NewsHour Poetry Series

  • April 5, 2012  

    Syrian activists dubbed Thursday’s government assault on the Damascus suburb of Douma as one of the fiercest yet. But regime officials insist troop withdrawals have begun from the provinces of Daraa and Idlib, and peace envoy Kofi Annan said he expects the shooting to stop by April 12. Judy Woodruff updates the crisis. Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012   BY News Desk  

    Autism rates in the United States have risen dramatically in recent years, jumping 23 percent between 2006 and 2008 and a full 78 percent between 2002 and 2008, according to new figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control … Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012  

    Judy Woodruff reports on the death of widely read and influential poet Adrienne Rich, who died Tuesday at age 82, then Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at the life and groundbreaking sound of banjo legend and bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs with Bela Fleck, another Grammy-winning banjo player. Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012  

    Arab League leaders gathered in Baghdad for the first time in decades Thursday to attend a summit where U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to translate his commitments to peace into action. Margaret Warner reports and GlobalPost’s James Foley recounts the fighting in Saraqeb. Continue reading

  • March 29, 2012  

    President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that Syria “will spare no effort” to make the peace plan proposed by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan “a success,” but said rebels must first cease their “terrorist acts.” Margaret Warner and NPR’s Kelly McEvers discuss the Syria debate at the Arab League summit in Baghdad. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2012  

    Reports from Syria Tuesday suggested a possible breakthrough — that President Bashar al-Assad had accepted Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan amid new estimates by the U.N. that the death toll in the uprising had reached 9,000. John Ray of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2012  

    Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad toured the besieged city of Homs Tuesday, as reports suggested the government had accepted Kofi Annan’s peace plan. Judy Woodruff discusses the latest developments with journalist Andrew Tabler, author of “In the Lion’s Den,” who lived in Syria for most of the last decade. Continue reading

  • March 23, 2012   BY Noreen Nasir  

    A year after the start of the Syrian revolution, relatives and supporters of those rising against the regime are still trying to convince lawmakers and the administration to do something to help. More than 1,000 people — mostly Syrian-Americans from … Continue reading

  • March 13, 2012  

    Using her career as a molecular biologist as a starting point, Katherine Larson shapes her poems with descriptions of squid, suction cups and branchial hearts. She won last year’s Yale Series of Younger Poets competition and was recognized as a poet of “genuine promise” with the Kate Tufts Discovery Award last month. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2012  

    One year into his brutal crackdown, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces an armed insurgency by rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army, including some defectors from his own regime. In a rare glimpse inside the opposition, GlobalPost reporters Hugh Macleod and Annasofie Flamand spoke with fighters in northern Lebanon. Continue reading