Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Is Obama’s foreign policy doctrine working?
    Little progress on a broad Pacific trade agreement and challenging dynamics in Ukraine and the Mideast peace process have prompted new criticism for President Obama’s foreign policy. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Nicholas Burns of Harvard University, Trudy Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer and retired Col. Andrew Bacevich from Boston University.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014
  • Seattle restaurants torn over minimum wage hike
    Seattle’s push to raise the minimum wage to $15 has left owners and workers in the city’s restaurant industry conflicted. Caught between moral pressure on the one hand, and market pressure on the other, many businesses warn that such a hike could cut benefits and raise prices. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from Seattle.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014
  • Lab using RC cars to build a better autonomous vehicle
    A robotics lab at George Washington University in Washignton, DC is using 3-D computer vision in a number of projects all focused on allowing machines to understand the world around them.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014
  • Actor Bryan Cranston answers your questions
    Bryan Cranston, of "Breaking Bad" fame and now star of the Broadway play, "All the Way," answers a few questions sent to NewsHour from viewers like you.
    Original Air Date: April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Supreme Court considers warrantless searches of cellphones
    The Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases that challenge whether the personal data held on cellphones should be fair game for law enforcement when a suspect is placed under arrest. Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, who was in the courtroom.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Approaching elections, Iraq faces violence and division
    Iraqis are preparing to go to the polls in the first national elections since American forces withdrew. However, as the government faces a resurgence of al-Qaida-linked groups, fears intensify that security forces are losing their grip on a key part of the country. Journalist Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Scholar fights archaeological looting in Egypt
    In the aftermath of Egypt's 2011 revolution and resulting political turmoil, the nation's treasured antiquities have been increasingly under threat of looting, vandalism and violence. In our series Culture at Risk, Jeffrey Brown examines the emergency facing Egypt’s rich archaeological heritage and one scholar’s efforts to publicize the problem.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Colleges under pressure to combat sexual assault
    The Obama administration ramped up pressure to confront sexual assault within American colleges amid mounting nationwide effort to hold colleges and universities accountable. Amherst College president Carolyn "Biddy" Martin, Andrea Pino of End Rape on Campus and Alison Kiss of the Clery Center for Security on Campus join Judy Woodruff to evaluate the recent progress and what more needs to be done.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • NBA players unite to oppose Clippers owner Sterling
    The National Basketball Association took its toughest stance ever against a team owner when it banned Los Angeles Clippers’ Donald Sterling as punishment for racist remarks. Gwen Ifill talks to William Rhoden of The New York Times and Charles Pierce of Grantland about the impact of players standing together on this issue, as well as how the league has dealt with Sterling’s racism in the past.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • Biden announces guidelines to prevent college sex assault
    The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault stated, in a report released Tuesday entitled “Not Alone,” that they aim to fight, prevent and bring more transparency to campus sexual assault crimes, which are currently underreported in the United States due to victims “left feeling isolated, ashamed or to blame.”
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • NBA commissioner announces fine, lifetime ban for Sterling
    NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke Tuesday regarding racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The statement came amid mounting pressure from the league’s own players to take strong action against Sterling.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014
  • The Jewish treasures in Saddam Hussein's basement
    Doris Hamburg, Director of Preservation Programs at the U.S. National Archives at College Park, Maryland, and Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Chief of the Document Conservation Laboratory, share the dramatic and heroic story of how these historic materials were found and rescued from the basement of Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters, and how the National Archives is preserving them.
    Original Air Date: April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Is GDP the wrong yardstick for measuring prosperity?
    Gross domestic product, the total dollar value of goods and services sold in the U.S., has become fundamental to American economic policy. But there are other essential assets, qualities and conditions that GDP can't measure, like the health of the environment or society. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at another way of measuring progress that takes more of these variables into account.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • What’s driving gains in high school graduation rates?
    The graduation rates for American high schools have reached 80 percent, according to a report based on statistics from the Department of Education. Jeffrey Brown discusses the milestone and the work that lies ahead with John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises, an author of the report.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
    The Education Department said Tuesday that the high school graduation rate rose slightly to 82 percent. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post
  • U.S. sanctions Putin associates to force ‘clear choice’
    The Obama administration has announced additional sanctions on Russian officials and key companies with close ties to President Putin to persuade Moscow to diffuse tensions in Ukraine. Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategy behind these new sanctions, their potential to hurt U.S. companies and the prospect of further sanctions still in reserve.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • Arkansas residents push ahead in wake of tornado damage
    Tornadoes that tore across central and southern states left at least 16 people dead, 14 of them in Arkansas. Judy Woodruff talks to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe from Little Rock for an update on the strength of the tornado, the recovery efforts and how citizens had prepared ahead of time.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • Will the NBA send a strong message to Donald Sterling?
    Racist comments attributed to Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, have left NBA owners and players scrambling to determine the best course of action. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated and Kenneth Shropshire of the University of Pennsylvania to weigh the league’s options, and how punishment could backfire.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014
  • Nikki Giovanni reads ‘The Lost Cause ... Lost’
    Nikki Giovanni reads her poem “The Lost Cause ... Lost” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
    Original Air Date: April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • New reports suggest slow down in housing market recovery
    Recent reports suggest that the recovery in the nation’s housing market might be starting to slow down, with both existing and new home sales down in the last months. How will this affect the overall economic health in the country? Alison Stewart speaks with Michelle Conlin, a senior correspondent at Reuters, about trends in home sales during the last year.
    Original Air Date: April 27, 2014
  • Meet America's newest historic landmarks
    It’s around this time every year that the Department of Interior designates new national historic landmarks. There are roughly 2500 of them on the list: buildings, properties, even objects that represent important aspects of American history. This past week, four more were added to the list.
    Original Air Date: April 27, 2014
  • What can history tell us about today’s unrest in Ukraine?
    NewsHour Weekend explores the complicated histories of Russia and Ukraine. How are centuries-old tensions are playing out in today's politics and rhetoric? Five scholars weigh in.
    Original Air Date: April 27, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • European business concerned about sanctions on Russia
    Leaders from the Group of Seven have agreed to quickly impose more sanctions against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. How will these measures affect Russia’s business partners in the West? Alison Stewart speaks with Stephen Szabo at the Transatlantic Academy about the significant economic ties between Europe and Russia
    Original Air Date: April 26, 2014
  • Tech companies settle wages lawsuit for $325 million
    Major tech companies including Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel have settled a huge class action lawsuit alleging they colluded not to go after each others’ employees, effectively holding down salaries. Alison Stewart talks with Arik Hessedahl of Re/code about the economic and social tensions troubling Silicon Valley.
    Original Air Date: April 26, 2014
  • New police surveillance techniques raise privacy concerns
    A report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED profiles a wide-scale surveillance system being developed for police forces. How can the trade off between safety and privacy be negotiated as technology gets more and more sophisticated? How can the trade off between safety and privacy be negotiated as technology gets more and more sophisticated?
    Original Air Date: April 26, 2014
    Center for Investigative Reporting story on wide-area surveillance

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Politics, miracles and the process of picking a modern saint
    Pope Francis has chosen two iconic 20th century popes to be canonized. Jeffrey Brown gets reaction and background from Patricia McGuire of Trinity Washington University and John Allen of The Boston Globe on the political motives behind the pairing, the unprecedented speed of the selection and the evolving standards of sainthood.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
  • All the world’s a stage at Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary
    The most famous words of the most famous play of the most famous playwright of the English language will soon be echoed all over the earth. In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater hopes to perform “Hamlet” in every country in the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to artistic director Dominic Dromgoole about the ambitious project and the timeless text.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Georgia gun rights
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the Supreme Court upholding the right of Michigan citizens to say you can't use race as a criteria for college admission, a new expansive gun rights law in Georgia and an update on four Senate races in the South.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014
  • Where to draw the line between safer streets and spying?
    The FBI’s Next Generation Identification program will give police access to more data than ever before by way of biometrics—biological marks from facial scans and palm prints—to identify suspects. Some opponents worry this growing web of security will give police too much personal information without a warrant. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Amanda Pike reports.
    Original Air Date: April 25, 2014

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