Monday, May 21, 2012

  • After NATO Leaves, Will Afghan Forces Be Ready?
    Judy Woodruff speaks with former Ambassador to the European Union James Dobbins and retired Col. David Lamm about NATO's exit plans coming out of this week's summit in Chicago and whether Afghan forces are ready to absorb security responsibilities once most foreign troops leave in 2014.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Obama Stresses Afghan Stability and Exit Plan at NATO Summit
    At the NATO Summit Monday, President Obama emphasized the importance of a stable Afghanistan, and of phasing out most foreign forces by the 2014 deadline. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Helping High School Youth Learn by Doing
    Since 1994, YouthBuild has trained 110,000 high school dropouts around the country to put up houses for their community and think critically in the classroom while earning their GEDs or diplomas. As part of the American Graduate series, Paul Solman reports on a program designed to keep kids learning inside and outside of class.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Catholic Groups Sue Over Contraception Coverage
    A group of Roman Catholic leaders and institutions sued the Obama administration over the federal mandate to provide birth control to employees, saying it violated religious freedom. Gwen Ifill and The Wall Street Journal's Janet Adamy discuss the lawsuit.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Why Rutgers Webcam Case Gleaned National Attention
    Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in prison for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, who later jumped to his death from a bridge. Jeffrey Brown and The New York Times' Kate Zernike discuss the ruling and its implications.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • More With Anne Midgette on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with the Washington Post's Anne Midgette about the life and legacy of German singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died Friday at age 86.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

  • 'The Information Diet': More 'Conscious Consumption' Needed?
    Clay Johnson, author of "The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption", discusses with Hari Sreenivasan how abundant technology is affecting our health, such as "email apnea."
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on Americans Elect, Preakness Predicting
    In this week's Doubleheader, Mark Shields and David Brooks talk Ron Paul, the Preakness Stakes and what it's like on the field at Yankee Stadium.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • In Trayvon Martin's Case Documents, 'No Obvious Slam Dunk'
    Prosecutors released this week more than 200 pages of photos, eyewitness accounts and investigative reports in the case of Trayvon Martin's killing in Florida. The Washington Post's Sari Horwitz tells Margaret Warner that the documents bolster neither the prosecution nor the defense's case.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on Campaign Ads, J.P. Morgan Losses
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news including a recent Obama campaign video that tries to debunk Mitt Romney's job creation claims, J.P. Morgan Chase losses and the expected renewal of the debt ceiling debate.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • USAID Admin: Food Security a 'Grand' But 'Achievable' Goal
    President Obama outlined Friday a private-public partnership to work on global poverty issues ahead of the Group of Eight summit in Camp David this weekend. Ray Suarez and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discuss the initiative to lift millions out of poverty and hunger through farming partnerships.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • News Wrap: Greece Uncertainty Tops Agenda at G-8 Summit
    In other news Friday, leaders of some of the world's largest economies began gathering at Camp David in Maryland for the G-8 summit. Also, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested Greece hold a referendum on staying in the eurozone, according to a spokesman for Greece's caretaker government.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • What Are Facebook's Challenges Now?
    The public sale of Facebook shares on Friday didn't soar as some had expected. Margaret Warner talks to Arvind Bhatia of Sterne Agee and Rob Cox of Reuters' Breakingviews about what Facebook needs to do to keep its audience and advertisers.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • Mapping the Genomes of Crocodiles and Alligators
    David Ray never turns his back on his research, and with good reason! Ray and his team study alligators, crocodiles, and bats, among other creatures. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this multidisciplinary team from several universities is mapping crocodile and alligator genomes.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Combating Hardship in Rural Thailand
    From Thailand, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one social entrepreneur's efforts to combat hardships and instill a new way of thinking in the rural regions of the relatively prosperous country.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • Campaigns Utilize YouTube to Save Money, Target Voters
    As part of an ongoing series on how candidates use social media this election season, Ray Suarez and journalists Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz of Daily-Download.com discuss how President Obama and Mitt Romney use YouTube to bypass the "gatekeepers," or mainstream media, and get constituents to watch their campaign videos.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • Geithner: Another Debt Limit Debate? 'I Don't Understand it'
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Jeffrey Brown during a factory tour Thursday in Baltimore that he couldn't understand why the debate over the federal debt limit is back again. They also discussed how regional Federal Reserve banks' boards are established and how President Obama will campaign about jobs and the economy.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • News Wrap: Greek Credit Rating Drops Amid Eurozone Doubts
    In other news Thursday, questions kept coming about the future of the eurozone. By all accounts, money was flowing out of Greece where far-left leaders are agitating to break a bailout agreement and end austerity measures. Also, a fight over solar panels flared into the open between the U.S. and China.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • Minority Babies Make up Majority in U.S. Births
    White babies account for fewer than half of newborns in the United States -- just 49.6 percent of last year's births, according to new Census data released Thursday. Margaret Warner discusses the tipping point and its implications with the Brookings Institution's William Frey and New York University's Marcelo Suarez-Orozco.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • Geithner: Obama's Tough Economic Choices Have Made...
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner spoke with the PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown Thursday about how President Obama's economic record will play out on the campaign trail this year.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • Exclusive | Geithner: 'Perception Is a Problem' With Bank...
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown Thursday that "perception is a problem" with bank executives sitting on the board of the New York Fed.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • Geithner: 'I Don't Understand' Why Debt Ceiling Debate Is Ba
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown during a factory tour Thursday that he couldn't understand why the debate over the federal debt limit is back again.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • In 'First Position,' Ballet Behind the Scenes
    In the ballet world, the Youth American Grand Prix can make or break a young dancer's career. In "First Position," director Bess Kargman follows seven aspiring ballet dancers between the ages of 10 and 17 as they prepare for and compete in the annual New York City event.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012
  • Politics Puts on Its Cap and Gown
    We traveled across Virginia to attend the commencement ceremonies for Virginia Tech and Liberty University, where politics peppered the graduations. Michelle Obama and Mark Warner spoke at Virginia Tech, and Mitt Romney spoke at Liberty. The Democrats' speeches stayed out of politics, while Romney courted voters.
    Original Air Date: May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Remembering Carlos Fuentes, Mexico's Grand Man of Letters
    Carlos Fuentes was a prolific writer -- penning novels, essays, newspaper articles, even an opera. Recognized as one of Latin America's greatest literary figures, Fuentes brought stories from Mexico to the world stage. He died Tuesday at age 83. Ray Suarez and Ilan Stavans of Amherst College discuss the impact of Fuentes' work.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2012
  • As Defense Rests, What's at Stake for John Edwards?
    Despite a nearly three-week run by the prosecution, John Edwards' defense attorneys rested after two days without calling the former vice presidential nominee, his mistress or daughter to the stand regarding the campaign finance charges he faces. Judy Woodruff and the AP's Michael Biesecker discuss the case's next steps.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2012
  • The Future of Prosthetics: Mind-Bending Robotic Arms
    Researchers have shown that patients paralyzed from the neck down can move robotic arms with their minds, according to a new report in the journal Nature that documents two cases involving brain-stem stroke victims. Margaret Warner discusses the hopes for the technology with Dr. Leigh Hochberg of Massachusetts General Hospital.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2012
  • 8th-Grade Journalist Spotlights Violence in School
    How does violence affect students' ability to learn? That's what eighth-grader De'Qonton Davis and his classmates set out to investigate as part of the NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs project in partnership with PBS station WEDU in Tampa. The students produced a unique video report that they hope President Obama will see.
    Original Air Date: May 16, 2012

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