Saturday, October 19, 2013

  • The Pope reaches out to the Jewish Community
    Pope Francis made several overtures to the Jewish community this week, sending an email to the son of two Holocaust survivors to laud him on a lecture discussing faith and the Holocaust, and refusing to grant a former Nazi war criminal a funeral mass. Kim Lawton from PBS's Religion and Ethics Weekly talks about the improving relationship between the Catholic church and the Jewish community.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2013
  • Calls for Syrian conflict talks in Geneva
    Today UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said intense efforts to start Syrian peace talks were in progress after Secretary of State John Kerry and others have called for the two sides to sit down for a conference in Geneva. Andrew Tabler, Senior Fellow at the Program for Arab Politics at the Washington Institute talks about the current situation in Syria with Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2013
  • Chilecon Valley: Entrepreneurs very welcome
    While United States immigration policy makes it difficult for immigrant entrepreneurs to get visas to set up shop in the United States, Chile is welcoming them with open arms. Through an initiative called Start-Up Chile, the country is aiming to be the high-tech hub of South America.
    Original Air Date: October 19, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Shields and Brooks on the shutdown 'cease-fire' winners
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's top political news, including outcomes of the shutdown fight for the Republican party and the president, the outlook for the online insurance exchanges, plus remembrances of former House Speaker Tom Foley.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Looking back at Tom Foley's time as House speaker
    Tom Foley, former speaker of the House and long-time Democratic congressman, has died at the age of 84. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman digs into the NewsHour archives to review highlights from Foley's career and the legacy he left on the House of Representatives.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Ancient skull discovery offers researchers a view into past
    The discovery of a 1.8 million-year-old skull at Dmanisi in Georgia has revolutionized scientists' idea of human evolution. Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what these ancient remains teach us about our ancestors and origins.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Unearthed skull revises understanding of human evolution
    Research based on a 1.8 million-year-old skull shows that human evolution may have followed a straighter line than scientists previously thought. The skull, unearthed in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, is the most complete ever found of a human ancestor and marks the earliest evidence of human ancestors leaving Africa.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Jeh Johnson tapped for Homeland Security
    President Obama nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to be the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, tapped to succeed Janet Napolitano. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at Johnson's career and challenges he could face with Daniel Klaidman of The Daily Beast and Charlie Savage of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Detroit's InsideOut students and alumni perform their poetry
    Detroit's InsideOut student Patty Lare and alumni Terrell Morrow and Justin Rogers perform their poetry at the Dell Pryor art gallery.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Glitches persist for online insurance exchange shoppers
    Beset with glitches and registration problems, the launch of the online insurance exchanges at the start of October were rockier than expected. For an update on the status of the site and user experiences, Ray Suarez talks to Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post and Louise Radnofsky of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • News Wrap: Saudi Arabia rebukes UN Security Council
    In our news wrap Friday, Saudi Arabia accused the UN Security Council of failing to resolve conflicts like the civil war in Syria, and appeared to reject its newly acquired seat on the body. Also, one of the gunmen in the Nairobi mall attack has been identified as a Norwegian citizen originally from Somalia.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • President Obama taps Jeh Johnson to head Homeland Security
    President Barack Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security Friday afternoon.
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Jonathan Lethem on American Communism in 'Dissident Gardens'
    Jeffrey Brown talks to author Jonathan Lethem about his look at American Communists in his new novel, 'Dissident Gardens.'
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013
  • Jonathan Lethem reads an excerpt from 'Dissident Gardens'
    Jonathan Lethem reads an excerpt from his new novel, 'Dissident Gardens.'
    Original Air Date: October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

  • A look at political brinkmanship past and present
    Fundamental disagreement is an expected occurrence in Congress, but lately crises have come in increasing frequency. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Eric Liu of Citizen University, Steven Hayward of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Beverly Gage of Yale University for a closer look at polarized American politics.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • Will Facebook change erode privacy rights for teens?
    Privacy settings on Facebook will now allow users aged 13-17 to share posts with people outside their friend network. Will the change help teens express themselves or lead to problems like cyberbullying? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute and Jim Steyer of Common Sense Media.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • Gun safety advocates support 'smart' firearms
    New guns that won't fire for anyone who hasn't been authorized are on their way to the market. Proponents of these "smart" firearms say they can prevent accidental deaths, but gun rights activists say additional safety feature aren't necessary. Ray Suarez reports on the new technology in the gun debate.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • Analysts warn uncertainty from shutdown may spook consumers
    While Congress engaged in a budget showdown, workers' pay was delayed, tourism money lost and small business loans put on hold. Judy Woodruff talks to Sylvia Burwell of the Office of Management and Budget, plus Beth Ann Bovino of Standard & Poor's and Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics offer insight on broader potential impact.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • Senator-elect Booker on legislative priorities
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be New Jersey's first African-American senator, having been elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. Gwen Ifill talks to Booker about his win, his legislative priorities and how he plans to pursue "uncommon coalitions for uncommon results" with his fellow lawmakers.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • News Wrap: CIA uses NSA data to carry out drone strikes
    In our news wrap Thursday, new revelations from documents leaked by Edward Snowden show the CIA relies heavily on the NSA's ability to gather data to track down terrorists and carry out drone strikes abroad. Also, President Obama plans to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • Short-term spending deal reopens government
    The U.S. government went back to work after Congress passed a bill that ended a 16-day shutdown and temporarily raised the debt ceiling. President Obama called on lawmakers to work together, while a small budget group began meeting in hopes of reaching a long-term solution. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • Nicky Nodjoumi's Art in Exile
    Nicky Nodjoumi’s artwork walks a fine line between art and politics. After the ousting of the Shah in 1979, the new Khomeini regime began strictly regulating artistic expression. Nodjoumi was exiled after a Tehrab exhibition in 1980."They saw the show and they labeled me as anti-revolution, anti-Khomeini, and anti-regime."
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013
  • President Obama Addresses Federal Workers After Shutdown
    At the White House Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke to an audience of federal workers and press. The president signed a measured early Thursday morning that reopened the government after over two weeks of a partial shutdown.
    Original Air Date: October 17, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

  • Stanley Crouch recounts rise of Charlie 'Bird' Parker
    Jazz great and sax player Charlie "Bird" Parker was remarkable for his speed, listening and improvisational intuition. Jeffrey Brown talks to author Stanley Crouch about his new biography, "Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker."
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • What parameters are guiding nuclear talks with Iran?
    While two-day talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program entered "new territory" of negotiations and heralded a change in tone and pragmatism, no major breakthroughs have been made. What issues may prove to be major sticking points? Ray Suarez talks to Michael Gordon of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • New Mexicans weigh slaughter of overpopulated wild horses
    Large herds of wild horses roam the American Southwest, but overpopulation is putting a strain on resources and threatening the livelihood of farmers and ranchers. In New Mexico, some argue the solution is to reopen horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., but opponents say the practice is inhumane. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • Italy's PM Letta: 'American leadership is needed' for Europe
    As Congress narrows in on an end to the shutdown, the rest of the world is watching their actions closely. Judy Woodruff talks to Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta about the importance of a U.S. budget deal on international market stability, the ongoing Euro crisis recovery and Italy's next move on immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013
  • GOP 'picked a fight that they couldn't win,' Dems reunited
    What are the practical and political outcomes of the 16-day stalemate in Congress that's finally drawing to a close? Although the GOP retained sequester spending levels, Democrats come out "energized and unified." Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: October 16, 2013

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