Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • Guatemala Cracks Down on Mining Protests
    Miles O'Brien and Xeni Jardin from Boing Boing discuss how Guatemala's past is repeating itself, as government authorities crack down on protests over a mine.
    Original Air Date: May 9, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • From Guatemalan Soil, Unearthing Evidence of Genocide
    Miles O'Brien reports from Guatemala on the forensic science used to document charges of a genocide against thousands of indigenous Mayans in the 80s. This is the extended version of the broadcast piece.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2013
  • Seeking Method in Madness of Hospital Billing Disparities
    Different hospitals charge wildly different amounts for the same procedures, even in the same city. New data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid shows a vast billing disparity between health care centers. Jeffrey Brown explores some striking examples and what these numbers mean with Barry Meier of The New York Times.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2013
  • From Guatemalan Soil, Scientists Unearth Signs of Genocide
    In Guatemala, investigators using forensic science have compelling evidence that thousands of innocent indigenous Ixil Mayans were the target of extermination in the 1980s. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on how murder, politics and science intersect in the genocide trial of former leader Efrain Rios Montt.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2013
  • Treasury Secretary Lew on Long-Term Unemployment
    In a conversation with economics correspondent Paul Solman, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew addresses jobs and economic growth -- issues paramount to most Americans -- as well the political fight over automatic spending cuts, the implementation of Dodd-Frank and reform on Wall Street.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2013
  • Kidnapping Victims Lived in 'Dungeon-Like' Environment
    Details have emerged about the specific ordeal endured by three women held captive in a Cleveland home for 10 years. Ray Suarez talks with Peter Krouse of The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the "dungeon-like" conditions, the charges against suspect Ariel Castro and reports of neighbors trying to report Castro to the police.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2013
  • Missing Ohio Women Reunite With Their Families
    Two of the three long-missing women freed from a Cleveland home where they were held captive for 10 years have been reunited with relatives. One remains hospitalized and there was no word on her condition. Ray Suarez reports on kidnapping and rape charges for Ariel Castro, the owner of the house.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2013
  • House Hearing Is Latest in Dispute Over Benghazi Attack
    At a House hearing, clear battle lines were drawn and arguments were renewed over the Benghazi consulate attack and the Obama administration's initial explanation of events last September. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman covers the political wranglings and testimony by three State Department officials.
    Original Air Date: May 8, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Keeping America's Heritage of Sights and Sounds Fresh
    These days it may seem like you can find any movie, TV show or song you want online. But vast amounts of America's cultural treasures are in danger of extinction. Jeffrey Brown reports on conservation efforts at the Library of Congress, which holds the largest audio and visual collection in the world.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2013
  • Communities Prepare for Sequester Cuts to Staffing, Programs
    With no compromise in sight, communities across the country are bracing for sequester to kick in during the coming weeks. Ray Suarez looks at effects for workers and government programs at the state-level. Gene Grant of New Mexico PBS, Gretchen Frazee of WTIU and Flo Jonic of Rhode Island Public Radio share their perspectives.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2013
  • San Francisco's Exploratorium Boasts Interactive Science
    San Francisco's Exploratorium, one of the nation's most successful science and technology centers, has just opened its brand new location. Spencer Michels reports on how the center's hands-on teaching approach peaks the imaginations of children and adults alike.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2013
  • South Korea Growing Less Tolerant of Pyongyang Provocations
    While North Korea makes fresh warnings, other signs suggest that nation has backed off some of its hot rhetoric. Former State Department official Kurt Campbell and former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg join Jeffrey Brown to discuss South Korea's President Park Geun-hye and building trust with North Korea's leader.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2013
  • Military's Growing Number of Sexual Assaults Draws Rebuke
    A new Pentagon report finds the official number of sexual assaults in the U.S. military rose to nearly 3,400 in 2012, while up to 26,000 cases went unreported. Ray Suarez talks to Time magazine's Mark Thompson about whether adjudication of sexual assault up the military chain of command affects the number of crimes reported.
    Original Air Date: May 7, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

  • In Poland, Fracking Fuels Dissent Above Ground
    Poland recently eased regulations on fracking, with the hope that shale gas will boost the economy, reduce energy dependence and prices. But local residents fear their concerns are taking a backseat to progress. Special correspondent Steve Sapienza reports, as part of a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2013
  • New Printable Handgun Raises Concerns for Undetectability
    Cody Wilson, a law student from Texas, has made the first fully functioning plastic pistol from a 3-D printer, sparking questions and concerns about legal and safety implications. Ray Suarez talks with with Forbes magazine's Andy Greenberg about how the homemade gun known as "the Liberator" figures in a broader national debate.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2013
  • Maine School Engages Kids With Problem-Solving Challenges
    Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on a public middle school in Portland, Maine that is taking a different approach to teaching students. Teachers have swapped traditional curriculum for an unusually comprehensive science curriculum that emphasizes problem-solving, with a little help from some robots.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2013
  • SEC Considering New Rule for Political Contributions
    The SEC is considering a proposal to require publicly traded companies to disclose money donated for politics to shareholders -- a conflict to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Ray Suarez hears both sides of the debate from Robert J. Jackson of Columbia University Law School and former SEC commissioner Paul Atkins.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2013
  • Can the U.S. Avoid Deeper Engagement in Syria?
    Israel's latest airstrikes on Syrian military targets is another example of how Syria's civil war has broadened beyond its borders. Jeffrey Brown talks to Michele Dunne of the Atlantic Council and Steve Clemons, foreign affairs editor at large at The Atlantic magazine, about how and when the U.S. might approach involvement.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2013
  • South Carolina Voters Set to Decide Fate of Sanford Comeback
    NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni talks with Jon Ward of the Huffington Post about the May 7 special election for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.
    Original Air Date: May 6, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

  • Patrick Loughney on the need to preserve recorded history
    Patrick Loughney, chief of the library's Packard Campus for Audio-Video Conservation, talks about the importance of preserving our recorded audio and visual history.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • Gene DeAnna's Timeline of Recorded Sound
    Gene DeAnna, head of the Recorded Sound Section at The Library of Congress, explains the history of recorded sound technology.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • How Author Michael Pollan Fell in Love With Cooking
    In the age of pre-package food, author Michael Pollan says the most important thing about your diet is the act of actually cooking it. Jeffrey Brown talks to Pollan about his new book, "Cooked," which triumphs the gratification of home cooking and the importance of preserving it as a part of daily life.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • Shields and Gerson on Jobs Report, Presidential 'Juice'
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson discuss the boost in the latest jobs report, President Barack Obama's effectiveness at the start of his second term, and political partisanship in battles over gun control and immigration reform.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • Brutal Job Search Reality for Older Americans Out of Work
    Despite a rosier jobs picture in April, for Americans ages 55 or older who have been unemployed long-term, the prospect of finding work is greatly limited. Economic correspondent Paul Solman explores why older workers face joblessness and considerable financial strain.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • Preview: Covering Watergate
    Forty years ago, Robert Macneil and Jim Lehrer lead public broadcasting's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings -- co-anchoring all 250 hours of the proceedings, and launching the beginnings of what the PBS NewsHour is today. Later this month, we'll air a special report looking back as the two recount their memories. Here is a preview.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • New CDC Report Finds Stunning Suicide Increases
    More people in the U.S. die from suicide than car accidents. That's according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, which also found that the suicide rate among adults age 35 and 64 has risen 28 percent. Ray Suarez talks with CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden about contributing risks and measures for prevention.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • April Hiring Increase Shows Signs of Economic Healing
    April showered the U.S. economy with 165,000 new jobs, reducing the unemployment rate to 7.5 percent. And dramatic revisions of employment data from the past two months were also positive Jeffrey Brown analyzes the better-than-expected numbers with Lisa Lynch, former chief economist at the Labor Department.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013
  • In “Cooked,” Michael Pollan Reclaims Culture of Cooking
    In previous books, journalist Michael Pollan has written about how we plant our food and how our food travels to from the fields to our tables. In his new book, “Cooked” he explores how we transform our food from raw ingredients into delicious meals. Watch this web exclusive interview.
    Original Air Date: May 3, 2013