Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Science Nation: This Breathalyzer Reveals Signs of Disease
    It's the Single Breath Disease Diagnostics Breathalyzer, and when you blow into it, you get tested for a biomarker. Professor Perena Gouma and her team at Stony Brook University in New York developed a sensor chip that is the "brain" of the breathalyzer. It's coated with tiny nanowires that look like microscopic spaghetti and are able to detect minute amounts of chemical compounds in the breath.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

  • 9/11 Mastermind's Trial Likely Years Away
    "These men have endured years of inhumane treatment and torture," defense attorney James Connell said Sunday at a Gitmo hearing for Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his alleged 9/11 co-conspirators. Margaret Warner, Frontline's Arun Rath and Medill National Security Journalism Initiative's Josh Meyer discuss the next steps in the case.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Incredible, Edible Bugs: Will Insect Meals Catch on in U.S.?
    Most Americans would squirm when even thinking of eating a grasshopper or locust. But a movement is afoot to encourage insect eating with advocates praising bugs' low fat and high protein. Spencer Michels tasted wax moth larvae tacos and crispy mealworms over ice cream to prepare this report on efforts to put bugs on U.S. menus.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Politics of Gay Marriage: Biden Remarks Rekindle Culture War
    When Vice President Joe Biden said he now believes same-sex marriages should be protected under law, it touched off a new round of political culture wars. Gwen Ifill hosts a debate between Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage and gay rights advocate Richard Socarides.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • What Hollande's Win Means for Future of Europe's Economy
    Unnerved by fiscal austerity measures, French voters on Sunday elected Socialist candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency -- rebuking sitting leader Nicholas Sarkozy. Jeffrey Brown, The New York Times' Elaine Sciolino and The Globalist's Stephan Richter discuss the prospects of major policy shifts on the horizon.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Stand-Up Comedian Baratunde Thurston on 'How To Be Black'
    Baratunde Thurston, standup comic, digital director of the satirical newspaper and website, The Onion, and now author of "How To Be Black," talks to Paul Solman about his book and being black in America.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Musician Credits Arts Education; Redefining Path to Success
    With nine studio albums under her belt and a current world tour, bass player Meshell Ndegeocello was in her hometown, Washington, DC, last week recalling how arts classes were key to ensuring that she stayed in school till graduation.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012
  • Weekly Poem: 'Cinco de Mayo'
    Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem "Cinco de Mayo" from her book, "Transfer."
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

  • Shields, Brooks on Presidential Books, Mariano Rivera
    Hari Sreenivasan sits down with Syndicated Columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks to discuss both the sport of politics and the politics of sport. This week, they talk President Clinton's book review, David Maraniss' book on President Obama, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's ACL injury, and picks for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • 'What's Going on Now': Engaging Young People Through Music
    Part of a project produced by the Kennedy Center and singer-songwriter John Legend called What's Going On Now, young people across the country are using media, music and inspiration from Marvin Gaye to address issues in their lives and communities such as the economy, wars and the environment. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on Bin Laden Politics, Chen Guangcheng
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top news including the political debates surrounding the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, U.S. and China relations amid the saga of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, new jobs numbers and structural problems in the U.S. economy.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • In Abbottabad, Bin Laden Lived in 'Prison of His Own Making'
    For a decade after 9/11, Osama bin Laden was the most hunted man in the world. This week, more details emerged about the operation and the relentless, often frustrated intelligence effort that led to his death a year ago. Margaret Warner and journalist Peter Bergen, discuss his new book "Manhunt," which recounts the long chase.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Chen Might Soon Study in U.S., but Concerns Persist
    "All of our efforts with [Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng] have been guided by his choices and our values," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, after word came that Chen might travel to the U.S. for a fellowship at NYU. Ray Suarez and NYU's Jerome Cohen discuss what's ahead for Chen and U.S.-China relations.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • For College Grads, Jobs Outlook Better but Far From Great
    After a promising start earlier this year, U.S. job growth slowed for a third month in April with just 115,000 jobs added and the unemployment rate dipping slightly to 8.1 percent. Jeffrey Brown discusses the numbers and outlook for college grads with Brandeis University's Catherine Mann and Drexel University's Paul Harrington.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Louisiana Chimps Pregnant Despite Multiple Vasectomies
    Despite a strict, no-breeding rule, and extreme efforts to stop it, chimpanzees at a Louisiana sanctuary are having accidental babies. Turns out the vasectomies are spontaneously repairing themselves. Miles interviews Chimp Haven's president and director Linda Brent.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012
  • Three New Looks on the National Mall
    The National Mall in Washington, D.C., is indeed a national treasure, but it's one that is in some disrepair. The Trust for the National Mall has just held a competition to design three new sections in oft-neglected areas on the Mall. The winners were announced Thursday.
    Original Air Date: May 4, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • Better $120 Million Status Symbol: 'The Scream' or a Yacht?
    One of the most iconic works of art in the word, a version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," sold at a record price of $119.9 million in a much-hyped New York auction Wednesday night. Jeffrey Brown and The Wall Street Journal's Kelly Crow discuss what a 12-minute-long bidding war suggests about the current state of the art market.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012
  • Is Washington's Partisanship 'Even Worse Than it Looks?'
    Judy Woodruff discusses the dysfunctional behavior in the nation's capital and what can be done to fix the polarization problems with Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, authors of the new book "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism."
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012
  • SpaceX Boldly Looks to Blast 'Millions of People to Mars'
    With the space shuttle era now over and U.S. space flight on the verge of going private for the near future, the company behind the so-called SpaceX project has ambitious plans to make space flight cheaper for cargo and for humans, with a bold idea to send millions of people to Mars. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012
  • Twitter #Hashtags a #DoubleEdgedSword for #Obama, #Romney
    As part of an ongoing series on how candidates and surrogates use social media this election season, Ray Suarez and journalists Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz of Daily-Download.com discuss the role of Twitter and hashtags to spread or co-opt campaign messages from President Obama and Mitt Romney.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012
  • Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng's Fate Remains Uncertain
    "The government officials came into my home, wanted to beat my family to death," Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said Thursday, indicating he now wants to leave China. Ray Suarez discussed the fast-moving saga of the blind activist with the AP's Charles Hutzler, the ChinaAid Association's Bob Fu and professor Susan Shirk.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012
  • Bin Laden to al-Qaida Affiliates: Stop Killing Muslims
    One of the key messages in the documents found in Osama bin Laden's compound was that al-Qaida affiliates needed to stop killing Muslims, Brian Fishman of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point told Hari Sreenivasan on Thursday.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012
  • Chen Guangcheng's Phone Call to Congress
    During a live U.S. congressional hearing Thursday afternoon, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng made a dramatic telephone appeal to come to the United States.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • Holocaust Survivor: Hatred, Tyranny Continue 'Every Day'
    After surviving the Holocaust, Gerda Weissmann Klein emigrated to the United States where she has championed the values of immigrants and citizenship. Klein speaks with Judy Woodruff about her horrifying years in Nazi captivity and how the experience has inspired her work.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2012
  • How Will Obama-Karzai Pact Affect Afghans' Future?
    Ray Suarez, former Afghan Interior Minister Ali Jalali and The Atlantic's Steven Clemons discuss how the new pact between presidents Karzai and Obama is expected to affect everyday life in Afghanistan and relations between the two countries.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2012
  • Teachers Endure Balancing Act Over Climate Change Curriculum
    For the first time, new national educational standards for grades K-12 will link global warming trends to manmade emissions. Part of our Coping With Climate Change series, Hari Sreenivasan looks at the challenges teachers face when covering the topic of climate science in their classrooms.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2012
  • Examining the Presidential Campaign, Battleground Virginia
    On the campaign trail, President Obama and Mitt Romney both stumped Wednesday in hotly contested Virginia. Gwen Ifill, USA Today's Susan Page and NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni discuss the candidates' efforts in battleground states ahead of their parties' conventions and the November presidential election.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2012
  • After Leaving U.S. Custody, What's Next for Chen Guangcheng?
    After Chen Guangchen left the U.S. Embassy in Beijing Wednesday, the Chinese dissident later said he left the diplomatic sanctuary under duress. Jeffrey Brown, Xiao Qiang of The China Digital Times and The New Yorker's Evan Osnos discuss the blind activist's unclear fate and how his saga has affected U.S.-China relations.
    Original Air Date: May 2, 2012