Jeffrey Brown

  • syrianvoices
    March 11, 2016  

    As the fighting in Syria approaches a fifth year, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and displaced, the nation’s artists have sought ways to respond to the destruction of their homeland. Some try to tell the stories of their fellow Syrians, while others seek to document the conflict through films and artwork. But no matter the medium, they all share a desire for peace. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • new steps
    March 8, 2016  

    Robert Battle grew up in one of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods wearing metal braces on his legs but dreaming of dance. Thirty years later, he runs the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — the very company that inspired him as a child. Battle joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how dance can transform lives and his vision for the company’s future. Continue reading

  • romeo
    March 7, 2016  

    Zakia and Ali are Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet — with all the heartache that description implies. Separated by religion, ethnicity and their own families, the young couple defied them all by eloping. Rod Nordland of the New York Times chronicles their remarkable odyssey in his book, “The Lovers,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the intersection of romance and religion in the Muslim world. Continue reading

  • bookshelf-1
    March 4, 2016  

    A.O. Scott has been the New York Times’ film critic since 2000, so it’s safe to say he knows his craft. But in a world dominated by social media, where anyone with an Internet connection can become a self-styled critic, what separates a professional from a wannabe? That’s one of the issues Scott tackles in his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Jeffrey Brown talks to Scott for more. Continue reading

  • bookshelf
    March 3, 2016  

    After her husband starved himself to death over the course of nine days rather than continue living with Parkinson’s disease, NPR’s Diane Rehm found herself plagued with questions and fears. She channeled her struggles into “On My Own,” an evocative and incisive memoir. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rehm to discuss what the book means for her and her ongoing advocacy for assisted suicide. Continue reading

  • spotlight
    February 29, 2016  

    On Sunday, the film “Spotlight” pulled off a surprise Best Picture win at the Oscars. An inside look at the uncovering of widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, “Spotlight” celebrates investigative journalism. Jeffrey Brown talks to Margaret Sullivan of the New York Times and Stephen Engleberg of ProPublica about the state of journalism in a world of newspaper cutbacks and layoffs. Continue reading

  • An Oscar statue overlooks a Chris Rock poster at the entrance to the Dolby Theatre as preparations continue for the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California February 25, 2016. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters.
    February 26, 2016  

    For the second straight year, no actors or actresses of color have been nominated for an Academy Award, leading to heavy criticism and calls to boycott the ceremony. The Academy of Motion Pictures, which oversees the awards, aims to double its number of female and minority members by 2020, but some say the real fault lies with the people in charge of the industry. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • mother
    February 25, 2016  

    Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in April 1999 carrying guns and homemade pipe bombs. Within an hour, 12 students and a teacher were dead, and 24 others injured. Seventeen years later, Dylan’s mother Sue writes of a son she thought she knew in her new book, “A Mother’s Reckoning.” Sue Klebold joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss her life in the shadow of tragedy. Continue reading

  • In some countries, remittances from the U.S. exceed the amount of U.S. foreign aid. Photo by Wikimedia user Moritz Wickendorf
    February 24, 2016  

    As presidential candidates debate Wall Street regulation, an argument against big banks arose from an unlikely source. Former Goldman Sachs executive Neel Kashkari asserts banks that are “too big to fail” remain a serious threat to financial stability and must be dismantled. Now president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, he discusses the problem and his proposed solution with Jeffrey Brown.
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  • Various books on shelf, full frame. Photo by Getty Images
    September 2, 2015   BY  

    The NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown interviews Azar Nafisi, Tom Brokaw, David McCullough and other authors attending the 15th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. Continue reading