Wednesday, April 20, 2011

  • Worship Band Hillsong UNITED Finds a Following
    Since 1999, Christian worship band Hillsong UNITED has released 11 albums, toured 42 countries and sold more than 11 million records. Art Beat sits down with the Australian group at a recent sold-out concert in New York.
    Original Air Date: April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

  • One Year On, Photographer Captures the Lingering Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill
    The NewsHour has been checking in periodically with AP photographer Gerald Herbert, a New Orleans native who has been covering the Gulf oil spill ever since BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank exactly one year ago, killing eleven crew members. Over the course of the last twelve months, Herbert has been covering the results of that explosion ever since.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • 'Fragile' Progress in Afghanistan Amid Promise of U.S. Drawdown
    As the U.S. prepares to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan, coalition forces are battling increased attacks by the Taliban. Ray Suarez talks with Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post about the rising violence in Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • 2 Reporters Win Pulitzer for Exposing 'Corruption on Steroids' in California
    Los Angeles Times Reporters Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb were awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for uncovering a massive corruption scandal in Bell, Calif., that resulted in the arrest of eight former or current city officials and accusations that the eight mishandled more than $5.5 million in public funds. Margaret Warner discusses the story with the two lead reporters.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • Should Courts or EPA Regulate Greenhouse Gases?
    Gwen Ifill and The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle discuss the Supreme Court arguments in a case testing who has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • Declining Polls, Negative Treasury Rating Cast Shadow Over Obama Budget Message
    President Obama traveled to northern Virginia Tuesday for the first of a weeklong series of town-hall meetings aimed at building support for his budget plan. The stop comes as two new polls revealed declining support for his presidency and a growing public anxiety about deficits and the economy. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • Joel Achenbach Explores Gulf Oil Spill in 'A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea;
    Hari Sreenivasan talks to Washington Post reporter and author Joel Achenbach about his new book on the Gulf oil spill disaster, "A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea."
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • Autism's Causes: How Close Are We to Solving the Puzzle?
    The rise in the number of reported autism cases has caused a surge in research to find the causes. Robert MacNeil speaks with four leading researchers: Dr. Gerald Fischbach of the Simons Foundation, Dr. David Amaral of the MIND Institute, Dr. Martha Herbert of Harvard University and Dr. Craig Newschaffer of Drexel University. It's part three of the Autism Now series of reports.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • Students Participate in Science Exploration Day
    Students from several Virginia high schools recently attended a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) exploration day sponsored by George Washington University where they built robots, explored nursing and learned about car crash data.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • 'Where Children Sleep': An Intimate Portrayal of How Children Live
    When embarking on his project "Where Children Sleep", photographer James Mollison thought about how the sleeping spaces of children around the world reveal much about their lives, and how the notion that we're all born equal is sadly not the case.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011
  • Louisianans Still Struggling One Year After the Gulf Oil Spill
    It has been a year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded causing the biggest environmental catastrophe in American history. Those who live and work on the Gulf coast are still feeling the impact from the oil spill. Hari Sreenivasan talks to two reporters from Louisiana Public Broadcasting about how the gulf is faring a year later.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

  • Jennifer Egan, Kay Ryan Among Pulitzer Prize Winners
    The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday. Among the winners in the letters, drama and music categories were novelist Jennifer Egan and poet Kay Ryan, who each recently sat down with Jeffrey Brown to talk about their work.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
  • Deadly Tornadoes Roar Through South, Midwest, Leaving Trail of Devastation
    Gwen Ifill talks with the Red Cross's David Schrader about the devastating storms that tore through six states and killed at least 44 people.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
  • Libya Stalemate Leaves Many Civilians in Need of Aid
    As clashes continue in Libya, concerns are rising for those caught in the crossfire. Margaret Warner talks to the Wall Street Journal's Charles Levinson, who is in Misrata.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
  • Jitters in Markets After Ratings Agency Downgrades U.S. Debt
    There were new financial worries and a jittery stock market Monday after a key ratings agency downgraded its long-term outlook on the nation's debt. Judy Woodruff talks to two analysts for a closer look at the financial and political impact of the move.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
  • Autism Now: Meet Nick, Robert MacNeil's Grandson
    In the first of six reports in his Autism series, former NewsHour anchor Robert MacNeil takes viewers on a visit with his 6-year-old grandson, Nick, to see how autism affects the whole family. Nick experiences autism not just as a brain-development disorder, but also as physical ailments affecting his whole body.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
  • Autism Now: Exploring the 'Phenomenal' Increase in U.S. Prevalence
    In the second report in his Autism Now series, Robert MacNeil investigates why the number of children with autism is increasing in the U.S. MacNeil meets children at different points on the autismspectrum and gets several views on the increase in prevalence -- from better diagnosis to a variety of environmental factors.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'Love Poem' by Dora Malech
    Dora Malech earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale College in 2003 and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2005. Her first full-length collection of poems, "Shore Ordered Ocean," was published in 2009, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center published her second collection, "Say So," in 2011.
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011
  • NewsHour Health: Covering Reform Policy, Explaining New Research
    The new PBS NewsHour health page is a one-stop shop to find all of our health news coverage, including reform policy, the latest on new research, innovative graphics and teacher resources. Visit us at
    Original Air Date: April 18, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

  • Autism Now: MacNeil, Lehrer Discuss 'National Emergency' Explored in Series
    NewsHour founder and former anchor Robert MacNeil's six-part series series on the puzzling prevalence of autism in the U.S. starts to air Monday on the PBS NewsHour. MacNeil speaks with Jim Lehrer about what's explored in the series and describes how autism has affected his family.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • Why Does U.S. Having Varying Responses to Mid-East Unrest?
    The U.S. response to Middle East unrest has varied from vocal support for demonstrations in Egypt to NATO attacks in Libya to near silence on protesters' marches in Bahrain. Judy Woodruff discusses the U.S.'s contrasting responses with the Center for American Progress's Brian Katulis and Human Rights Watch's Maria McFarland.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • A Year After Oil Spill, No Easy Answers on Gulf Coast's Future
    It's been nearly one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and triggered a massive underwater oil spill. Tom Bearden returns to the Gulf to assess environmental damage and cleanup efforts.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • News Wrap: Obama Outlines Afghan War Drawdown Plan
    In other news Friday, President Obama promised the troop drawdown in Afghanistan will be more than symbolic. The president discussed the pullout, which begins this summer, in an interview with The Associated Press. Also, the House approved next year's GOP budget plan, which calls for $5.8 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • Shields, Brooks on U.S. Policy in the Middle East, Deficit Plans
    Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's political news, including President Obama's declaration on Friday of a military stalemate in Libya and the GOP-led House passing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • The Doublehader: Gamesmanship, Sportsmanship
    After a spring hiatus, Mark Shields and David Brooks are back under the same roof so they swung by before the program to record the doubleheader. This week when talking about the sport of politics, we talk about the gamesmanship in the budget process that both sides have been practicing.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011
  • Conversation: Novelist Howard Jacobson
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his novel, "The Finkler Question." His novel, "The Mighty Walzer," is being published for the first time in America.
    Original Air Date: April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • Lincoln Assassination Film 'The Conspirator' Raises Timely Justice Questions
    Ray Suarez reports on a new film profiling Mary Surratt, the sole woman implicated in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and the questions raised about the use of military commission trials, both then and now. He is joined by screenwriter James Solomon and retired U.S. Army Col. Fred Borch.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011
  • Pakistani Legislator Stands Up to Extremists Over Blasphemy Law
    In Pakistan, calls to reform a blasphemy law have resulted in the assassination of two key moderate politicians. Margaret Warner talks to Pakistani Parliament member Sherry Rehman, who has challenged the law and become the focus of several protests and drawn ire from conservative imams.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2011