Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Will Promise Zones lift Eastern Kentucky out of poverty?
    Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson visited Kentucky and declared the War on Poverty, the area of Eastern Kentucky continues to struggle with high unemployment rates, poverty, and the loss of thousands of coal-industry jobs. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports on how the new federal Promise Zones initiative in the region is aiming to boost the economy.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Tracking killer comets before they strike
    It's only a matter of time before a big comet or asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. Will scientists discover it, and be able to do something about it, ahead of time? Science correspondent Miles O'Brien talks to NASA astronomers who troll for trouble in the sky.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2014
  • How Sotomayor influences the Court behind the scenes
    Since 2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has brought her unique style to a traditionally reserved Supreme Court. In “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice,” Reuters journalist Joan Biskupic explores how the court’s first Latina justice is making her mark. Biskupic joins Gwen Ifill for an inside look.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2014
  • Shields and Gerson on Ebola as election issue
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the response to Ebola in the U.S. and how it affects national politics, as well as the outlook for the midterm elections and the gubernatorial debate in Florida.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2014
  • What’s motivating the Boko Haram cease-fire?
    What’s behind the timing of the cease-fire between Nigeria and Boko Haram? Jeffrey Brown speaks with J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council about the motivation for both sides, why the abducted schoolgirls may have become a burden to their captors and what to expect from future talks.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2014
  • What does the Ebola czar need to do?
    Ron Klain, the president’s pick to coordinate the Ebola response, has been criticized for not having a background in public health. To assess the challenges and criticism facing Klain, Judy Woodruff talks to Pamela Cipriano of the American Nurses Association and Dr. Amesh Adalja of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2014
    Two Healthcare Workers In Dallas Infected With Ebola After Treating Patient
  • How peacekeepers are trying to stop a genocide in the Central African Republic
    When Christian militias began murdering their Muslim neighbors in the Central African Republic, a small group of peacekeepers kept the killing at bay. But the country remains a tinderbox -- with half a million refugees -- while both sides are still armed and angry. Jeffery Brown speaks with Jon Lee Anderson, whose latest New Yorker feature unpacks how the worst didn’t happen, but still could.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2014
  • Saving South Africa's Constitutional Court art collection
    Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa's Constitutional Court talks to senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown about the symbolism and importance of the high court's art collection and the need to preserve it.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2014
    On the entrance to the building, the words "Constitutional Court" is written in all eleven official languages of South Africa. Photographed by Janine Erasmus and Wilma den Hartigh

Thursday, October 16, 2014

  • Storymoja festival celebrates flourishing African literature
    In September, writers and readers gathered at Storymoja, an annual literary festival in Africa. A celebration of books and ideas, it was also a time to remember Ghanaian poet Kofi Awooner, one of the 67 victims of the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi one year ago. Jeffrey Brown reports on new voices of African literature and the future of literacy in Kenya.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2014
  • Hearing echoes of Berkeley in student activism today
    In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, became the first large-scale campus student movement in the country. The demonstrations set the stage for the anti-Vietnam War movement, the campaign for women’s equality and others. Special correspondent Spencer Michaels looks at the evolution of student protest at Berkeley and beyond.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2014
  • One student's path from homeless shelter to Georgetown
    More than 1.2 million homeless students were enrolled in public schools last year. On top of homework, they face challenges like getting enough to eat and finding shelter that meets basic living standards. The NewsHour’s April Brown introduces one student who tackled all of that to become high school valedictorian and a freshman at one of the nation’s top universities.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2014
  • Family’s losses propel battle against military suicides
    Two brothers from a military family were lost in separate tragedies just months apart. Jeff Graham was killed while on duty in Iraq; his younger brother Kevin, a ROTC cadet, took his own life during a bout of depression. Yochi Dreazen, author of “The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War,” talks to Jeffrey Brown about the Graham family’s story and the stigma of suicide.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2014
  • #Gamergate leads to death threats against women
    Members of the gaming community launched a campaign in August called Gamergate as a response to allegations of unethical journalism. But it has grown to include outright threats against women who work in or critique the industry. Hari Sreenivasan talks to one of the targets of the harassment, Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2014
  • HBO offers streaming as viewers shift to TV à la carte
    With hit shows “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective,” HBO has been a big draw for traditional cable television subscribers. But now HBO is launching a standalone online streaming service, with broadcast network CBS announcing a similar plan. Judy Woodruff talks to Sharon Waxman of The Wrap about the changing ways Americans access entertainment.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

  • What the shrinking U.S. deficit says about stability
    Worries about Ebola, Europe and the U.S. economy drove another dive on Wall Street. On the same day, the Obama administration announced the national deficit has declined to its lowest level since 2007. Gwen Ifill talks to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Budget Director Shaun Donovan about signs of a stabilizing economy, as well as why Americans are skeptical of the improvement.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
  • Searching for the ripple effects of history-making tech
    In the new book and PBS series “How We Got to Now,” Steven Johnson presents six game-changing innovations and how they shaped the modern world. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Johnson about surprising connections between invention and American society.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
  • Sitcom creator Norman Lear talks evolution of TV
    Groundbreaking in its day, ‘70s sitcom “All in the Family” didn’t back down from tackling controversial topics. Legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear, author of a new memoir, “Even This I Get To Experience,” discusses the changing medium and changing audiences with Jeffrey Brown.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
  • Can U.S. solve ‘Rubik’s Cube’ of Iran nuclear negotiations?
    With less than six weeks before the deadline to agree on an Iran nuclear deal, negotiations have come to a kind of stalemate over sharp limits on Iran's uranium enrichment capability. Gwen Ifill gets an update on the hurdles ahead, as well as areas of agreement, from chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
  • Uncovering secret chemical weapon victims of the Iraq war
    During the Iraq war, American soldiers were unknowingly exposed to old chemical weapons long-abandoned by Saddam Hussein’s regime. The story of the troops who were injured trying dismantle the contaminated weapons has been kept secret until now. Judy Woodruff learns more from C.J. Chivers of The New York Times about his investigation.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
  • Is the U.S. overly confident about Ebola control?
    Officials have been saying that the U.S. knows how to stop Ebola, but now another nurse has been infected. What's gone wrong? Judy Woodruff talks to Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
    Second Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
  • Lew: Stop treating the deficit with crisis-driven politics
    On a day when the markets were roiling dramatically, the Obama Administration unveiled some positive economic news today at a briefing on the 2014 budget. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Office of Management Budget Director Shaun Donovan declared the economy is getting back on solid footing for the long haul.Following the briefing, Gwen Ifill sat down with the two men to talk about the deficit.
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
  • Norman Lear on the golden age of television
    The father of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" Norman Lear talks about writing for comedy and the golden age of television in this online exclusive.For more Art Beat:
    Original Air Date: October 15, 2014
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

  • Using science to make low-sodium taste better
    Americans eat twice as much salt as recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the health risks associated with high sodium intake are widely known, many Americans won’t sacrifice taste to eat healthily. What causes these cravings and how can we limit them? Hari Sreenivasan examines a mission to revolutionize the processed food business.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2014
    Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images.
  • Should the terminally ill be able to choose when they die?
    After being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard moved her family from California to Oregon to die on her own terms. Oregon law allows Maynard to take lethal prescription medication to end her life. Jeffrey Brown gets debate from Barbara Coombs Lee of Compassion & Choices and Dr. Ira Byock of Providence Institute for Human Caring.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2014
  • ‘Innovators’ tells story of digital revolutionaries
    After profiling visionary individuals like Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, biographer Walter Isaacson has turned his attention to a whole group of creative minds, weaving the tale of the many inventive thinkers who launched the digital revolution. Judy Woodruff sits down with Isaacson to discuss his latest book, “The Innovators,” and what set these people apart.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2014
  • Islamic State militants gain ground in Iraq
    The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed 23 people in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. Judy Woodruff speaks with Ned Parker of Reuters about the militants’ long approach toward the capital, as well as fresh sectarian strife despite hope that a new prime minister would help pull the country together.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2014
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  • What Wall Street’s wild swings say about the global economy
    Lately the financial markets have been swinging from record leaps to sudden drops. Eswar Prasad, an economist at Cornell University and the Brookings Institution, says that while the U.S. economy is continuing its recovery, the rest of the world is weakening. Prasad joins Gwen Ifill for a closer look at what's happening.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2014
  • Senate race unpredictable in independently minded Colorado
    In Colorado, one of the GOP’s main midterm battlegrounds to clench control of the Senate, the candidates seem to be advocating to women to decide the race. But Rocky Mountain voters are just as likely to legalize marijuana as expand oil exploration. Gwen Ifill reports on the many factors making Colorado’s election unpredictable.
    Original Air Date: October 14, 2014
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