Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Can the food and beverage industry improve American health?
    The world's largest soda manufacturers have pledged to reduce the number of calories in sugary drinks by 20 percent over the next decade. Judy Woodruff interviews PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson, part of a coalition of companies and nonprofits working to cut calorie consumption and improve the health of Americans.
    Original Air Date: September 24, 2014
    The ban affected drinks over 16 oz. sold in restaurants, delis, movie theaters and stadiums. Photo by Flickr user Todd Lapin.
  • India’s low-budget space program may offer lesson for U.S.
    India’s successful first mission to Mars is a major accomplishment for that nation, in both scientific and budgetary terms. To understand the historic feat, India’s space program and where it fits into the American exploration of Mars, science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 24, 2014
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  • Is there too much testing in the public schools?
    This is the first year that schools will publish student test scores tied to the Common Core initiative. Critics argue that implementing these new standards cause overtesting that rob teachers and students of valuable teaching time. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Kathleen Porter-Magee of the Partnership for Inner-City Education and Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
    Original Air Date: September 24, 2014
  • Protecting ancient treasures in Mideast war zones
    Northern Iraq boasts thousands of archaeological sites dating to the beginning of civilization, and they are being destroyed by the Islamic State militants. Meanwhile, more than 3 years of civil war in Syria has laid waste to much of the country's ancient history. As part of our Culture at Risk series, Jeffrey Brown talks to researchers who are on the frontlines of preservation in the face of war.
    Original Air Date: September 24, 2014
  • El-Sissi: Egypt a ‘beacon of moderate Islam’
    El-Sissi: Egypt a ‘beacon of moderate Islam’
    Original Air Date: September 24, 2014
  • ‘The Genius of Marian’: Having a conversation about Alzheimer’s
    Original Air Date: September 24, 2014
    Genius of Marian Alzheimer's
  • Obama takes Russia, Syria to task in UN speech
    President Barack Obama dinged Russia and declared the extremists in Syria and Iraq a “cancer” in his U.N. General Assembly speech on Wednesday. “Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition. The brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq forces us to look into the heart of darkness,” the president said.
    Original Air Date: September 24, 2014
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • How hackers transform biology into building material
    How do you transform mushrooms into furniture, or re-wire algae to conduct electricity? Biohacking, the practice of rewiring the biology of living organisms for practical uses, is evolving from a fringe science to a more legitimate academic discipline. But just as the movement is gathering converts, it’s also attracting controversy. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
  • Are budget cuts impacting the president’s security?
    The security breach at the White House by an armed intruder -- who was previously arrested with a car full of weapons and a map with the White House circled -- is raising questions about the Secret Service’s ability to protect the president. Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the White House’s security protocol and what changes might be made.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
    The panel also suggested replacing the 7 ½-foot fence around the 18-acre White House complex, although they declined "to say precisely what the optimal new fence should look like."
  • Can developed and developing nations unite on energy issues?
    While developed countries are the main contributors to the world’s climate change, poorer nations also bear the burden of making changes in energy use. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Mary Robinson, U.N. special envoy for Climate Change, to discuss global goals and what progress can be expected ahead of an international agreement scheduled for 2015.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
  • How do airstrikes on Islamic State complicate war in Syria?
    Judy Woodruff gets analysis of how the airstrikes will complicate an already complicated war in Syria from Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma and retired Col. Derek Harvey of the University of South Florida.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
  • Constancy of U.S. leadership concerns coalition partners
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff from the United Nations to discuss the international reaction to the new campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, and to offer some additional background on the latest American target, the Khorasan group.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
  • Obama: Climate is changing faster than efforts to address it
    Addressing the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the United States accepts responsibility for its part in climate change and will lead the way in doing something about it. He said the U.S. has cut carbon emissions already and will set new targets to cut even more.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
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  • 'Obsessive' artist sculpts out of 40 miles of sewing thread
    Gabriel Dawe sculpts 40 miles of sewing thread for his installation piece at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s State of the Art exhibit.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
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  • Obama: 'This is not America's fight alone'
    For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.
    Original Air Date: September 23, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the recent airstrikes against ISIS on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Monday, September 22, 2014

  • What’s the worst-case scenario if Ebola can’t be slowed?
    In Liberia, the total number of cases of the Ebola virus is being doubled about every three weeks. Dr. Kevin De Cock, the director of the CDC Center for Global Health, says that unless the outbreak is slowed down, there may be hundreds of thousands of cases by early next year. Jeffrey Brown interviewed him in Nairobi, Kenya, about possible worst-case scenarios.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2014
  • How Nigeria has succeeded in containing Ebola
    The Ebola virus has so far killed more than 2,800 people in West Africa, with the majority of deaths in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But nearby Nigeria has been able to spread its message about the disease -- what it is, where to report it, how to prevent it -- with more success. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Lagos.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2014
  • Will Afghanistan’s power-sharing deal last?
    After more than a year, two rounds of voting and a bitterly contested audit of votes, Ashraf Ghani has been named president-elect, while his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, has agreed to share power, presumably in a newly created executive CEO position. Judy Woodruff speaks with NPR’s Sean Carberry from Kabul for details of the deal and what it means for the United States.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2014
  • Political flip-flops in the Sunshine State’s gov. race
    Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor and a former Republican, is hoping to win another term after switching parties. The incumbent, Gov. Rick Scott, has switched his campaign emphasis from conservative tax cuts to spending more on programs like education. Special correspondent Steve Mort reports on how voters are reacting to both candidates.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2014
    Gov. Rick Scott refused to take the stage for eight minutes during Wednesday's Florida gubernatorial debate, due to his opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, using an electric fan at his podium.
  • Syrian opposition leader discusses U.S. aid and training
    President Obama has approved $500 million to train and arm the Free Syrian Army fight Islamic State forces, but senior military leaders have said it could take up to a year to train the first fighters. Margaret Warner sits down with Hadi al-Bahra, head of the principal political opposition group in Syria, ahead of his address to the United Nations General Assembly.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2014
  • What’s the financial case for divesting from fossil fuels?
    Sixty-seven foundations with $50 billion in assets have so far pledged to divest their investments in fossil fuels over the next five years. Gwen Ifill sits down with Jenna Nicholas of Divest-Invest Philanthropy, who advised the foundations, to discuss the financial and social ramifications of this environmental campaign.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2014
    Climate Change Activists Demonstrate On Wall Street
  • Syrian opposition chief: U.S. assistance against Assad
    The president of the Syrian National Coalition told Margaret Warner this morning his fighters will use those stepped-up resources against President Bashar Assad's government forces, not just the Islamic State extremists that the US is targeting.
    Original Air Date: September 22, 2014
    Photo by NewsHour

Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • People's Climate March turnout shows people want action
    With the turnout for Sunday's People's Climate March in New York City exceeding organizers' expectations, experts say the message is clear: A wide range of people want governmental action on global warming. Katherine Bagley, a reporter with InsideClimate News, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2014
    Science Stands created a large, rolling fake chalkboard illustrating the scientific evidence of global warming for the Sept. 21 People's Climate March. Credit: Carey Reed/NewsHourWeekend
  • Man on Mars?NASA's Maven spacecraft explores the possibility
    The Nasa Maven spacecraft is expected to complete a 10-month voyage to Mars on Sunday. Once in orbit, NASA scientists will gather information about the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Information that will hopefully offer clues about Earth’s climate and the future possibility of man landing on Mars. The NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien talks about the mission’s significance with Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 21, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • Should pro athletes be considered role models?
    By a two-to-one margin, Americans disapprove of the way the NFL has handled domestic violence incidents involving its players, according to a poll conducted by ABC News and Marist college. The NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs team asked high school students if professional athletes should be considered role models.
    Original Air Date: September 20, 2014
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  • How will NFL move forward from domestic violence scandal?
    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took the heat for the Ray Rice incident at a Friday press conference, but amid mounting public pressure to answer for the multiple accusations of domestic-violence incidents that have spread throughout the league, how will it's officials move forward? Kevin Clark of The Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 20, 2014
    Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks
  • After Home Depot breach, why can't hackers be stopped?
    After hackers stole customer data from the Home Depot weeks ago, questions still remain as to why retail stores can't protect their systems from cyber theft. Mike Riley, a reporter with Bloomberg, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: September 20, 2014
  • Promising Roma crackdown, far-right party grows in Hungary
    Over ten million gypsy, or Roma, people live in Europe today. In the small EU nation of Hungary, a rising tide of right-wing politics has led to deepening tensions with the country's Roma minority. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports.
    Original Air Date: September 20, 2014