Thursday, 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
    Photo courtesy of Bill Pugliano/Getty Images.
  • 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
    Martha Bayles

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
    Miss. state Senator Chris McDaniel and U.S. Senator Thad Cochran are locked in a tight runoff.
  • 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
    Tiananmen Square Anniversary
  • 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
    US President Barack Obama and then President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine hold a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on June 4, 2014. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Makes Clean Air Act Announcement
  • 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
    Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been recovering in Germany after being released from the Taliban on May 31.  Undated photo by U.S. Army

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
    Photo by AP/U.S. Army
  • 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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Clashes continue in eastern Ukraine
    Since the election last weekend, the Ukraine story seems to have slid off many of the front pages here in the U.S. At the border on the eastern part of the country, however, there have been continued clashes throughout the week between rebels and the Ukrainian government. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sabrina Tavernise, a journalist with the New York Times, about the situation on the ground.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2014
  • American soldier freed from Taliban in Afghanistan
    The only American prisoner being held in Afghanistan was released Saturday, in exchange for five Taliban detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba. 28-year-old Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by insurgents in 2009, was turned over to U.S. special forces. For more on this, Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2014
  • FTC report warns consumers about big data brokers
    The Federal Trade Commission issued a report this week suggesting consumer protections be put in place to combat the collection and selling of consumer information. “Big data” companies collect and sell billions of bits of information about all aspects of consumers’ online lives, including online browsing, purchases, income and even religious and political affiliations. Amy Schatz of Re/code.
    Original Air Date: May 31, 2014
    Relying on big data about job candidates doesn't make for a good hiring process, says Nick Corcodilos. Photo by Flickr user Infocux Technologies.
  • The Mind of a Rampage Killer
    What causes a seemingly happy, non-violent teenager to open fire on classmates? Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on the minds of rampage killers by profiling Andy Williams, who killed two students in a school shooting in California.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2013

Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Why pay $2 billion for L.A. Clippers?
    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay a record $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers from Shelly Sterling, wife of disgraced owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for making racist comments. The deal now awaits approval by the rest of the NBA owners. Hari Sreenivasan takes a closer look at the numbers with Rob Gloster of Bloomberg Businessweek.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on turning around the VA
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki and President Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
  • Diagnosing the systemic problems plaguing the VA
    Eric Shinseki ended his five-year tenure as secretary of Veterans Affairs after more than 100 members of Congress demanded he step down. How will the VA clean up its problem-plagued health system? Jeffrey Brown talks to retired Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, M.D., Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans and Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee on May 15 about wait times veterans face to get medical care. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • President Obama accepts VA Secretary Shinseki’s resignation
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday in a personal meeting with President Barack Obama, shortly after publicly apologizing for deep problems plaguing the agency’s health care system that Obama called “totally unacceptable.”
    Original Air Date: May 30, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Political fight simmers over school lunch menu changes
    The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act required schools to use more wholesome ingredients and set fat, sugar and sodium limits. But Republican lawmakers have proposed a one-year waiver, arguing that students won't eat the new offerings or that schools can't afford them. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Mark Bishop of the Healthy Schools Campaign and John Dickl of the School Nutrition Association.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014
  • Rwanda rebuilds after genocide with focus on health care
    The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they’ve worked to overcome a shortage of doctors.
    Original Air Date: May 29, 2014