For punk band Pussy Riot, a prank in a Moscow cathedral led to nearly two years in prison for two of the young women. Journalist Masha Gessen corresponded with the art activists and chronicled their rise as human rights figures in her new book, “Words That Will Break Cement.” Gessen joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the crackdown. Continue reading
Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold set out to document Afghan life through the prism of oral folk poems shared mostly among Pashtun women. Seamus Murphy, the London-based photographer and filmmaker who worked with Griswold on the landay project, has been covering events in Afghanistan for 20 years. He narrates a slideshow of some of his favorite images.
A study of 600 American schools conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds new teachers are being inadequately prepared to instruct students. But the report’s findings and methodology have come under critique. Jeffrey Brown looks at the study with John Merrow, NewsHour’s special correspondent for education. Continue reading
For centuries, Pashtun women have traded stories, feelings and life wisdom in the form of two-line oral poems called landays. Eliza Griswold, a journalist and poet herself, traveled to Afghanistan to learn more about daily life there through the modern exchange of poetry. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at Griswold’s project. Continue reading
A wildfire in Colorado has become the most destructive in the state’s history. The blaze has spread across 94,000 acres, spurred by high winds and hot, dry conditions. The fire continues to burn out of control in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs. Jeffrey Brown has an update on the fire and evacuations Continue reading
The last time readers heard from detective Easy Rawlins, he was driving off a cliff. But Rawlins, one of the best-known characters in American literature, returns — alive — in a new novel called "Little Green." Jeffrey Brown talks to author Walter Mosley about his new book and more. Continue reading
Revelations about the NSA’s secret programs have reinforced a national interest in striking a balance between privacy and security. Jeffrey Brown examines public perception of data monitoring with Jules Polonetsky of the Future of Privacy Forum, Kashmir Hill of Forbes and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, co-author of "Big Data." Continue reading
The Library of Congress reappointed U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to a second term on Monday. Though she is not the first in her position to receive the honor of an extended post, the announcement does have special meaning for us at the PBS NewsHour.
Humorist and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss his new novel, "Insane City," where pre-wedding antics meets sober topics like immigration. Barry describes his writing process, his affinity for P.G. Wodehouse and why his home city of Miami is a target-rich environment. Continue reading
President Obama is making a push to stop student loan interest rates from doubling July 1. To debate possible solutions, Jeffrey Brown talks with Matthew Segal, president of OurTime.org, and Evan Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity, groups that advocate for millennials, and Anya Kamenetz, author of "Generation Debt." Continue reading