Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Holder: DOJ needs Congress' support on immigration backlog
    Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with Gwen Ifill to discuss the House vote to allow the speaker to sue President Obama, the backlog of immigration cases and the political fight over border crisis, death penalty reforms, voting rights and more in an exclusive interview.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
  • Watch Secretary Kerry announce 72-hour Gaza ceasefire
    Secretary of State John Kerry announced a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Thursday.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014
  • Holder: Big data is leading to unfairness in drug sentencing
    Attorney General Eric Holder told PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifill that he's worried about the criminal justice system relying on big data, in some states, for its drug sentencing. Holder said states should base a sentence on a person's conduct and not on factors such as education level as a predictor to determine a person's likelihood to repeat a crime.
    Original Air Date: July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • Comedian finds humor and substance in talking about race
    Comedian Hari Kondabolu has made a name for himself by speaking honestly -- and humorously -- about race. Kondabolu sits down Hari Sreenivasan at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss why colonialism can be a ripe subject for humor, and why comedians can say things that the rest of us can’t.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Plastic microbeads pile up into problems for the Great Lakes
    Scientists are investigating a surprising new pollutant in the country’s waterways: the tiny plastic beads found in common cosmetic products. Illinois has become the first state to ban these synthetic microbeads. Brandis Friedman of WTTW Chicago reports on the potential hazards.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Spoils of kidnapping financing al-Qaida, reveals NY Times
    An investigation by The New York Times reveals that European and Gulf state governments have routinely paid millions of dollars in ransoms to win the release of their citizens kidnapped by al-Qaida. Judy Woodruff talks to Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times about the coordinated effort to turn a profit with foreign hostages.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • What the economic rebound looks around the country
    The American GDP grew at a 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter of the year, surpassing most predictions. But will the upward swing continue? Jeffrey Brown gets a snapshot of economic recovery around the country from Shirley Leung of The Boston Globe, Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo and Tom Binnings of Summit Economics.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Senators address colleges’ accountability for sexual assault
    One in five female students has been affected by sexual assault, according to the White House. Now a bipartisan group of senators is calling for colleges and universities to take action. Gwen Ifill joins sponsors of the bill Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to discuss how the legislation will push institutions to be more transparent and provide more support to students.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Falling dollar
    Paul Solman explains the relationship between the value of the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies, talking with The Economist's Tom Easton about their Big Mac index, which measures purchasing power across countries.
    Original Air Date: April 19, 2004
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  • Curtis Harding sings 'Keep on Shining'
    Curtis Harding performs his single "Keep on Shining" from his debut album "Soul Power" at DC9 in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014
  • Soul musician Curtis Harding is 'keeping with tradition'
    Curtis Harding spoke to Art Beat about his debut album, "Soul Power" during a recent tour-stop in Washington D.C. For more Art Beat: Facebook: Twitter:
    Original Air Date: July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Rand Paul, Cory Booker team up for REDEEM Act
    The political odd couple of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have introduced new legislation in hopes of reforming the nation’s criminal justice system. They join Judy Woodruff to discuss why former prisoners should be given more opportunity to re-enter the workforce, the chances of this bill becoming law and the benefits of reaching across the aisle.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • Examining the effects of surveillance on reporters’ sources
    A new report by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU says the American government has overstepped its boundaries in clamping down on the work of reporters and their sources. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the findings from Dana Priest of The Washington Post and Stewart Baker, former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • Why longer school days can be more fun for students
    At Middle School 223 in the Bronx, the fun starts at the end of the regular day. All sixth graders are offered extracurricular activities like African drumming, latin dance and chess, plus personalized help in reading and math. John Tulenko of Learning Matters Television reports on the growing interest in extending the school day with special programs.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • How will new NCAA head injury guidelines affect players?
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed to settle a number of cases brought in a class-action head injury lawsuit. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, would create a $70 million fund for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY Sports about some lingering questions about the deal.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • Russia’s response to MH17 crash shifts EU sanction attitudes
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what changed the attitudes of the Europeans toward imposing tough sanctions, American reluctance to give Ukraine sophisticated weapons and accusations that Russia has violated a Reagan-era nuclear treaty.
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014
  • Gerygone & Twig, a high school band of 'misfits'
    On the night of their farewell show, Gerygone & Twig members reflect on their band's impact on a small Alaskan town, and what it means to grow up differently from most other high school kids. Video by Travis Gilmour and Slavik Boyechko of Alaska Public Media
    Original Air Date: July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Medical workers use education to combat Ebola outbreak
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 670 people and spread to four countries. Among those now infected are two American aid workers and the lead Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone. Gwen Ifill interviews Dr. Estrella Lasry of Doctors Without Borders about factors, including fear and hostility, that are hindering efforts to stop the outbreak.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014
  • Top-down or middle-out? Debating the key to economic growth
    What’s the best engine to drive the economy? More money for the rich, or better wages for the working class? Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the debate between those two lines of thought with billionaire venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and noted libertarian law professor Richard Epstein.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014
  • Understanding the complex web of conflict in Libya
    Stability in Libya has continued to deteriorate due to regional rivalries and the lacking of strong governance since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Jeffrey Brown talks to Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the risk of Libya becoming a failed state, spillover effects for the region and who can play a role in easing the chaos.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014
  • Lawmakers announce bipartisan breakthrough on VA reform
    House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise on how to improve patient care in the VA health care system. The $17 billion proposal would provide money for vets to seek out private care if their access is limited, hire additional doctors and nurses and lease new clinics around the country. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Florida Rep. Jeff Miller join Judy Woodruff to discuss the deal.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014
    File photo of a Veterans Affairs Medical Center by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
  • What’s making Mideast violence seem intractable
    Why is it proving so difficult to halt the current conflict between Hamas and Israel? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Robert Satloff of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and foreign policy analyst and writer Mark Perry on the sticking points standing in the way of peace and what each side has to lose — or gain.
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014
  • Sen. Mark Warner with Judy Woodruff
    Sen. Mark Warner with Judy Woodruff
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014
  • Ed Gillespie with Judy Woodruff
    Ed Gillespie with Judy Woodruff
    Original Air Date: July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Viewers Like You|Sunday, July 27, 2014
    A previous signature story about web-based incentive programs devised by behavioral economists and used by big financial institutions to try to boost savings prompted many skeptical comments from viewers around the country.
    Original Air Date: July 27, 2014
  • Israeli police stop car carrying explosives near Jerusalem
    Israel resumed its attacks in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas rejected a cease-fire offer. Hamas later offered its own temporary truce. Amid the breakdown of the temporary cease-fire, Israeli police say they stopped a car filled with explosives at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. Ruth Eglash of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Jerusalem.
    Original Air Date: July 27, 2014
  • Gaza ‘bombarded’ amid signs of cease-fire breakdown
    International efforts to create a lasting cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appear to have broken down, with more Israeli shelling of Gaza and new Hamas rocket fire into Israel on Saturday. For more about the situation on the ground in Gaza, Nicholas Casey of the Wall Street Journal joins NewsHour via Skype from Gaza City.
    Original Air Date: July 27, 2014
  • Pacific island nation of Kiribati bans commercial fishing
    The president of the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati announced a ban on commercial fishing in the waters surrounding his country in order to protect the marine life that lives along the coral reefs that ring his country’s islands, most importantly tuna.
    Original Air Date: July 26, 2014