Dec. 16, 2011
News Wrap: Judge Orders Trial for 2 Penn State Officials
In other news Friday, a judge ordered trials for two Penn State University officials accused of lying to a grand jury. The decision stems from a probe of sexual-abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky. Also, a panel found that up to 20,000 children were sexually abused in Roman Catholic institutions in The Netherlands since 1945.
Dec. 6, 2011
Death of NHL 'Enforcer' Boogaard Puts Spotlight on Repeated Head Trauma
Brain research done after the death of Derek Boogaard, a National Hockey League brawler who was just 28, found that he had a degenerative condition similar to Alzheimer's caused by repeated head trauma. Jeffrey Brown speaks with The New York Times' John Branch and Dr. Robert Cantu for more on the issues raised by the death.
Nov. 15, 2011
NBA Labor Battle Continues, Threatening Entire Season
The entire NBA season is on the brink as talks between players and owners, aimed at ending the lockout, break down. Ray Suarez discusses what's at stake with Ian Thomsen of Sport Illustrated.
Nov. 15, 2011
Editor: Sandusky 'Probably Did Himself More Harm Than Good' in Costas Interview
In a startling move Monday, Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator accused of sexually abusing children, defended himself in a telephone interview with Bob Costas on NBC. Margret Warner discusses the scandal's continuing fallout with David Newhouse, editor of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.
Nov. 10, 2011
'Shock' Continues Over Penn State Scandal, Paterno's Scarred Legacy
Thursday was the first day of the post-Joe Paterno era at Penn State, after a whirlwind of events that stemmed from sexual abuse charges against a former football coach. Jeffrey Brown discusses the continuing fallout.
Nov. 10, 2011
Penn State Ousts Paterno, Spanier
The Penn State board of trustees announced Wednesday night that they have fired legendary football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier, both of whom have been heavily criticized for not taking adequate measures to halt alleged child sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Nov. 9, 2011
As Paterno Leaves, Questions Remain on Penn State's Legal Obligations
Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno announced he will retire at the end of the season after days of scrutiny over his handling of allegations of sexual abuse by his former coach Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested Saturday. Ray Suarez discusses the scandal with trial lawyer Jeff Anderson.
Nov. 9, 2011
Paterno Says He Will Retire as Penn State Head Coach at End of Season
Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno announced Wednesday that he will retire in light of a firestorm over allegations of sexual abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested Saturday on 40 counts of child sexual abuse after a three-year grand jury investigation.
Nov. 4, 2011
The Doubleheader: Super Committees and Honey Badgers
Now that baseball season is over, where will syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks spend their leisure hours? They'll likely be back to the heavy lifting of political news.
Oct. 21, 2011
Shields, Brooks on VP Switcheroos, Occupy Movement, World Series Picks
Why are there rumors every presidential cycle that the incumbent will switch his (so far his) vice president out for someone else? Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times Columnist David Brooks weigh in on that idea as well as whether the Occupy Wall Street movement is a liability for President Obama.
Sept. 30, 2011
Shields, Brooks on al-Awlaki's Death, Occupy Wall St., Wildcard Wednesday
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks comment on the legality of killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the Occupy Wall St. protests and wildcard Wednesday in this episode of the Doubleheader.
Sept. 29, 2011
'Baseball Gods' Wind Down Regular Season With Dramatic Twists
Major League Baseball ended its regular season Wednesday with a dramatic series of games that left the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves out of the playoffs. Jeffrey Brown speaks with sportswriter John Feinstein about the season thus far, "Wild Card Wednesday" plus what to expect in the playoffs.
Sept. 29, 2011
Red Sox, Braves Strike Out in Wild Card Chase
The final night of Major League Baseball's regular season -- known as "Wild Card Wednesday" -- ended with four teams vying for two spots in the postseason. Jeffrey Brown reports on the dramatic final innings and the dramatic defeats for the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves.
Sept. 20, 2011
Ex-NCAA Official: Student Athletes Aren't Workers, Shouldn't Be Paid
In response to Monday's interview with historian Taylor Branch about the idea of college students who play sports being paid, the NCAA made available Joe Crowley, a historian, former member of NCAA committees and former president of the University of Nevada at Reno. He spoke with Hari Sreenivasan.
Sept. 19, 2011
Taylor Branch: 'Only Custom and Fiat' Keep College Athletes From Sharing Profits
Historian Taylor Branch speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about his cover story in The Atlantic, "The Shame of College Sports," which calls for a complete overhaul of the way NCAA athletics works.
Sept. 2, 2011
Shields and Brooks(es) on Rick Perry vs. Mitt Romney, NCAA Football Scandals
Mark Shields and David Brooks joined Hari Sreenivasan Friday for another edition of The Doubleheader, where the guys weigh in on the battle for the top spot in the Republican primary between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, as well as President Obama's highly anticipated jobs speech.
Sept. 2, 2011
Amid New NCAA Football Scandals, 'The Root of the Problem Is Money'
After a series of offseason ethics scandals, the most explosive involving the University of Miami, college football kicks off its season this weekend. Jeffrey Brown discusses the recent space of scandals with Kevin Blackistone of ESPN and the University of Maryland and Chad McEvoy of Illinois State University.
Sept. 2, 2011
NCAA Football Kicks Off Season Under Cloud of Controversy
The college football season kicks off this weekend amid swirling controversies over offseason ethics scandals -- the most explosive involving the University of Miami and a former booster. Overall, at least 10 major programs have faced investigations or punishment in recent months. Jeffrey Brown reports.
Aug. 26, 2011
Shields and Brooks on Rick Perry's Rise, Cheney's Book and Peyton Manning
It has been forever and a day since we got the band back together.
July 18, 2011
Petraeus Hands Over Afghan Command, Cameron Calls for Emergency Session
Also: British PM Cameron calls for emergency session of parliament, Japanese fans celebrate Women's World Cup win, activists say 30 killed in clashes in Syrian city of Homs.
July 15, 2011
The Doubleheader: Debt Ceiling Drama and the Roger Clemens Mistrial
Mark Shields and David Brooks returned to the Doubleheader with Hari Sreenivasan after a summer hiatus and jumped right into the debt limit drama at the center of politics in Washington this month.
July 15, 2011
U.S. Women Take on Japan in World Cup Final
The U.S. Women's Soccer Team has made it to the final game of the Women's World Cup for the first time in 12 years. They take on Japan's team on Sunday. Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist, previews the match-up with Hari Sreenivasan.
July 7, 2011
NFL Great John Mackey's Death Renews Focus on Brain Trauma Worries
Pro Football Hall of Famer and legendary Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey died Wednesday at age 69 after a struggle with dementia. Ray Suarez looks back at Mackey's work off the field fighting for his fellow players.
July 6, 2011
Legendary Pitcher Clemens Faces Opening Day of Perjury Trial
Jury selection began Wednesday in the federal perjury trial of former pitching star Roger Clemens. The record-setting major leaguer was charged with lying to Congress about the use of steroids and human growth hormones. Ray Suarez discusses the charges and what to expect in the trial with Sports Illustrated's David Epstein.
July 4, 2011
NBA, NFL Labor Disputes May Leave Fans With Little to Cheer
Professional football and basketball are both grappling with major labor disputes that may leave players, and fans, locked out. Judy Woodruff discusses the story with EPSN's Kevin Blackistone and The New York Times' Howard Beck.
June 15, 2011
'Skateistan' Offers Glimpse Into Lives of Young Afghan Skateboarders
We're looking at the film "Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul," a documentary that follows the lives of young skateboarders in Afghanistan, this week as part of our partnership with The Economist magazine that showcases the art of filmmaking.
June 10, 2011
For Speed Expert Beyer, Secretariat Still Supreme
With the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, the NewsHour's series on horse racing concludes with Washington Post columnist Andrew Beyer explaining how his method of calculating the speed of horses helped transform an entire industry.
May 20, 2011
Shields and Brooks on Goodwin Liu, Brooks the Meme and the Macho Man
In this edition of The Doubleheader, columnists David Brooks and Mark Shields tackled the filibuster of President Obama's judicial nominee Goodwin Liu, kidded about a picture of Brooks that has gone wild online and remembered wrestler Randy Savage, aka the Macho Man.
May 20, 2011
King of Pimlico
The NewsHour's series on horse racing continues as the second leg of the Triple Crown series gets underway Saturday at the Preakness.
May 11, 2011
In Wake of Duerson Case, 5 Questions About Football and Brain Injury
Just before he took his life this winter, former football great David Duerson sent a text message to his ex-wife -- and wrote a suicide note as well -- that would call attention once again to some big questions surrounding football and the possibility of permanent brain injury among some players.
May 6, 2011
The Everyday Risks of Jockeying for Position
Ahead of horse racing's Triple Crown series, which begins with Saturday's 137th Kentucky Derby, the NewsHour begins a series of looks at the sport.
April 29, 2011
The Doubleheader: Oil Subsidies, Town Halls, Drafts and Playoffs
As many as "two billion" viewers may watch tonight's Doubleheader with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times Columnist David Brooks.
April 22, 2011
Shields and Brooks on Debt Ceilings, Dodgers Takeover and NHL Playoffs
In this week's Doubleheader with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks, we discussed how the arguments over the U.S. debt ceiling don't seem to be disappearing. As for the politics of sports, Major League Baseball's takeover of the Los Angeles Dodgers might be a good idea for another team.
March 31, 2011
The Madness of Sports Betting: Economics Edition
If you're one of the millions of Americans who filled out a college basketball national championship bracket this year, odds are you're out of luck. Paul Solman talks to Justin Wolfers about behavior and economics.
March 29, 2011
The March Madness Money Trail
Ninety percent of the NCAA's revenue, or about $700 million each year, "comes from the media rights and ticket sales for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament," according to President Mark Emmert. The players, however, won't see a dime.
March 28, 2011
Bracket-Busting Cinderella Teams Enter 'Unprecedented' March Madness Final Four
Close games and major upsets have left many fans' brackets in shambles as March Madness, the men's college basketball tournament, reaches its final games. Judy Woodruff talks to Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray about this year's "unprecedented and unpredictable" men's tournament and how the women's competition is shaking out.
March 18, 2011
Shields and Brooks on Afghan War, March Madness and Social Animals
In this week's Doubleheader, columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss a proposal to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, plus their college basketball picks and David's new book.
March 4, 2011
The Doubleheader: Shields and Brooks on Money, Muslims and the NFL
Mark Shields and David Brooks shed some light on the rhetoric behind the federal spending debate in Congress. They also touch on a controversial set of hearings about Muslims in America, as well as the stalled NFL labor talks.
Feb. 7, 2011
News Wrap: Unrest Spreads to Iraq as Protesters Call for Jobs, Electricity
In other news Monday, Iraqis protested a lack of electricity and jobs and an end to corruption in demonstrations this weekend. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected the use of violence against protesters. In southern Sudan, more than 98 percent of voters favored independence from the North in a January referendum.
Feb. 4, 2011
Social Media Gets Its Game On for the Super Bowl
In an age when it's ever harder for advertisers to get their message across to mass audiences, this weekend's Super Bowl still presents marketers with one of the best opportunities to connect with viewers.
Feb. 4, 2011
Have Some Art With Your Football
When football fans enter the Dallas Cowboys stadium on Sunday to watch the Steelers and the Packers fight to become Super Bowl champions, they may get an unexpected eyeful of contemporary art.
Feb. 4, 2011
'Lombardi' Makes a Play On Broadway
Playwright Eric Simonson talked to Art Beat about adapting the iconic football figure Vince Lombardi for the Broadway stage, and the good timing of having the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.