Tuesday, April 14, 2015

  • Mapping dark matter may help solve a cosmic mystery
    We can't see dark matter, but scientists have made the largest map yet of the invisible material that helps make up the universe. Researchers used a dark energy camera and a large telescope to create a color-coded chart of just a small part of the cosmos. Jeffrey Brown talks to Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology about how they did it and why it matters.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • Why character, not career, is key to a life of consequence
    What do Dwight Eisenhower, George Eliot and Dorothy Day all have in common? Besides achieving career success, all overcame a personality weakness -- such as a bad temper or big ego -- that led to internal transformation. Judy Woodruff sits down with David Brooks to discuss his new book, “The Road to Character,” and rethinking our personal priorities.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • How drinking water pipes can also deliver electric power
    Hydroelectricity -- using the flow of water to generate power -- has long been a small but key source of renewable energy. How can cities around the country better harness that potential? A startup in Portland, Oregon, has developed a system that gets energy from gravity-fed drinking water pipes to produce electricity without any environmental impact. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • Can Nigeria’s new leader help find the missing schoolgirls?
    One year since Boko Haram kidnapped more than Nigerian school girls, most are still missing and the militant group continues to terrorize the region. Gwen Ifill talks to Christopher Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute about how the nation has balanced the mission of finding the missing girls and fighting the terrorists, and whether the country’s new president can help.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
    A sign is seen pinned to a tree during a demonstration against the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, outside the Nigerian Embassy in London
  • Flake: Despite Iran deal skepticism, ‘no good alternatives’
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement to spell out the role of Congress in the event of an Iran nuclear agreement. How did they do it? Judy Woodruff gets insight and reaction from Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, plus analysis from chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner and political editor Lisa Desjardins.
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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  • Artist layers ads, vintage cartoons like decaying billboards
    Greg Gossel creates mixed-media art from pop culture imagery, typography, texture, found signs and billboard scraps.For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/
    Original Air Date: April 14, 2015
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Monday, April 13, 2015

  • Is Jordan Spieth’s Masters win the start of a great rivalry?
    Twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth made golf history this weekend as the second-youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament -- just a few months older than Tiger Woods was when he won his first green jacket. He also set several records, including one for making the most birdies at a Masters. Jeffrey Brown looks at Spieth’s career and accomplishment with John Feinstein of The Washington Post.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • Are budget cuts, Obamacare confusion causing IRS bottleneck?
    Bad news for taxpayers this year: If you have questions for the Internal Revenue Service, getting through is going to take longer. If you're waiting for a refund, you may face a delay. The IRS attributes this to five years of federal budget cuts, which have led to a hiring freeze and a lack of resources. Judy Woodruff interviews Commissioner John Koskinen about these problems.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • This cement alternative absorbs carbon dioxide like a sponge
    Cement has been called the foundation of modern civilization, the stuff of highways, bridges, sidewalks and buildings of all sizes. But its production comes with a huge carbon footprint. Environmental chemist David Stone was seeking a way to keep iron from rusting when he stumbled upon a possible substitute that requires significantly less energy. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • Iraqi PM to appeal to U.S. for more firepower and support
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is heading to Washington to ask President Obama for weapons and other support to fight the Islamic State. Special correspondent Jane Arraf, reporting from Baghdad, joins Gwen Ifill to discuss Abadi’s requests and the counterattack against the Islamic State’s strongholds in Anbar province.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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  • Why Clinton’s campaign wants us to think we don’t know her
    Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the strategy behind -- and responses to -- Hillary Clinton’s weekend announcement of her 2016 presidential campaign, plus a look at what distinguishes Sen. Marco Rubio, the third GOP candidate to announce he’s running.
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
    Pointing to the need to boost middle-class wages, Hillary Rodham Clinton is laying out her most concrete vision for the U.S. economy on Monday in a pitch to Democrats who are being wooed by Clinton's chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a larger electorate assessing the 2016 presidential field. Photo by Mike Segar/Files/Reuters
  • Jonathan B. Tucker recites his poem 'Live United'
    Watch Jonathan B. Tucker, the Youth Programs Coordinator for national poetry and social justice non-profit Split This Rock, recite his poem "Live United" at the 2015 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Minneapolis.For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art
    Original Air Date: April 13, 2015
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

  • What's Hillary Clinton's vision for her presidential bid?
    Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential bid Saturday. For more on her run for the presidency, Dan Balz, chief political correspondent for The Washington Post, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2015
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a Gates Foundation event in New York, March 9, 2015. Clinton, Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton are hosting global and community leaders for the release of the "No Ceilings Full Participation" report, pushing for equal opportunities for women and girls.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4SMRA
  • Concerns surround China's economy, but how bad is it?
    As the second-largest economy in the world, China's official growth rate is one of those statistics that people around the world pay attention to. But some say there is evidence that its economy is in greater trouble than can be seen by the numbers. Bloomberg reporter Ken Hoffman joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: April 12, 2015
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • How durable are improved relations with Cuba?
    President Obama's and Cuban President Raul Castro's meeting Saturday is being heralded as a new era of diplomatic relations between the two countries. But many obstacles still remain until the two can reach normalized ties. Carla Robbins, an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.
    Original Air Date: April 11, 2015
    Barack Obama and Raul Castro shake hands as Ban Ki-moon looks on, before the inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City
  • Photog's hunt for childhood friends shows segregation
    One of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, Gordon Parks, is the subject of a photography exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts that focuses on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s. WGBH's Jared Bowen reports.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
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  • How San Francisco plans to 'get to zero' HIV infections
    An ambitious new plan in San Francisco aims to completely end the transmission of HIV, which infects about 50,000 people every year. And in a city where huge strides have been made in battling the epidemic that's killed tens of thousands of people, public health officials, doctors and activists are increasing their efforts to bring the number of new HIV infections down to zero.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
    SAN ANSELMO, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Antiretroviral pills Truvada sit on a tray at Jack's Pharmacy on November 23, 2010 in San Anselmo, California. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that men who took the daily antiretroviral pill Truvada significantly reduced their risk of contracting HIV.  (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • Why Hawaii's solar energy industry is at a crossroads
    In parts of Hawaii, where many homeowners have installed rooftop panels to capitalize on federal and state tax credits for using solar energy, the local utility company has slowed down approvals of new solar systems, saying that abundant users may threaten the safety and reliability of the power grid. As the popularity of rooftop solar spreads, many Americans could soon enter the same gridlock.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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Friday, April 10, 2015

  • Big Ears Festival offers a diverse feast of music
    Big Ears is a small, personal and eclectic music festival that aims to showcase how diverse genres can stretch and influence one another. This year, acts like the Kronos Quartet and Rhiannon Giddens and musicians from Wilco and The National shared billing with a Canadian throat singer and minimalist composer Terry Riley. Jeffrey Brown reports from Knoxville, Tennessee.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
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  • Brooks and Marcus on recording the police
    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including whether cops should wear body cameras in the wake of the video of a police shooting in South Carolina, what challenges Hillary Clinton will face after her expected campaign announcement this weekend and Sen. Rand Paul’s place on the Republican spectrum.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
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  • Is the supplement industry doing enough for consumer safety?
    Some popular weight loss and workout supplements contain a chemical called BMPEA that includes an ingredient nearly identical to amphetamine, according to a new study. Dr. Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School and Daniel Fabricant of the Natural Products Association join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the safety and regulation of dietary supplements.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
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  • Why the battle over guns is being fought at the state-level
    At the NRA’s annual convention, potential Republican presidential candidates took to the stage to try and woo one of the party’s biggest constituencies: the gun lobby. To discuss the politics of guns and how the debate is playing out on the state level, Judy Woodruff talks to Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation.
    Original Air Date: April 10, 2015
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • Iran leaders insist on specific timing of sanction relief
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei broke his silence on the nuclear framework agreement, saying that Iran would not agree to a deal unless all sanctions are lifted after signing -- a requirement that could put Iran at odds with its negotiating partners. Judy Woodruff reports on what Iran’s leaders said about a potential deal amid questions about its role in the Yemen conflict.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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  • Designing Hawaii schools to balance safety and learning
    On Maui, schools with multiple buildings are designed to withstand natural forces, not intruders. But in the wake of Columbine, Sandy Hook and other school shootings, administrators must find ways to balance security with nurturing learning environments. Student Television Network correspondent Sydney Dempsey reports, part of our ongoing Student Reporting Labs series “The New Safe.”
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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  • Will conflict with Venezuela hurt U.S. goals for summit?
    Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to offer a preview of what to expect at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, including the prospect of a meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro and conflict with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over U.S. sanctions.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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  • Why companies are racing for almost-instantaneous delivery
    From the Pony Express to Federal Express, the delivery business keeps getting faster and faster. Now there's an explosion of same-day or sooner services, including the promise of home delivery by drone. But there's debate about how many customers are really interested in ultra-speedy delivery. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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  • IMF chief Lagarde on Greece, China and the uneven recovery
    Future economic growth has been seriously affected by the scars of the financial crisis, says IMF head Christine Lagarde. But, she says,
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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  • What do Khamenei’s comments mean for nuke agreement?
    The Supreme Leader of Iran said he neither supports nor opposes a nuclear deal, since the details have not yet been nailed down. Judy Woodruff talks to former State Department official Ray Takeyh and Alireza Nader of the RAND Corporation about what Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments mean for the negotiating outlook and whether Iran has a strategic interest in Yemen.
    Original Air Date: April 9, 2015
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