pressure point US has’ in Russia conflict
    For more perspective about what options the United States and its Western allies have to deal with the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Nicholas Burns joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Massachusetts. Burns is a former Under Secretary of State and now a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2014
  • Ukraine military facing 'overwhelming odds'
    For the latest on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Alan Cullison of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Kiev.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2014
  • The duality and mission of ISIS on social media
    The Islamic State has entered into the global consciousness for multiple reasons. For more analysis, Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Philip Smyth, a researcher at the University of Maryland who studies Islamic extremism.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2014