Monday, February 13, 2012

  • Why China's Youth Find Western Culture Attractive
    As Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping travels to the United States this week -- a trip designed in part to head off mounting tensions between the two countries -- GlobalPost correspondent Kathleen McLaughlin reports from Beijing on the growing influence of Western culture on Chinese youth.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
  • Documentary Relays Forgotten Tales of Post-Civil War Slavery
    A new PBS documentary called "Slavery by Another Name" tells the story of the adapted forced labor practices that helped extend slavery long after the end of the Civil War. Gwen Ifill speaks with Douglas Blackmon, the film's co-executive producer, about this largely forgotten piece of history and the forces that propelled it.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
  • After Wins, Some Republicans Still Question Romney's Values
    Despite weekend wins by Mitt Romney in Maine's caucuses and the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, the most recent nationwide survey of voters found Rick Santorum slightly ahead. Judy Woodruff discusses the evolving GOP field with USA Today's Susan Page and The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
  • Greek Ambassador: 'Profound Reforms' Necessary for Recovery
    Protests flooded Athens over the weekend, escalating Monday in the wake of the Greek Parliament's approval of a new wave of austerity measures. Jeffrey Brown talks with Greece's ambassador to the United States, Vassilis Kaskarelis, about the protests, the bailout negotiations and the potential impact of the austerity plan.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
  • Obama, Republicans Square Off Over $3.8 Trillion Budget Plan
    Unveiling a $3.8 trillion budget blueprint on Monday, President Obama cast the plan as an essential tool to spur economic growth and noted that tough choices would put the country "on a more sustainable fiscal path." Republicans called the plan a "campaign document." Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
  • Weekly Poem: Rita Dove Reads 'Chocolate'
    In celebration of Valentines Day, Rita Dove reads her poem, "Chocolate," from her book, "American Smooth."
    Original Air Date: February 13, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

  • 'OMG! Meiyu' Introduces China to American Slang
    Combining the powers of social media and fluent Mandarin, Jessica Beinecke teaches American slang to eager Chinese minds half a world away. Hari Sreenivasan reports on Beinecke's success with Voice of America's online video program "OMG! Meiyu" and her role as an ambassador of American culture and language to China.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on Obama's Contraception Compromise and CPAC
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news including, President Obama backtracking on the administration's earlier contraception mandate, the GOP field at the Conservative Political Action Conference and Rick Santorum's latest surge in the delegate race.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • Italy: 'Going the Greece Way' Would Be Disastrous
    Languishing amid the eurozone crisis, all of Italy is hurting and under pressure from international creditors to bring down its massive national debt. Margaret Warner reports from Milan on an economy so big that a default could bring about the collapse of the entire euro system.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • Greece Reels as Government OKs More Austerity Measures
    As Greece signed off on a new round of austerity measures in exchange for another bailout, European finance ministers said the cuts may not be enough. James Mates of Independent Television News reports on the start of a two-day strike over the cuts.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • Sebelius Explains White House's Contraception Compromise
    In an abrupt shift in policy Friday, President Obama backtracked some, announcing that religious employers would not be required to offer free birth control to employees after all. Instead the burden would be on insurers. Ray Suarez and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius discuss the president's new plan.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • Reporting Labs Participants Reflect on Experience
    Students, teachers and mentors in the NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs program reflect on their participation and what media-making has taught them.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • OMG! Exporting American Slang to China
    Meet Jessica Beinecke, the writer, host and producer of "OMG! Meiyu," or "Oh My Gosh! American English." Each weekday the 25-year-old Voice of America employee posts two-to-three-minute videos explaining the hippest American English and culture to a Chinese audience; her many Chinese fans, in turn, tell her what they'd like to learn next.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • Conversastion: Pianist Jonathan Biss
    Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas remain landmarks in music history, works that pianists in every generation have felt the desire, the inspiration, the need to take on. A new recording by Jonathan Biss is recently out, the first of nine to be released over nine years, that will eventually include the entire cycle.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012
  • President Obama Contraception Mandate Statement
    President Obama announced a compromise Friday to a controversial policy requiring certain religious organizations cover contraception services for employees. The institutions will now be able to shift responsibility for contraception coverage to health insurance companies.
    Original Air Date: February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • Story Sheds Light on Treatment of People With Disabilities
    A New York Times bestseller, Rachel Simon's "The Story of Beautiful Girl" explores empathy and tolerance in the form of a love story where characters with disabilities overcome heavyweight obstacles. Judy Woodruff and Simon discuss how society deals with disabilities and how they are portrayed in literary works.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2012
  • In Greece Bail Out, Germans Eye 'Functional, Surviving Euro'
    European Union finance ministers said Thursday Greece would have to make even more austerity cuts to receive bailout money, even if there is a new government. Margaret Warner reports from Germany on how citizens of the continent's richest country feel about the EU's latest debt relief package for Greece.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2012
  • What Greece's Latest Cuts Mean for Workers, EU
    Greek political leaders reached a much-anticipated agreement Thursday on yet another round of austerity cuts. Jeffrey Brown and John Psaropolous of the blog The New Athenian discuss implications for Greeks, the country's economy and its relationship with the continent.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2012
  • Can There Be Consensus on Birth Control?
    A new birth control mandate was under duress this week as Roman Catholic officials said it violated Church teachings and Republicans said it threatened religious freedom. Ray Suarez discusses the rule with Anthony Picarello of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Methodist Federation for Social Action's Jill Warren.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2012
  • Banks, States Reach $25 Billion Deal Over Foreclosure Abuses
    Even as foreclosed homes -- casualties of the housing bubble -- still litter the American landscape, federal and state officials announced Thursday a $25 billion deal between 49 states and five mortgage giants designed to give relief to homeowners and hold banks accountable for abusive practices.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

  • Legacy of S.F. Mayor Revived on Stage by Son
    In his new play "Ghost Light," Jonathon Moscone explores feelings of guilt and grief as well as the legacy of his father, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, who was gunned down at City Hall 33 years ago, along with gay rights advocate Harvey Milk, whose assassination has been better-remembered. KQED's Dave Iverson reports.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2012
  • Investigation: Members of Congress Steer Money Close to Home
    A Washington Post investigation found that 33 members of Congress earmarked more than $300 million total for public projects near properties they own while 16 members sent taxpayer money to companies with connections to their close family members. Gwen Ifill and Post reporter Kimberly Kindy discuss the findings and the laws.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2012
  • Brzezinski: U.S. Should Work With Russia, Turkey
    Zbigniew Brzezinski says that as American power declines relative to other countries, and China's influence grows, the United States can no longer dictate to the world, or be "the determining player of everything that is important on the global scene." Jeffrey Brown speaks with the author and former National Security Adviser.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2012
  • How Germany Became Europe's Richest Country
    As European debt crisis negotiations approach the 11th hour on yet another bailout for Greece, Margaret Warner reports on some of the people behind the economic success of Germany -- Europe's richest country.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2012
  • How Significant Were Santorum's 3 Victories?
    Rick Santorum was projected to move into second place in the GOP nomination delegate count after scoring wins in three states Tuesday. Gwen Ifill and Christina Bellantoni examine the new state of play in the Republican race, then Judy Woodruff and senior Santorum strategist John Brabender discuss his candidate's campaign.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2012
  • Conversation: Actor Edward Gero on Rothko, 'Red'
    Jeffrey Brown talks to actor Edward Gero, who stars as painter Mark Rothko in the play "Red," written by John Logan, in a production directed by Robert Falls at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
    Original Air Date: February 8, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • In 'Pilgrimage,' Leibovitz Explores Portraits Without People
    Known for portraits of celebrities and musicians, Annie Leibovitz has given herself a new assignment: capture striking landscapes and visit the homes of iconic figures to find significant snapshots from their past. Jeffrey Brown and Leibovitz discuss her "Pilgrimage" book and exhibition at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2012
  • Greece Protests Take Aim at Europe's Demands for More Cuts
    Protesters in Greece took to the streets again Tuesday, expressing anger over Europe's demands for more spending cuts and tax increases. James Mates of Independent Television News reports on the unpopular new round of austerity measures then Margaret Warner sets up her interview with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.
    Original Air Date: February 7, 2012

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