Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • Writer T.C Boyle examines complexity of American violence
    In “The Harder They Come,” T.C. Boyle explores American violence with a story inspired by a real killer. Boyle sits down with Jeffrey Brown to talk about his 15th novel, his writing process and his early influences.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • California announces mandatory restrictions to curb drought
    Suffering a severe and long-lasting drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered new and historic restrictions designed to reduce water use by 25 percent through 2016. The restrictions would affect water use for landscaping and lawns, farming, golf courses and more. Brown joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the unprecedented emergency measures and how it may have an impact beyond his state.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
    Statewide Drought Takes Toll On California's Lake Oroville Water Level
  • Is an initiative that helps boys of color leaving girls out?
    One year ago, President Obama announced an initiative called My Brother's Keeper to support literacy, jobs programs and criminal justice reforms for boys of color. But some have called out the program for not including young women of color in its mission. The Newshour’s April Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • How cheating on standardized tests can be a criminal act
    In Atlanta, 11 former public school teachers, principals and administrators were convicted of racketeering charges for cheating on standardized tests for financial rewards and bonuses. An investigation had found systematic cheating in more than 40 schools. Judy Woodruff learns more from Kevin Riley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • Canada grapples with how to govern a patient’s right to die
    In March, Canada's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that all Canadians have a constitutional right to have doctors help them die. Special correspondent John Larson reports from British Columbia on how doctors, patients and politicians are grappling with how to set rules and eligibility in the next year.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • Is the nuclear deal ‘too big to fail’ for U.S. and Iran?
    No deal was reached over Iran’s nuclear program on Wednesday, but talks seemed to be headed into yet another day, with Iran and the U.S. each indicating it’s up to the other to bridge the gap. Gwen Ifill gets an update on the negotiations from Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
    US Secretary of State Kerry checks his watch outside the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in a break during Iran nuclear program talks in Lausanne
  • DOJ: Menendez traded political favors for patron's gifts
    Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was indicted late Wednesday by the Justice Department on federal bribery charges. Gwen Ifill talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times about the allegations that Menendez turned his Capitol Hill office into a criminal enterprise.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015
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  • News Wrap: Philippines bombing terrorist dead, confirms FBI
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the FBI confirmed that one of its most wanted terrorists was killed in the Philippines in January. Zulkifli Bin Hir was a leader of a militant group linked to al-Qaida. Also, President Obama signed off on a new way to hit back at foreign hackers. A new executive order imposes sanctions for stealing trade secrets or damaging computer systems.
    Original Air Date: April 1, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  • 12-year-olds talk about bullies, jealousy and zombies
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, public radio station WNYC produced a series on what it’s like to be a 12-year-old, with some honest thoughts from more than 100 kids.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Mar. 31, 2015
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, a new law in Indiana that claims to protect religious liberty sparks protest by gay rights groups and business leaders. Also: A new president for Nigeria, what makes a pilot fit to fly, how to amp up your brain activity, NPR’s Scott Simon chronicles his mother’s last days and using music to fight discrimination in Mali.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
    Officials wait for a meeting with officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
    March 31, 2015
  • Scott Simon on sharing his mother’s death with Twitter
    Scott Simon is known as the voice of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, but he also gained an audience when he used Twitter to document his mother’s final days. His 140-character observances of the life and death of his mother led to a new book, “Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime.” Simon joins Gwen Ifill for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
    scottsimon and his mother
  • How a gentle electrical jolt can focus the sluggish mind
    Need a coffee to get going in the morning? A jolt of electrical current could be more stimulating. Lighting up the brain with small amounts of electricity can dramatically improve mental focus, researchers have found. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien gets wired up to explore the potential uses.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
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  • Why Nigeria voted for new leadership
    Nigeria elected Muhammadu Buhari as their next president, unseating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. What does the new leader bring to Africa’s richest and most populous nation? Jeffrey Brown talks to Nii Akuetteh of the African Immigrant Caucus about the nation’s fight against the militant group Boko Haram and for relations with the U.S.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
  • Musician Salif Keita’s journey from outcast to superstar
    Salif Keita is known today as the "golden voice" of Africa, but in his youth, he was an outcast, unaccepted by his community because he was born with albinism. Turning to music as an outlet, Keita rose to be one of Mali's biggest stars, bringing traditional African rhythms and instruments to a broader audience. Jeffrey Brown meets Keita and other Malian musicians who blend activism with their art.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
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  • Religious Freedom bill stirs Hoosier uproar
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted to clarify his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, defending the law he signed last week as not discriminatory. In the last few days, gay rights groups have protested while high-profile companies have come out against the bill, with potential economic consequences for the state. Political editor Lisa Desjardins updates Judy Woodruff.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
    Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in Indianapolis
  • Can Americans be confident about pilot mental fitness?
    According to Lufthansa, the co-pilot who crashed a Germanwings flight into the French Alps had informed the company of severe depression in 2009. Judy Woodruff talks to Dr. Warren Silberman, a former FAA medical certification manager, and Dr. William Hurt Sledge of Yale University about the current psychological screening process and standards for U.S. pilots.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
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  • Iran’s nuclear program negotiations continue past deadline
    As the self-imposed deadline ended for a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, the State Department announced the meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland, would be extended at least a day. Judy Woodruff learns more from Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News, who is reporting from Lausanne.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
    Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi walks with others during a break in a meeting with world representatives seeking to pin down a nuclear deal with Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne
  • Nigerians vote out a sitting government for the first time
    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, who won the election by at least 2 million votes. Buhari came to power in a military coup 30 years ago, but says he is now an advocate of democracy and that he will use his experience to stamp out Boko Haram. While Buhari supporters are celebrating, both sides are watching for post-election violence. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
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  • News Wrap: Defense rests in Boston Marathon bombing case
    In our news wrap Tuesday, defense attorneys for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev rested their case without calling the defendant to testify. Also, the Obama administration formally pledged to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent over 10 years. Some of their proposed steps to cut emissions face challenges in Congress and the courts.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
  • Rebranding Sacramento with artful dumpsters
    The Power Inn Alliance of Sacramento asked 10 local artists to paint a very unusual canvas for a public art exhibit called "Art of the Dumpster."The Power Inn Alliance of Sacramento created a public art exhibit called "Art of the Dumpster."For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015
  • How brain stimulation helped Miles O'Brien land a helicopter
    Science correspondent Miles O'Brien tests the effectiveness of transcranial brain stimulation by performing a tricky helicopter landing with and without a jolt to the brain.
    Original Air Date: March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

  • PBS NewsHour full episode March 30, 2015
    Tonight on the program, we examine the state of an Iranian nuclear deal as the deadline looms less than 24 hours away. Also: Nigerians fear post-election violence, whether Indiana's religious freedom law will affect the 2016 GOP race, how biases influence feelings on race, Ken Burns and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" and Chris Hadfield on astronaut Scott Kelly.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
    Nuclear Talks With Iran In Lausanne
  • Collection of stereographs offers a new look at Civil War
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, 87-year-old Robin Stanford, who has been collecting rare Civil War images for five decades, recently donated more than 500 images to the Library of Congress. The Library has digitized dozens of the stereographs, an early form of 3-D image, and made them available online.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
  • Scott Kelly sets out to break an American record in space
    This week, astronaut Scott Kelly arrived at the International Space Station, where he will stay for a year -- the longest duration of time any American has spent in space. While Scott is in orbit, researchers on Earth will be studying his identical twin brother Mark Kelly for insight into how space affects the human body. Jeffrey Brown learns more from former astronaut Chris Hadfield.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly walks after donning space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome
  • Nigerians fear post-election violence while awaiting outcome
    After voting Saturday, Nigeria is still waiting for the outcome of the presidential election, the nation's closest contest since the end of military rule in 1999. While turnout was high and voting appeared smooth, there were protests and accusations of vote rigging. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
    A man stands in front of electoral campaign posters in Lagos
  • Chronicling the 'resistance movement' against cancer
    We have to know the story of cancer, says Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, because everyone comes in contact with the disease at some point in life. "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," a new PBS documentary, offers a deep examination of cancer medicine, with signs of hope for the future. Judy Woodruff interviews Mukherjee, author of the book that inspired the series, and executive producer Ken Burns.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
  • Scientists test your instinct to uncover subtle racial bias
    Americans born in the Millennial generation are more likely to say they're not racist and less likely to use racist expressions. But subconscious prejudices still persist. Hari Sreenivasan visits a psychology lab at New York University, where researchers test subjects’ instinct and decision-making to learn more about these implicit biases.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
  • Will Indiana’s religious freedom law inform the 2016 race?
    Judy Woodruff talks to Susan Page of USA Today and Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News about the political fallout from a religious freedom bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and how former President Bill Clinton could be both campaign asset and liability if Hillary Clinton decides to run.
    Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
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