Thursday, August 23, 2012

  • U.S. and U.K. in Legal Battle over Ex-IRA Militants' Stories
    Boston University acted as a safeguard for the oral histories of former Northern Irish militants. Participants were promised their stories would remain private until their deaths. But new clues in an unsolved murder in Ireland triggered the U.S. Department of Justice to subpoena the tapes. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2012
  • Candidates' Medicare Plans Could Affect Undecided Voters
    Under Rep. Paul Ryan's 2013 budget proposal, Medicare recipients eventually could choose to opt for a private insurance plan. Judy Woodruff talks to American Enterprise Institute's Joe Antos and Urban Institute's Judy Feder to understand the presidential candidates' plans for Medicare and how this is affecting the campaigns.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2012
  • U.N. Monitors Exit Syria, Failing to Stop Bloodshed
    Independent estimates say 20,000 have died since the Syrian uprising began. Now, U.N. monitors have left, failing to stop the violence. Jeffrey Brown reports. Then Margaret Warner talks to the Guardian's Ghaith Adbul-Ahad, who has been following Syrian rebels on the ground as they struggle to hold government troops at bay.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2012
  • Reporting Live With Asperger's From Elementary School
    News has an agenda in Worrall Elementary School, where reporters with Asperger's syndrome are routinely pulled from their classrooms to learn the basics of journalism. Their teachers say producing a newscast is one of the best ways for their students to learn how to speak clearly, work together, build confidence ... and become school celebrities all at the same time.
    Original Air Date: August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • Ford's Latest Novel 'Canada' Is an American Morality Tale
    When writing his new book 'Canada' about a boy who decides to rob a bank, Richard Ford blended the persuasive voice of a teenager with his own, that of a 65-year-old man with a lifetime of experiences. Jeffrey Brown talks to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author about his novel about morality, murder and coming of age.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • As Whooping Cough Rebounds in U.S., Infants at Greatest Risk
    As the worst whooping cough outbreak in more than half a century grips the U.S., health officials are saying that most adults and teens are woefully under-vaccinated. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowers explores what's behind the resurgence and its potential consequence for those who can't be vaccinated: newborns.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • Swing States Weigh in on Presidential Race
    Judy Woodruff talks to four journalists from swing states who are covering the election. Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson, Face to Face's Jon Ralston, Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith and Ohio Public Radio and Television's Karen Kasler discuss reaction to Paul Ryan, Akin's remarks on rape and polls that show President Obama in the lead.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • News Wrap: Cases of West Nile Virus Reach Decade High
    In other news Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control reported three times more cases of West Nile virus so far this year, blaming weather conditions that fostered optimal breeding conditions for mosquitoes. Also, a new study reveals that older fathers have a higher risk of passing genetic mutations on to their children.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • To Fix Budget Deficit Congress 'Punts' or Jumps 'Off Cliff'
    Should Congress fail to pass a balanced budget by the end of 2012, America could face serious repercussions. Judy Woodruff talks to the Congressional Budget Office's former director Alice Rivlin and Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's Maya MacGuineas about why budget reform talks need to shift to policy, not politics.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • Losing a Baby to Whooping Cough: One Woman's Story
    Chelsey Charles lost her otherwise healthy baby to whooping cough just 27 days after she was born. This is her story.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • To Vaccinate or Not? Two Mothers 'Debate'
    The U.S. is currently experiencing the worst whooping cough outbreak in more than half a century, raising some questions: Is it irresponsible not to vaccinate children? Or might vaccines be contributing to this particular outbreak in a roundabout way? Here, two mothers 'debate' the issue.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • Richard Ford Reads From 'Canada'
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford reads from his new novel, "Canada."
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • Extended Interview: Richard Ford
    More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford about his new novel, "Canada."
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012
  • Jim Lehrer to Moderate First 2012 Presidential Debate
    Watch the first presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney on October 3, 2012. PBS's Jim Lehrer will moderate.
    Original Air Date: August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • Jonathan Foley on Farming and Climate Change
    Jonathan Foley talks to NewsHour about how climate change is affecting agriculture around the world.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2012
  • Mickey Edwards Urges Congress, Be 'an American First'
    Mickey Edwards, former Republican congressman, rails against political division in Washington in his new book, "The Parties Versus the People." Edwards talks to Judy Woodruff about his suggestions to reform party hostility and create "one congress serving one country."
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2012
  • Nyad Ends Marathon Cuba-Florida Swim, Endures Storms
    Diana Nyad, a 62-year-old swimmer, made her fourth attempt at swimming the distance between Cuba and Florida in order to become the first person to do so without a shark cage. She made it about halfway before being plucked out of the water for her safety. Margaret Warner talks to Nyad about her historic, final effort.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2012
  • Tech Stocks: Apple Dominates Wall Street, Facebook Flails
    Apple became the highest valued company ever when its stock reached a new high. Meanwhile, Facebook stock has lost about half its value since its May IPO. Jeffrey Brown discusses the Apple boom and the Facebook bust with Ted Schadler of Forrester Research and Richard Sylla from the New York University Stern School of Business.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2012
  • Syrian Deputy PM Objects to U.S. Threat of Intervention
    In other news Tuesday, Syria's deputy prime minister rebuked President Obama's message that the U.S. was prepared to intervene if the regime resorted to the use of chemical weapons. Also, insurgents fired rockets at the plane of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a visit to Afghanistan.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2012
  • GOP Sidelines Akin But Asserts It's 'Proud Pro-Life Party'
    High-level Republicans continue to push Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to end his senate bid after he questioned whether rape could lead to pregnancy. Garance Franke-Ruta of the Atlantic and Jon Ward of the Huffington Post join Judy Woodruff to discuss the controversy as the GOP reaffirms abortion as a key issue on the party platform.
    Original Air Date: August 21, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Politically Torn Between Individualism and Community
    Judy Woodruff talks to E.J. Dionne about his new book, "Our Divided Political Heart," in which he argues that America's heartstrings are torn by two contrasting devotions: a love of individualism and a quest for community.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2012
  • Islamic Militants in Mali Seize Control, Impose Sharia Law
    In April 2012, Islamists and local Tuareg rebels entered the city of Timbuktu and seized control, imposing sharia law. Now, popular militias train to take back the northern part of the country from the militants, who are backed by al-Qaida and other foreign jihadis. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2012
  • Augusta National 'Fraternity' Goes Coed
    In a surprise move, Augusta National Golf Club ended its men-only membership policy and invited two women to join: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore. Ray Suarez speaks to USA Today's Christine Brennan about the club's decision to accept female members.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2012
  • Reinventing Summer School to stop kids' Learning Loss
    In Providence, R.I., the Summer Scholars Program has reinvented summer school by taking lower income students out of the classroom and putting them "into the field." John Merrow reports on how the new approach gets students to practice skills they struggled with during the past year and prevent additional learning loss for fall.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2012
  • Not 'Smoke-Free': Tobacco Use Booms in Developing World
    British Medical Journal The Lancet studied tobacco use in 14 developing nations, and found that half of men and 11 percent of women in those countries smoke. Jeffrey Brown talks to State University of New York at Buffalo's Gary Giovino on why some cultures don't specifically encourage quitting tobacco.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2012
  • Remarks by Rep. Todd Akin Spark Political Uproar for GOP
    When Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) made anti-abortion remarks about 'legitimate rape' not causing pregnancy, politicians on both sides responded with anger and verve. Stuart Rothenberg of Rothenberg Political Report and USA Today's Susan Page discuss the political lay of the land a week ahead of the Republican National Convention.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2012
  • Your Feature Presentation: Wilson's 1912 Campaign Ad
    'The Oldway and the New' is a 1912 campaign film put out by the Democratic National Committee on behalf of candidate Woodrow Wilson. Housed at the Library of Congress, it is the earliest known example of a political party or candidate using the medium of motion picture to communicate with voters.
    Original Air Date: August 20, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

  • Russian Dissidents Hope Pussy Riot Trial Aids Opposition
    The political context of the Pussy Riot trial extends far beyond the walls of the courthouse, where three members of a Russian punk band were each sentenced to two years in prison. Margaret Warner talks to Columbia University's Steve Sestanovich about the broader implications for opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    Original Air Date: August 17, 2012