Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • What’s holding up the closure of Guantanamo Bay?
    The exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has raised larger questions about the 149 detainees from 19 countries who remain at Guantanamo Bay. For debate on what’s preventing the closure of the detention facility, Judy Woodruff turns to Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution and Baher Azmy of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
    Original Air Date: June 11, 2014
  • Brat topples Cantor with grassroots enthusiasm
    The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by David Brat shakes the stability of a more fragile GOP establishment. Gwen Ifill is joined by former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks and Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post to discuss Brat’s victory, as well as immigration and other issues that may be undermining the platform of moderate Republicans.
    Original Air Date: June 11, 2014
  • World Cup fans on why soccer slowly gaining steam in US
    At the Spain-El Salvador pre-World Cup match in Washington, D.C., on June 7, several fans give their theories on why soccer isn't as big in the United States as it is abroad.
    Original Air Date: June 11, 2014
  • Seasons serve as backdrop to Charles Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection
    Original Air Date: June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

  • Drama over Medicaid expansion continues in some states
    Battles over whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law are still being waged. In Virginia, Republicans prevented Gov. Terry McAuliffe from opting the state into the expansion. Meanwhile, Republican governors in a handful of states are considering participation, but with added restrictions and requirements. Judy Woodruff learns more from Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News.
    Original Air Date: June 10, 2014
  • Debating tenure protections for public school teachers
    A California judge ruled that the state’s tenure protections for public school teachers are unconstitutional. Students who sued the state argued that the tenure policies denied their right to a quality education. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, and Russlynn Ali, former assistant secretary to the Department of Education.
    Original Air Date: June 10, 2014
  • Passing down the passion for preservation with hands-on work
    High atop Central Virginia's Shenandoah Mountains, students are continuing work begun 75 years ago when the National Park was originally established. A pilot project from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is bringing a new generation of young civilian workers into the hands-on trade of preserving America’s landmarks. Jeffrey Brown reports.
    Original Air Date: June 10, 2014
  • Is 'Hard Choices' a presidential pitch for Clinton?
    Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, senator and first lady, has just released her second memoir, “Hard Choices,” launching a national tour of media interviews and bookstore appearances. Is her book a sign of a second presidential campaign to come? Gwen Ifill talks to former Clinton advisor Ann Lewis, Amy Chozick of The New York Times and Democratic strategist Chris Lehane.
    Original Air Date: June 10, 2014
  • How did Sunni insurgents gain momentum in Iraq?
    Known as ISIS or ISIL, a Sunni militant group has taken over parts of the northern city of Mosul, a strategic hub for Iraq’s oil industry, as well as a gateway to Syria. Judy Woodruff is joined by Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy and Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War to discuss the larger impact of the takeover on Iraq and its neighbors.
    Original Air Date: June 10, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Will forgiving loans offer long-term student debt solution?
    The average person graduating from college in 2013 borrowed nearly $30,000 in student debt. To help Americans overburdened by their loans, President Obama signed a new executive order that expands on a 2010 law that capped federal loan repayments at 10 percent of borrowers' monthly income. Gwen Ifill talks to Richard Vedder of Ohio University and Deanne Loonin of the National Consumer Law Center.
    Original Air Date: June 9, 2014
  • Common Core standards face push back in Louisiana
    Just a few years ago, the push to create a set of K-12 educational standards enjoyed bipartisan support. Governors across the country got behind the Common Core, including Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose state ranks near the bottom for high school achievement. Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Shauna Sanford reports on a growing battle in that state over the standards.
    Original Air Date: June 9, 2014
  • How VA demand-supply mismatch led to widespread problems
    A Veterans Affairs Department audit reveals that 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first medical appointment at its hospitals and outpatient clinics. It also found that the 14-day wait time target was not attainable. Gwen Ifill talks to Ralph Ibson of the Wounded Warrior Project and Dr. Sam Foote, a former doctor in the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
    Original Air Date: June 9, 2014
    Pedestrians walk past the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • In Pakistan, views differ on best way to deal with Taliban
    Members of the Taliban provoked a dramatic firefight with Pakistani troops at that nation’s busiest airport. Judy Woodruff talks to Shuja Nawaz of the Atlantic Council and C. Christine Fair of Georgetown University about the goals of the Pakistan Taliban and recent attempts to reconcile with the militants.
    Original Air Date: June 9, 2014
  • Weekly Poem: Pulitzer-winner Vijay Seshadri reads 'Memoir'
    Pulitzer-winner Vijay Seshadri reads his poem
    Original Air Date: June 9, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • What has the U.S. learned from the Snowden's leaks?
    Monday will mark one year since Edward Snowden made headlines by identifying himself as the source of classified information leaked from the National Security Agency. Has U.S. policy changed as a result of these revelations? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Shiobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, about how intelligence gathering has changed in the last year.
    Original Air Date: June 8, 2014
  • Boko Haram continues spread of violence
    Several villages were the targets of Boko Haram this week, which has reportedly killed at least 110 people in recent attacks in Nigeria. Boko Haram has killed thousands in its efforts to create an Islamist state in the region over the past five years. For more on the group's violent campaign, Reuters Chief Correspondent for Nigeria, Tim Cocks, joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Lagos.
    Original Air Date: June 8, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • U.S. policy in Syria focuses on humanitarian crisis
    Presidential elections were held in Syria on Tuesday, with President Bashar al-Assad taking nearly 90 percent of the vote. Is the U.S. 'behind the curve' in its handling of the conflict? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief at the Washington Post, about what Assad’s victory means for U.S. involvement in the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis.
    Original Air Date: June 7, 2014
  • Veteran remembers crossing the English Channel in 1944
    Private First Class Charles Thomas was only 20 years old and thousands of miles away from his home in Chicago when he took part in the most audacious amphibious military invasion in world history. Eddie Arruza of Chicago Tonight reports.
    Original Air Date: June 7, 2014
  • D-Day veteran recalls moment he jumped over Normandy
    As the country reflects on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, veteran Tom Rice reflects on his experience fighting that day. He started his day in the skies, and things did not go as planned. Rice shared his experiences with our colleagues at KPBS in San Diego. Susan Murphy reports.
    Original Air Date: June 7, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Rethinking the business of publishing
    The online revolution has disrupted the traditional bookselling business over time. From the publishing industry’s annual trade show, Jeffrey Brown reports on how authors and publishers are adapting to new platforms, small startups are pushing their titles and independent bookstores have learned to survive.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2014
  • Reports of corruption cast shadow over World Cup
    Leading up to the World Cup kickoff, an investigative series in the New York Times has gathered tales of apparent bribery to exploit matches for betting purposes ahead of the previous tournament in South Africa. Moreover, the Sunday Times has published documents showing corruption behind Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 cup. Jeffrey Brown learns more from investigative journalist Declan Hill.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Bergdahl criticism
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the Obama administration’s decision to exchange of five Taliban leaders for the return of prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the GOP primary contest in Mississippi.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2014
  • Low-wage jobs drive gains in U.S. employment
    American employment now exceeds pre-recession levels, but most of the jobs created have lower wages. That's according to May’s government labor data, which shows that despite gains of 200,000 jobs, the unemployment rate hasn't budged. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to MIT labor economist Paul Osterman for his take on the numbers.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2014
  • Remembering the invasion that turned the tide of WWII
    It was a military assault unlike anything the world had ever seen: In 1944, well over 150,000 allied troops landed in France to fight the Nazis. On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, President Obama and other world leaders gathered at Normandy to salute the U.S. troops who stormed the shore and changed the course of the second World War. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2014
  • Best-selling author James Patterson on the crisis in books
    Despite having dozens of best-selling titles to his name in crime, mystery and even children's books, James Patterson is very worried about the present and future of books in America, as the publishing world grapples with the advent of ebooks and their major distributor, Amazon.
    Original Air Date: June 6, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • SEC seeks to rein in high-frequency trading
    The chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission laid out new rules to regulate high-frequency trading. Critics have argued that high-speed, computer trading gives a small group of traders an enormous advantage over the general public. Judy Woodruff talks to Bloomberg News reporter Keri Geiger for a closer look at the potential changes.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2014
  • New Orleans rebuilds education system with charter schools
    In September, New Orleans will be the country’s first all-charter school district. The evolution was accelerated after Hurricane Katrina, when state officials and others seized the opportunity to overhaul the city’s troubled schools. Special education correspondent John Merrow and Sarah Carr, author of "Hope Against Hope," join Jeffrey Brown to discuss the transition and its national implications.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2014
  • Did GM’s corporate culture help obscure safety issue?
    The CEO of General Motors acknowledged that the American automaker faces public outrage for its delay in acting on the deadly ignition switch problem. Mary Barra released the details of an internal report on the defect and announced that 15 employees had been fired. Judy Woodruff talks to Micheline Maynard of Forbes and Erik Gordon of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2014

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