Nov. 29, 2013
The Doubleheader: Shields and Brooks on Rivalry Saturday
Welcome to a special edition of the Doubleheader with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. I'm filling in for Judy Woodfuff and Gwen Ifiill as they take some time off for Thanksgiving, so tune in for our discussion on the "sport of politics" on Friday's PBS NewsHour.
Nov. 15, 2013
The Doubleheader: Shields and Brooks on the U.S.-Israel alliance, Batkid
In this week's Doubleheader, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join me to tackle the tense relationship between the U.S. and Israel in the context of fragile negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
Oct. 31, 2013
Boston Red Sox World Series win symbolizes turnaround for team and town
Just six months after bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon ravaged Beantown, a World Series win gave the city something to celebrate. The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the MLB championship Wednesday. Jeffrey Brown talks to Leigh Montville of SportsonEarth.com on the team's turnaround from worst to first.
Oct. 30, 2013
Would changing the 'culture of resistance' in sports reduce youth concussions?
While pro football has begun to confront the consequences of concussions, a new report is putting the spotlight on younger athletes and the risk they face from repeated head injuries. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Robert Graham of The George Washington University, former NFL player Fred McCrary and athletic trainer Tamara McLeod.
Oct. 28, 2013
Penn State settles with abuse victims for $59.7 million
Penn State has struck a nearly $60 million settlement with 26 young men over alleged abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Gwen Ifill talks to Charlie Thompson of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., for more on how this settlement compares to similar cases and what factors led to the premium payout.
Oct. 25, 2013
Buying into big-time college football: the 'System' behind the sport
The new book, "The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football," offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the costly -- and often unprofitable -- practices behind the sport, including extreme salaries for coaches and treating players like commodities. Jeffrey Brown talks to author Armen Keteyian.
Oct. 25, 2013
Doubleheader: Shields, Brooks on Acela eavesdropping and World Series picks
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan for the Doubleheader. They discuss a national security eavesdropping incident, speculation on who'll win the World Series, plus a suggestion from Stephen Colbert to make the political wrap more exciting.
Oct. 8, 2013
Investigating how head injuries have delivered a blow to pro-football
The Frontline documentary "League of Denial" takes a look at the concussion crisis in pro- football and what scientists know about link between repetitive head trauma and brain injury. Ray Suarez talks to Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN, an investigative reporter and co-author of the accompanying book by the same name.
Sept. 6, 2013
Shields and Brooks on Immigration and the NFL
And we're back. After a brief summer hiatus, the Doubleheader -- with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks -- returns in a slightly new format. Now that I'm anchoring in New York, we're going to try conducting the Doubleheader via Google Hangouts.
Sept. 3, 2013
Diana Nyad Says Record-Setting Swim Was About Being 'Fully Engaged' in Life
Diana Nyad has made history as the first person to swim the 110-mile Florida Strait. This was Nyad's fifth attempt at the feat, and it took her 53 hours to complete. "I wanted this swim, this endeavor not to just be the athletic record," Nyad, 64, said, "I wanted it to be a lesson for my life that says, be fully engaged."
Sept. 2, 2013
Nyad's Feet Touch Sand, Swimmer Completes Historic 110-Mile Swim
Just before 11 am on Monday morning, despite exhaustion, a swollen tongue and abrasions from her jellyfish mask, 64-year-old endurance athlete Diana Nyad stopped to thank her crew of five boats from the water. She was less than a mile from becoming the first to complete the 103-mile Cuba-to-Florida swim without a shark cage.
Aug. 29, 2013
NFL, Ex-Players Reach $765 Million Settlement Over Head Trauma Suit
The National Football League struck a $765 million settlement with retired players over brain-related diseases. The settlement will go towards compensation for the injured and research. Margaret Warner talks with Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN about what the agreement means for pro-athletes and the sport.
Aug. 20, 2013
Sports Fan in Chief Honors Champion 1972 Miami Dolphins Football Team
More than 40 years since the 1972 Miami Dolphins made NFL history with their perfect season, coach Don Shula and his undefeated team were honored by President Barack Obama with a visit to the White House. Kwame Holman reports on the presidential tradition of following sports and Mr. Obama's dedication to his home teams.
Aug. 5, 2013
Biggest Single-Day Doping Bust in MLB History Benches A-Rod, 12 Other Players
All-star baseball player Alex Rodriguez got hit with one of the harshest penalties the MLB has ever handed out, but he's not the only one in implicated in the latest doping scandal: 12 other players received 50-game suspensions. Ray Suarez makes sense of the penalties with sports columnists Christine Brennan and William Rhoden.
July 16, 2013
Extreme Runners Race 135 Miles Through Death Valley
On Monday, runners began the grueling 135-mile race from Death Valley's Badwater Basin to partway up Mount Whitney in extreme desert heat. We look at what the runners endure and how the race's 500-member crew makes it possible.
July 15, 2013
Former World Champion Sprinter Tyson Gay Tests Positive for Doping
American sprinter Tyson Gay is the latest athletic star to test positive for performance enhancement drugs. Gwen Ifill talks to USA Today's Christine Brennan for more on why athletes continue to dope despite the number of professional careers and reputations tarnished by revelations of drug use.
July 12, 2013
Shields and Brooks on Palin and Puig
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss a kerfuffle in Alaska and a slugger in Los Angeles.
July 2, 2013
Venus Williams' Other Career: Pay Equity Activist
At the height of her career, Venus Williams challenged Wimbledon to award equal prize money to women players. Gwen Ifill spoke with the director of the new film from espnW, "Venus Vs.," and to sports reporter Christine Brennan, who is featured in “Let Them Wear Towels,” about women fighting for the right to do their jobs.
June 27, 2013
Hey, Batter Batter! Press Defeats Congress in Charity Softball Game
In the fifth annual Congressional Women's Softball Game, the press team prevailed over a team of lawmakers by 11-8, even as a thunderstorm boomed its warning nearby.
June 26, 2013
How Hurling Spears 2 Million Years Ago May Have Given Us a 96-mph Fastball
When it comes to the ability to pitch a 90-mph fastball, humans are unmatched. Researchers Neil Roach and Dan Lieberman believe that humans developed this skill from our ancestors who hurled spears and rocks at small animals to kill and capture food. Their research is published in this week's edition of the journal Nature.
June 25, 2013
Inside Softball: Politicians and the Press Slug it Out for Good Cause
A team of journalists known as the "Bad News Babes" will face off against female members of Congress Wednesday for the annual charity Congressional Women's Softball Game. Now in its fifth year, the game raises money for the Young Survival Coalition, which works with young women who have breast cancer.
June 21, 2013
Shields and Brooks LIVE Doubleheader
In a special live edition of the Doubleheader with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks, we tackle the farm bill and NBA finals, and then we take question, after question, after question from viewers across different social media platforms.
June 20, 2013
For NBA and NHL, This Year's Championships Are Games to Watch and Remember
The NHL and NBA seasons have led up to dramatic and exciting endings. NPR's Mike Pesca joins Jeffrey Brown from Miami to discuss how the last-second shots and overtime goals have made 2013 NBA finals and the Stanley Cup games major sports moments to remember.
June 17, 2013
Pitch Your Questions to Mark Shields, David Brooks for 'Doubleheader Live'
Friday is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, so we thought it would be the perfect time to sit down with our boys of summer. That's right, Mark Shields and David Brooks, NewsHour's one-two political punch. Pitch your questions to the fellows for the special "Doubleheader Live" edition Friday, June 21.
May 31, 2013
Shields and Brooks on Bachmann's Retirement, Yankee Favoritism
Mark Shields and David Brooks made a triumphant return to the Doubleheader Friday and Christina Bellantoni guest hosted. The "sport of politics" kicked off with talk of one former Republican and a soon-to-be-former member of Congress, while the "politics of sport" continued with a salute to the Mets.
April 29, 2013
Jason Collins Is NBA's First Active Player to Say 'I'm Gay'
Jason Collins, a 34-year-old veteran NBA player, has become the first male pro-athlete currently playing one of the four big sports to come out and say he's gay. Jeffrey Brown talks with LZ Granderson, sports writer and columnist for ESPN and CNN, about evolving attitudes on and off the court about sexuality and stereotypes.
April 29, 2013
After Coming Out, Jason Collins Gets Support from Across the League
NBA center Jason Collins announced in Sports Illustrated that he is gay, making him the "first" openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. While other players in basketball and football have made homophobic statements in recent years, the response to Collins' coming out has been overwhelmingly positive.
April 26, 2013
Shields and Brooks on Bush Legacy, NFL Draft
Musings by syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks on the sport of politics and politics of sport, including the legacy of former President George W. Bush and the NFL draft.
April 19, 2013
Boxing Coach Calls Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev 'Very Good Athlete'
Portland Boxing Club owner Bob Russo coached Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, at the Golden Gloves amateur nationals in 2009. Russo said he didn’t know the young boxer very well, but said he was very quite and “a very good athlete.”
April 15, 2013
Tens of Thousands of Spectators, Runners Disperse After Deadly Boston Blasts
After two devices were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, tens of thousands of runners and spectators had to be diverted from the disaster, many leaving behind bags or luggage to speed their retreat. Gwen Ifill talks to Scott Malone of Reuters about the scene at the blast.
April 15, 2013
Boston on High Alert After Deadly Blasts Rock Marathon Finish Line
The 2013 Boston Marathon was marked by blood and chaos when two explosions went off near the finish line, injuring scores of people and killing two. Gwen Ifill reports on this developing story, including whether a third Boston explosion is connected and how other major cities are taking precautions.
April 5, 2013
Shields and Brooks on Redemption Politics and the Final Four
The Doubleheader duo -- syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks -- join us again to weigh in on former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's return to politics and the four teams left in the men's NCAA tournament.
March 15, 2013
Shields and Brooks on Cruz vs. Feinstein, March Madness
In this edition of the Doubleheader, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk with Hari Sreenivasan about an exchange between two senators over assault weapons, plus March Madness.
March 1, 2013
Shields and Brooks on March Madness, Sequester
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Hari Sreenivasan tackle March Madness allegiances and whether President Barack Obama is making friends and influencing people.
Feb. 27, 2013
For Winter Sports Industry, Decreasing Snowfall Sends Business Downhill
While winter storms have blasted parts of the Midwest and Northeast, a lack of steady and deep snow -- less accumulation and faster melt -- has had serious effects for the ski industry. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how winter sports businesses are navigating the season as part of the Coping with Climate Change series.
Feb. 22, 2013
Olympian Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail in Girlfriend's Murder Case
After being charged with his girlfriend's murder, Olympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been released on bail. Rohit Kachroo of Independant Televiison News reports from Pretoria, South Africa.
Feb. 22, 2013
Daytona Win Would Catapult Danica Patrick to Whole New Level of Celebrity
Danica Patrick already made history when she became the first female driver to win a pole position in NASCAR's premier division. On Sunday, she will have the chance to use that spot to drive her to a first-place finish at Sunday's running of the Daytona 500. Another female first for the history books.
Feb. 19, 2013
Conflicting Accounts of Reeva Steenkamp's Death Emerge in the Courtroom
For more on the murder charges against Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, Margaret Warner talks with Gary Alfonso of Feature Story News, who was in the courtroom during the bail hearing and offers reactions from fellow South Africans.
Feb. 19, 2013
Olympic Runner Oscar Pistorius Begins Bail Hearing for Girlfriend's Murder Trial
Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was in court Tuesday for a bail hearing ahead of the murder trial for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who Pistorius admits to shooting in his home. Keme Nzerem of Independent Television News reports from South Africa on the case and the funeral held for Steenkamp.
Feb. 14, 2013
Olympic Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder in Girlfriend's Death
South Africans are in shock after their native son and historic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Pistorius competed in the London 2012 Olympics as the first double-amputee track athlete. Ray Suarez talks with Michael Sokolove who profiled Pistorius in 2012 for the New York Times Magazine.
Feb. 14, 2013
Double Amputee Olympic Athlete in Police Custody on Murder Charge
At the London 2012 Olympics, sprinter Oscar Pistorius made history as the first double-amputee to compete in the games. Pistorius was taken into police custody after his girlfriend was shot dead in his home. Rohit Kachroo of Independent Television News reports from Pretoria, South Africa with the latest on this shocking case.
Feb. 5, 2013
For Global Soccer, Scandal and Corruption Seem Pervasive as Grass Stains
After completing an extensive investigation, the European Union's police agency Europol suspects nearly 680 soccer matches between 2008 and 2011 -- including World Cup qualifying matches and the European Championships -- were fixed. For more, Hari Sreenivasan talks with Kevin Baxter, who covers soccer for the Los Angeles Times.
Feb. 1, 2013
Shields and Brooks on Scott Brown, Super Bowl and Deer Antler Spray
On this edition of the Doubleheader, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks begin with the decision by former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown to not seek the seat vacated by John Kerry. Plus, the pundits pick Super Bowl favorites.
Feb. 1, 2013
Super Bowl XLVII Rival Teams Coached by Brothers
NPR's Mike Pesca joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what's at stake going into the upcoming Super Bowl, as well as the family connection between the two head coaches and widespread concerns over football-related head injuries.
Jan. 31, 2013
Your Favorite Super Bowl Commercials of All Time
There have been countless memorable Super Bowl commercials over the past four decades. With Super Bowl XLVII just days away we asked our NewsHour audience what their favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time is.
Jan. 22, 2013
New Scan May Enable Better Diagnosis, Treatment for Athletes' Brain Damage
Jeffrey Brown talks with Dr. Gary Small of UCLA about how new procedures may enable doctors to identify serious head injuries in athletes and others, and the grave importance of protecting our brains from physical trauma.
Jan. 18, 2013
Lance Armstrong Admits Being a 'Bully' About Doping in Oprah Interview
In a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, former celebrated cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. Ray Suarez looks at reactions from the United States and abroad to Armstrong's admission.
Jan. 18, 2013
One Couch, Two Americas: a Weekend with George Saunders and NFL Football
My assignment to myself last weekend: Rest, take it easy, fight off a cold. The only obligations: football and reading.
Jan. 16, 2013
Why Lance Armstrong May Be Coming Clean About Performance-Enhancing Drugs
What will be the fallout of Lance Armstrong's confession of doping during his prolific professional cycling career? Ray Suarez talks to two writers who have followed Armstrong's career: Daniel Coyle, co-author of "The Secret Race: The Hidden World of the Tour de France," and the Juliet Macur of the New York Times.
Jan. 16, 2013
Years of Denial, Cyclist Lance Armstrong Admits Performance-Enhancing Drug Use
For many years the number one cyclist in the world, the now disgraced Lance Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oraph Winfrey that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, despite past refusals. Ray Suarez reports on where investigations and penalties may lead now that Armstrong has confessed.