On Wednesday’s NewsHour…


GULF COAST OIL SPILL SET ABLAZE | Crews in the Gulf of Mexico are poised to set ablaze an oil slick threatening the coastline after an oil rig explosion last week. Judy Woodruff talks to Doug Helton of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Nancy Kinner of Coastal Response Research Center about the challenges of stopping the spill.

OFF-SHORE WIND FARM APPROVED | The Obama administration has approved plans to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts’ Nantucket Island. Gwen Ifill reports on the alternative energy deal, nine years in the making.

MAKING SENSE: SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS | As part of his ongoing series of reports making sense of the economy, Paul Solman visits a Missouri manufacturer that has proven small enough to succeed in the era of “too big to fail.”

SUPREME COURT WATCH | The Supreme Court heard arguments over the right of privacy for people who sign political petitions and ruled to allow a cross to stand on government land. Ray Suarez talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal for more on both cases and on retiring Justice John Paul Stevens’ final day hearing arguments.

AUTHOR TIM O’BRIEN LOOKS BACK AT VIETNAM | Thirty-five years after the conclusion of the Vietnam War, Tim O’Brien’s collection of stories about an American platoon, “The Things They Carried,” is being reissued as it celebrates its own twentieth anniversary. Jeffrey Brown talks to the author the experiences that led him to write the book.

Wednesday’s anchors are Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other news stories and a look at Web features, including more about businessman Jack Stack on Paul Solman’s Making Sense page and a conversation with PBS reporters in California and Arizona about immigration reform in the first installment of NewsHour Connect.

Plus, more from author Tim O’Brien and a conversation with actor Sir Patrick Stewart on Art Beat.

We hope you join us.