Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Yellen says Fed will keep short-term interest rates low
    In her first news conference, Janet Yellen announced that the Federal Reserve will continue its suppression of short-term interest rates. Yellen, who was the Fed’s vice-chair under Ben Bernanke, also discussed how her role has changed. Gwen Ifill gets an assessment of Yellen’s remarks from David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2014
  • Mistrust in government poses challenge to Kiev leadership
    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner is in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where fierce street battles have erupted between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters. Judy Woodruff interviews Margaret about Kiev’s plan to pull its troops from Crimea, and the biggest challenges Ukraine’s new government faces in garnering support across the country.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2014
  • What Toyota’s $1.2 billion penalty means for automakers
    The Justice Department announced a record $1.2 billion dollar penalty leveled at automaker Toyota. A four-year criminal investigation determined the car company had concealed unintended acceleration issues, a serious safety concern. That case could serve as a warning to General Motors, now facing its own federal investigation. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen.
    Original Air Date: March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Bringing belated recognition to overlooked U.S. heroes
    President Obama awarded the nation’s highest medal for combat valor to 24 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American soldiers who served during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Pentagon blamed racial or ethnic discrimination for previously denying their honors. Gwen Ifill talks to retired Lt. Col. Sheldon Goldberg of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2014
  • New research challenges old wisdom on saturated fat
    For decades we have been warned of the artery-clogging dangers of saturated fat, found mainly in meat and dairy products. However, a new analysis of more than 70 studies published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine finds that saturated fat doesn’t necessarily lead to worse heart health. Judy Woodruff discusses the research with chef Cathal Armstrong.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2014
  • How private buses became a symbol of San Francisco’s divide
    Every weekday morning, dozens of sleek buses roll through the heart of San Francisco, picking up a cargo of workers commuting south to companies like Google, Facebook and Apple. But critics say the buses are clogging city bus stops and are symbolic of the disparity in wealth between the new tech workers and the long-time working class residents. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2014
  • Evidence of cosmic inflation expands universe understanding
    Scientists say they have found evidence confirming a theory that our cosmos expanded from almost nothing to its first huge growth spurt in just fractions of a second after the Big Bang. A telescope at the South Pole revealed patterns and skewed light waves created by gravitational ripples from the incredible expansion. Gwen Ifill interviews Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2014
  • Calculating a U.S. response to Russia's claim in Crimea
    What does Russia’s swift claiming of Crimea portend for the region and Russian ambitions? How should the U.S. and the international community respond? Judy Woodruff gets views from Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, Jessica Mathews of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2014
  • Obama awards Medal of Honor to 24 overlooked veterans
    Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2014
  • Inside Fukushima Daini
    Miles O'Brien tours the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, which nearly suffered the same meltdown disaster as its famous sister, Fukushima Daiichi, after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
    Original Air Date: March 18, 2014
    Fukushima Daini tour
    March 18, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

  • How should we remember activist Stokely Carmichael?
    Stokely Carmichael marched with Martin Luther King Jr., campaigned for voting rights and against Vietnam, was a Pan-African revolutionary and coined the term "Black Power." But what's the complete story behind this leading figure of the civil rights movement? Gwen Ifill talks to Peniel Joseph of Tufts University about his new biography, "Stokely: A Life."
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2014
  • For troubled teens, poetry offers happiness after hardships
    The Pongo Teen Writing Project has been working with troubled teens in detention centers, mental health facilities and homeless centers for nearly two decades, taking their stories and turning them into poetry. In our ongoing series "Where Poetry Lives," Jeffrey Brown and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey learn more about a program that empowers young people in crisis to express themselves.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2014
  • Countries searching for missing airliner face vast terrain
    Confusion still reigns on the 10th day of the burgeoning search for the missing Malaysian jet. Malaysians officials are now backtracking on when the jet’s communications were disabled, and the pilot’s political activity raises new suspicion. Judy Woodruff gets an update from Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2014
  • What is Putin’s endgame in Ukraine?
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has declared Crimea independent from Ukraine. How quickly will Russia move to annex the region, and will Moscow stop at there or push to neutralize the whole country? Judy Woodruff talks to Cliff Kupchan of the Eurasia Group and Nikolas Gvosdev of the Naval War College for perspectives on Putin’s goals and the standoff between Russia and the West.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2014
  • How Crimeans are reacting to move toward Moscow
    After Sunday's referendum, Crimea's parliament dispatched a delegation to Moscow to work out details of joining Russia, reflecting the jubilation of that region's ethnic Russian majority. But not everyone in Crimea is happy about the results. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks with Judy Woodruff from Simferopol about the reactions on the ground.
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2014
  • Angélique Kidjo creates human connections through song
    Grammy-winner Angélique Kidjo just came out with her new album,
    Original Air Date: March 17, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • Crimea votes in favor of joining Russia
    Defying international protests that called the process illegitimate, Crimea today went ahead with a referendum and voted overwhelmingly to join Russia. What was it like at the polls today? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NewsHour’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner about today’s vote and what that could mean for Crimea in the coming days.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2014
    Margaret Warner in Simeropol, Crimea on referendum day, March 16, 2014,
  • New details on missing plane emerge shifting investigation
    With new information released Sunday about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, authorities have taken both the search and investigation in a new direction. Where are investigators focusing their efforts? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Michael Schmidt, who has been covering the story for the New York Times, about the current focus on the pilot and other recent developments.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2014
  • Tensions Rise in Eastern Ukraine After a Series of Rallies
    The spotlight focused on Crimea Sunday as the region voted whether or not to secede from Ukraine. Other parts of Ukraine caught in the crisis with Russia also showed growing signs of volatility. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Frontline’s James Jones from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov about the mounting tension between pro-Russian demonstrators and Ukrainian nationalists.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2014
  • Measles outbreak sparks fear of resurgent diseases
    Recent outbreaks of measles on both the East and West Coasts highlight a larger story about how infectious diseases that had all but disappeared in the U.S. are now reappearing. Why are some of these diseases showing back up? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, about the reasons for these outbreaks.
    Original Air Date: March 16, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Crimea braces itself for Sunday’s referendum vote
    Anticipation is building as Crimea prepares for a referendum vote on Sunday that the whole world will be watching. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with PBS NewsHour’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner about the atmosphere on the ground in the capital city of Simferopol.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2014
    Margaret Warner reporting from Crimea, March 15, 2014.
  • In New York’s Little Ukraine, tension mounts ahead of vote
    Metropolitan New York City is home to more than 113,000 ethnic Ukrainians. NewsHour visited Little Ukraine in the East Village to gauge local sentiment about the conflict in Crimea.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2014
    New York City's Little Ukraine in the East Village
  • China demands answers from Malaysia about missing plane
    While relatives wait for news in a Beijing hotel, China is demanding answers from the Malaysian government about the disappearance and search for Flight 370. Orville Schell, who heads the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society talks with Hari Sreenivasan about how the incident is adding to tensions on the region.
    Original Air Date: March 15, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

  • In Crimea, rifts widen as referendum looms
    The future of the Ukrainian region of Crimea hangs in the balance of Sunday’s referendum vote on whether to secede and possibly join Russia. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from Crimea, where she talks to the pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian citizens. She joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the upcoming vote and and the growing unease.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2014
  • Search for Malaysian jet may become criminal investigation
    It's been nearly a week since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared en route to Beijing. Ships and planes from a growing number of nations have helped expand the hunt. And news sources have quoted unnamed officials who say the jet changed course, possibly in an act of piracy. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal and former NTSB chairman Jim Hall.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2014
  • New book offers personal story behind Snowden leaks
    In "The Snowden Files," Luke Harding examines what former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed in of one of the biggest security breaches in American history and why. The author joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation about Snowden’s personal journey toward increasing disillusionment with the U.S. government and what the world has learned about American surveillance in his wake.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Crimea consequences
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the significance of political turmoil in Crimea, allegations from the Senate about misconduct by the CIA, a move by the White House to revisit deportation policies and the midterm election outlook for Democrats.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2014
  • Holder backs proposal to reduce drug sentences
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in runaway federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2014