Saturday, 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
  • A look at Bergdahl’s growing disillusionment in Afghanistan
    New details have emerged about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s time in the military and in captivity, as the political fight over his release intensifies. For insight on the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s time in Afghanistan, Gwen Ifill talks to Matt Farwell, a former soldier in the U.S. Army.
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2014
  • Is U.S. popular culture is swaying public opinion abroad?
    Martha Bayles, a professor of humanities at Boston College, speaks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brow about her new book
    Original Air Date: June 5, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • In upcoming Miss. runoff, all eyes on tea-party’s McDaniel
    Primary elections took place in eight states last night. In Mississippi, a tea party challenger and six-term Senate stalwart head to a primary runoff. In Iowa, Republican frontrunner Joni Ernst won the majority vote against four competitors. For a closer look at the results, Judy Woodruff talks to political editor Domenico Montanaro.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2014
  • Tiananmen Square resonates in China despite ‘amnesia’
    Twenty-five years after hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were massacred in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, officials in the city prevented any attempt to mark the anniversary. Jeffrey Brown talks with Louisa Lim of NPR and Xiao Qiang of University of California, Berkeley for insight on how the incident is remembered, and how it helped shape today’s China.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2014
  • BMW plant in S.C. imports German apprenticeship program.
    The BMW factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is luring workers with a program that offers part-time work, an all-expenses paid associates degree and near guarantee of a job and future education down the road. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how such apprenticeships, modeled after European programs, may boost employment and help tailor curricula to employers’ needs.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2014
  • Can Obama defend Ukraine as unity wanes in Europe?
    Despite President Obama’s urging of NATO countries to reaffirm commitment to defend democracy in Ukraine, France says it will fulfill a multi-billion dollar contract with Russia. Gwen Ifill joins to Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and David Kramer of Freedom House to discuss how Mr. Obama can sustain a unified effort amid divided interests in Europe.
    Original Air Date: June 4, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Army will seek Bergdahl’s motivation around disappearance
    Now that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has returned to the U.S. after years spent as a prisoner of war, the military will have the opportunity to question the soldier about his actions and motivations leading up to his capture. Judy Woodruff discusses the coming investigation with New York Times reporter Eric Schmitt and retired Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, former judge advocate general of the Army.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2014
  • In coal states, Democrats seek distance from emissions plan
    A new proposal by the EPA to cut carbon emissions may not take full effect for several years, but the political effects kicked in immediately. In states like West Virginia and Kentucky, where nearly all of the electricity is generated by coal, Democrats were quick to denounce the plan. Susan Page of USA Today and Reid Wilson of The Washington Post join Gwen Ifill to examine the backlash.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2014
  • Former ambassador discusses mistakes of U.S. policy in Syria
    On Syria’s election day, Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, joins chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner to discuss what the election means and what he views as the failures of U.S. policy. Roberts was installed in Damascus just ahead of the uprising, and was critically involved in the administration’s Syria policy until he left government this year.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2014
  • Charles Bradley channels past heartaches for soulful sound
    Singer Charles Bradley was making a living as a James Brown cover act when he was “discovered” by Daptone, a record label helping bring about a resurgence of soul music. These days, Bradley's songs reflect the story of his own past, drawing a growing number of fans to his gospel of soul and heartbreak. Jeffrey Brown shares the story of the singer’s breakthrough and latest album.
    Original Air Date: June 3, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Behind the appeal of two GOP primary challengers
    Voters in eight states will be heading to the polls Tuesday. In Mississippi, a Republican incumbent is being challenged by an outspoken conservative radio talk show host, while in Iowa, a little-known state senator has picked up steam with an ad about cutting spending in Washington.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2014
  • EPA plan critic on cutting emissions and global competition
    For an opposing perspective on the EPA’s new rules on cutting carbon emissions, Gwen Ifill talks to Jeff Holmstead of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, a leading voice for many of the power companies opposed to the proposal.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2014
  • EPA chief defends price of carbon-cutting plan
    The Obama administration laid out an ambitious new plan to cut down on carbon pollution and combat climate change while offering some flexibility to states. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the new rules and why she says they are good for the health of the economy, as well as criticism from both the energy industry and environmentalists.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2014
  • Deal to free American prisoner of war generates criticism
    The exchange of five senior Taliban leaders -- transferred to Qatar -- for prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has provoked some pushback. The Afghan government complained it was bypassed, while GOP lawmakers warned of the risk of releasing Taliban inmates. Jeffrey Brown gets views from James Kirchick of the Foreign Policy Initiative and former Defense and State Department official Vikram Singh.
    Original Air Date: June 2, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

  • Washington weighs in on impact of the Bergdahl exchange
    The Sunday morning talk shows were full of assessments from both sides of the aisle about the ramifications of the prisoner exchange with the Taliban. Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the possible impact of the mission.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2014
  • New report suggests Earth on the brink of a great extinction
    According to new research published in the journal Science this week, plant and animal extinctions are happening at a rate 1000 times greater than before humans walked the Earth. Stuart Pimm of Duke University joins Hari Sreenivasan to illuminate how extinction rates are determined and what can be done to help set conservation priorities.
    Original Air Date: June 1, 2014
  • High-tech entrepreneurs flock to India
    For decades, there was a concern that India was suffering from a "brain drain," where the best and the brightest fled the country for opportunities in the U.S. and other Western countries. But today many, including those who were educated and worked in the U.S., have decided to return home. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Bangalore and Mumbai on Indian high-tech entrepreneurs.
    Original Air Date: February 9, 2014
    Bangalore street scene