Dec. 31, 2004
Child Victims of the Tsunami
One third of the victims of the tsunami have been children. Terence Smith speaks with two international aid agency workers about the youngest victims of the disaster in South Asia and what is being done to help them.
Dec. 23, 2004
Corporate Social Responsibility Can Help Bottom Line
At the annual Business for Social Responsibility conference, corporations explore ways to give back to the community and look at the effect good deeds have on the bottom line.
Dec. 17, 2004
Augusto Pinochet, Former Chilean President Is Indicted for Humanitarian Abuses
In part two of a two-part series, Elizabeth Farnsworth reports on the indictment of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet for kidnapping and murder.
Dec. 14, 2004
Augusto Pinochet Indicted on Humanitarian Abuse Charges
Elizabeth Farnsworth reports on the indictment of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges of human rights violations in part one of a two-part series.
Dec. 9, 2004
Soccer Star Mia Hamm Retires
A sports columnist takes a look at the legacy of soccer star Mia Hamm the day after her final game.
Dec. 1, 2004
U.N. Targets Women, Developing World in AIDS Fight
Health correspondent Susan Dentzer talks with Dr. Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, about the impact of AIDS on women.
Nov. 26, 2004
Health Community Divided Over Prescription Drugs for Children
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming looks at the precarious connection between children and prescription drugs.
Nov. 19, 2004
Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune asks, "What is an African-American?"
Nov. 12, 2004
Zimbabwe Court Upholds Land Seizure Law
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court ruled for the third time Friday to uphold a land law that allows the government to seize farms owned by white farmers.
Nov. 8, 2004
Experts Discuss the Ongoing Debate Over Gay Marriage
Voters in eleven states voted to ban same-sex marriage on Election Day. Margaret Warner leads a debate on the gay marriage issue with Shannon Royce, executive director of the Marriage Amendment Project and Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Oct. 28, 2004
Economic, Social Issues Play Part in Voters' Decisions
A look at which issues are most important to voters, and if those issues are in voters' economic interest.
Oct. 25, 2004
First Ladies Seek to Define their Political Role
A special broadcast that aired Monday night, "The First Lady: Public Expectations, Private Lives," looked at how past and present first ladies dealt with the undefined role of first lady.
Oct. 21, 2004
U.S. Army Reservist Sentenced to Eight Years for Prison Abuse
In the most severe sentence yet to stem from the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, a judge sentenced U.S. Staff Sergeant Ivan "Chip" Frederick to eight years in prison at a court martial in Baghdad on Thursday.
Oct. 15, 2004
U.S. Requires New Warning on Antidepressants for Children
Antidepressants must now have a "black box" warning after researchers linked the drugs to increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children and adolescents, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.
Oct. 13, 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court considered arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of the death penalty for juveniles. A reporter discusses the high court's debate over executing juvenile criminals.
Oct. 12, 2004
Candidates Court the Undecided Women Vote
Women voters are a major target for President Bush and Senator Kerry's presidential campaigns. Two partisan pollsters discuss the importance of women voters in the presidential election.
Sept. 27, 2004
Essayist Clarence Page talks about the ramifications of using the term "acting white" and about taking personal responsibility.
Sept. 21, 2004
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian opened on the National Mall in Washington Tuesday as the first federal museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to Native American people and cultures. Arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the new museum.
Aug. 20, 2004
Is Wal-Mart Unique?
Though Wal-Mart's low-price, low-wage, globally sourced model is not necessarily unique in the retail industry, the Arkansas-based company has become the most powerful retailer in the world.
Aug. 20, 2004
In a small town north of Salt Lake City, Utah, a modern range war is being fought along the shores of the Great Salt Lake.
Aug. 13, 2004
Details of New Jersey Governor's Gay Affair Emerge
Even as residents continued to react to the announcement by New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey that he had an affair with another man and would resign, more details were emerging about the relationship and an impending lawsuit.
Aug. 12, 2004
New Jersey Governor Resigns After Admitting Gay Affair
In a stunning late-day news conference, New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey announced his resignation on Thursday, admitting he had a homosexual affair.
Aug. 12, 2004
Humanitarian Crisis in Darfur, Sudan
Ethnic Arab militias have killed tens of thousands of black African Sudanese in the Darfur region of the country. Penny Marshall of Independent Television News reports from a refugee camp in Chad. Ray Suarez follows up with Dr. Rowan Gillies, international president of Doctors Without Borders.
Aug. 12, 2004
California Court Nullifies Same-Sex Marriages
The California Supreme Court on Thursday nullified some 4,000 same-sex marriage licenses granted earlier this year in San Francisco. The court ruled that the city's mayor, Gavin Newsom, exceeded his powers by issuing the licenses.
Aug. 6, 2004
Humanitarian Aid Crisis Worsens in Sudan's Darfur Region
As the United Nations tries to negotiate a political peace with the Sudanese government to end violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, international relief agencies are battling to contain an already critical humanitarian emergency.
Aug. 6, 2004
President Bush, Sen. Kerry Each Address UNITY Conference
President Bush and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry both fielded questions at the UNITY 2004 conference in Washington this week. Kerry spoke to the gathering of minority journalists Thursday, and Bush addressed the conference Friday morning.
Aug. 4, 2004
Missouri Bans, While Washington Affirms Gay Marriages
Missouri voters Tuesday widely approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, while in Washington state, a judge ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples may marry because prohibiting them would violate their constitutional rights.
July 23, 2004
President Bush and Senator Kerry's Addresses to the National Urban League
President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., both addressed the National Urban League last week.
July 15, 2004
Tough Talk: Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby created controversy recently with pointed public criticism of parenting practices in certain African-American communities. Ray Suarez discusses Cosby's controversial comments with Dr. Alvin Poussaint, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer for the Village Voice.
July 14, 2004
Gay Marriage Debate
After a background report, Senators discuss the rejected bid to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, likely tabling the measure for the rest of this election year.
July 14, 2004
Stem Cell Basics
Some have declared the research to be morally repugnant. Others have said scientists have been wildly optimistic in their promises of how treatments may help patients.
July 12, 2004
Clarence Page argues the mere act of judgment is regarded as hatred in modern-day street lingo. Page then asks, if anyone who offers a critique of another now can be called full-blown hater, is there any language left to identify the true bigots?
July 5, 2004
Wal-Mart Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
Paul Solman reports on the Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit, the largest employment discrimination case to head to court.
June 29, 2004
U.S. Warns 1 Million May Die in Darfur Without Immediate Aid
Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in Sudan Tuesday, hoping to pressure the Khartoum government to assist the delivery of aid to the war-torn Darfur region where U.S. officials worry 1 million people may die this year.
June 23, 2004
Conversation: A Traveler's Guide
Jim Carrier presents a guided tour of the civil rights movement in his book, "A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement." Carrier recounts earlier moments in black history in which the civil rights movement began. Terence Smith speaks with Jim Carrier.
June 22, 2004
Wal-Mart Sex Discrimination Suit Can Proceed, Judge Says
A lawsuit charging Wal-Mart with sex discrimination will move forward, a federal judge decided Tuesday, making it the largest private civil rights case in U.S. history.
June 14, 2004
Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to the White House for the official unveiling of their portrait, which will hang in the presidential residence. Kwame Holman profiles Simmie Knox, a former sharecropper and the first African American to paint a presidential portrait for the White House.
June 4, 2004
President, Pope Discuss Iraq Abuse and Sovereignty
Pope John Paul II called on the United States to return sovereignty to the Iraqi people and reiterated his opposition to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein during a meeting with President Bush on Friday.
June 1, 2004
Judge Rules 'Partial-Birth' Abortion Ban Unconstitutional
A federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a controversial law that bans a specific form of late-term abortion in the first legal test of the new law.
May 28, 2004
Interview with Dr. Larry Diller
Assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco Dr. Larry Diller, who practices behavioral developmental pediatrics, discusses his concerns regarding children taking antidepressants.
May 28, 2004
Adolescent Patients Caught Between Suicide and Anitidepressants
Certain antidepressant drugs may actually increase the risk of suicide in adolescent patients, a recent study in the medical journal The Lancet suggests. Susan Dentzer looks at efforts to add an FDA warning label about adolescent suicide to antidepressant medications.
May 24, 2004
The Presumed Alliance with Author Nicholas Vaca
The author of "The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What It Means for America," examines the economic, social and political realities that create tension between these two groups.
May 21, 2004
Essay: After All These Years
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming reflects on how she and other women of the baby-boomer generation are learning from their parents about how to approach a less lonesome model for facing age in their senior years.
May 21, 2004
Massachusetts Moves to Stop Out-of-State Gay Marriages
The Massachusetts attorney general warned clerks on Friday in four communities to stop granting marriage licenses to out-of-state gay couples.
May 17, 2004
Supreme Court Watch
The Supreme Court ruled today that states are not exempt from provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act which require elevators and ramps in public facilities. Margaret Warner discusses the 5-4 decision with National Law Journal Washington bureau chief Marcia Coyle.
May 17, 2004
Brown v. Board of Education 50 Years Later
The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case desegregated America's public schools, but most minority students still attend schools where they are the majority. Gwen Ifill talks to four experts about the ways Brown has brought about change, and the ways it has failed to do so.
May 17, 2004
Gay Marriage: A New Era
Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the ceremonies and controversy in the Bay State.
May 17, 2004
State-Sanctioned Gay Marriages Begin in Massachusetts
Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to grant gay couples marriage licenses Monday, with hundreds of couples lining up overnight to fill out marriage applications.
May 14, 2004
Plan B Rejection
Some members of Congress have called for an investigation into whether abortion politics played a role in the recent FDA decision to bar over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B. Ray Suarez gets two perspectives on the controversial contraceptive from Dr. Susan Crockett and Dr. Tina Raine.
May 13, 2004
Judge Blocks Last-Minute Bid to Stop Mass. Gay Marriages
A federal judge Thursday rejected an 11th hour attempt by conservative groups to prevent Massachusetts from granting the first state-sanctioned gay marriage licenses beginning next week.
May 12, 2004
Brown v. Board of Education
In May of 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. KTWU, the Topeka PBS station, produced a look back at the decision through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen.
May 11, 2004
The Department of Justice has reopened an inquiry into the 1955 murder of Mississippi teenager Emmett Till after two new documentaries suggested the initial investigation and subsequent acquittal were flawed.
May 11, 2004
Essay: With All Deliberate Speed
Essayist Clarence Page reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision on desegregation, but he insists modern-day African-Americans have only as much integration as they can afford.
May 3, 2004
Mind Over Matter
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt explains that the disabled are often viewed as the "other," but in the modern era of war and terrorism, one's life can be easily transformed to become one of them.
April 30, 2004
Massachusetts Won't Marry Out-of-State Couples Without States' Permission
Governors and attorneys general across the country are developing responses to a letter Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sent Thursday telling them that gay couples will only be allowed to marry there if their home states grant him permission.
April 30, 2004
The Defense of Marriage Act
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a federal law designed to give states the right to refuse recognition of a same-sex marriage approved by another state. It also defines marriage as a union between a man and woman for the purposes of federal law.
April 26, 2004
Rape in the Ranks
Betty Ann Bowser provides a report on sexual assault in the military.
April 14, 2004
South Africans Go to Polls; Land Redistribution Key Issue
Some 20 million South African voters went to the polls Wednesday for the country's third parliamentary election since the end of the brutal white-dominated apartheid rule in 1994.
April 9, 2004
Remembering the Past
Two people who have survived periods of horrific genocide have teamed up to speak about their experiences in the Holocaust and Rwanda, with the hope of preventing such acts from happening again. Jeffrey Brown speaks to David Gewirtzman and Jacqueline Murekatete about their experiences and how they met.
April 1, 2004
'The Working Poor'
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Shipler observed some impoverished working Americans and their families for years to research his new book, "The Working Poor." Ray Suarez speaks with Shipler about his book and the interlocking problems that challenge the climb out of poverty.
March 29, 2004
Abortion rights activists filed challenges Monday to a new federal law that bans late-term abortions. Judges will hear evidence in three separate trials about the law's constitutionality. Two experts discuss the reasons for the challenges.
March 8, 2004
Essay: American Family
NewsHour essayist Richard Rodriguez offers some thoughts about gay marriage.
March 3, 2004
The mayors of Portland, Ore., and Nyack, N.Y., said today that they would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kwame Holman reports on the recent controversy over same-sex marriage in America.
Feb. 27, 2004
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist William Safire discuss the presidential campaign and the debate over gay marriage. Then, presidential historian Michael Beschloss joins a discussion on the historical influence of independent candidates, like Ralph Nader, on presidential elections.
Feb. 26, 2004
After several women accused University of Colorado football players of raping or sexually assaulting them at recruitment parties, a special prosecutor will be named to launch an investigation into whether the university used alcohol and sex parties to recruit star athletes to its football team. Spencer Michels reports.
Feb. 25, 2004
Saving Black Colleges
Many of America's esteemed black colleges are increasingly running in the red. John Merrow looks at the financial crises at some of these historic institutions.
Feb. 24, 2004
President Bush announced Tuesday that he is in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as a union of a man and woman, essentially banning same-sex marriages. Gwen Ifill discusses the issue with two constitutional scholars.
Feb. 24, 2004
President Bush Endorses Amendment Banning Gay Marriage
President Bush announced that he is in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to ban marriages between same-sex couples. He said he would like to see an amendment "defining and protecting marriage as a union of a man and woman, as husband and wife."
Feb. 18, 2004
San Francisco's City Hall spent Valentine's Day weekend granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, despite a California state law forbidding same-sex marriage. Spencer Michels reports on the rush to the altar and the legal challenges aimed at stopping the same-sex marriage licenses from being recognized.
Feb. 17, 2004
Correspondent Ted Robbins of KUAT-Tucson gets perspectives on President Bush 's proposed immigration reform plans from some of those whom it will affect the most -- the Latin-American immigrant population in the American Southwest.
Feb. 13, 2004
Legislators and courts in several states are debating whether same-sex couples may legally marry. Ray Suarez gets two perspectives on the issue from Matt Daniels of the Alliance for Marriage and Cheryl Jacques of the Human Rights Campaign.
Feb. 13, 2004
Shields and Brooks
Jim Lehrer speaks with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks about same-sex marriage and the 2004 presidential campaign.
Feb. 10, 2004
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming considers the grocery workers strike in Southern California.
Feb. 4, 2004
Massachusetts High Court Decision Clears Path for Gay Marriages
In a major victory for Massachusetts' gay citizens, the state's supreme court declared Wednesday that same-sex couples are constitutionally entitled to full marriage rights, beyond the scope of rights civil unions allow.
Jan. 30, 2004
Dawn's Early Light
Essayist Richard Rodriguez reflects on how the influx of Mexican and Central American workers is changing the way Americans think of themselves.
Jan. 26, 2004
Supreme Court to Review Execution of Juvenile Killers
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the constitutionality of imposing the death penalty on those who were under 18 when they committed their crimes.
Jan. 19, 2004
On Martin Luther King's birthday, a documentary on PBS's "American Experience" looks at the last five years of his life. An excerpt is posted here.
Jan. 15, 2004
Two Leading Spanish-Language Papers to Merge
The publishers of La Opinion, the leading Spanish-language daily newspaper in Los Angeles, and El Diario/La Prensa, a leading New York Hispanic daily, are combining to form the first national Spanish-language newspaper company.
Jan. 12, 2004
The Power of One: Background
The current U.S. Supreme Court is increasingly being called the "O'Connor Court" for the pivotal fifth vote Justice Sandra Day O'Connor often casts. Kwame Holman looks at the unique power of the court's first woman justice.
Jan. 12, 2004
The Power of One
The current U.S. Supreme Court is increasingly being called the "O'Connor Court" because of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's tie-breaking swing votes. Legal experts discuss the first woman justice's pivotal role on the nation's top court.
Jan. 8, 2004
'A Small Nation of People'
W.E.B. DuBois sought to show the world how African Americans lived, worked and prayed in his "Exhibit of American Negroes" at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris. Gwen Ifill speaks with Deborah Willis, who recently wrote "A Small Nation of People" about that exhibit and how DuBois created a new consciousness for African Americans.
Jan. 8, 2004
Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the politics and practice of family planning in the southern African nation of Zambia.
Jan. 6, 2004
Most Dioceses Complying With Rules to Stop Sex Abuse, Controversial Audit Finds
A Roman Catholic Church audit released Tuesday found that almost all dioceses in the United States fully comply with a new mandatory policy aimed at preventing sex abuse by priests, although some victim advocates criticized the audit's methodology.