Monday, February 20, 2012

  • 50 Years Later, John Glenn Recounts His Historic Mission
    Fifty years ago, NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, despite numerous glitches. Judy Woodruff and Glenn discuss how the historic mission changed the space race.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2012
  • Red Cross Seeks Syrian Ceasefire to Deliver Medical Supplies
    As Syrian government forces continued to fight anti-government forces in Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross said it is seeking a two-hour ceasefire to deliver medical supplies and aid to civilians. Margaret Warner discusses the difficulties of delivering humanitarian aid with InterAction's Joel Charny.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2012
  • The World's Forgotten Diseases
    Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discuss some of the often neglected diseases worldwide and why we should be paying attention
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2012
  • Santorum Says Global Warming Is Politics, Not Science
    A nationwide Gallup poll showed presidential hopeful Rick Santorum leading the GOP field with 36 percent of Republican voters. The new frontrunner, who is leading rival Mitt Romney by eight points, drew crowds and criticism Monday after he said global warming is "not climate science but political science." Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2012
  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on His State's Budget
    Ray Suarez talks to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn about his state's financial troubles and budget priorities. Quinn delivers his annual budget address on Wednesday.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2012
  • Weekly Poem: Mark Conway Reads 'City Out of Time'
    Mark Conway is the author of the poetry collections "Any Holy City" (Silverfish Review Press, 2005) and "Dreaming Man, Face Down" (Dream Horse Press, 2010). He directs the Literary Arts Institute at the College of Saint Benedict.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

  • Anthony Shadid Remembered
    A gifted Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent and a regular on the NewsHour, Anthony Shadid's reporting took him from one conflict zone to the next -- from Egypt to Libya and Syria, where he died Thursday of a severe asthma attack while covering the Assad government's violent crackdown. He was 43. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Shields, Gerson on Rare Bipartisan Deal on Tax Cut
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson discuss the week's top news including Congress' bipartisan payroll tax cut extension deal, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum's lack of public support among his former colleagues in Washington and Mitt Romney's chances of winning his home state of Michigan.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Lt. Col. Davis: Commanders Sending False Info of Afghan War
    Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis recently criticized top military brass, including retired Gen. David Petraeus, saying they have misled Congress and the American people about progress in the war in Afghanistan. Margaret Warner speaks with Davis about his whistleblowing, why he went public and what his future may hold in the military.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Could U.S. Accept Iran Having Some Nuclear Technology?
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the world's major powers are reviewing a formal response to a letter from Iran suggesting serious interest in talks about the country's nuclear program. Ray Suarez discusses the possibility of talks with the Council on Foreign Relations' Ray Takeyh and Flynt Leverett of
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Are Chinese Business Partnerships Good for U.S. Companies?
    A joint venture called Oriental DreamWorks launched Friday as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping wrapped up a U.S. tour. Jeffrey Brown discusses the benefits and drawbacks of U.S.-China business partnerships with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Stephen Orlins and University of California, Irvine's Peter Navarro.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Conversation: Harry Weinger, VP of Universal Music
    Jeffery Brown talks to Harry Weinger, vice president of Universal Music Enterprises, who is the producer of several deluxe editions of Marvin Gaye's classic LPs, including "What's Going On." He tells the back story about why the song was first recorded.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
  • Conversation: John Legend
    Jeffrey Brown recently had a chance to sit down with John Legend as the singer-songwriter helped the Kennedy Center launch "What's Going On...Now," a national arts, education and digital media campaign. The effort is intended to engage youth while marking the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's album of the same name and his 1972 performance at the Kennedy Center during its inaugural year.
    Original Air Date: February 17, 2012
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

  • Why Not Everyone Supports Black History Month
    Black History Month originated in 1925 when the second week of February was made Negro History Week since it contained the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how some African-Americans now oppose the idea of dedicating a special month to black history.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Internet Voting: Will Democracy or Hackers Win?
    While it seems like everything can be done online these days, that's not actually the case when it comes to elections. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien explores the security, logistical and secrecy challenges of Internet voting.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Examining the Romney Campaign's Use of Twitter
    Social media have had a big impact on politics this election season, influencing which issues reach the forefront and affecting how campaigns act and react. A regular new NewsHour segment will track political issues as they play out online, featuring journalists Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz of the new website, Daily Download.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Pelosi Outlines Democrats' Campaign Vision
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Judy Woodruff in an interview Thursday that the deal forged on Capitol Hill to extend a payroll tax cut and continue unemployment insurance benefits will create jobs and help the economy. Pelosi also discussed upcoming legislation in the House, campaign finance and the 2012 elections.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Would U.S. or Others Lead Effort to Topple Syrian Regime?
    The United Nations issued a non-binding resolution Thursday calling for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step down after Russia and China vetoed an earlier Security Council measure. Ray Suarez discusses diplomatic options over Syria with The Wall Street Journal's Joe Lauria and Hisham Melhem of the Al Arabiya News Network.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Plumpy'nut: The Peanut Paste That Could Save Millions
    Ray Suarez talks with Isabelle Lescanne, general manager of Nutriset. The French company produces Plumpy'nut, the nutritionally fortified peanut paste that has been saving many from starvation in recent years.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012
  • Preview: Rep. Pelosi on Payroll Tax Cut Agreement
    In this excerpt of a newsmaker interview, Judy Woodruff talks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the agreement forged in Congress to extend the payroll tax cut.
    Original Air Date: February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

  • What's Causing a Shortage of Pediatric Cancer Drugs?
    While more than 250 drugs were declared in short supply in the U.S. this past year, the latest worries centered on one called Methotrexate, considered essential for children battling leukemia. Ray Suarez discusses the problem and latest developments with Dr. Peter Adamson of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • Tunisia Attempts Painful Transition to Democracy
    One year after the revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia faces ongoing economic and political struggles as it attempts a painful transition to democracy. Jessie Deeter reports, as part of a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • Surveying the Safety, Wisdom of New Nuclear Reactors in Ga.
    A construction site in Georgia is slated to house the nation's first new commercial nuclear reactors in decades. Jeffrey Brown discusses the controversial Plant Vogtle facility and the state of American nuclear power with Stephen Smith of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Nuclear Energy Institute's Tony Pietrangelo.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • In Michigan, Romney 'Is Going to Have to Fight for His Life'
    Several national polls now show GOP hopeful Rick Santorum in a new dead heat with longtime front-runner Mitt Romney. Gwen Ifill discusses Santorum's rise and efforts to win Michigan's Feb. 28 primary with The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • From Overcrowding to Corruption, Examining Honduran Prisons
    A fast-moving blaze engulfed a Honduras prison Tuesday night, killing more than 272 people. Margaret Warner discusses the details of the fire and a prison system notorious for overcrowding and violence with The Wall Street Journal's Nicholas Casey, reporting from Mexico City.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • How Do Italians Feel About the Need for Change?
    Italian author and journalist Beppe Severgnini says Italians have changed more in the past six months than the last 15 years in light of the Eurozone crisis.
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012
  • How Did Italy Get in This Mess?
    Italian author and journalist Beppe Severgnini said in order for Italians to have a solid European system of health care and social security, it's necessary to pay European taxes and "have a sort of control over funny money."
    Original Air Date: February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

  • Poet Explores Differences in Species' 'Romantic Moments'
    In honor of Valentine's Day, poet Tony Hoagland reads "Romantic Moment" -- a poem about a man and woman who have just watched a nature documentary on a date, and how their expressions of affection stack up against those of leopard frogs, chimpanzees, bull penguins and so on.
    Original Air Date: February 14, 2012