Monday, September 2, 2013

  • Labor Secretary Reflects on the Future of Unions
    Despite a continuing decline of union membership in America, Labor Sec. Thomas Perez remains optimistic about the future of organized labor. "If we are going to bring jobs back, if we're going to build a robust economy, we have got to recognize that we're all in this together," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in this interview excerpt with PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
  • Nyad Completes Historic Swim
    Shortly before 2 p.m. ET, 64-year-old Diana Nyad reached the shore, surrounded by thousands of beachgoers, making history as the first to complete the historic swim from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage.She had been swimming for 52 hours and 110 miles across the Florida Straits. This was her fifth attempt at the athletic feat.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2013
    September 2, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

  • Obama Seeks Authorization from Congress for Action on Syria
    President Barack Obama said Saturday afternoon that the U.S. should take military action against Syrian targets but that he would seek authorization for use of force from Congress.
    Original Air Date: August 31, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

  • Poet Seamus Heaney Dug the 'Wideness of Language'
    World-renowned poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney died at age 74 in his native Ireland after a brief illness. Jeffrey Brown looks back on an interview he did with the poet two years ago where he reflected on his life and work. He shares an excerpt of Heaney reading a section from his poem, "Album."
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Fulfilling Demands Made by Those Who Marched on Washington?
    Fifty years after the March on Washington, African-Americans still confront high rates of unemployment, segregation in education and race-based partisan gridlock. In what areas have we seen progress? Gwen Ifill discusses the advances and what's left to be done with historian Taylor Branch and filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Crews Work to Save Yosemite Sequoias from Rim Fire
    Sequoias are among Earth's oldest and most massive trees. But a wildfire raging near California's Yosemite National Park has put some of their unique groves at risk. Kwame Holman reports on the effort by nearly 4,000 firefighters to contain the blaze and protect these environmental treasures.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Shields Brooks, Debate Need for National Consensus on Syria
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the case laid out by Secretary John Kerry for U.S. military action in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, and whether President Obama should seek congressional approval.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Should Obama Seek Congressional, Public Approval on Syria?
    Even if they believe the evidence shows that Syria's Assad regime executed a deadly chemical weapons attack, some lawmakers believe the president should seek congressional approval ahead of any military strike. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the issue from Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Obama: "I Have Not Made A Final Decision" on Syria
    Bookended by Baltic leaders, President Barack Obama said he hasn't made any final decisions on what actions the U.S. will take, regarding Syria."We're not considering any open ended commitment. We're not considering any boots on the ground approach."The president also said that his team has consulted with allies and Congress, and what's under consideration is a "limited, narrow act."
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013
  • Kerry: "Fatigue Does Not Absolve Us of Our Responsibility"
    Secretary of State John Kerry said in a news conference Friday that the Assad regime was responsible for last week's chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrians, including at least 400 children."The question is no longer what we know, it's what we collectively, we in the world, do about it," Kerry said.
    Original Air Date: August 30, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • What Challenges Remain in the Way of a 'Dream' Democracy?
    Fifty years after the March on Washington, the vision of the civil rights movement has expanded beyond black and white, but what is left to be done? Gwen Ifill sits down with Peniel Joseph of Tufts University and filmmaker Bonnie Boswell Hamilton on how the goals of the March translate to the needs of today.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2013
  • Training and Retaining Great Principals in Urban Schools
    Urban schools often face great challenges, low test scores and high dropout rates. Eddie Aruzza of WTTW in Chicago reports on programs that train principals to improve learning despite the odds. Ray Suarez continues the conversation on the importance of principals in troubled schools with Will Miller of the Wallace Foundation.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2013
  • NFL, Ex-Players Reach $765 Million Settlement On Head Trauma
    The National Football League struck a $765 million settlement with retired players over brain-related diseases. The settlement will go towards compensation for the injured and research. Margaret Warner talks with Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN about what the agreement means for pro-athletes and the sport.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2013
  • IRS Says Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Same Tax Benefits
    In reaction to the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, legally married same-sex couples are now entitled to the same tax benefits as straight couples, regardless of where they live. For more on the IRS policy change, Judy Woodruff talks to Brian Moulton of the Human Rights Campaign.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2013
  • World Waits for Evidence Assad Regime Used Chemical Weapons
    The world is waiting for United Nations inspectors to announce their findings over the alleged use of chemical warfare in Syria. What are inspectors looking for? And how would they be able to tell if the weapons came from the Assad regime? Jeffrey Brown gets analysis from former UN and U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer.
    Original Air Date: August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • News Wrap: Military Court Sentences Nidal Hasan to Death
    In other news Wednesday, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the murder of 13 people during his 2009 shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army base. Hasan could become the first American soldier executed in more than 50 years. Also, a series of coordinated car bombings in Baghdad killed 70 and wounded 200.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • Should U.S. Punish Syria? Debating National Interest
    Would a possible U.S. military strike in Syria send a message that chemical weapon use is universally unacceptable or make a bad situation worse? Jeffrey Brown gets three views from Hisham Melham of Al Arabiya, Ivo Daalder of Chicago Council on Global Affairs and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • 50 Years Later, March on Washington Rings With Purpose
    On the very moment that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech 50 years ago, a bell rang out amidst a crowd of thousands of Americans who gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Ray Suarez highlights notable moments and words from the celebration.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • Obama: No Decision on Syria, Taking Action on Voting Rights
    President Barack Obama said he had not yet made his decision regarding a U.S. strike on Syria during an interview with PBS NewsHour senior correspondents Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. Mr. Obama spoke to the NewsHour on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where he reflected on the challenges Americans still face today in the form of jobs, health care and education.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • Obama: ‘I Have Not Made a Decision’ on Syria
    President Barack Obama said he had not yet made his decision regarding a U.S. strike on Syria during an interview with PBS NewsHour senior correspondents Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. The president said that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime alleged use of chemical weapons would factor into his calculation and he warned that the Assad should be held accountable.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • Obama Won't Wait to Protect Americans' Voting Rights
    President Barack Obama said while he intends to work with Congress to amend the Voting Rights Act, he intends to take steps within his administration to ensure voting rights for all Americans, if lawmakers don't move quickly.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • Obama: Goals of Economic Opportunity Have Fallen Short
    President Barack Obama spoke to a massive crowd gathered today on the National Mall for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Obama said Americans would "dishonor" heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. to "suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete."
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • Mei Xiang Gives Birth at the Smithsonian National Zoo
    Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Friday, August 23 at 5:32 p.m. The panda team heard the cub vocalize and glimpsed the cub for the first time briefly immediately after the birth. Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.Behavior watchers have been monitoring her 24 hours a day since Aug. 7 via the panda cams.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
  • Worker Bosses
    In 1987, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour's economics correspondent Paul Solman reported on workers' attempt to buyout the General Dynamics shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, and spoke with Chris Mackin, a leader in the worker ownership movement.
    Original Air Date: August 28, 2013
    August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

  • Storytellers Find Fertile Material in Washington Dysfunction
    Real-life drama in Washington isn't popular in the polls, but it does provide plenty of fodder for modern storytellers. Jeffrey Brown speaks with a few who have found inspiration: Beau Willimon, co-creator of the series "House of Cards," Jay Roach, director of the comedy "The Campaign," and novelist and critic Thomas Mallon.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2013
  • Rep. John Lewis Remembers the March on Washington
    Fifty years ago, 23-year-old John Lewis raised his voice to a crowd of more than 200,000 people at a protest march that would come to represent "the best of America." Gwen Ifill talks to the congressman about what motivated him to become a young civil rights leader and the current state of civil rights and equality in America.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2013
  • White House Debates Best Action in Syrian Chemical Arms Use
    If the U.S. doesn't wait for the U.N. to finish inspecting the alleged chemical weapons attack site in Syria before taking action, it may still rely on those findings in building an international case. Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss how the White House continues to consult allies and consider military action.
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2013
  • Syria's Fragmented Future
    Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, lived in Syria for seven years. Tabler joined Hari Sreenivasan via Skype to discuss the post-Civil War prospects for Bashar Assad’s regime. “This war,” Tabler said, “is not going to end — no matter what happens — in the next few days.”
    Original Air Date: August 27, 2013
    August 27, 2013

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