Monday, December 5, 2011

  • China and the U.S., Economically: Like Teenagers Having Sex
    Getting back to his roots, Standup Economist Yoram Bauman begins his latest dispatch from Beijing by testing just how far you can apply the First Amendment in modern-day China. He's humored audiences twice in China thus far. Yoram takes some liberties in a bookstore supposed to be a 'free speech zone.' Indeed, he pushes the envelope.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011
  • Weekly Poem: 'Prayer for the Hanoi Man Who Waits for Breakdowns on His Block'
    Jennifer Richter is author of the collection, "Threshold," winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.
    Original Air Date: December 5, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

  • Shields, Brooks on Gingrich's 'Skeletons,' Bill Clinton's 'Second Act,' Tax Cuts
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news, including the likelihood of Newt Gingrich being elected president, Bill Clinton's post-presidential work, lawmakers' struggles over the payroll tax cut extension and Rep. Barney Frank's legacy.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • Bill Clinton on Obama: 'I Think He'll Be Re-elected'
    In an interview with Judy Woodruff Friday, former President Bill Clinton discussed his new book, "Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy," his new collaboration with President Obama to promote energy efficiency and create jobs, his 2012 predictions and his relationship with GOP candidate Newt Gingrich.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • Creating Jobs in the Volunteer State: What Are Businesses Doing?
    Republicans have been saying that businesses aren't hiring because of uncertainty about regulation, the cost of health insurance and the cost of borrowing money. As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman traveled to Tennessee to see if companies are creating more paying jobs in the Volunteer State.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • U.S. Jobs Picture Shows Some Promise, but Many in 'Very Long Struggle' for Work
    The November unemployment report came out Friday, and it showed new job creation and a surprising drop in unemployment. However, the outlook remains bleak for many job seekers. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest numbers with Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial and Carl Van Horn of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011
  • Conversation: 'Caravaggio: a Life Sacred and Profane'
    Michelangelo Caravaggio was one of the great painters in the history of Western art. He also remains one of the most mysterious and elusive of artistic geniuses. A new biography by Andrew Graham-Dixon, "Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane," wrestles with the man, his times and his work.
    Original Air Date: December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

  • For 'Soldiers' in Mexico's Drug War, 'More Murders Than They Can Count'
    The death toll continues to mount in Mexico's drug war. Hari Sreenivasan and Ioan Grillo of GlobalPost discuss his new book "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency," an account of his more than 10 years investigating the country's criminal cartels.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • Barney Frank on Dysfunction in Congress: 'Blame James Madison'
    Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank announced this week that he would not seek re-election next year after more than four decades in politics. Judy Woodruff and Frank discuss his legacy, his decision to retire, the U.S. housing crisis, Europe's ongoing debt problems, and dysfunction in Congress and the U.S. political system.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • For Frequent Fliers, How Big a Concern Is Backscatter Body Scan Radiation?
    As millions of Americans take to the skies for holiday travel, some scientists have raised concerns about the small dose of ionizing radiation emitted by backscatter full-body scanners used to screen passengers at U.S. airports. In partnership with ProPublica, Miles O'Brien examines what we do and don't know about the machines.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • When Will We See an AIDS-Free Generation?
    On World AIDS Day, President Obama pledged Thursday to provide HIV treatment for millions more around the world. Jeffrey Brown discusses the state of the epidemic with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, clinic director Dr. Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah and David Ernesto Munar of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • Obama, Clinton Have 'a Lot at Risk' in Delicate Relationship With Burma
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Southeast Asian nation of Burma on Thursday. Margaret Warner discusses the significance of the isolated country's first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years with William Wan of The Washington Post, who's traveling with Clinton.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • Obama Pledges More Support for HIV Treatment
    President Obama marked World Aids Day Thursday by pledging a stepped-up effort to reach more victims of the pandemic that began 30 years ago and has since infected an estimated 66 million people worldwide. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011
  • An Illustrated History of AIDS
    The colorful posters have graced walls and subways in London, New York, and Paris. But they weren't ads for the latest haute couture -- they were all once part of public health campaigns aimed at raising awareness of AIDS. Since 1990, Dr. Edward Atwater has collected more than 6,000 of them from 150 countries.
    Original Air Date: December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

  • As Lipitor's Patent Expires, Is Era of 'Blockbuster Drugs' Over?
    After 14 years on the market, the most profitable prescription drug in history, Lipitor, is going generic as patients, doctors and the pharmaceutical industry waiting to see what will happen. Margaret Warner discusses the implications with Dr. Jerry Avorn of Harvard Medical School.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011
  • The Role of Rising Food Prices in Egypt's Revolution
    Egypt's rising food prices are helping fuel the revolution that led to this week's parliamentary elections. In collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting, Homelands Productions and Marketplace, Sandy Tolan reports as part of a new series called "Food for 9 Billion."
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011
  • Amid Sagging Support, Does Tea Party Have Staying Power for 2012?
    The Tea Party burst on the scene as a new political force, but does it have staying power? Judy Woodruff discusses the movement's influence with The Pew Research Center's Andy Kohut and The New York Times' Kate Zernike.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011
  • How Would Payroll Tax Extensions Be Funded?
    President Obama wants to extend a payroll tax cut and many Republicans do too, but both sides are far apart on how to get it done. Gwen Ifill discusses how the extension could be funded with White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011
  • Soaring Markets Reveal Clues About Big Banks' Levels of Trust, Comfort
    The Federal Reserve teamed up with other central banks to ease a growing credit crunch threatening the world's financial systems. Jeffrey Brown discusses the move and the market's reaction with Catherine Mann of Brandeis University and author David Smick.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011
  • Behind the Backscatter
    Hari caught up with Miles this week to get some behind-the-scenes intelligence on his latest piece on the backscatter body scanner security machines.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011
    November 30, 2011
  • Trombone Shorty Brings Funk to New Orleans Big Brass Tradition
    The New Orleans music tradition has a long history of talented native sons, and Troy, "Trombone Shorty", Andrews is among the most recent. But he's no newcomer to the music scene. Andrews began playing horn at age 4 in funeral bands. Now, at age 24, and with a new album, Andrews continues to merge traditional brass instrumentation with new funk sounds and present it for big crowds with energy.
    Original Air Date: November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

  • Legendary Saxophonist Sonny Rollins on His Enduring Love for Jazz
    On Saturday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will bestow its Kennedy Center Honors on five of the nation's leading artists. One is legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, who is still performing at age 81. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rollins to discuss his life's work.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2011
  • Fed Faces New Scrutiny for Trillions in Assistance to Banks After Crisis
    A report published Monday raises new questions about money that the Federal Reserve provided to banks in the wake of the financial crisis. Judy Woodruff discusses the report with Bob Ivry of Bloomberg News.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2011
  • In Egypt and Congo, Questions of Election Legitimacy Remain
    Millions of Africans voted Tuesday in two very different elections. Margaret Warner discusses elections in Egypt and Congo with The International Republican Institute's Scott Mastic, who's leading an election monitoring team in Cairo, and Soloman Moore of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Congo's capital of Kinshasa.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2011
  • How Effective Is Justice Department Crackdown on Counterfeit Goods Dealers?
    The Justice Department used Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, to shut down 150 websites that were allegedly peddling fake shoes, sporting goods and handbags. Gwen Ifill discusses the crackdown on counterfeit goods with author Larry Downes and Steve Tepp of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2011
  • Employees Expected to 'Bear the Burden' of American Airlines Bankruptcy
    After 81 years of flying, American Airlines landed in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday, filing for Chapter 11 protections against its creditors. Judy Woodruff discusses what's behind the bankruptcy with Ben Mutzabaugh of USA Today.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2011
  • Extended Interview: Sonny Rollins
    Jeffrey Brown recently sat down with Sonny Rollins at the Kennedy Center to talk about his life as a saxophonist and composer. In this excerpt of their conversation, Rollins talks about what other jazz greats have meant to him.
    Original Air Date: November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

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