Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • U.K. reportedly spied on Yahoo webcam chats with NSA help
    Based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, The Guardian newspaper reported that British spy agencies, with help from the U.S., have been watching citizens and collecting images via Yahoo webcam chats in a covert program named Optic Nerve. The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the details.
    Original Air Date: February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Will Russia intervene in Ukraine?
    Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution and Nadia Diuk of the National Endowment for Democracy about the challenges ahead for finding unity in Ukraine and the chances of Russia stepping in as unrest continues.
    Original Air Date: February 26, 2014
  • Senate grills Swiss banking giant on tax evasion
    A Senate probe concluded that Credit Suisse has helped thousands of wealthy Americans hide billions of dollars from the IRS overseas. In a hearing on Capitol Hill, the Swiss banking giant’s leadership refused to provide more information or disclose names to the Senate, citing Swiss law. Gina Chon of The Financial Times joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the hearing and the Swiss bank’s liability.
    Original Air Date: February 26, 2014
  • Why are younger children alone in reducing obesity rates?
    The Centers for Disease Control is reporting progress in cutting obesity among pre-schoolers. During the past decade, obesity in children aged 2 to 5 has dropped from 14 percent to 8 percent. Christina Economos of the Tufts University School of Medicine joins Gwen Ifill to discuss possible factors in the decrease, including changes to food assistance programs and nutrition and exercise campaigns.
    Original Air Date: February 26, 2014
  • Designing cleaner stoves for the developing world
    An estimated 3 billion people worldwide rely on open-fire cookstoves that burn wood, dung or crop residues for food preparation. But the smoke from these stoves harms the environment and can be blamed for some 2 million deaths every year. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from El Salvador on efforts to provide cleaner stoves to people in developing countries.
    Original Air Date: February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • For ‘dreamers,’ private initiative aims to help pay tuition
    Some states now allow students who entered the U.S. illegally as children to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, but they are not eligible for federal financial aid. Jeffrey Brown talks to Carlos Gutierrez of Republicans for Immigration Reform and Henry Munoz of the Democratic National Committee about a private sector effort to help these scholars.
    Original Air Date: February 25, 2014
  • Islamist militants murder dozens of students in Nigeria
    At least 58 students were murdered at a Nigerian agricultural college by suspected Boko Haram militants, who set a locked dormitory ablaze and cut the throats of those who tried to escape. In the last month, more than 300 people in northeastern Nigeria have been killed by the militant group. J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council joins Judy Woodruff to discuss instability in Nigeria.
    Original Air Date: February 25, 2014
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  • Budget cuts could ground unstoppable A-10 Warthog aircraft
    The A-10 Warthog was designed specifically to fly in low and attack enemy forces, loitering over the battlefield. But top Pentagon officials now say the Warthog's days are over. The Defense Department plans to eliminate the entire fleet and save $3.5 billion over five years in order to save for newer and more capable aircraft. Kwame Holman reports on the debate.
    Original Air Date: February 25, 2014
  • Maduro sends mixed messages about U.S.-Venezuela relations
    The State Department expelled three Venezuelan officials from the U.S. after President Nicolas Maduro ordered three American diplomats leave his country. Now Maduro is proposing a new Venezuelan ambassador to the U.S. after years without an official representative. Meanwhile, 15 people have died in recent street clashes between protesters and police. Gwen Ifill talks to Girish Gupta of Reuters.
    Original Air Date: February 25, 2014
  • A-10 designer explains Warthog's unique characteristics
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday that the Air Force will retire the entire fleet of A-10 Warthogs, an aircraft that ground forces view as their guardian in the sky. The PBS NewsHour recently interviewed one of the designers of the A-10, Pierre Sprey, about the unique characteristics of the aircraft.
    Original Air Date: February 25, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Poets turn reporters to tell story of vulnerable citizens
    It took months of digging through documents and interviewing sources for journalists at the Center for Investigative Reporting to flesh out myriad troubles at the housing authority in Richmond, Calif. But this investigation had a twist: three young poets from Richmond teamed up as part of the Off/Page Project to help report the reality for residents living in decrepit conditions.
    Original Air Date: February 24, 2014
  • Film captures optimism, endurance of Egypt’s revolution
    The Academy Award-nominated film “The Square” follows two and a half years of revolution in Egypt, centered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where the uprising unfolded in 2011. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner sits down with director Jehane Noujaim and producer Karim Amer to discuss the documentary, hopes held by the people they filmed and their wishes for Egypt.
    Original Air Date: February 24, 2014
  • How will proposed military savings affect security?
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented a plan to reshape the nation's military after more than a decade of war. Measures include cutting active-duty rolls, eliminating certain technology and making adjustments to benefits. Gwen Ifill weighs the options and the potential side effects with former National Security officer Gordon Adams and Thomas Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute.
    Original Air Date: February 24, 2014
  • Arrest of Guzman, ‘face of Mexican impunity,’ sends message
    Under Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel rose to dominate or destroy rivals on the U.S.-Mexican border. Jeffrey Brown looks at how the arrest affects the drug trade with former Mexican intelligence official Alejandro Hope and Sam Quinones of the Los Angeles Times. Transcript url:
    Original Air Date: February 24, 2014
  • Money, inclusivity concerns may challenge Ukraine transition
    How will Ukraine go about rebuilding a government? Can the country juggle regional differences, the ambitions of emerging political leaders and pressures from Russia? Judy Woodruff talks to Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Adrian Karatnycky of The Atlantic Council about challenges for Ukraine’s stability.
    Original Air Date: February 24, 2014
  • Filmmakers record a revolution in Oscar doc ‘The Square’
    Director Jehane Noujaim, producer Karim Amer and their team shouldered cameras on the streets of Cairo as Egypt's 2011 uprising unfolded. The famous "18 days" -- centered on central Cairo's Tahrir Square -- led to the downfall of a dictator, Hosni Mubarak. Noujaim and Amer sat down last week with PBS NewsHour's Margaret Warner in Washington to discuss their film "The Square."
    Original Air Date: February 24, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Transcripts reveal Fed reactions during 2008 economic crisis
    Federal Reserve Board transcripts from 2008 released on Friday give a behind-the-scenes look at how the nation’s central bankers reacted to the global financial meltdown. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath about what new insight these documents give us about how the Fed handled the crisis.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2014
  • Military using unproven programs to take on mental illness
    Nearly one thousand veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder each week. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine found that few of the military programs for preventing mental illness have been tested or proven effective. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with USA Today's Gregg Zoroya about the report's findings.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2014
  • Giving a microphone to the world's most remote people
    How can the modern study of global change benefit from ancient knowledge? Special correspondent John Larson reports on the new ways indigenous communities around the world are connecting with one another to share observations and sustain their native cultures.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
  • For Paralympic players, a hockey game with sleds
    The gear that a sled hockey player puts on for a game is pretty much the same as it is for an able bodied player. With one key difference. Rather than ice skates, players ride on a sled with blades on the bottom. Jay Shefsky of WTTW in Chicago reports.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Saturday, February 22, 2014
    On Saturday's program, days after continued bloody clashes in the Ukraine, parliament ousts the President and protesters take control. Later, in our signature segment, Americans are struggling to make ends meet after their unemployment benefits run out. And, the Highway Trust Fund may soon run out of money.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
    February 22, 2014
  • Transportation Secretary warns of dwindling highway funding
    This week the U.S. Transportation Secretary warned the federal Highway Trust Fund may run out of money later this year. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Bob Cusack, Managing Editor for The Hill, about the logistics of the fund and how state transportation spending could be affected if Congress fails to agree on a solution.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
  • Clashes in Ukraine create tension for U.S. and Russia
    Ongoing violence in Ukraine over the past few weeks has added further stress to relations between the United States and Russia. What are the issues dividing the two countries? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Professor of Russian Studies at Princeton and New York University Steven Cohen about Russia’s stake in Ukrainian unrest.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
  • As benefits expire, long-term unemployed make do with less
    On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance when an emergency federal unemployment insurance program expired. Critics of extended unemployment benefits say the benefits raise jobless numbers by allowing people to stay unemployed longer instead of taking an available job.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Questioning solitary confinement for teens at Rikers Island
    At Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex, about a quarter of the underaged teenagers who are awaiting trial are in solitary confinement, spending 23 hours a day in a 6 by 8 ft cell. Daffodil Altan of the Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at concern from city officials and others about the psychological effects of isolation on young inmates.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Ukraine, trade policy
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to analyze the week’s news, including the instability in Ukraine, disagreement among Democrats on trade policy, the influence of governors in an era of Washington gridlock, plus how boosting the minimum wage might affect jobs and poverty.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014
  • Can state leaders avoid partisan gridlock?
    In comparison to the dysfunction of Congress, how productive are state leaders, and how willing are they to work across party lines? With the nation’s governors gathering in Washington for their annual meeting, Democrat Pat Quinn of Illinois and Republican Bill Haslam of Tennessee join Judy Woodruff to discuss the minimum wage, organized labor, education and other agenda priorities.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014
  • What the Winter Olympics tell us about life in Russia
    To outsiders, Russia carries a nearly mythic reputation. Gregory Feifer, whose mother grew up during communism and himself lived there as a news correspondent, teases out an understanding of Russian character through observations of daily life in his new book, “Russians: The People Behind the Power.” Feifer joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how Russian behavior is reflected in the Sochi Olympics.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014