Experts Answered Your Questions on the H1N1 Flu Vaccine The H1N1 swine flu virus is now widespread in 46 states and has hospitalized more than 20,000 people in the U.S., according to CDC officials. Meanwhile, delays in vaccine production have led to long lines at clinics and doctors' offices. Two experts on vaccines answer your questions.
October 23, 2009
Credit.com's Levin Makes Sense of New Credit Card Rules Dramatically hiked interest rates, new hidden fees, slashed credit lines -- many consumers have felt their credit cards go from convenience to liability over the past year. But new reforms are forcing credit card companies to change the way they do business. Paul Solman speaks with Credit.com's Adam Levin for insight.
October 22, 2009
Examining a 'Patchwork Nation' Patchwork Nation project director Dante Chinni answers your questions about how funds from President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package are making their way across the country and about the Patchwork Nation reporting project itself.
October 21, 2009
Author Katz: Tough to Say When Foreclosures Will Crest Journalist Alyssa Katz has written a sweeping history of home ownership in America, "Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us." In a discussion with economics correspondent Paul Solman, Katz answered viewer questions on the roots of the foreclosure crisis and the outlook for the future.
October 13, 2009
Learning from International Health Care Systems As part of a series looking at health care in other countries, Ray Suarez traveled to the Netherlands to explore the innovative universal Dutch system. Two experts answered your questions on what lessons the United States can take from other countries' health care systems.
The Hidden Cost of the Discount Culture Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of the new book "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture," answers questions from NewsHour viewers about what effect our love of bargains has on wages, the environment and international trade.
August 12, 2009
'In Fed We Trust' Nearly a year after the financial markets went into a tailspin and the Federal Reserve began to take unprecedented steps to revive the economy, David Wessel has penned a new account of how the crisis unfolded and the people charged with containing it.
August 6, 2009
Lawmakers Consider Employer Benefits Tax Congress is weighing the idea of taxing the costliest employer-provided health insurance plans as a way to fund health care reform. Currently, employees who receive health insurance through their companies pay no tax on their benefits. Two health policy experts answer your questions on the issue.
Rx for Reform
July 16, 2009
Cyber Attacks on Governments On the Fourth of July, cyber attacks started targeting computers at the White House, the Pentagon and other major U.S. government agencies. The New York Stock Exchange and the South Korean government were also targets. Who and what are behind the attacks? Two experts answered your questions.
July 14, 2009
The Confirmation of Sotomayor The Senate judiciary panel will begin considering President Barack Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court on Monday, July 13. If confirmed, Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge, would be the first Hispanic female justice to sit on the Supreme Court.
Iran Protests Play Out Online Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi filled the streets of Tehran, protesting a June 12 vote that saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win re-election in a landslide.
June 23, 2009
The Future of U.S. Global Health Policy Assistant U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Michele Moloney-Kitts and Christine Lubinski, head of the Center for Global Health Policy and Advocacy, answer viewer questions on President Obama's global health initiative and how it will shift U.S. global health priorities.
May 29, 2009
Sotomayor's Supreme Court Bid President Barack Obama has named Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, a choice that could make her the first Hispanic on the nation's highest court.
Supreme Court Watch
May 27, 2009
Pocket Change: Answering Your Finance Questions In this forum on personal finance, economics correspondent Paul Solman and finance professor Zvi Bodie tackle viewers' questions on the safest way to invest retirement savings, what to do about mortgage insurance and the smartest moves for new graduates seeking jobs.
May 26, 2009
Money, Morality and How We Make Economic Decisions NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman recently sat down with behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who studies irrationality in economic decision making, to discuss why people cheat, the media's influence on markets and whether the public needs to see remorse on Wall Street.
May 15, 2009
Viewer Questions on the 'PBS NewsHour' The NewsHour announced some major changes this week, including plans to have a dual anchor format, put a new emphasis on its Web site and go by a new name, the PBS NewsHour.
May 5, 2009
Pocket Change: Answers to Your Finance Questions In the first installment of Pocket Change, a regular forum on personal finance, NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman and finance professor Zvi Bodie tackle viewers' questions on credit unions, credit scores, and whether gold makes a good investment.
April 23, 2009
Military Robots in the Field The military has deployed thousands of robots in Iraq and Afghanistan, including aerial vehicles and ground robots. The next step may be robots with guns -- versions have already been developed, although so far military leaders have been hesitant to deploy them. Two experts take your questions.
April 7, 2009
Hospital Tests 'Warranties' A Pennsylvania hospital system is testing a new payment system -- a "warranty" model in which patients and insurers pay up front for an operation and any necessary follow-up care. A hospital executive and a health policy expert discuss the model, and other health policy innovations.
March 26, 2009
Borders and Mexico's Drug War Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced plans to boost personnel and surveillance equipment at the U.S.-Mexico border and coordinate more with Mexican authorities to help contain Mexico's increasingly deadly drug war.
March 24, 2009
The Fall of Bear Stearns Long before the public learned that AIG and other financial institutions were taking huge risks with billions of dollars, there was some foreshadowing of what was to come on Wall Street.
March 19, 2009
Iraq Faces Its Future as U.S. Plans Exit This week marks the six year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Over the next six months, the U.S. will start moving toward President Barack Obama's goal of ending combat operations there in 2010. So what challenges, obstacles lay ahead? Experts answered your questions.
Iraq in Transition
February 20, 2009
Teaching the Stimulus Are your students concerned about the economy? The $787 billion economic recovery act is a great moment to teach what happens in a recession and how the government hopes to get the economy back on track.
February 17, 2009
Renewed U.S.-Iran Talks May Hinge on 'Mutual Respect' The new Obama administration faces the difficult task of balancing between efforts to contain Iran's controversial nuclear program and the Islamic republic's central role in the Persian Gulf region. So what is the future of U.S.-Iranian relations? Experts answered your questions.
February 6, 2009
Stimulus Debate, Job Cuts Stir New Questions on Economy Soaring unemployment numbers and political wrangling over the best economic recovery plan are just the latest developments in the country's financial crisis. Susie Gharib, anchor of PBS' Nightly Business Report, and personal finance columnist Kathy Kristof answered your questions on the economic picture.
January 30, 2009
The Digital TV Conversion On Feb. 4, 2009, the House gave final Congressional approval to a measure to postpone the end of analog TV signals until June 12. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.
Teaching the Inauguration Join a conversation about how teachers can use Barack Obama's inauguration to investigate themes of history, civics, speech writing, American culture and more!
December 31, 2008
Building Biological Machines Scientists in the growing field of synthetic biology are using basic biological "building blocks" -- snippets of DNA -- to engineer useful living organisms, such as bacteria that can break down plastic in landfills. An expert on synthetic biology answers your questions.
December 19, 2008
The Madoff Financial Fraud Bernard Madoff, a prominent Wall Street money manager, is accused of defrauding investors and institutions of nearly $50 billion in what could be one of the biggest investor scams ever.
December 5, 2008
Mumbai After the Attacks The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, took more than 170 lives and have stirred anger at both India's government and neighboring Pakistan.
December 4, 2008
Obama to Face Lengthy Foreign Policy To-Do List Recent attacks in Mumbai, India, mark the newest foreign policy issue that the incoming Obama administration will face, along with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other hotspots. So what are the foreign policy challenges facing the president-elect and what issues should he look at first? Experts answered your questions.
Obama's Transition to Power
December 2, 2008
Lessons From Presidents Past As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office amid an economic crisis and conflicts overseas, the experiences of former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt are being regularly recalled, including by Mr. Obama himself.
Obama's Transition to Power
November 26, 2008
Expert Advice for Surviving the Economic Crisis The economy has been in steady decline this year, effecting both Main Street and global markets. To better understand where we've been and where we're headed, Insider Forum looks back at some of the advice given by financial analysts, personal finance columnists and others.
November 21, 2008
The Pirates of Somalia Piracy off the coast of Africa has increased in recent weeks, with eight attacks just this week. In a brazen attack, pirates captured a Saudi supertanker loaded with at least $100 million in oil, the largest ship ever hijacked.
Somalia's Struggle for Stability
November 20, 2008
Vet Suicide on the Rise The Army says that suicides among its active duty personnel have doubled in recent years, and multiple deployments may be contributing to the increase. A veterans' advocate, an Army psychiatrist and the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs took your questions.
November 13, 2008
Plastic Pollution in the Ocean Researchers are finding that ocean currents carry plastic pollution -- cigarette lighters, plastic bags and other trash -- from the world's coastlines to the middle of its oceans. Two experts answer your questions on the impact of plastic ocean pollution.
November 10, 2008
Shields and Brooks Consider the Coming Obama Administration, Future of GOP American voters not only made history by electing Sen. Barack Obama the nation's first black president, but also handed Democrats big gains in both the House and Senate. So what will Washington look like in 2009 and how might it affect the new Obama administration? Mark Shields and David Brooks answered your questions.
Amid Final Election Push, Amy Walter and Stu Rothenberg Answered Your Questions Presidential hopefuls Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are engaged in a final campaign push, racing to battleground states like Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania and issuing last-minute pitches to undecided voters. NewsHour regulars Amy Walter and Stuart Rothenberg answered your questions on the campaigns' homestretch.
October 17, 2008
Strategists Answered Your Questions and Look Ahead to November With less than three weeks left in the race to the White House, polls appear to indicate growing support for Sen. Barack Obama, fueled in large part by the worsening economy. So what can the campaigns do to close the deal with voters? Two party strategists answered your questions.
Political Watchers Answered Your Questions on Battleground Virginia With the presidential election in full swing, the candidates are reaching out to voters in key battleground states -- including in Virginia, long considered a GOP stronghold. Two experts answered your questions on political changes in Virginia and its role in the election.