On Tuesday’s NewsHour…

BY Simon Marks  February 23, 2010 at 5:33 PM EDT

On the PBS NewsHour this Tuesday:

TOYOTA HEARINGS | Day one of the congressional hearings into the Toyota recalls saw the company’s top official in North America, James Lentz, apologizing for its safety problems, and vivid testimony by one Toyota driver who survived a sudden acceleration on the highway. Kwame Holman reports on the testimony. For the record, Toyota is a NewsHour underwriter.

SUPREME COURT | The Patriot Act came under the microscope at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, as justices took up a case that pits free speech against national security concerns. NewsHour regular Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal provides our analysis.

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL | As Congress debates whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, Judy Woodruff examines the state of gay rights in America.

“MAKING TOAST” | Jeffrey Brown interviews author and essayist Roger Rosenblatt about his new book “Making Toast,” an autobiographical encounter about his family’s everyday life following the tragic and sudden death of his daughter. Watch Rosenblatt read from his new book and find a collection of his NewsHour essays on Art Beat.

Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill anchor the program, and Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other news from our newsroom. He’ll also tell you about some other features on our Web site including his interview with Politico reporter Craig Gordon about this week’s bipartisan health care summit and a discussion with veteran Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi about the extraordinary access he got to Taliban fighters. His story airs on Frontline later Tuesday on many PBS stations.

We hope you’ll join us on PBS this evening, or watch the NewsHour at newshour.pbs.org.