Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 17, 2014
    Tonight on the program, we examine the state of U.S. troops in Iraq, where President Obama stressed that the forces would only be there to act as advisors. Also: whether domestic violence cases undermine the NFL, the last day of campaigning in Scotland before the country's independence vote, adding Vitamin A to rice to combat deficiency around the world and Ken Burns on "The Roosevelts."
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
    September 17, 2014
  • Capturing complicated portraits of ‘high-voltage’ Roosevelts
    Theodore, Franklin, Eleanor -- these three American icons from a single family led and shaped the nation during the first half of the 20th century. But behind their public personas, they lived more complex lives. A new documentary series on PBS, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” offers an in-depth exploration. Filmmaker Ken Burns joins Margaret Warner to discuss their legacy.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
  • GMO debate grows over golden rice in the Philippines
    Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of golden rice, a genetically modified crop.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
  • Scottish independence vote too close to call on election eve
    On the eve of Scotland’s historic vote for independence, it’s still unclear whether 4 million projected voters will decide to stay with the United Kingdom or break the union. Gary Gibbon of Independent Television News follows both campaigns for a look at their last chance to sway undecided Scots, while Dan Rivers talks to voters in the Highlands.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
  • How scandals could change the business of football
    Some sponsors of the NFL have started to complain publicly about the league's handling of the cases involving players and domestic abuse of spouses and children. Despite extra scrutiny, ratings and fan attendance have held. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College and Gregg Easterbrook, author of “The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America” about the economic consequences.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
    The Baltimore Ravens have not commented on the newly released video that shows the brutality of running back Ray Rice's assault on his fiance in an Atlantic City elevator. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
  • Is Obama right to rule out U.S. ground combat?
    Can the U.S. rely on the Iraqi military and moderate Syrian rebels to eliminate the threat of the Islamic State? Gwen Ifill gets two views from former Defense Department official Janine Davidson and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer, on the chances of destroying the militant group without U.S. ground troops.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
    "Rapid Trident" Military Exercises In Western Ukraine
  • News Wrap: NFL to begin testing for human growth hormone
    In our news wrap Wednesday, the NFL and its players union agreed to a revised policy on performance enhancing drugs that will include testing for human growth hormone, in addition to steroids and diuretics. Also, authorities closed schools in a region of Pennsylvania as police hunted for a suspect believed to have killed a state trooper and wounded another.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
  • Obama says U.S. forces in Iraq will advise, not join combat
    President Obama reiterated that hundreds of American troops in Iraq are there only as advisors in the fight against the Islamic State. That comes a day after Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said U.S. forces could ramp up under certain circumstances. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry talked up coalition efforts despite questions over how countries are involved. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
  • Would America elect a Roosevelt today?
    If you’ve been watching the documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” on PBS, then you you’ve probably come to know Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor as more than just the iconic leaders of America’s coming of age. They were complicated characters who suffered immense loss, and who cultivated the strength and confidence to lead the country through periods of great transition and great tragedy.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
    KEn Burns
  • Kurdish drive for independence delayed by Islamic State
    Kurds are spread across an area that spans the Middle East but it's in Iraq where they have the greatest autonomy, since the U.S. invasion of 2003 freed them to build their own region within Iraq. The issue of an independent Kurdistan was reignited this summer as the Islamic State onslaught began. Fuad Hussein spoke with Margaret Warner about the Kurds drive for greater autonomy.
    Original Air Date: September 17, 2014
    fuad hussein

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 16, 2014
    Tuesday on the NewsHour, we look at how effective a new pledge of U.S. aid will be in the fight against Ebola. Also: the Pentagon doesn’t rule out the use of American troops to battle the Islamic State, why thousands of refugees have risked shipwrecks to flee crises in the Middle East, a closer look at Iowa’s tight Senate race and education activist Malala Yousafzai answers teens’ questions.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
    September 16, 2014
  • Why Iowa’s Senate race is one of the closest in the nation
    November midterm elections are only seven weeks away. In Iowa, one of the closest U.S. Senate races is down to Republican and Iraq War veteran Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat. Judy Woodruff reports from Iowa City, where a win for Ernst could tip the Senate balance.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
    Iowa Politics
  • Refugees risk drowning, abuse to flee Mideast conflicts
    Turbulence in the Middle East, especially Syria, has created the worst refugee crisis in decades. In the past two weeks, hundreds have drowned in separate attempts to sail to safety in Europe. Judy Woodruff speaks with Michel Gabaudan of Refugees International about why refugees risk everything for the journey and how the work of traffickers is getting easier.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
  • Will U.S. military advisors in Iraq join ground combat?
    The use of American troops to battle the Islamic State has not been ruled out, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored that the U.S. air campaign will not be limited to Iraq, prompting questions about attacks from the Syrian government. The NewsHour's Quinn Bowman reports.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
    Senate Armed Services Committee Holds From Top Military Leaders On ISIL Threat
  • What’s the best way to teach teachers?
    According to a new Gallup poll, the majority of Americans believe teacher preparation should be more rigorous. But what’s the best way to teach teachers? Jeffrey Brown sits down with Elizabeth Green to discuss her book, “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone),” and the different ways to initiate best practices.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
    California schools use blended learning to teach students
  • Can U.S. aid for Ebola be deployed quickly enough?
    How effective will new U.S. aid and military support be in fighting Ebola? Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations and Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown Law School join Judy Woodruff for a deep dive into the plan. Then special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro offers an update from Nigeria, a country that has been relatively successful in controlling the deadly virus.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
  • Obama pledges military personnel to nations struck by Ebola
    The United States will offer 3,000 troops and financial help to health care systems in West Africa that are overwhelmed by Ebola. President Obama announced that U.S. forces will build new treatment facilities, airlift hundreds of thousands of home health kits and train and treat health care workers. Meanwhile, the WHO predicts that infections will double every three weeks. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
  • News Wrap: Taliban suicide bomber kills three NATO troops
    In our news wrap Tuesday, a car bomb exploded near the U.S. embassy in Kabul, wounding nearly 20 soldiers and civilians and killing three NATO troops, including reportedly two Americans. Also, U.S. airstrikes hit Islamic State targets outside Baghdad as part of its expanded campaign.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
  • Malala explains why she risked death for girls’ education
    Two years ago, Malala Yousafzai was targeted for assassination by the Taliban in Pakistan. After surviving a bullet to the head, she has become an international activist, championing girl’s education. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Malala, now 17 years old, with questions from our Student Reporting Labs participants.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
  • Sen. Tom Harkin on his legacy and gridlock in Washington
    Iowa Senator Tom Harkin sat down with Judy Woodruff to discuss his 40 years on Capitol Hill and why he thinks congressional gridlock is giving too much power to the executive branch.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
  • Xerox transforms from sexist to inclusive
    PBS NewsHour Economics Correspondent, Paul Solman, on how the Xerox of the early 60s contrasts with the Xerox of today.
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
  • Warning the public with cut-outs of 33 endangered birds
    Pat Brentano cuts paper silhouettes of birds and trees to remind people to respect the environment. Video by Eric Schultz and Joe Conlon for State of the Arts NJ, a co-production of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and The Richard Stockton College of New JerseyFor more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: September 16, 2014
    Pat Brentano

Monday, September 15, 2014

  • Can U.S. mobilize regional allies to fight Islamic State?
    Gwen Ifill speaks with retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer, and Steven Simon, a former National Security Council staff member, about the challenges for the U.S. in establishing a coalition to fight the Islamic State extremists.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2014
  • PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 15, 2014
    Monday on the NewsHour, dozens of countries pledge partnership in the fight against the Islamic State group. Also: millions weigh in on the debate over net neutrality, voters in Scotland voice their opinions ahead of a crucial vote for independence, how to slow the rise of pre-diabetes and how a big, American company turned diversity into profit.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2014
    September 15, 2014
  • Study: Elevated blood sugar puts half of U.S. adults at risk
    One out of three Americans over 20 is pre-diabetic and another 29 million already have diabetes. According to a recent report, the risk for some cancers is 15 percent higher for someone with higher-than-normal blood sugar. Gwen Ifill speaks with Dr. David Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, about how to prevent high blood sugar levels.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2014
    Test For Diabetes Elderly Person
  • California school district rewrites menu for student lunches
    For children across the country, returning to school means eating mass-produced lunches. But Oakland, California, is implementing an ambitious plan to transform their lunch program to provide healthier, locally-sourced food. Jake Schoneker and his student journalists at Media Enterprise Alliance report the story as part of our Student Reporting Labs Network.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2014
  • How engaging diversity made Xerox a company to copy
    Xerox, a $22 billion company, is the first Fortune-500 corporation to have a female CEO. Its commitment to a diverse workforce began in the 1960s, when the founder pledged job opportunities for the African-American community. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how the effort to include and amplify multiple points of view has helped it survive and adapt to an ever-morphing market.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2014
  • Dozens of nations pledge military aid to fight Islamic State
    Representatives from more than two dozen countries met in Paris to strategize against Islamic State extremists, who have taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. France has begun reconnaissance flights to set up its own airstrikes in Iraq, but few others have made specific public commitments. Gwen Ifill reports on the diplomatic efforts to craft a coalition.
    Original Air Date: September 15, 2014
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