Friday, May 2, 2014

  • 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
  • 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

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
  • Pentagon reports rise in reports of military sexual assault
    The Pentagon has seen a 50 percent rise in cases of sexual assault being reported, following escalated measures to prevent and combat rampant attacks within the ranks and amid growing pressure from Congress and the White House. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from former Capt. Anu Bhagwati of the Service Women's Action Network and retired Lt. Col. Geoffrey Corn, a former Army lawyer.
    Original Air Date: May 1, 2014
  • RAW: Camels preen at the Baghdad zoo
    Some camels at the Baghdad zoo wander over and preen to the camera. The NewsHour visited Iraq in 2010 and filed a series of reports about security and everyday life. See the zoo story:
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2010
  • RAW: Saddam's lions fit in Baghdad
    In 2003, coalition forces found three lions in one of Saddam Hussein's damaged palaces. Now, the lions and their offspring are thriving at the Baghdad zoo. The NewsHour visited them in 2010. See the story:
    Original Air Date: September 4, 2010

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Inside the Supreme Court ‘gamble’ on same-sex marriage
    “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality,” follows the five-year legal battle over same sex marriage that ensued after California passed Proposition 8. The book digs beneath the surface with personal narratives of those who had been the public face of this major civil rights case. Jeffrey Brown talks to journalist and author Jo Becker.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014
  • Is Obama’s foreign policy doctrine working?
    Little progress on a broad Pacific trade agreement and challenging dynamics in Ukraine and the Mideast peace process have prompted new criticism for President Obama’s foreign policy. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Nicholas Burns of Harvard University, Trudy Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer and retired Col. Andrew Bacevich from Boston University.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014
  • Seattle restaurants torn over minimum wage hike
    Seattle’s push to raise the minimum wage to $15 has left owners and workers in the city’s restaurant industry conflicted. Caught between moral pressure on the one hand, and market pressure on the other, many businesses warn that such a hike could cut benefits and raise prices. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from Seattle.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014
  • Lab using RC cars to build a better autonomous vehicle
    A robotics lab at George Washington University in Washignton, DC is using 3-D computer vision in a number of projects all focused on allowing machines to understand the world around them.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014
  • Actor Bryan Cranston answers your questions
    Bryan Cranston, of "Breaking Bad" fame and now star of the Broadway play, "All the Way," answers a few questions sent to NewsHour from viewers like you.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Supreme Court considers warrantless searches of cellphones
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases that challenge whether the personal data held on cellphones should be fair game for law enforcement when a suspect is placed under arrest. Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, who was in the courtroom.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Approaching elections, Iraq faces violence and division
    Iraqis are preparing to go to the polls in the first national elections since American forces withdrew. However, as the government faces a resurgence of al-Qaida-linked groups, fears intensify that security forces are losing their grip on a key part of the country. Journalist Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Scholar fights archaeological looting in Egypt
    In the aftermath of Egypt's 2011 revolution and resulting political turmoil, the nation's treasured antiquities have been increasingly under threat of looting, vandalism and violence. In our series Culture at Risk, Jeffrey Brown examines the emergency facing Egypt’s rich archaeological heritage and one scholar’s efforts to publicize the problem.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Colleges under pressure to combat sexual assault
    The Obama administration ramped up pressure to confront sexual assault within American colleges amid mounting nationwide effort to hold colleges and universities accountable. Amherst College president Carolyn "Biddy" Martin, Andrea Pino of End Rape on Campus and Alison Kiss of the Clery Center for Security on Campus join Judy Woodruff to evaluate the recent progress and what more needs to be done.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • NBA players unite to oppose Clippers owner Sterling
    The National Basketball Association took its toughest stance ever against a team owner when it banned Los Angeles Clippers’ Donald Sterling as punishment for racist remarks. Gwen Ifill talks to William Rhoden of The New York Times and Charles Pierce of Grantland about the impact of players standing together on this issue, as well as how the league has dealt with Sterling’s racism in the past.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Biden announces guidelines to prevent college sex assault
    The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault stated, in a report released Tuesday entitled “Not Alone,” that they aim to fight, prevent and bring more transparency to campus sexual assault crimes, which are currently underreported in the United States due to victims “left feeling isolated, ashamed or to blame.”
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • NBA commissioner announces fine, lifetime ban for Sterling
    NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke Tuesday regarding racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The statement came amid mounting pressure from the league’s own players to take strong action against Sterling.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • The Jewish treasures in Saddam Hussein's basement
    Doris Hamburg, Director of Preservation Programs at the U.S. National Archives at College Park, Maryland, and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Chief of the Document Conservation Laboratory, share the dramatic and heroic story of how these historic materials were found and rescued from the basement of Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters, and how the National Archives is preserving them.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Is GDP the wrong yardstick for measuring prosperity?
    Gross domestic product, the total dollar value of goods and services sold in the U.S., has become fundamental to American economic policy. But there are other essential assets, qualities and conditions that GDP can't measure, like the health of the environment or society. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at another way of measuring progress that takes more of these variables into account.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • What’s driving gains in high school graduation rates?
    The graduation rates for American high schools have reached 80 percent, according to a report based on statistics from the Department of Education. Jeffrey Brown discusses the milestone and the work that lies ahead with John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises, an author of the report.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
    The Education Department said Tuesday that the high school graduation rate rose slightly to 82 percent. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post
  • U.S. sanctions Putin associates to force ‘clear choice’
    The Obama administration has announced additional sanctions on Russian officials and key companies with close ties to President Putin to persuade Moscow to diffuse tensions in Ukraine. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategy behind these new sanctions, their potential to hurt U.S. companies and the prospect of further sanctions still in reserve.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • Arkansas residents push ahead in wake of tornado damage
    Tornadoes that tore across central and southern states left at least 16 people dead, 14 of them in Arkansas. Judy Woodruff talks to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe from Little Rock for an update on the strength of the tornado, the recovery efforts and how citizens had prepared ahead of time.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • Will the NBA send a strong message to Donald Sterling?
    Racist comments attributed to Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, have left NBA owners and players scrambling to determine the best course of action. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated and Kenneth Shropshire of the University of Pennsylvania to weigh the league’s options, and how punishment could backfire.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • Nikki Giovanni reads ‘The Lost Cause ... Lost’
    Nikki Giovanni reads her poem “The Lost Cause ... Lost” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • New reports suggest slow down in housing market recovery
    Recent reports suggest that the recovery in the nation’s housing market might be starting to slow down, with both existing and new home sales down in the last months. How will this affect the overall economic health in the country? Alison Stewart speaks with Michelle Conlin, a senior correspondent at Reuters, about trends in home sales during the last year.
    Original Air Date: April 27, 2014