Sunday, March 29, 2015

  • Decoding Silicon Valley's puzzling tech billboards
    Billboards with confusing language aimed at the tech industry have begun popping up along a 49-mile stretch of freeway between San Francisco and San Jose. KQED San Francisco's Scott Shafer reports.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2015
  • Are US allies risking new chaos in the Middle East?
    Even as some United States allies in the Middle East fight against pro-Iranian forces in Yemen, the US is fighting with Iran against the Islamic State in Iraq. Matt Bradley of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Erbil, Iraq, to discuss the muddled situation.
    Original Air Date: March 29, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Investigators probe the life of the Germanwings co-pilot
    While definitive answers remain elusive, new information emerged Saturday about the young co-pilot who authorities believe deliberately flew a Germanwings airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. For the latest, Jack Ewing of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Montabaur, Germany, where the co-pilot was from.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2015
    Undated file picture of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
  • Viewers respond to report on controversy of sports gambling
    Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments responding to a previous report on the controversies surrounding illegal sports betting in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2015
  • San Francisco Symphony offers modern take on classical music
    As part of a growing national movement to revitalize the symphony experience for patrons, the San Francisco Symphony recently launched SoundBox, a show series meant to create new musical experiences and entice new audiences. KQED's Cy Musiker reports.
    Original Air Date: March 28, 2015
  • Does more web-based media mean the death of TV?
    Over the past five years, more than three million American homes have canceled their cable subscriptions while plenty more have signed up for online streaming services to control when, where and how they watch their favorite shows. Now, some of the biggest players in television are looking beyond cable by offering services that bundle and stream programs without a cable or satellite hookup.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Movement urges death conversations among loved ones
    A growing national movement to normalize end-of-life discussions among family and friends has gained traction in recent months. As Medicare considers whether to cover such conversations with physicians, The Conversation Project, a Boston-based non-profit, is highlighting the importance of talking openly about dying. Special Correspondent Lynn Sherr reports.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

  • Why Assad sees an opening for dialogue with the U.S.
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sat down for an interview with PBS host and CBS News anchor Charlie Rose on Thursday in Damascus. Assad denied reports of chemical weapon use by his military and signaled openness to dialogue with the United States. Rose joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what he learned in the interview and the state of Damascus today.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
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  • ‘L’Allegro,’ a dance masterwork, makes its television debut
    Twenty-five years after starting his dance company, Mark Morris is making the leap to television with a production of "L'Allegro" on PBS’ Great Performances. Jeffrey Brown talks to the famed choreographer.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Shields and Brooks on Harry Reid’s retirement
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s retirement announcement, Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential prospects and U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Armor-like shark skin may offer defense from superbugs
    Do sharks offer a key to fighting deadly bacteria? The White House unveiled a new campaign Friday to contain drug-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs,” and one of the unlikely resources that researchers are turning to is shark skin. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
  • Will Nigeria see first-ever democratic transition of power?
    Millions of Nigerians are expected to turn out for tomorrow’s delayed election, which pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari in a tight race, with fears of terrorism looming. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the significance of the election from Michelle Faul, Nigeria bureau chief of the Associated Press.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
    A man carries goods on top of his head at an open market in front of election posters in Kano
  • How women in tech see Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination case
    A jury of six men and six women found gender was not a factor in the firing of former junior partner Ellen Pao at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The case drew attention to sexism and gender imbalance in Silicon Valley, as well as the wider tech world. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Fran Maier, founder of TRUSTe, about the significance of the case and verdict.
    Original Air Date: March 27, 2015
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

  • Poet writes slam-dunking kids' novel
    How do you get reluctant readers to fall in love with a book? Writer and literacy activist Kwame Alexander says you have to offer them something relatable. In "The Crossover," basketball is the hook to persuade kids to pick up a novel written in poetic verse. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Alexander to discuss his award-winning young adult book.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • Are investors pumping up another housing bubble in Florida?
    Since Florida's housing market crashed nearly a decade ago, a wave of investors offering cash to flip or rent properties has helped restore market values. Now, some homeowners who suffered foreclosure but are ready again to qualify are being priced out while rental prices rise, adding to concerns about another housing bubble. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • House approves permanent fix for Medicare doctor payment
    For more than a decade, doctors who treat Medicare patients have been threatened with pay cuts due to a faulty formula of how doctors are reimbursed. But in a rare bipartisan agreement, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a deal to permanently end the problem and reward quality of care, not quantity. Gwen Ifill learns more from Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
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  • What's driving Saudi airstrikes in Yemen?
    Yemen has become the latest flashpoint in a long conflict between Tehran and Riyadh for regional dominance. What do the new developments mean for an already smoldering Sunni-Shia split in the Middle East? Judy Woodruff talks to David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy and Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • How well do we know the pilots who fly our planes?
    Revelations of the cause of the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash have spurred serious concerns over safety and flight protocols, including ensuring pilots are properly trained and adding more monitoring in the cockpit. NewsHour aviation specialist Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the questions the airline industry may consider in the aftermath of the crash.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • How one Afghan woman rose from dressmaker to policy insider
    For Kamila Sidiqi, the road to working at Afghanistan's presidential palace began with a bold effort to support her family. While under Taliban rule, when women couldn’t work or go to school, she started a business in her living room. Special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana," sits down with Sidiqi, now deputy chief of staff to Afghanistan’s president.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015
  • Lessons learned after surviving an avalanche
    James Mort survived an avalanche after skiing in the Swiss Alps. Now, he wants people to know how to be prepared and potentially save a life.
    Original Air Date: March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  • Library of Congress adds 25 recordings to registry
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, the Library of Congress added 25 new songs and recordings to its national registry, acknowledging their cultural, artistic and historic importance.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
  • How do we keep arts vital in an age of online entertainment?
    When was the last time you went to the theater, or watched a modern dance concert? Why are Americans less connected to the arts? In his new book, “Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America,” Michael Kaiser, a former chief of the Kennedy Center, American Ballet Theatre and others, considers what arts organizations can do to thrive and survive. Kaiser discusses his book with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
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  • Designing robots for the front lines of the Ebola crisis
    Robots have been used for search and rescue operations after disasters when conditions were too difficult or dangerous for humans. Now, disease-resistant robots are being developed for use in the Ebola crisis. Special correspondent Mary Jo Brooks reports.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
  • Who will fill Yemen's power vacuum?
    In Yemen, Houthi Shiite rebels now control the capital, have spread south and west, and are making an advance on Aden, driving out President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Who will rise to power and how does the turmoil affect the region? Leslie Campbell of the National Democratic Institute joins Judy Woodruff to offer analysis.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
    Shi'ite Houthi rebels ride on a truck at the compound of the army's First Armoured Division, after they took over it, in Sanaa
  • Supreme Court tests EPA’s limits on mercury air pollution
    The Supreme Court heard arguments over federal pollution mandates. The EPA says its limits on toxic contaminants like mercury in power plant emissions are vital to human health, but energy producers are arguing the EPA didn’t take costs into consideration when the limits were created. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Vickie Patton of the Environmental Defense Fund and David Rivkin of BakerHostetler.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
    A pair of federal judges expressed their skepticism over challenges to the Obama administration's plan to reduce the effects of climate change by targeting pollution emitted from coal-fired power plants. Photo by  Jeff Swensen/Getty Images
  • High Court weighs in on pregnant workers, Ala. redistricting
    The Supreme Court released two significant decisions on Wednesday. In one, the court revived a lawsuit by a UPS worker who sued her employer after she was put on unpaid leave when she could not perform normal duties because she was pregnant. In another, the justices split 5-4 over voter redistricting in Alabama. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the cases.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
  • Bergdahl’s motives were ‘pure,’ says lawyer
    In 2009, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban and held for five years until his release last May. Today he was formally charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s lawyer, talks to Judy Woodruff about the charges.
    Original Air Date: March 25, 2015
    In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

  • An avalanche rescue caught on camera
    In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, earlier this year, an Australian man named James Mort survived being buried in an avalanche while skiing in the Swiss Alps thanks to rescue efforts by his friends, one of whom captured his rescue on a helmet camera. Mort talks to the NewsHour about what he hopes others will learn from his experience.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2015