Wednesday, September 7, 2011

  • Political Checklist: What Can Obama's Speech Accomplish?
    David Chalian and Gwen Ifill preview a big week in American politics: Wednesday night the Republican presidential candidates face off in another debate, which will be frontrunner Rick Perry's first. Thursday night President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on his new jobs plan amid his lowest poll numbers of his presidency.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011
  • 'Engineering Ground Zero' Explores Challenges of Rebuilding Historic Site
    For more on this story go to www.pbs.org/newshourNOVA's documentary, Engineering Ground Zero, explores the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers building at the site.Jeff Brown talks with Paul Goldberger, Architecture critic for The New Yorker, about the architecture and construction of the memorial and the surrounding buildings at Ground Zero.
    Original Air Date: September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

  • Pentagon Attack Widower: 'We Need to Go on' in Spite of Needless Suffering
    For Thomas Heidenberger, the emotional scars are still fresh. His wife, Michele, was the lead flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 77, which flew into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.Heidenberger -- a founding director of the Pentagon Memorial Fund -- discusses the meaning and design of the memorial, which is dedicated to the 184 people who were killed there 10 years ago.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • WikiLeaks Under Fire After Document Dump Risks Identifying Sources
    The latest WikiLeaks document dump of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables included the names of thousands of people who had spoken in confidence to American diplomats. Ray Suarez discusses what created the controversy and the potential fallout with Wired's Kim Zetter.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • How Has Skyscraper Design Changed Since 9/11?
    The collapse of the Twin Towers served as a stark and stunning reminder to architects and engineers of the value of using concrete to protect skyscrapers from the ravages of fire. Miles O'Brien reports on how the design of skyscrapers has changed since 9/11. This report was produced in collaboration with the PBS program "NOVA."
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Romney Rolls Out Jobs Plan as Obama's Approval Rating Hit New Lows
    A pair of polls out Tuesday show that many Americans have deep concerns about President Obama's overall job performance and his handling of the economy. Judy Woodruff discusses the polls and the 2012 campaign, including Mitt Romney's new jobs plan, with NPR's Ari Shapiro.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Interconnection of U.S., European Markets Adds to Investors' Fears
    Across Europe, markets finished Tuesday at their lowest close in more than two years. Jeffrey Brown discusses the growing eurozone debt woes with FusionIQ's Barry Ritholtz and Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • How Should U.S. Postal Service's Financial Problems Be Fixed?
    The head of the U.S. Postal Service told lawmakers Tuesday that radical changes are needed to avert a financial collapse. Gwen Ifill leads a debate over what can be done to stave off a shutdown with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Is Unemployment Caused by a Skills Mismatch?
    Friday's story, "Can America's Unemployed Fill American Jobs?" looked at the extent to which high unemployment is structural and how much is cyclical. Zachary Karabell of economic research and consulting firm River Twice thinks much of what we're seeing is structural. Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute, on the other hand, argues unemployment is mostly cyclical, or tied to the economic cycle.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Moby Reflects on 9/11
    Musician and DJ Moby looks back on Sept. 11, 2001. After a night out celebrating his birthday, he awoke to discover the World Trade Center towers burning just blocks from his apartment.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
    September 6, 2011
  • Amy Waldman reads from her novel 'The Submission'
    Watch the interview here: www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011
  • Conversation: Amy Waldman, Author of 'The Submission'
    For more on this story go to www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/ What if a jury selected a design for the new 9/11 memorial and then discovered that its architect was a Muslim? The new novel, 'The Submission' that explores in fictional form many of the tensions that in recent years have become the stuff of daily headlines. Its author is a longtime journalist for the New York Times, Amy Waldman.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

  • 'The Class of 9/11' Remembers WTC Attacks Through the Eyes of First Graders
    Students, teachers and parents of New York's PS 150's, located just blocks away from Ground Zero, recount their powerful memories of the morning of September, 11, 2001. This is an extended excerpt from the film "The Class of 9/11," produced by filmmaker Jacques Menasche for the Dart Society.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2011
  • Journalist Reflects on Covering 3 Decades of War in Afghanistan
    Jeffrey Brown talks to Edward Girardet about his new book, "Killing the Cranes," which details his personal experiences in Afghanistan -- including a debate with Osama bin Laden -- and the history of a country at war for nearly 30 years. Girardet began reporting from Afghanistan in 1979, shortly before the Soviet invasion.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2011
  • Economic Slump Brought a 'Tough Year for Labor'
    How powerful are labor unions in the U.S.? Ray Suarez looks at the state of labor unions -- on a day honoring Americans who work -- with James Sherk, Senior Policy Analyst for Labor Economics at the Heritage Foundation, Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff at the AFL-CIO, and Steven Greehouse of the New York Times.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2011
  • Obama Rallies Support for Jobs Speech as GOP Contenders Woo Voters in S.C.
    President Obama used a Labor Day event in Detroit to preview the jobs speech he'll give Thursday evening as Republican presidential contenders targeted the president, and each other, at a forum in South Carolina. Judy Woodruff and David Chalian assess what's at stake as the 2012 presidential campaign goes into full swing.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

  • The Doubleheader: Rick Perry vs. Mitt Romney and College Football Scandal
    Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in on the struggle for the top spot in the Republican primary between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, as well as President Obama's highly anticipated jobs speech. In the sports section, they reflect on the recent scandals in college football as well as the benefits sports programs bring to the universities.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2011
  • Shields, Brooks on 'High Bar' for Obama's Jobs Speech, Funding Disaster Relief
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks weigh in on the week's top political news, including the bleak August jobs report, what President Obama needs to say in his prime-time speech on job creation and who should foot the bill for relief efforts after disasters such as Hurricane Irene.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2011
  • Flight 93 Memorial Construction Time-lapse
    The National Park Foundation and EarthCam present a time-lapse video of the construction of the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2011
  • Amid New NCAA Football Scandals, 'The Root of the Problem Is Money'
    After a series of offseason ethics scandals, the most explosive involving the University of Miami, college football kicks off its season this weekend. Jeffrey Brown discusses the recent space of scandals with Kevin Blackistone of ESPN and the University of Maryland and Chad McEvoy of Illinois State University.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2011
  • Can America's Jobless Fill American Jobs?
    With the U.S. unemployment rate stuck around 9 percent, economics correspondent Paul Solman explores whether widespread joblessness is simply the result of a weak economy or if a broader shift toward higher-skill work is occurring that could leave many Americans behind even when the economy recovers.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2011
  • Weakest Employment Report in a Year Shows Job Growth Slowing to a Standstill
    The unemployment numbers released Friday by the Labor Department constitute the weakest report in a year with no net jobs added in August and that national unemployment rate stuck at 9.1 percent. Ray Suarez discusses what the dismal report means for U.S. economic recovery with Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2011
  • Flight 93 Testimonials of Relatives and First Responders
    "We are always at danger unless we stand up for what we believe," said Dawna Bates, an American Red Cross volunteer. The National Park Service recorded testimonials of relatives and first responders to Flight 93.
    Original Air Date: September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

  • How Can Plans Emerge for a New Libya With Gadhafi at Large?
    Representatives from 60 countries, including the U.S., France, Britain, China and Russia, gathered in Paris on Thursday for a major conference on Libya's transition post-Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule. Jeffrey Brown discusses the West's role in Libya's transition with the International Crisis Group's Robert Malley.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2011
  • Economic Data Offer Mixed Signals With All Eyes on Jobs
    Economists sifted through a new pile of data Thursday on the state of the U.S. recovery, with some glimmers of hope in manufacturing and retail sales. Ray Suarez reports on the state of the U.S. recovery and the Obama administration's lowered expectations for what's to come.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2011
  • Writer Asks: Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
    The cover article in the latest issue of The Atlantic Magazine asks: "Can the middle class be saved?" Jeffrey Brown and the author of the article, Don Peck, discusses what he sees as the erosion of America's middle class.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2011
  • 'The Contenders' Nods to Failed Candidates Who Changed History
    A new C-SPAN series profiles failed presidential candidates who still managed to change political history. Gwen Ifill discusses the topic with historian Richard Norton Smith and journalist Carl Cannon.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2011
  • Report Finds Fraud, Waste by War Contractors Costs Billions
    A new report finds that at least $30 billion has been misspent in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Margaret Warner explores the findings.
    Original Air Date: September 1, 2011

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