Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Shields and Brooks on turning around the VA
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki and President Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
  • Diagnosing the systemic problems plaguing the VA
    Eric Shinseki ended his five-year tenure as secretary of Veterans Affairs after more than 100 members of Congress demanded he step down. How will the VA clean up its problem-plagued health system? Jeffrey Brown talks to retired Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, M.D., Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans and Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
  • President Obama accepts VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency’s health care system that Obama called “totally unacceptable.”
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Political fight simmers over school lunch menu changes
    The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act required schools to use more wholesome ingredients and set fat, sugar and sodium limits. But Republican lawmakers have proposed a one-year waiver, arguing that students won't eat the new offerings or that schools can't afford them. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Mark Bishop of the Healthy Schools Campaign and John Dickl of the School Nutrition Association.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • Rwanda rebuilds after genocide with focus on health care
    The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they’ve worked to overcome a shortage of doctors.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • Kerry defends Obama foreign policy
    Secretary of State John Kerry weighs in on the U.S. response to the crisis in Ukraine, a terror resurgence in North Africa, the long, bloody war in Syria and a Mideast peace process that ground to a halt just a few weeks ago. He joins Gwen Ifill for an extended interview on current foreign policy challenges and why he thinks President Obama doesn’t get sufficient credit for successes.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • VA ‘scheduling schemes’ spark strong rebuke from Congress
    Calls for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki are mounting in Washington after the inspector general’s interim report on the VA medical center in Phoenix, Arizona, alleged staffers cooked the books to earn bonuses. Lawmakers on both sides, including Sen. John McCain, are calling for a criminal investigation. Hari Sreenivasan gets more detail from Gregg Zoroya of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • Kerry: Snowden should come home and face the consequences
    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden should return to the United States to face the consequences of leaking classified documents about the NSA’s secret surveillance programs.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  • Remembering Maya Angelou’s iconic voice
    Drawing on a childhood of abuse and segregation, writer and author Maya Angelou moved the nation. Works such as her 1978 poem, “And Still I Rise,” explored the effects of racism and sexism on personal identity, with a voice that married oral and written literary traditions. Jeffrey Brown discusses with Elizabeth Alexander of Yale University why the voice of Angelou resonates so profoundly.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Healing wounds of Rwanda’s genocide through reconciliation
    Twenty years after nearly a million Tutsis were killed the genocide in Rwanda, many Hutus — who were driven out in retribution — are returning to their communities. To facilitate the integration, many small groups are bringing rapprochement between pairs of genocide survivors and perpetrators. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on Rwanda’s journey toward healing and forgiveness.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Google report shows women and minorities left behind
    In a new internal report released exclusively to the NewsHour, Google reveals that women and minorities have been largely left behind in their tech workforce. The disclosure comes amid increasing pressure for Silicon Valley companies to disclose their records on diversity. Gwen Ifill talks to Google’s Laszlo Bock, Vivek Wadhwa of Stanford University and Telle Whitney of the Anita Borg Institute.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Obama urges middle ground between isolation, intervention
    President Obama addressed West Point graduates with a commencement speech that doubled as a defense of his foreign policy and a statement on his view of America's role abroad. Judy Woodruff examines the president’s remarks with former State Department official Thomas Pickering, former National Security Council staff member Elliott Abrams and Stephen Walt of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Is low voter turnout enough to legitimize Egypt’s al-Sisi?
    The head of Egypt’s military-led government, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is on course for a large presidential victory, according to preliminary election results. But despite the addition of a third polling day, many Egyptians never showed up to the polls. Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Cairo to discuss the turnout and its implications for al-Sisi.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014
  • Watch Obama's commencement address at West Point
    President Barack Obama defended his foreign policy Wednesday during a commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
    Original Air Date: May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

  • What barriers prevent India and Pakistan reconciliation?
    The meeting between India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, may have opened an opportunity to mend a relationship fraught with violence and territorial dispute. Jeffrey Brown gets two views on the contentious relationship from Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan ambassador to the U.S., and Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • High Court overturns Florida law on death penalty criteria
    The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn a Florida rule that used an IQ score of 70 as the determining factor in deeming individuals mentally fit for execution. For a closer look at the decision, Judy Woodruff talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • As Louisiana’s coast shrinks, a political fight grows
    The coast of Louisiana is crumbling into the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate, and the regional Flood Protection Authority says the oil and gas industry is partly to blame. A big political fight has broken out in the state legislature over who should pay to try and repair the damage. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • How realistic is Obama’s new Afghanistan timeline?
    President Obama declared 2014 a pivotal year in pulling nearly all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016. To examine the timetable laid out by the president, Gwen Ifill gets views from former Defense Department official Michèle Flournoy and retired Army Gen. Jack Keane.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014
  • Temporary portable classrooms get sustainable makeover
    Pre-fab classroom buildings, or "portables," are supposed to provide a temporary, affordable solution to overcrowded schools. But many are kept in use well beyond their intended expiration dates, accumulating additional costs and sometimes causing difficulties. Special correspondent Katie Campbell of KCTS Seattle reports on how one Washington state school district is tackling this challenge.
    Original Air Date: May 27, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Why far-right and far-left parties are gaining in Europe
    From Great Britain to Greece, anti-European Union political fervor surged in European Parliamentary elections over economic, globalization and immigration concerns. Jeffrey Brown discusses the rise of these anti-establishment groups and their potential impact with Antoine Ripoll of the European Parliament Liaison Office and Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • Amid Mideast tensions, Pope performs ‘balancing act’
    Juggling the political and religious rivalries between Israel and the Palestinians during his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis called on Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican for prayer and reflection. Jeffrey Brown gets insight into how the Pope navigated his trip from Nicholas Casey of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Jerusalem.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • Americans honor sacrifice of fallen servicemembers
    On Memorial Day, Americans across the country paused to honor men and women who fought and died in war. President Obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after a surprise weekend trip to Afghanistan. Remembrances come as the U.S. prepares to withdraw most of its forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • Can Ukraine’s Poroshenko deliver on lofty expectations?
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff from Kiev for an update on the latest fighting and chaos in Eastern Ukraine. Warner also discusses the challenges facing the likely future president, Petro Poroshenko, as he lays out plans to both unite the country and strengthen ties with Europe and Russia.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • California shooter evaded police suspicion in April
    Elliot Rodger killed six people and himself Friday night in Isla Vista, California. According to a “manifesto,” Elliot had been planning the attack for three years, and had posted videos promising violence. Judy Woodruff learns more from Adam Nagourney of The New York Times about his parents’ attempt to get to him before the attack and a previous encounter between Rodger and the police.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • Watch Obama speak from Arlington National Cemetery
    President Barack Obama, back in Washington after his surprise trip to visit troops in Afghanistan, spoke from the Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, paying tribute to fallen soldiers, as part of the morning's Memorial Day ceremony.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014
  • President Obama lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    President Barack Obama, back in Washington after his surprise trip to visit troops in Afghanistan, laid a wreath Monday morning at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
    Original Air Date: May 26, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Can Mexico’s health program teach the U.S. to lose weight?
    With obesity levels rivaling those seen in the United States, Mexico has launched a rigorous campaign to combat the epidemic, including taxes on sugary drinks and other high-calorie snack foods. How well is that strategy is working -- and what lessons can U.S. policy makers learn from their Mexican counterparts?
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • Putin meets with foreign journalists in St. Petersburg
    In a meeting with foreign journalists Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed feelings of "aggrievement" toward the West, particularly the United States. For more on Putin's view of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, Reuters Managing Editor Paul Ingrassia joins Hari Sreenivasan via Google Plus from St. Petersburg.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2014