Wednesday, February 18, 2015

  • What the defeat at Debaltseve means for Ukraine
    The loss of the key hub town Debaltseve to Russian-backed separatists is a significant strategic and morale setback for Ukraine. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss potential response to the latest military action.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015
    Photo by Volodymyr Shuvayev/AFP/Getty Images
  • Boston struggles to weather a relentless string of storms
    Cold, snowy winters are well-known to Bostonians. But this year, there's been so much snow, coming so fast and with no end in sight. Since the end of January, the city has received almost 100 inches, with no thaws and now no place to put more of it. Special correspondent Emily Rooney of WGBH reports on the messy trouble it’s caused.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015
    Massachusetts Buried By Yet Another Blizzard
  • Why we pick and choose which science to believe
    Climate change, vaccines, genetically modified foods -- those topics are ripe for debate and disbelief among people of every political persuasion who aren’t convinced by scientific evidence. What accounts for the rift between scientists and the public? Gwen Ifill talks to Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post and Cary Funk of the Pew Research Center about whether the divide is here to stay.
    Original Air Date: February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • Growing up in Africa inspires a ‘very honest’ divorce memoir
    Alexandra Fuller’s childhood in Southern Africa was the inspiration for two past memoirs. In her third, “Leaving Before the Rains Come,” she writes about moving to the U.S. and the collapse of her decades-long marriage. Fuller joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
  • Scientists hope to protect the piping plover’s winter home
    A remote island in the Bahamas is home to dozens of species of native and migratory birds, including one that has been on the endangered species list for decades. Scientists would like to see the area known as the Joulter Cays turned into a national park, but not everyone agrees. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise follows a group of researchers as they track and study the piping plover in its winter habitat.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
  • Hot flashes can strike for more than a decade, study finds
    Four out of five middle-aged women cope with hot flashes, night sweats and other uncomfortable consequences of menopause. Now, the largest study of its kind has shown that those symptoms can last much longer than previously thought, and are worse for some women of color. Judy Woodruff learns more from Dr. Nancy Avis of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
  • Millions in limbo as judge halts Obama’s immigration action
    President Obama’s executive actions on immigration have been delayed after a federal judge in Texas ruled it didn't follow proper legal procedure. Alan Gomez of USA Today and Stephen Legomsky of Washington University Law School join Judy Woodruff to discuss what may happen in the courts and how it affects the millions of people who were supposed to be shielded from deportation.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
    President Obama Meets Defense Secretary Ashton Carter In The Oval Office
  • Can Greece’s new leadership deliver on election promises?
    As bailout talks continue between Greece and other EU members without clear progress, the new Greek government’s election promises seem at odds with economic reality. Gwen Ifill talks to Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and journalist John Psaropoulos about the potential for a rude awakening for Greece and its new leaders.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
  • Unearthing toxic conditions in the gold mining industry
    In Indonesia and the Philippines, children can earn a few dollars a day mining artisanal gold under dangerous conditions. Workers are also exposed to poisonous mercury when they process the precious metal. The NewsHour's P.J. Tobia reports with photographer Larry C. Price on the true price of gold.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
  • Underserved Austin students embrace culture through drumming
    Roots & Rhythms, an after-school drumming program, teaches students to collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion and embracing their own cultures,For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2015
    Roots & Rhythm

Monday, February 16, 2015

  • Islamic State exploits the chaos of civil war in Libya
    The murder of Egyptian Christian hostages by the Islamic State in Libya raises the alarm that the militant group is expanding from its territory in Syria and Iraq. Gwen Ifill talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2015
  • Exploring Robert E. Lee’s connections to George Washington
    Robert E. Lee was the son of a Revolutionary War hero who was a trusted aide to George Washington. In 1861, after 25 years in the U.S. Army, Lee turned down an offer to command Union forces in the Civil War. That decision is the subject of a new book, “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington.” Judy Woodruff talks to author Jonathan Horn about choices that change history.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2015
  • Did leaders of Jehovah's Witnesses cover up child sex abuse?
    In San Francisco, a woman is suing the Jehovah's Witnesses for failing to protect her from a known child abuser when she was a child. The Center for Investigative Reporting has shed light on accusations that religious leaders led a cover-up of child sex abuse. Special correspondent Trey Bundy of the CIR’s Reveal reports on how the organization is using the first amendment to fight these charges.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2015
  • Remembering Philip Levine’s poetic odes to honest work
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine has died at age 87. A former auto factory worker, Levine often wrote about working class life. He published more than 20 volumes of verse and was named U.S. poet laureate from 2011 to 2012. We revisit a 2010 profile of Levine by Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2015
    Photo by Craig Kohlruss/Fresno Bee/MCT via Getty Images
  • Will security and stability concerns shape the 2016 race?
    What issues will influence what voters want in a president in 2016? Gwen Ifill talks to Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report about the current atmosphere of international insecurity, plus the significance of FBI chief James Comey’s recent speech on race and police.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2015
  • Poverty, mental illness drive mass incarceration in U.S.
    More Americans than ever before are spending time in jail despite a drop in the crime rate in the past two decades. That's according to a new report that also found that a disproportionate number of people in jail suffer from mental illness. Judy Woodruff discusses the findings with Nicholas Turner of the Vera Institute of Justice and Margo Schlanger of the University of Michigan.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2015
  • Egypt launches airstrikes at Islamic State in Libya
    Egypt retaliated against Islamic State targets with airstrikes after the militant group released a video Sunday showing the decapitation of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. The vice president of the Libyan General National Congress expressed condolences for the deaths, but condemned Egypt's military action. Gwen Ifill reports.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

  • More extreme winter weather wallops U.S. Northeast, Midwest
    By this morning, a foot of snow was already on the ground across much of Eastern Massachusetts, and 20 inches had already fallen in some coastal areas. Much of the Midwest also suffered through extreme cold last night and this morning. Another winter storm, Octavia, is expected to bring snow and ice to about a dozen states tonight and tomorrow...from Missouri to Virginia.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2015
    A woman walks through the snow down Charles Street during a winter blizzard in Boston
  • Is the impact of labor disputes at West Coast ports hype?
    A labor dispute between shipowners and longshoreman on the West Coast has been going on for months now. This weekend, the president dispatched labor secretary Thomas Perez to California to try to resolve it. For more, economist Christopher Thornberg joins Alison Stewart from Los Angeles.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2015
    Cranes and containers are seen at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial image
  • Hawaii's aquarium fish industry in deep water
    A proposed bill in Hawaii has ignited renewed discussion about the impact of the state's largest aquarium fishery, which catches hundreds of thousands of gem-like saltwater fish each year. Supporters say the industry is sustainable and regulated. But environmental activists say the practice is destructive and depletes populations of popular fish species.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

  • Why have raids on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan intensified?
    American and Afghan commandos have sharply intensified raids against al-Qaeda after killing an al-Qaeda leader last fall and seizing his computer. Matthew Rosenberg of the New York Times joins Alison Stewart from Washington for more on the recent raids.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2015
    Afghanistan's Spesial Forces' graduation ceremony
  • Will Fresh Off the Boat turn the tide for Asian Americans?
    The new ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat" debuted to winning ratings and marked the first time in 20 years you could watch a network series centered on an Asian-American family. But will the popular sitcom clear the path for more exposure of Asian Americans in pop culture? NewsHour's Mori Rothman reports.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2015
    Cast members Park and Wu attend a panel for the television series "Fresh Off the Boat" during the Disney ABC Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena
  • Viewers respond to manufacturing boom in Mississippi
    Alison Stewart reads viewer comments about a recent report about a manufacturing boom in the South that has prompted several international companies to open up shop in places like Columbia, Miss., which has been suffering under the effects of poverty for years.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2015
  • How neighboring states struggle when pot becomes legal
    Since recreational marijuana became legally available in Colorado last year, officials say more pot is illegally coming through the border of states like Nebraska and Oklahoma, draining state resources as the number of arrests keeps growing. Now, the attorneys general of those states filed a federal lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to declare Colorado's marijuana law unconstitutional.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

  • Watching Snowden’s pivotal moments in ‘Citizenfour’
    Filmmaker Laura Poitras captured the moment former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source behind a massive document leak of classified surveillance in 2013. Two years later, Snowden’s story is the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Citizenfour.” Jeffrey Brown speaks with Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald about how those pivotal moments came to life on screen.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2015
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  • Shields and Brooks on Obama’s war authority request
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including President Obama’s request to Congress to engage in military action against the Islamic State group, the ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, and the uproar over Brian Williams’ error and subsequent suspension from NBC.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2015
  • It’s bang-GORE not Banger, Mainers report
    Earlier this week Judy Woodruff mispronounced the name of Bangor, Maine. Our viewers let us know.We found this video, made by residents of the city, to help others get it right.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2015
  • Helping amputees rediscover their sense of touch
    Prosthetic limbs have long been clunky, acting more as appendages than extensions. But modern technology is now helping amputees rediscover their sense of touch. Miles O’Brien, who lost his own arm in an accident last year, takes a look at new advances in the field.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2015