Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • How Nuclear Bombs Gave Us the Computer
    Author George Dyson recounts how the development of the hydrogen bomb gave rise to the modern computer and the digital age.
    Original Air Date: May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • As Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75, Its History Is Revised
    The Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937. This weekend, 75 years later, San Francisco plans to celebrate while honoring the engineer whose contributions to the design were purposefully obliterated: Charles Ellis. Spencer Michels delves into Ellis' story, and into the man who did get the credit -- Joseph Strauss.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2012
  • Iran Nuclear Talks: Are Expectations Seriously Mismatched?
    Claiming its uranium enrichment is only for peaceful purposes, Iran made a counter-offer Wednesday to a proposal by the U.S. and other countries meant to curb production. Margaret Warner discusses the latest negotiations with former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian and the Brookings Institution's Suzanne Maloney.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2012
  • Facebook's 'Botched' IPO: What Went Wrong and Why?
    Just four days after it went public on the stock market, Facebook became the center of intense attention Wednesday -- both on Wall Street and in Washington -- as shares hit $32, well below the initial offering price. Jeffrey Brown, Dartmouth's Anant Sundaram and Rob Cox of Reuters Breakingviews discuss what went wrong.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2012
  • Egypt's Historic Election: 'Even the Most Jaded Were Moved'
    Across Egypt, at least 50 million people were eligible to choose from a field of 13 candidates in the country's first free presidential election. Gwen Ifill and McClatchy reporter Nancy Youssef discuss what the historic election means for Egypt's future.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2012
  • Obama Delivers Commencement at U.S. Air Force Academy
    President Obama delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
    Original Air Date: May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

  • College: 'The Best Rehearsal Spaces We Have for Democracy'
    In "College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be," Columbia University professor Andrew Delbanco presents a biting defense of a traditional four-year college experience with a liberal arts education -- as opposed to a pre-professional training experience increasingly popular in a tough economy. Jeffrey Brown hosts the conversation.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
  • For Pakistanis, Violence Has 'Profound Impact' on Life
    Pakistani documentarians Naziha Ali and Bushra Hyder, whose alternative teaching materials are now used by thousands of students, offer a first-hand take on what's fueling extremism in their country and what should be done about it. Margaret Warner reports.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
  • A Year After Joplin's Tornado, Life Still a Challenge
    One year ago, a tornado packing 200 mph winds tore through the city of Joplin, Mo., killing 161 people and destroying 8,000 buildings -- including many homes. Gwen Ifill and businesswoman Jane Cage, who leads the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, discuss life in Joplin now and down the road.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
  • SpaceX Blasts Into 'Uncharted Territory'
    After several delays -- including a last-second abort on Saturday when computers spotted a bad engine valve, Space Explorations Technologies Corporation on Tuesday became the first private company to send a vessel to the International Space Station. Jeffrey Brown and Miles O'Brien discuss the significance of the SpaceX launch.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
  • The Bain Debate: Will Voters Care About Romney's Role?
    Following President Obama's lead, Vice President Joe Biden joined the fray Tuesday in questioning Mitt Romney's role at Bain Capital. Judy Woodruff hosts a debate on political strategy and private-sector experience between former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
  • DelBanco on What College 'Was, Is, and Should Be'
    With newly minted college graduates entering the job market this spring -- or at least trying to -- there's a growing discussion and debate about the ever-rising costs of higher education. Andrew Delbanco, author, cultural critic and professor of humanities at Columbia University, has a new book looking at intellectual, financial and cultural issues that universities are facing.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
  • Political Checklist: All About Bain
    In this week's Political Checklist, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni chatted with senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about Bain Capital and President Obama's declaration that the election would be "about" Mitt Romney's record at the private equity firm.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
  • Interview Excerpt: Pakistani Women on Countering Extremism
    Children are taught intolerance of non-Islamic religions in some schools, and a coalition called Amn-o-Nisa or Women and Peace is working to change that. Margaret Warner recently spoke with two coalition members.
    Original Air Date: May 22, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

  • Remembering Opera Singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    German opera singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died Friday at age 86, was a master of the Lieber, a form of German song that he helped make popular in the 20th century. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Anne Midgette, a classical music critic for The Washington Post, about Fischer-Dieskau's legacy.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • After NATO Leaves, Will Afghan Forces Be Ready?
    Judy Woodruff speaks with former Ambassador to the European Union James Dobbins and retired Col. David Lamm about NATO's exit plans coming out of this week's summit in Chicago and whether Afghan forces are ready to absorb security responsibilities once most foreign troops leave in 2014.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Obama Stresses Afghan Stability and Exit Plan at NATO Summit
    At the NATO Summit Monday, President Obama emphasized the importance of a stable Afghanistan, and of phasing out most foreign forces by the 2014 deadline. Judy Woodruff reports.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Helping High School Youth Learn by Doing
    Since 1994, YouthBuild has trained 110,000 high school dropouts around the country to put up houses for their community and think critically in the classroom while earning their GEDs or diplomas. As part of the American Graduate series, Paul Solman reports on a program designed to keep kids learning inside and outside of class.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Catholic Groups Sue Over Contraception Coverage
    A group of Roman Catholic leaders and institutions sued the Obama administration over the federal mandate to provide birth control to employees, saying it violated religious freedom. Gwen Ifill and The Wall Street Journal's Janet Adamy discuss the lawsuit.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • Why Rutgers Webcam Case Gleaned National Attention
    Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in prison for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, who later jumped to his death from a bridge. Jeffrey Brown and The New York Times' Kate Zernike discuss the ruling and its implications.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012
  • More With Anne Midgette on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    More of Jeffrey Brown's conversation with the Washington Post's Anne Midgette about the life and legacy of German singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died Friday at age 86.
    Original Air Date: May 21, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

  • 'The Information Diet': More 'Conscious Consumption' Needed?
    Clay Johnson, author of "The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption", discusses with Hari Sreenivasan how abundant technology is affecting our health, such as "email apnea."
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on Americans Elect, Preakness Predicting
    In this week's Doubleheader, Mark Shields and David Brooks talk Ron Paul, the Preakness Stakes and what it's like on the field at Yankee Stadium.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • In Trayvon Martin's Case Documents, 'No Obvious Slam Dunk'
    Prosecutors released this week more than 200 pages of photos, eyewitness accounts and investigative reports in the case of Trayvon Martin's killing in Florida. The Washington Post's Sari Horwitz tells Margaret Warner that the documents bolster neither the prosecution nor the defense's case.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on Campaign Ads, J.P. Morgan Losses
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week's top political news including a recent Obama campaign video that tries to debunk Mitt Romney's job creation claims, J.P. Morgan Chase losses and the expected renewal of the debt ceiling debate.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • USAID Admin: Food Security a 'Grand' But 'Achievable' Goal
    President Obama outlined Friday a private-public partnership to work on global poverty issues ahead of the Group of Eight summit in Camp David this weekend. Ray Suarez and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discuss the initiative to lift millions out of poverty and hunger through farming partnerships.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • News Wrap: Greece Uncertainty Tops Agenda at G-8 Summit
    In other news Friday, leaders of some of the world's largest economies began gathering at Camp David in Maryland for the G-8 summit. Also, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested Greece hold a referendum on staying in the eurozone, according to a spokesman for Greece's caretaker government.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012
  • What Are Facebook's Challenges Now?
    The public sale of Facebook shares on Friday didn't soar as some had expected. Margaret Warner talks to Arvind Bhatia of Sterne Agee and Rob Cox of Reuters' Breakingviews about what Facebook needs to do to keep its audience and advertisers.
    Original Air Date: May 18, 2012