Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • Is Putin trying to diffuse the Ukraine crisis?
    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has pulled his military forces from Ukraine’s border, and called on pro-Russian separatists to postpone their planned secession vote. However, the White House imposed further sanctions, saying there’s no evidence of the retreat. Judy Woodruff gets insight from Angela Stent of Georgetown University and Stephen Cohen of New York University.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2014
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new wave of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
  • Capitalism in Cuba
    PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman traveled to Cuba in 2001 to report on the economy's early flirtations with capitalism.
    Original Air Date: July 17, 2001
    There's no need for the U.S. to be interfering with Cuba, says Lew Mandell. Just back from the country, he reports on their own transition to a market-based economy. Photo by Flickr user Melody Breaker
    July 17, 2001

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Helping girls carve their own path in a pink-saturated world
    In the last few decades, a multi-billion dollar industry has evolved around princess stories and toys. But in contrast to this pink and purple “girlie” world are alternatives emphasizing more diverse interests and portraying different kinds of heroines. Gwen Ifill talks to author Peggy Orenstein and Angelica Perez of the Ella Institute about the influence of modern marketers and media on girls.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba unrolls IPO in U.S.
    A Chinese e-commerce giant called Alibaba filed an initial public offering that many experts say could rank among the largest ever. The company operates multiple businesses, including some akin to Amazon or eBay. Judy Woodruff talks to Paul Sweeney of Bloomberg Industries about the risks and reactions to Alibaba hitting the U.S. financial markets.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014
    Alibaba To Kick Off IPO In U.S.
  • Why some schools still insist on lessons in elegant cursive
    Starting in the 1970s, and under the recent implementation of the Common Core, a former pillar of elementary education has been largely forgotten. But there’s a feeling that learning cursive still has value, even in the age of typing and texting. The NewsHour's April Brown reports from North Carolina, one of a handful of states that's moved to make learning the formal, curlicue letters mandatory.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014
  • Once nearly eradicated, polio makes fresh comeback
    Signaling a new public health emergency, the World Health Organization warns that if polio is not completely eradicated it could become endemic again. Worldwide, 74 cases of the crippling disease have been confirmed this year, with Syria, Cameroon and Pakistan leading with the most occurrences. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Dr. Jon Andrus from the Pan American Health Organization.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014
  • Outlining the urgent risks of global warming for U.S.
    In its most comprehensive report on climate change yet, the White House forecasts the likely negative effects facing each of the eight regions in the U.S., from drought in the Southwest, to stronger storms in the Northeast. The administration is expected to cite the warnings when it lays out new regulations this summer. John Holdren, science advisor to the president, talks to Gwen Ifill.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014
    Storm Systems Brings Severe Flooding To Pensacola
  • How cursive is used to help dyslexic students
    Cursive instruction may be falling out of favor in public schools around the country, but it is used regularly in helping dyslexic students.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Supreme Court upholds right to pray at town meetings
    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that local governments have the right to open town meetings with prayer — even if the prayer is explicitly of one denomination. Gwen Ifill gets an overview of the case from Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2014
    Town Officials Pray As U.S. High Court Eyes Church-State Clash
  • Russia’s former foreign minister on Putin’s motivations
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has evoked Ukraine’s Soviet past as a way of justifying the annexation of Crimea, and to appeal to many Ukrainians. Putin has argued that post-Cold War expansion of NATO has provoked Moscow. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Andrey Kozyrev, Russia’s first foreign minister after the fall of the Soviet Union, for insight into the conflict.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2014
    Andrey Kozyrev, former Prime Minister
  • Will establishment GOP candidates make a primary comeback?
    Primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio will kick off the 2014 midterm election season. Over the next month and a half, 25 states will vote in primaries for Congressional and local offices. Gwen Ifill gets a preview of some of the battles from NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2014
    Georgia Senate Race
  • How parenting evolved into cultivating kids’ happiness
    In an era when parents are working outside the home, many struggle to figure out their proper role in their children’s lives. Competition among families and the concept of making sure kids are always happy may also be adding to the stresses of modern parenthood. Judy Woodruff talks to Jennifer Senior, author of “All Joy No Fun,” about the evolving pressure to raise perfectly well-rounded children.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2014
  • Distress over kidnapped girls fuels protest in Nigeria
    The abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Nigeria has provoked strong feelings of distrust and anxiety about the disorganization and vulnerability of the government. Jeffrey Brown talks to Carl LeVan of American University and Mojubaolu Okome of Brooklyn College about the historical and cultural rifts dividing the country and the challenges to Nigeria’s democracy.
    Original Air Date: May 5, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

  • Ancient document referencing Jesus' wife may be a forgery
    In April, scientific dating confirmed that papyrus containing references of Jesus having a wife were confirmed to be from ancient times. But new information has emerged to suggest this document was a forgery. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Michael Peppard about these new findings.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2014
  • Small businesses left in lurch when local banks collapse
    Did the federal government do enough to protect small businesses after the banks they relied on collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis? Correspondent Rick Karr investigates what the FDIC did with the assets it took over.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Bryan Cranston shifts from 'Breaking Bad' to Broadway
    Actor Bryan Cranston is best known for his role on the hit AMC drama, "Breaking Bad." But today he plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway show, "All the Way." In a candid interview, NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown sits down with Cranston to discuss the actor's transition from portraying the chemistry teacher turned drug lord, Walter White, to an American president in his first year in office.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
    Bryan Cranston
  • Q&A with 'All the Way' playwright Robert Schenkkan
    In this web exclusive interview, NewsHour sits down with the Pulitzer prize-winning author Robert Schenkkan to learn more about how he condensed the details and drama of 1964 into one of the most critically-acclaimed plays on Broadway this season, "All the Way."
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on the flagging labor force
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including a mixed-bag jobs report boasting the lowest unemployment rate in five years, upcoming midterm primaries and critiques for President Obama’s foreign policy standing.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
  • Kerry urges meeting between South Sudan rivals
    Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to South Sudan to urge President Salva Kiir to meet the opposition and halt a four-month civil war. In recent weeks, hundreds of civilians have been slaughtered in the Bentiu, and more than a million people have fled to escape the fighting. Jeffrey Brown talks to former British foreign secretary David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
  • Thousands of Senegalese boys forced into begging system
    In the West African nation of Senegal, at least 50,000 talibes — young boys studying the Koran — beg for food and money to pay their master.’ Some of these boys left home so young they don’t know where they came from, and suffer brutal punishment when they fail to make their quota. Kira Kay of the Bureau for International Reporting visits some organizations that are trying to help.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
  • Nigerians unhappy with government response to Boko Haram
    In Nigeria, one of Africa’s most prosperous nations, a wave of violence has cast a shadow over plans for an upcoming world economic forum. A bomb blast Thursday killed 19 people in the capital and more than 275 schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram are still missing. Judy Woodruff talks to Mannir Dan-Ali of the Daily Trust in Abuja for an update on the fate of the girls.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
    Nigerians rally for missing schoolgirls
  • Good news in jobs report bolstered by shrinking workforce
    The jobs report released Friday finds that employers added 288,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent. However, the dip in unemployment was driven by a sharp decline — more than 800,000 — in the number of people who worked or searched for work last month. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the dwindling labor force.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
    Construction Of New Homes Rise In March, But Less Than Expected
  • U.S. and Europeans unite to persuade Russia to back down
    President Obama and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel met at the White House, where Mr. Obama said they are united in their resolve to impose increasing costs on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. Earlier, Russian President Putin declared last month’s Geneva agreement dead. Jeffrey Brown gets two views on the strategy from former State Department officials Richard Burt and David Kramer.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
    Barack Obama and Angela Merkel on Ukraine
  • Senegalese Women Step into the Political Spotlight
    The women of Senegal are entering an unprecedented age of political empowerment. A breakthrough law doubled the number of women in the country's parliament, far surpassing the United States' female representation in Congress. Women all over the country are mobilizing to meet the new opportunity head on. But how is the traditional, patriarchal West African nation responding to the sudden change?
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
    women government senegal
  • Obama and Merkel speak about Russia, spying and the economy
    The U.S. and Germany presented a unified front against Russia today as President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to reporters at the White House rose garden. But tensions over spying lingered when Merkel indicated that there's a gulf between the two nations on the issues of surveillance.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2014
    Obama merkel

Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Midterm political ads get more positive spin
    As 2014 midterm election kicks off, there are 20 percent more positive political TV ads than during the cycle two years ago. To understand the slight shift away from mudslinging, Judy Woodruff talks with ad-maker and consultant John Brabender and John Geer of Vanderbilt University.
    Original Air Date: May 1, 2014
  • Small steps for improving plight of India’s domestic workers
    India’s domestic workers -- as many as 40 million by some estimates -- are often trafficked or coerced into the trade by dire circumstances. For many it is a form of virtual slavery, as they are paid far below the minimum wage. But as big cities modernize, slow undercurrents are beginning to organize this vast, informal network. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from India.
    Original Air Date: May 1, 2014
  • Pro-Russian separatists control symbols of power in Donetsk
    Amid escalating violence in Ukraine’s east, armed demonstrators ransacked the prosecutor’s office and humiliated police in the city of Donetsk. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s acting president has conceded that Kiev is losing control over the southeast. Judy Woodruff get an update from Simon Denyer of The Washington Post, who is covering the unrest in Donetsk.
    Original Air Date: May 1, 2014