Monday, October 6, 2014

  • Weighing the health costs of high school football
    The debate over the health risks of high school football has escalated since three student players died in a week. PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs talk to the football team at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia for their response. Gwen Ifill sits down with Steven Broglio, director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan to discuss the risks to young athletes.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
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  • Officials consider new steps to screen travelers for Ebola
    Authorities have stressed the low likelihood of a Ebola breakout in the United States, but questions regarding the Dallas case and the effectiveness of airport screening have raised concern. Jeffrey Brown gets an update from Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about the use of experimental drugs to treat the virus.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
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  • Grossman’s ‘Magicians’ series casts spell on adult readers
    Lev Grossman’s bestselling series “The Magicians” proves that fantasy literature isn’t only for kids, having captured a new generation of readers with new worlds and mature, complicated characters. Grossman joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss his work and why the genre is growing in popularity.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
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  • What’s next in the legal battle over same-sex marriage?
    Why did the Supreme Court refuse to hear appeals on same-sex marriage, and what does it mean for the future of this issue? Gwen Ifill sits down with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal for closer look at the court’s surprise decision, plus debate on its significance from Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defending Freedom and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry.
    Original Air Date: October 6, 2014
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

  • PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Oct. 5, 2014
    On this edition of PBS NewsHour Weekend for Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, a leading expert weighs in on new gains by ISIS in Iraq despite airstrikes by the United States and its allies. Later, the wave of beheadings is even more widespread than recent news coverage suggests. And, a new push to increase the minimum wage. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2014
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  • New York City and other cities move to raise minimum wage
    Matt Flegenheimer of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the U.S. cities moving to raise minimum wage on the local level, as the issue lingers in Congress.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2014
    Protestors urge a raise in the minimum wage outside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center April 29 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • What's behind ISIS' most gruesome tactic?
    ISIS' release Friday of yet another videotape showing the beheading of a western hostage has once again drawn international condemnation and refocused attention on the very practice. In fact, beheadings date back to ancient times, and today, they are hardly limited to the violence waged by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. NewsHour's Ivette Feliciano reports.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2014
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  • Viewers respond to mandated extra reading at Florida schools
    Viewers respond to a recent signature piece examining Florida’s new law requiring low-performing elementary schools to provide an extra hour of reading every day. Hari Sreenivasan reads your comments.
    Original Air Date: October 5, 2014
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

  • Debunking the myths about the spread of Ebola in the US
    How can the spread of the Ebola virus be stopped? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss lessons learned in the missteps made in treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who is now in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
    Original Air Date: October 4, 2014
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  • Why YA literature is buzzing with more than young adults
    Young adult literature has become a booming business and one of the fastest growing book categories for publishers in recent years, with more than 715 million books sold in 2013 -- mostly to adults. NewsHour Weekend's Tracy Wholf reports.
    Original Air Date: October 4, 2014
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  • Photographers take to Instagram to show 'everyday' Africa
    Instead of focusing on only hardships, a group of photographers living and working in Africa have started an Instagram campaign to show the rest of the world what life in Africa is really like. Saskia de Melker reports.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
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Friday, October 3, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on Secret Service failures
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including U.S. preparedness for containing the Ebola virus, good news for job growth and the economy, plus the resignation of the director of the Secret Service over botched security for the president.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
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  • Philadelphia schools crippled by budget crisis
    Philadelphia’s public school system is suffering a severe budget crisis, leaving classrooms packed, faculty understaffed and the district in debt. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters examines what led to the shortage of funds and what lawmakers are doing to fix it.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
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  • A doctor’s argument against living longer
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist and one of the country's leading health care experts, says by age 75 he would opt out of medical treatments in order to not prolong his life in favor of letting nature take its course. Emmanuel joins Judy Woodruff to discuss his provocative essay published in The Atlantic, "Why I Hope to Die at 75."
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
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  • Broad-based jobs growth signals stronger U.S. economy
    For the first time since 2008, the unemployment rate has fallen below 6 percent. The latest job report depicts a better rebound in the labor market than last months’ report predicted. For an in-depth analysis of the report’s figures, economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with economist Barry Bluestone.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
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  • Why is Turkey reluctant to fight the Islamic State?
    Islamic State militants continue to advance along the Syria-Turkey border, despite ongoing U.S. airstrikes supported by regional allies. Judy Woodruff sits down with chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner for more on Turkey’s complicated relationships to the Syrian conflict, its Kurdish population and the coalition fight against the militant group.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
    SANLIURFA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 3: A photograph taken from Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey-Syria border province, shows that security forces take precautions near Mursitpinar border gate as smoke trails over Ayn al-Arab city during the ongoing clashes between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish armed groups in Ayn al-Arab, October 3, 2014. (Photo by Ibrahim Erikan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • Are Ebola screening measures ineffective?
    Why was Ebola patient Duncan initially turned away from the hospital even though he had symptoms of the disease? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Stephan Morris of the Center for Strategic and International Studies about lessons from the handling of the first case of the disease in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
    A hazmat team member arrives to clean a unit at the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola virus patient was staying, on October 3, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Public health experts are saying the government has constitutional authority to conduct screenings and quarantines for Ebola. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • Hundreds turn out to protest Jefferson County School Board
    Students, parents and teachers showed up on Thursday night to protest the Colorado Jefferson County School Board's decision to revise the AP U.S. history curriculum, which would eliminate the events like the civil rights movement.
    Original Air Date: October 3, 2014
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • 35,000 walruses on Alaska shore a sign of tremendous change
    Walruses are one of many animals who need Arctic sea ice. But when that ice melts, they must to go ashore to rest and find food. In Alaska, 35,000 walruses have been observed on one beach. Judy Woodruff speaks with Margaret Williams of the World Wildlife Fund about the consequences of disappearing ice for animals and how humans are connected to the story.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • Kevin Spacey on playing a politician who ‘gets stuff done’
    “It's interesting to play a politician who gets stuff done,” says “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey. “Ignore the murdering and the conniving.” On the eve of a benefit performance with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in the nation’s capital, Jeffrey Brown sat down with Spacey to discuss his character Frank Underwood, his career in the theater and commitment to arts education.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • How a candidate’s personal life changed political journalism
    When did the more intimate -- and sometimes sordid -- aspects of the personal lives of politicians become fair game for reporters? Matt Bai of Yahoo News says it was back in 1987, when presidential candidate Gary Hart’s extramarital dalliance was made public. Bai joins Gwen Ifill to discuss his new book, "All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid."
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • Is the traditional taxicab an endangered species?
    Increasingly popular ride-sharing services have attracted customers at a rate that some say endangers the cab industry. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the new surge of unregulated competition on the road.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • AP History class standards spark Colorado censorship fight
    When the College Board established new national standards for Advanced Placement U.S. History courses, conservative members of the school board in Jefferson County, Colorado, called for changes to their local curriculum to promote patriotism and the free enterprise system and discourage civil disorder. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the ensuing protests against censorship by students.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • Should Justice Ginsburg retire?
    When justices are named to the Supreme Court, they hold that seat for life. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81, the oldest sitting justice and a powerful voice on the bench. Jeffrey Brown gets views from Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California-Irvine and Jeffrey Rosen of George Washington University on the political ramifications of a retirement, and the idea of Supreme Court term limits.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • Previewing the Supreme Court’s fall term
    The Supreme Court justices met to discuss some of the cases they will consider when the fall term begins Monday. The court is expected to weigh issues of housing discrimination, campaign contribution rules and a possible landmark case on same-sex marriage. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to offer a preview.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • News Wrap: Hong Kong leader offers protesters meeting
    In our news wrap Thursday, the leader of Hong Kong’s government defied calls for him to step down and warned protesters not to storm buildings. Gwen Ifill speaks with Demetri Sevastopulo on what’s driving young protestors. Also, as many as 100 people may have been exposed to the Ebola patient in Dallas, according to health officials in Texas.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • U.S. condemns Israel’s development plan in East Jerusalem
    The U.S. is “deeply concerned” about the Israeli construction of 2,600 settlements in East Jerusalem, calling it a provocative act that would only serve to escalate tensions in the area. President Obama met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on Wednesday to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, Islamic State in the middle east and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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  • Full interview with Kevin Spacey, part 1
    Kevin Spacey sat down with Jeffrey Brown the day before his on-night only benefit concert in Washington, D.C. Watch part 1 of the interview.
    Original Air Date: October 2, 2014
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