Monday, 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
  • How well do you know Pi?
    March 14 is officially known as Pi Day. The irrational number, sometimes rounded off to 3.14, goes on forever, which makes it impossible to memorize -- but that doesn't stop schoolchildren and adults from trying to recite the digits past the decimal point.
    Original Air Date: March 14, 2014
    March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • What keeps the U.S. from signing the UN disabilities treaty?
    Opponents of U.S. ratification by Congress of a United Nations convention that pushes for equal rights for those with disabilities argue that it would give the U.N. jurisdiction over domestic laws. Judy Woodruff talks to Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin and Michael Farris of Patrick Henry College.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2014
  • Japan considers energy future after Fukushima
    A disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, has greatly affected how Japanese citizens feel about that energy source. Polls suggest that 80 percent of voters now oppose nuclear power in Japan. But walking away from nuclear power is a tricky proposition for a country that has not invested much in renewable alternatives. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2014
  • Crunching the costs and benefits of overtime pay reform
    President Obama has directed the Labor Department to update overtime pay rules for an estimated 5 million workers, but some business owners and Republicans are worried about economic effects for employers. Hari Sreenivasan gets debate on the overtime bump from Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Dan Bosch of the National Federation of Independent Business.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2014
  • Revolutionaries add new social media to tech toolkit
    Recent massive uprisings around the globe have all been at least partially fueled by social media. With increasing surveillance concerns in places like Ukraine, how are protesters using technology to ensure private, secure communication? Hari Sreenivasan discusses with William Dobson of Slate Magazine.
    Original Air Date: March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    On the NewsHour Wednesday, Ukraine’s interim prime minister met with President Obama to appeal for aid and support in responding to opposition from Russia. Also, we ask whether a key race in Florida might foreshadow the midterm elections, technology experts mark an Internet anniversary and a landmark study exposes the economic system of sex trafficking in the U.S.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
    March 12, 2014
  • Can U.S. use diplomacy to deter Russia's move in Ukraine?
    Days before Crimea’s planned referendum on whether to split from Ukraine, the White House made a symbolic gesture by hosting that country’s interim leader. How far should the U.S. go in supporting Ukraine’s new government? Hari Sreenivasan gets two views from Adrian Karatnycky of the Atlantic Council and Stephen Walt of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
  • 25 years on, still adapting to life tangled up by the Web
    Twenty-five years have passed since a paper first introduced the concept of the World Wide Web. How do Americans think about the Internet and its impact on their lives? Jeffrey Brown talks to three people who have observed the growth of online life from different angles: Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing, Catherine Steiner-Adair of the Harvard Medical School and Daniel Weitzner from MIT.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
  • Exposing the economics of sex trafficking in the U.S.
    A landmark study funded by the Justice Department estimates that the underground sex industry in each of seven U.S. cities generates between $40 million to nearly $300 million a year. Hari Sreenivasan talks to the lead author of the report, Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
  • Can the GOP turn a Florida victory into midterm momentum?
    In a closely watched special election, Florida’s right-leaning 13th congressional district voted in Republican David Jolly by a narrow margin over the Democratic candidate. Judy Woodruff asks Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Susan MacManus from the University of South Florida about how the results could sway the forecast for upcoming midterm elections in November.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
  • Trendlines: Ukraine blowback on Middle East?
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster and related developments have drawn international attention to the region, and some fear away from other pressing matters in the Middle East, such as Syria’s civil war. We explore the possible impacts of the Ukraine crisis on the Middle East in the next Trendlines, a joint production of the PBS NewsHour and Al-Monitor.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
  • Macky Fofana rallies for immigration reform
    Macky Fofana rallies for immigration reform, worried his family could be deported at anytime. The Fofanas have lived in Baltimore, Maryland for more than 10 years, under constant threat of deportation.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
  • Coumba Fofana worries her family could be deported
    Coumba Fofana and her family came to the U.S. 10 years ago seeking political asylum. But today, they are stuck in limbo, live year by year on a temporary stay of deportation.
    Original Air Date: March 12, 2014
  • Boehner: Administration can't be trusted on immigration
    House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks out about his party's concern that President Obama's administration can't be trusted to enforce immigration reform laws.
    Original Air Date: February 6, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Chang-rae Lee on the fun of writing about the future
    Author Chang-rae Lee had set out to write a contemporary novel about the lives of Chinese workers. Instead, for his new book “On Such a Full Sea,” he created a dystopian America of the future, divided into labor settlements, where a teenage girl named Fan searches for love. Jeffrey Brown talks to Lee about how he came to write his main character.
    Original Air Date: March 11, 2014