Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Who should oversee the Web?
    The Commerce Department recently announced it would give up oversight of ICANN, the California nonprofit that manages the unique domains of the world's websites and email servers. There's been international pressure to make the change, especially in light of revelations about NSA surveillance. Vint Cerf of ICANN and Randolph May of the Free State Foundation join Judy Woodruff to offer debate.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • Japan surrenders part of its nuclear stockpile for disposal
    Japan said it would relinquish a large cache of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium -- enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons -- to the U.S. for disposal, just as a nuclear security summit opens at The Hague. Gwen Ifill assesses the deal with Matthew Bunn of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • Healing Liberia’s psychological scars after civil war
    After 14 years of civil war, more than 40 percent of Liberians suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but most have nowhere to turn. Special correspondent Molly Knight Raskin reports on one man’s devotion to healing these national psychological scars. Video shot by Ben Niles of Plow Productions
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • Washington mudslide is 'nightmare scenario' for rescue team
    The treacherous hunt for survivors continues after a massive mudslide in Oso, Wash., killed eight people, with more than 100 others still missing. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Montgomery, a geologist at the University of Washington, for background on possible causes of the deadly disaster.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • How do Ukrainians feel about the secession of Crimea?
    Gwen Ifill talks to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner, reporting from Kiev, about the vulnerability of the Ukrainian military, as well as how Ukrainians are reacting to the secession of Crimea and their feelings about the role of the West in their conflict with Russia.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • What gave Malaysia confidence in its Flight 370 conclusion?
    After 17 days of searching for the missing airliner, Malaysian officials announced that they believe it went down in the Southern Indian Ocean and that no one survived. Michael Schmidt of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff to discuss lingering questions for the Malaysian authorities in light of their conclusion.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • RAW VIDEO: Aftermath of Washington mudslide
    At least eight are confirmed dead with more than a dozen still missing from Saturday’s 1-square-mile mudslide that devastated a small riverside community in Snohomish County, Wash., authorities said late Sunday.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • Texas City oil spill blocks major shipping channel
    As much as 168,000 gallons of oil spilled from a barge's ruptured tank on Sunday, blocking the Houston Ship Channel, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. The spill has stopped about 60 vessels and cruise ships from entering the area. As of Sunday afternoon, oil has been detected 12 miles offshore in the Texas gulf. Officials said it would take at least several days to contain the oil.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • From the NewsHour vault: Exxon Valdez oil spill 25 years ago
    25 years ago, Robert MacNeil, longtime anchor and executive editor of the PBS NewsHour, interviewed Don Cornett, Alaska coordinator for Exxon, and Gov. Steve Cowper of Alaska, days after the clean-up process began for what was, then, the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • C. D. Wright reads 'Obscurity and Legacy'
    C. D. Wright reads her poem "Obscurity and Legacy" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Poetry Gallery commissioned 12 modern poets to reflect on the war. Those works are published in "Lines in Long Array: A Civil War Commemoration."
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014
  • Prime Minister: Flight 370 ended in Southern Indian Ocean
    Based on new analysis of satellite data of the plane's path, analysts have concluded flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites," Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak explained.
    Original Air Date: March 24, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Turkish and Chinese Social media users circumvent crackdowns
    Hari Sreenivasan explores the methods social media users utilize to circumvent attempts to stifle online free speech. He talks with a 16-year-old in Istanbul who is dealing with Turkey’s official ban on Twitter using a VPN, or virtual private network.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2014
    Twitter protest VPN addresses, Turkey
  • NYT report: Pakistani officials knew bin Laden’s whereabouts
    A story in the New York Times this week by reporter Carlotta Gall suggests Pakistan did not fully cooperate with American efforts to track down Osama bin Laden. Were senior Pakistani officials aware of bin Laden’s presence in the country? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Dan Markey, of the Council on Foreign Relations, about what the Pakistani Intelligence Service might have known about bin Laden.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2014
  • Kansas and Arizona win voter proof-of-citizenship ruling
    A U.S. District judge in Wichita ruled on March 19 that the federal Election Assistance Committee must change federal voter registration forms in order to account for state laws that require new voters to prove U.S. citizenship. USA Today reporter Alan Gomez talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the ruling’s implication for the nation at large.
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2014
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  • Kansas offers incentives to lure people back to the plains
    The Great Plains have been losing population since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. NewsHour travels to Kansas to find out about a state plan that offers incentives to attract new residents to Rural Opportunity Zones. Will deals on student loan reimbursement and state income taxes bring people to rural Kansas counties?
    Original Air Date: March 23, 2014
    Rural Kansas, NewsHour Weekend

Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Missing plane search focuses on new satellite imagery data
    After two weeks of searching, the missing Malaysian Airlines plane has yet to be found. In recent days both Australian and Chinese satellite imagery have picked up on objects that could be aircraft debris. What does this mean for search? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with WSJ reporter Andy Pasztor about the technology authorities are using to find flight 370 and how it is affected by nature.
    Original Air Date: March 22, 2014
  • What can the Dutch teach the U.S. about selling pot?
    As Colorado and Washington begin selling legal marijuana, questions remain about the practical process of changing drug policy. NewsHour travels to the Netherlands -- the one nation that's been openly selling pot for over forty years -- to see what might be in store for the United States. Correspondent William Brangham and producer Saskia de Melker report.
    Original Air Date: March 22, 2014
    Marijuana for saie in a coffeeshop in the Netherlands.

Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Reanimating private eye Philip Marlowe’s noir world
    Irish writer John Banville slips into Raymond Chandler’s voice for a new crime novel starring one of the great characters in American fiction: private detective Philip Marlowe. 1950’s Los Angeles, the femme fatale, Hollywood stars: Chandler’s noir ingredients are back in full swing in “The Black-Eyed Blonde.” Banville talks to Jeffrey Brown about his novel and using the pseudonym Benjamin Black.
    Original Air Date: March 21, 2014
  • Using crowdsourcing to search for Malaysia’s missing jet
    The overflow of information generated during a crisis like the Malaysian airliner gone missing can be just as paralyzing as the absence of information for those officials charged with searching. A crowdsourced search for Flight 370 harnesses the energy and time of the more than 3 million people who have volunteered to scour satellite imagery. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: March 21, 2014
  • Political turmoil enflames divisions in Eastern Ukraine
    The Kiev uprisings tapped into a division in Ukraine that’s rooted in memories of World War II, when soldiers in Eastern Ukraine fought with the Soviet Army, while some in Western Ukraine may have collaborated with Nazis. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Donetsk on the ways that historic strife is being revisited in the current hopes and worries of the people in that region.
    Original Air Date: March 21, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on strengthening Russia sanctions
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including how President Obama’s response to the Crimea annexation will be evaluated, the latest media push to promote the health care law, the outlook for midterm elections and remembering former DNC chair Bob Strauss.
    Original Air Date: March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • Innovating technology for the needs and health of elders
    There’s a multi-billion-dollar market that has been largely overlooked by Silicon Valley. But a new wave of tech startups have begun developing products for seniors and their caregivers, from redesigning canes and pill boxes, to a web-based app that helps keep an eye on elderly relatives. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise has the story.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2014
  • New lead, new challenges in search for Malaysian jet
    Satellite cameras recorded two objects about 1,400 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, in the Southern Indian Ocean, raising the possibility that they may be part of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. But even with a more targeted area to focus on, the challenges of locating the aircraft are daunting. Gwen Ifill learns more from Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2014
  • Why Democrats are worried about the midterm map
    The sluggish health care rollout, a president with struggling approval ratings and the influence of outside money all have Democrats worried about midterm elections. They could have a tough time taking back control of the House in November, while their hopes of holding onto their advantage in the Senate have dimmed. Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Amy Walter and Stuart Rothenberg.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2014
  • Will Gen. Sinclair trial affect military sex assault policy?
    Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, the highest ranking U.S. military officer ever court martialed for sexual assault, pleaded guilty on charges of sexual misconduct and was fined $20,000, but will serve no jail time. Judy Woodruff gets details from Paul Woolverton of The Fayetteville Observer about the trial and the decision to pursue a plea deal.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2014
  • U.S. sanctions will punish Russia, but will they deter?
    Debate is growing in Washington about the Obama administration’s response to the Ukraine crisis. Some argue the U.S. should have stood up more firmly to Putin, while others suggest that American actions may have provoked Russia. Judy Woodruff gets views on the efficacy of U.S. sanctions from David J. Kramer of Freedom House and Richard K. Betts of Columbia University.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2014
  • Obama announces more sanctions on Russian officials, 1 bank
    President Barack Obama announced more economic sanctions on Russian individuals and said he signed a new executive order that imposes sanctions on "key sectors of the Russian economy." The announcement follows increased Russian aggression in the Crimean peninsula as Moscow works to annex the region into the Russian Federation.
    Original Air Date: March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Analyzing the uphill optimism of the Millennial generation
    Each generation leaves a unique imprint. “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown” sheds light on how today’s youngest adults differ from and clash with their parents and grandparents. Author Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what distinguishes today’s Americans aged 18-33.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2014